Climbs 50
Rocktype Ice
Altitude 1873m a.s.l
Faces N

Adrenaline, 4th pitch. © Nick U

Crag features

Famous cirque in the French Pyrenees. Many ice climbs up to 350m high come into condition in December - March. Home of France's first Grade 6 icefall, 'Thanatos', which was climbed in 1984 by local activist, Dominique Julien. Most routes are in the WI4 - WI5+ grade.

Approach notes

From the village of Gavarnie, it is a steady 1.5 hour walk into the cirque. Gavarnie is less than 2 hours drive from Pau, which is serviced by low cost flights from London Stansted and Bristol. It is also possible to fly to Toulouse and Biarritz, which are 2-2.5 hours from Gavarnie.


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Traverse of skyline ridgePD **1
2Cascade des Banzayous
WI4 ***1
3Ice Folle
WI4+ ***1
4Fluide Glacial
WI4+ *** 
WI5+ *** 
6La Freezante
WI4 *** 

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