Some nights, the universe reserves exceptional moments. Pic du Midi then prompts you to commune with the sun and stars in unforgettable evenings. Contemplation, observation, tasting … dream !
Your starry evening starts with the cable car ride. Of course you can access the site at anytime during the day, but if you take the cable car in late afternoon (before 5.00 PM) you will see the mountains begin their game of hide and seek with emerging shadows, and magic begins to operate.
At the summit
Once you’ve arrived, before diving intostargazing,the animation team present the evening program. Three different workshops are proposed to you : 1) The historical discovery of the Pic Du Midi, a reckless report of some men whith a mountain. 2) The film » The Epic of the Pic » in the planetarium instaled in the oldest dome of the site 3) The presentation of several instruments of astronomical observation, which will be used later in the evening on the terraces.
Finally you sit at the restaurant with panoramic of the Pyrenees. Here you can enjoy a traditional buffet concocted just for you by our chef. Then comes the magic moment long awaited: the observation of the sunset and the birth of stars from the panoramic terrace.
Well bundled up, you participate in astronomical animations. Astonomers and passionate scientists accompany you to observe the sky to the moment from the terraces: moon galaxies stars clusters, planets. From pm 10:30 you take the cable car down to Mongie with stars in your eyes and dreams to the extent of this world that was yours for a night… A nice program proposed and realized in partnership withCosmodiff – La Clef des Etoiles.
Places are available only upon reservation. An insurance service is optional, plusfile fees.
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.