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around the 4 lakes of Néouvielle

The road of the lakes is a must do when you are in the Aure valley and Saint-Lary.
This road will lead you to the Néouvielle reserve, in the Pyrenees National Park.
And once there, breathless in front of so much beauty, you won’t find any more superlatives to describe what you see.
That I won’t even try to describe to you (the photos speak for themselves), because it’s worth seeing it to believe it.
I’m barely exaggerating…

I propose a day hike, accessible to all, even children, which will make you discover the Néouvielle nature reserve and will make you pass for your greatest delight by 4 magnificent lakes (out of the 5).

The lake of Orédon

starting point of the hike.

Stop the vehicle at the lake of Orédon (paid parking but possibility of free parking a little higher).
Forget right away the tourist shuttle bus that takes you in 5 minutes to the lake of Aumar, you would miss the most beautiful.
No that here, the wild beauty that awaits you is discovered on foot!
Start the hike from the path that goes to the left after the parking lot and bypasses the lake on its right, heading for the laquettes.

You’ll reach the laquettes after about 45 minutes on a trail that winds its way up through the forest and along the stream a few times.

3h
Accessible to children
Panorama on 4 mountain lakes
Enjoy

The serenity and the restful calm of the laquettes.

You will reach the laquettes after about 45 minutes of trail that winds up through the forest and along the stream several times.

Be careful not to leave the path a little hard to follow at times or you will be forced to climb large rocks ( nothing insurmountable) at the water’s edge!”

If your walk is early enough and quiet, you will surely be able to make interesting encounters!

After a fairly flat passage along the laquettes, which we’ll leave behind, let’s resume our climb on the trail that will take us to Lake Aubert in about 30 minutes.
Lake Aubert hidden by its dam wall, doesn’t come into view until the very last minute.
But what a delight, right?

Finally...

The Lake of Aumar

All that remains is for you to discover the last and 4th lake , the lake of Aumar, my favorite, the end of this hike.
Located a little higher than the previous one, It can be reached in about 15 minutes ( by the trail, not by the road), from the terminal parking of the shuttle bus.

The way back is either by returning by the same route, or by the variant from the last lake (Aumar) in the direction of the Estoudou pass and then a long descent to the Orédon refuge and the parking lot where you left your vehicle.

Finally, if you still have legs and time up there you can also go up:

– to the Aumar pass from the Aumar lake ( at the end of the lake on the left) 1h R/R
– to the Hourquette d’Aubert from the Aubert lake ( bypassing it by the right, marked path).1 h 30 A/R
A very nice panorama on these lakes and the surrounding summits including the famous Néouvielle awaits you.

Good hike, open your eyes and lungs wide.
The mountain, it wins you over!

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Equipment

To get the most out of the hike, remember to be well equipped! Hiking shoes, long pants, water and a cap will protect the whole family!

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