The Vicdessos valley, Soulcem

The Vicdessos Valley: A haven of peace in the heart of the Pyrenees

A few kilometers from the Ariège évasion campsite, nestled in the south-east of the Ariège Pyrenees Regional Natural Park, the Vicdessos valley takes shape like a preserved green setting, far from the tumult of daily life. This wild and authentic valley, sculpted by glaciers and tumultuous rivers, offers visitors a grandiose landscape and a multitude of outdoor activities.

The Soulcem pond: A high-altitude jewel

Pond of SoulcemLocated at an altitude of 1570 meters, in the town of Auzat, the Soulcem pond turns out to be a true natural gem. This lake of glacial origin, with crystal clear and turquoise waters, nestles in a mountainous cirque dominated by the majestic peaks of Montcalm and Bassiès. The calm that reigns in this place, the beauty of the surrounding landscapes and the richness of the wildlife make the Soulcem pond a peaceful and rejuvenating place.

For hikers, several trails leave from the pond towards the 3 France-Spain-Andorra borders, offering panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.

The Artigue waterfalls: A symphony of water

Near the Soulcem pond, the Artigue waterfalls constitute another natural treasure of the Vicdessos valley. Nestled in lush greenery, these three waterfalls flow into a turquoise basin, creating a magical and soothing spectacle. The hike to access the waterfalls is short and easy, making it accessible to (almost) everyone.

The trail begins at the Artigue car park and winds through a wooded valley. Along the route, you can enjoy the freshness of the forest and the song of the birds. After about 30 minutes of walking, you will reach the first waterfall. The second and third waterfalls are located a little further up, a few more minutes of walking.

The Vicdessos valley: A playground for nature lovers

In addition to the Soulcem pond and the Artigue waterfalls, the Vicdessos valley offers a multitude of outdoor activities for all tastes and levels. Hikers can explore the many trails that crisscross the valley and climb the surrounding peaks. Lovers of white water sports can indulge in canyoning .

In winter, the valley transforms into a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. The nearby Guzet-Neige ski resort offers slopes for all levels.

A rich and authentic heritage

The Vicdessos valley is also a territory rich in history and heritage. You can discover many picturesque villages, such as Auzat, Vicdessos and Sem, which have retained their old-world charm. You can also visit the Château de Montréal-de-Sos, a medieval fortress which dominates the valley.


The Vicdessos valley is an ideal destination for lovers of nature and tranquility. Its grandiose landscapes, its high-altitude lakes, its waterfalls and its picturesque villages make it a unique and unforgettable place. Whether you are a hiker, cyclist, fisherman or simply looking for relaxation, you will find what you are looking for in this authentic and preserved valley.