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Rafting Pau: Half-day rafting trip down the Gave de Pau, Pyrenees

General public
1h45 to 2h00 sailing time
7 years old, can swim
Late June to late September

From the end of June/beginning of July, we'll be taking up summer residence at the le Saillet campsite in Lestelle-Bétharram in the Pyrenees, where our white-water rafting centre.

We offer you a rafting on the Gave de Pauwhich rises in the famous Gavarnie cirque in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Water flowing down the Hautes Pyrénées from Lourdes form the most popular rapids in the region.

A half-day rafting trip in the Pyrenees in the heart of the wilderness for a great time with family and friends, although there are a few rapids to remind you that this is a real adventure. white-water activities. No need for experience, this descent is suitable for all levelsBeginners and experienced alike. In spring, this course is more sportsman thanks to melting snow which raises the water level.


per person

(from 1 to 4 people)


per person

(family 4 pers / group 5 pers / -16 years)

The price includes the supervision, the loan of the equipment, the insurance in RC

Advance booking essential

The activity In detail

General Info

  • Location: Gave de Pau river. RDV at the campsite le Saillet in Lestelle-Bétharram 64800 (Google Maps RDV) where our nautical base is located, at the arrival of the course
  • from the end of June to the end of September
  • 1h45 to 2h00 of descent, but it is necessary to count +/- 3h00 in all by adding the dressing, the preparation, the shuttle, etc.
  • In July-August: 3 possible departures: RDV 9:00 am; 1:00 pm or 4:15 pm
  • September: RDV 9.30am or 2pm

Levels / Difficulties

Class II / III river.
There is always a current, some rapids are really moving with a lot of relief, waves, rocks to avoid: learning how to navigate in white water.

Between the rapids, there are quieter periods for contemplating the landscape or swimming.

  • The only requirements for rafting are that you can swim and that you are fit: no sporting ability or previous experience is required.
  • In miniraft / kayak-raft, minimum 12 years old and depending on the flow we may require previous paddling experience.


  • Knowing how to swim
  • Children from 7 years old
  • Warn if you have a medical history


The activity is supervised by a qualified instructor in canoeing and kayaking and associated disciplines, member of the Ossau valley monitors' officeChlorophylle Adventure.

Groups of maximum 10 participants per instructor.

Materials provided

  • Neoprene wetsuit
  • Waistcoat
  • Headset
  • Paddle
  • Boat

Changing rooms in our rafting base, in the Saillet campsite in Lestelle-Bétharram.
Showers available at the campsite.


Communicated when you register.

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You must plan for

  • A pair of closed shoes that will get wet (trainers, tennis shoes, water sports shoes, but not flip-flops or sandals)
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Lycra T-shirt if you have one (optional)
  • Bath towel
  • Sunscreen
  • No credit card for payment on site, please bring a cheque, cash (with a deposit if possible), holiday vouchers, ANCV sports vouchers.

All our rafting packages

Rafting in spring (April to end of June):

Rafting in summer (late June to early October):

Rafting = two ways of sailing

Rafting with a guide in the boat.
Steered by a monitor, the boat will always pass the right place!
The 4 to 10-seater raft is the safest boat, accessible to everyone as long as they can swim.

NB: The choice between a boat with a guide or a boat that you will steer yourself can be made at the time of registration or on the spot, we will advise you.

In a 3-6 person mini-raft or a 2 person kayak-raft.

You're the pilot! You'll need to learn how to manoeuvre the boat and read the river to choose the right course through the rapids! You don't need to be a champion - inflatable boats are much more stable and easier to handle than traditional kayaks.

As soon as the river has reached its low water level, these are the most popular boats for teenagers and adults. The instructor is always present at your side, in his own boat, to ensure safety and to guide you.

NB: The choice between a boat with a guide or a boat that you will steer yourself can be made at the time of registration or on the spot, we will advise you.



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