Hiking Port de Boucharo and Pic de la Pahule is easy because you start at a high altitude. It’s a great hike for a day off when your legs need a rest, but packs a whopping punch! The views are incredible and Spain is so close you could just keep going….
You can park at the Col de Tentes. We stayed in the Aire on the D923 just outside Gavarnie and scooter to the Col. There were motorhomes staying at various spots along the road to the top but check signage first.
Yes, very. The walk out to the Port is level and the ascent to the Pic is sharp but quick.
None at the Col, the nearest would be Gavarnie.
It’s generally busy due to accessibility – the track to the Port is partly wheelchair friendly. There are sometimes coach parties here but the surrounding hikes are so many and the area so huge, they just disappear into the landscape!
Hiking Port de Boucharo & Pic de la Pahule, Haute Pyrenees
At the Col de Tentes on the D923 from Gavarnie is a car park which feels like it’s on top of the world at 2208m and where the D923 ends.
From here you can walk the well sign-posted (and part wheelchair friendly) route to the Spanish border at Port de Boucharo, about a mile away and then return to the car park to climb the adjacent small peak of Pahule.
This makes for an easy but mind-blowingly dramatic hike. There is an orientation table at the top of Pahule and a large colony of vultures to watch….take a flask of tea and enjoy!