A hike to the Lakes of Oo and Espingo

This not-too-difficult hike allows to discover the magnificent Lake of Oo in the Pyrenees and the Lake of Espingo.

If you are near Bagnères-de-Luchon you have to do this walk, it is one of the most famous of the Pyrenees. After an hour's walk you will reach the Lake of Oo with this superb panorama on the waterfall. It's not difficult to reach the lake of Oo however the trail becomes steeper to join the second Lake: the Lake of Espingo.

At the start of the hike you will find large car park for your car. You can even come by bus from Luchon in the summer season. You can eat on the trail there are several shelters along the way. The return is made by the same path.

To come: In Luchon, climb up to the col de Peyresourde. Castillon, take the D 76 up to Oo and continue the small road to the Astau barns (1139 m).

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Duration: 4 h.

The granges of Astau

It’s easy to find the start of the walk, it’s just near the car park.

Start of the hike

The path is well signposted. You can’t get lost and there are many tourists. The ascent to the lake of Oo, is easy, once arrived at the Lake of Oo you can continue to the Lake of Espingo (the ascent is more difficult).

The refuge of the Lake of Oo

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The refuge of the Lake of Oo
The refuge is located next to the dam. Oo Lake is a natural lake extended through a dam.

Lake of Oo and waterfall

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Lake of Oo and waterfall
The site is great, you pass not far from the famous waterfall of Oo Lake which is 300 meters high. Magnificent view on a sunny day.

Lake of Oo seen from above

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Lake of Oo seen from above
The path become steeper if you go to the lake of Espingo. You can have a wonderful view of the lake of Oo below.

Cascade along the mountains

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Cascade along the mountains
The water runs off of the wall.

Lake of Espingo

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Lake of Espingo
The lake of Espingo marks the arrival of the hike. There is a new refuge to regain strength before beginning the descent. You have to stay on the same path to go back to your car.

The circus of Espingo

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The circus of Espingo
At the lake of Espingo you will see one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Pyrenees with peaks over 3000 meters.

Lake of Oo

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Lake of Oo
Another photo of Oo Lake on a nice weather day. Be careful the paths are often crowded in high season.

Bagnères-de-Luchon

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Bagnères-de-Luchon
The city can serve as a point of departure and arrival for hiking. It is nicknamed the "Queen of the Pyrenees". It has indeed kept a lot of charm with its streets and houses from Napoleon III period.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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