Pic du Midi, vessel of stars

The Pic du Midi de Bigorre, one of the most majestic summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées, awaits you at 2,877 metres. Accessible to the general public, the Pic du Midi is renowned for the beauty of its landscape and also for its astronomy observatory.
Pic du Midi
 
To reach the summit of the Pic du Midi, you will be carried away on a magnificent ascent.All year round, summer and winter alike, go to La Mongie, the Domaine du Tourmalet ski resort. You will climb 1,000 metres in 15 minutes in the cable car, just time to give you a foretaste before reaching the peak at 2,877 metres. 
 
Up there, the air and the light have a purity and transparency that are the secret of this area, which, for many years, was reserved for scientists. The lookout terraces were laid out over 750 sq. m. You can gaze upon 300 km of Pyrenees summits between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and on the plains of the great South West. The splendour of the landscapes warranted the Pic du Midi being listed as a national natural site in 2003. 
 
It all started with a weather observatory at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the Pic du Midi has been an incredible epic, attracting the passionate, the erudite, the curious, porters, builders and scholars, avidly looking to better understand the universe. The exceptional qualities of the site allow observations and measurements to understand the earth’s evolution. Today, this continuing human adventure is shown in Europe’s highest museographic space. 
 
The site’s magic continues into the night. All year round, during nocturnal events, the Pic du Midi is open for “Starry Nights”, with a programme of activities on the theme of astronomy. Even more magical, the Pic du Midi also holds “Nights at the Summit”. On reservation, 19 people can sleep on this emblematic summit and share unforgettable moments under the stars. 

 

 
Keys to discovery 
 
The Pic du Midi is an exceptional site to discover: 
In the morning: take full advantage of the ride up to the highest point at 2,877 metres and the amazing view, since the mountain weather is often better early in the day.
In winter: the seasons work their magic on the landscape and constantly change the view. The winter ascent to the peak is a symbiosis of whiteness and muffled silence. Simply breathtaking! 
At night: The Pic du Midi organises year-round Starry Nights and Nights at the Summit. Original, varied programmes, where the magic of the site takes on a whole new dimension: sunset on the Pyrenees, observations and activities on the terraces. The human adventure at the Pic du Midi is also experienced at night! 
 

For more information

Régie du Pic du Midi

Rue Pierre Lamy de la Chapelle
65200 LA MONGIE
Tel.: +33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

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