Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne
|Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne|
|Length||800 km (497 mi)|
|Elevation change||42,000 m (138,000 ft)|
Like the GR 10 and the GR 11, the path travels the length of the Pyrenees from coast to coast. However, where the GR 10 and GR 11 stick mainly to lower routes and mountain passes on the French and Spanish sides of the border respectively, the HRP follows a high course through the mountains, frequently crossing the border to follow the highest walkable route. It is an unmarked trail, usually done from west to east, which takes about 45 days to complete for an average hiker. It crosses the Parc National des Pyrenées and the Parque Nacional dels Aigues Tortes i Sant Maurici. Many variations on the original route are possible and described in the guidebook, as well as some easy summits (Aneto, Vignemale). There are some popular and crowded places on the trail, but also very remote areas, where it can take a day before you see someone. In these areas it can be several days between huts, so it is necessary to carry a tent. The HRP crosses the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) on the Col d'Ibañeta, near Roncevaux.
The HRP was devised by Georges Véron in 1968. Joosten's published version of the route deviates substantially from Véron's and both offer variants to their main itineraries.
- Georges Véron, Pyrenees: High Level Route, Goring, West Col Productions, 1991. ISBN 0-906227-48-8
- Ton Joosten, Pyrenean Haute Route, Cicerone Press, 2004. ISBN 1-85284-426-4
- Ton Joosten, Pyrenean Haute Route, Second Edition, Cicerone Press, 2009. ISBN 9781852845551
- hrp2011.blogspot.com – Chronicles a full HRP hike in 24 days, including photos and Google maps.
- HRP 2011, with detailed route amendments - An ongoing thread from a 2011 traverse of the HRP, including route corrections to the Joosten Guide, plus written, audio and photo trip reports.
- Our 2010 Haute Route Pyrennes Hike Trip report from a 2010 through hike, including logistics.
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