Le Pic du Midi ouvre au public pour la journée.23/03/2017 — 09:02
The Pic du Midi invites you to a night overflowing with the emotion of discovery. Sunset and sunrise, night under the stars, access to the observation domes and the brand new planetarium, all that and more for our VIP guests. Why not you?
As the day is coming to a close, take the cable car. And just as all the tourists are coming down, you, our privileged guest, are on your way up to spend the night at the Pic.
As soon as you arrive at the summit, as the day is gently ebbing away, you still have time to stroll out on to the terrace and admire the Pyrenees range. Whether or not they are snow-covered, they offer themselves up in all their splendour.
At the summit
Once you’ve arrived, you will be accompanied to your room. Then you are free to make the most of the site while you are waiting for the welcome cocktails we have prepared for you.
And then it’s the first key moment of the evening: from the terrace you watch as the sun slowly sets behind the mountains of the Pyrenees, playing hide and seek with them, glowing before vanishing in a moment to give way to the night.
As the stars take their position above you in the Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve, you are cordially invited to the restaurant where our chef has prepared a traditional dinner for you.
Enjoy your meal and get nice and warm: the night will be long and wonderful. After dinner, your guide will talk you through the observation of the stars. If you are a dedicated astronomer, this is for you! You are invited to the Charvin dome where the 400 mm Smith-Cassegrain telescope is waiting for you. All this, along with the activities, prepared in conjunction with our partners at la Ferme des Etoiles (Fleurance- Gers).
A mountain room
Now it’s time for you to make you way back to your room. These rooms were occupied up to recent times by the scientists, astronomers and technicians who are responsible for the Pic’s reputation and renown. A simple room but a comfortable one, and one with an unrivalled view over the mountains and up to the stars.
Well, you didn’t come here for a lie-in, did you? If you want to see the majestic sunrise over the Pyrenees, you will have to get up nice and early. And afterwards, a good substantial continental breakfast will be served up to you at the restaurant.
But your visit isn’t over yet. We will take you on a visit to the domes in the scientific facilities (exclusive to the nights at the summit programme, as these are fully functioning and not open to the public). This is organised together with our partners at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées.
Back down to earth
Later in the morning, you will go back down to La Mongie, with stars in your eyes, your mind full of new things and your soul overflowing with emotion…
The number of places for a night at the summit is limited to 27 people per night. The facilities consist of twelve double and three single rooms.
Remember, the Pic is 2877 metres above sea level. To get the most out of the activities which take place outside, make sure you have warm clothing, whatever the season: hat, gloves, good shoes, polar-neck sweater, coat and so on
You may want to come equipped with binoculars and a lamp (torch or headlamp) which must be red light only – this causes less light pollution and will help you move around as well as giving you the best chance to observe the night sky with fresh eyes.
To preserve the authenticity of the place, we chose to maintain sobriety and configuration of the rooms as they were originally designed. Of course, the comfort was improved and although it’s a bit different from a hotel, we bet on the fact that you will spenda very good night! How could it be different with this breathtaking view of the Pyrenees?
Practical: The sheets, duvets and towels are provided. A washbasin is available in the room.Showers andtoilets areon the landing.
Access to the two floors where the rooms are situated requires the use of a staircase (the rooms being originally designed for the staff of the Pic). We regret therefore that there is no wheelchair access.
However, if you want to discover the site by night, our evenings under the stars are fully suited to people with reduced mobility.