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The Pic du Midi d'Ossau

 


Starting at Bious Artigues Lake, take one day to hike around this incredible summit.

Located in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, the Pic du Midi d'Ossau is a remarkable peak that clearly stands out from the massif ridgeline.

This emblematic Pyrenean mountain, nicknamed “Jean-Pierre”, rises to an altitude of 2,887 metres.

But why “Jean-Pierre”?

Here are a few possible explanations for this somewhat strange nickname:

  • Jean-Pierre could be derived from “géant de pierre” (giant of stone).
  • This summit has two peaks, one higher than the other. In the past, in the Ossau Valley, the oldest son was named Jean and the youngest Pierre.
  • According to legend, thousands of years ago, the Ossau Valley was threatened by hordes of invaders. Two giants, Jean and Pierre, came to the rescue, pushing back the assailants, before perishing in the fighting. The valley's grateful inhabitants buried the giants under tonnes of stone, thereby creating "Jean-Pierre". 

Here in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, hardened hikers or simple visitors enamoured of wide open spaces can enjoy numerous hikes, discover an especially rich plant life, and admire breathtaking views of the valley below.

 

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Information : 
Laruns Tourist Office
Tel : +335 59 05 31 41
Website : www.ossau-pyrenees.com