This is the shortest and easiest route to climb the Pico de Alba (3118m) and the most popular.
Time: 4h 15m to summit
La Besurta (1890m): the entry of North of Maladeta Massif is the same of normal route of Aneto across Refuge La Renclusa (2140m). La Besurta is easy of reach from Benasque following to Hospital de Benasque and taking the road signalled at right side before the descent to Hospital.
In winter or early in the season it's possible the close of road to La Besurta by the snow and then you must begin in Hospital de Benasque (1758m) with 30 minutes more of walk to La Besurta.
We'll begin surrounded with a lot of people in direction to Aneto across La Renclusa and the first path is the same to all. After 45 minutes we'll arrive to the Refuge de La Renclusa (2140m). In this point we'll leave the path of Aneto (left side under the ridge of Portillones) walking to right to the first hill with some trees to reach the Ibon (lake) de la Renclusa (2300m). In the lake we'll follow in west direction to the collado de Paderna (2540m), a evident col between the Pico Paderna (2622m) and the ridge North of Pico de Alba with the Tuca Blanca de Paderna (2855m).
The route is confuse leaving the cairns to Collado inf de Alba(3023m) in left side but we'll follow to S.W. another cairns. After a ramp of blocks we'll reach a small col, the Brecha de la Tuca Blanca (2789m) at south of Tuca Blanca de Paderna(2855m) and at north of our peak. We'll walk now near of the edge of the ridge in a path in right side climbing the Aguja Norte de Alba (2960m) to get the ridge in direction to the bottom of final cone. The channel of stones N.E. suround the summit to reach finally a new channel at N.W. to reach the final section, with an easy climb (F) to reach the summit.
Essential GearCrampons and ice-axe in winter.
The use of ski is possible to the col (Brecha de la Tuca Blanca) before of the final ridge.