Cirque de Troumouse Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

16.7 mi
4,771 ft
5.2 %


Page Contributor(s): Erwan Treguier, Brittany, France


This is one of two epic climbs accessed via D921 south of Luz Saint Sauveur and Col du Tourmalet. 

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For those looking to stay in the area we would recommend the Pyrenees Cycling Lodge. Located in the beautiful medieval village of Saint Savin and hosted by Mark & Niamh, the Lodge is run by cyclists for cyclists. It is a great location for any cycling adventure in the Pyrenees with several renowned climbs within 100km of the property and 6 Tour de France climbs within 15km. Visit their website or contact them directly at .



Difficulty: Strenuous



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Dec 8, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
Dec 8, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 4
road: 3
The Cirque de Trumouse climb is another good one from Luz St Sauveur. The first part follows the road to Gavarnie. After Gedre, you turn off to the left and leave the world behind. The last 15k or so are more wild, with great scenery and less traffic. Cars have to pay a toll (not bicycles in 2014). As you climb higher, the road gets steeper and it is not as well maintained. The road ends at the parking lot for the Cirque. There is a restaurant a few k from the top, but it is best to take plenty of food and water. If you need some more climbing try the short but steep and narrow road up to the Barrage and Lac des Gloriettes.
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panoramic view of Pyranees mountains

Cycling Cirque de Troumouse

Ride 26.8 kilometers gaining 1,454 meters at 5.2% average grade.

The Troumouse climb is in the Pyrenees mountain range of southwest Europe and forms the natural border between France and Spain.  Along with the French Alps, the Pyrenees are annually host to the mountain stages of the Tour de France.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist on Cycling Cirque de Troumouse climb, Pyrenees mountains, sheep grazing on roadside

Climb summary by PJAMM dear friend and ambassador Erwan Treguiar of Brittany, France.

Cirque de Troumouse is a very scenic bike climb located in the climbing area of Argeles Gazost - Luz Saint Sauveur in the western French Pyrenees south of Lourdes. There have been no tour finishes (the climb ends at a parking lot and trailhead for the Cirque de Troumouse trail).  The Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne or HPR (trail across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean) crosses at the finish of this bike climb.  

photo collage shows road signs along the route, bike parked against stone retaining wall

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclists riding on beautiful mountain roadway, great road condition

Turn to Barrage et Lac des Gloriettes at kilometer 17.2.

Turn onto Barrage et Lac des Gloriettes at kilometer 17.2.

Chapelle de Heas and Auberge de La Munia

Chapelle de Heas and Auberge de La Munia at kilometer 19.2.

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Auberge du Maillet

Auberge du Maillet at kilometer 23.8.

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sheep lay in roadway as tractor passes them by; road sign warns of no campters, cars, bikes, etc.

As with its neighbor, Col de Tentes, this route is through sheep country, but . . .

three horned cattle lay in green grass on hillside

. . . sheep don’t own the place . . .

photo collage shows hairpin turns on the way to top of climb

Nine hairpins for 1.4 kilometers at 9% beginning two kilometers from the top.

scenic views show sheep grazing in green grass on hillside, Pyrenees mountains

View back down the mountain near the top.

climb finish just below Cirque de Troumouse, stone building, green hillsides

Finish just below Cirque de Troumouse.

gorgeous stone bridge, Pont Napoléon Saut à l'élastique

Pont Napoléon Saut à l'élastique

One of the greatest bridges we have encountered while documenting bike climbs throughout the world . . .

Pont Napoléon Saut à l'élastique bridge crossing the Gavarnie river

The Napoleon Bridge crosses the river Gavarnie.

If you ride from Argeles Gazost (as we did) or Luz Saint Sauveur, you will ride past this epic bridge.

Pont Napoléon Saut à l'élastique as seen from afar, crossing the Gavarnie river

bike parked on small wooden bridge crossing over small stream with crystal blue water

From Luz Saint Sauveur, we follow the gorge and River Gavarnie for 10 kilometers, then split from it in Gèdre. Thereafter we cross streams Heas, Aguila, and Maillet on our way to the top.

Three other exceptional bicycle climbs that begin near that start in Luz Saint Sauveur are:

Luz Ardiden.

Col du Tourmalet.

Col de Tentes.