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
1 Traverse of skyline ridge PD ** 1
2 Cascade des Banzayous
WI-4 *** 2
3 Ice Folle
WI-4+ *** 3
4 Fluide Glacial
WI-4+ *** 1
5 Overdose
WI-5+ ***  
6 La Freezante
WI-4 ***  
7 La Ruflette * WI-5 ** 2
8 Dopamine *
WI-4+ *** 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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