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.