Sleeping in a shelter is an experience that you must live once in your life. The people from Pau, Tarbes, and Lourdes do so regularly because they like weekend excursions to the GR10, one of the most visited GR footpaths.
So they spend the night in this refuge, which has one of the most beautiful views imaginable on to the north side of the Vignemale massif, the Piton Carre, the l'Aiguille des Glacier, and the Breche de Chausenque. You do not need to be an experienced hiker to get there. You can easily access it via the Gaube Valley from Pont d'Espagne. Of course, you will sleep comfortably, though roughing it a bit, in a dormitory.
This will give you the opportunity to make conversation with people from the region and learn more about it. In season, both breakfast and a hearty dinner are served.
Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube
+33 (0)9 88 18 41 46
Rooms: from 25,70 EUR