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Pic Central

Pic Central

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Hautes Pyrénées, France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.76853°N / 0.14724°W

Object Title: Pic Central

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10614 ft / 3235 m


Page By: Rafa Bartolome

Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2008 / Oct 9, 2009

Object ID: 426923

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Cirque of Vignemale
East face

The Pic Central (3235m) is a main summit according with list of UIAA of peaks of 3000m of the Pyrenees, but it's the less important peak at South of Vignemale Massif. It's situated between two most important peaks, at East is the great ridge of Montferrat (3219m, P.D.inf) and at West is the easy ridge of Cerbillona (3247m, F). The climb is a very good combination both with Cerbillona, probably with the climb of Grand Vigenale (3298m) and even Clot de la Hount (3289m) if it's your first visit to Vignemale Massif. As well it's an interesting peak, both with Cerbillona to a new visit to glacier d'Ossoue after the climb of Grand Vignemale in the first visit (it's obliged of course!).

The col with the peak Cerbillona is called Col of Lady Lister because this woman was the first people to climb the massif across this point, exit of the famous coulouir of Moskowa.

Getting There

Access from the French side by road is from the East-West autoroute E80 (Bayonne to Toulouse) and the National road N21 via Lourdes and the D821 / D920 to Cauterets or the D921 to Gavarnie. There are airports at Pau and Toulouse.

Access from Spanish side by road from the N.W. or W. of the country: across Irun to cross to France, taking the road to Bayonne and the same French way.

Access from Spanish side in the centre of Pyrenees (near Huesca): the best option in the entry in French territory across Col du Portalet or Col du Somport. In winter many days this road is closed by the snow (or it requires the use of chains). D918 to Argelès-Gazost, D12 and D921 to Gavarnie.

Red Tape

No permits are required. If you want to sleep in the Refuge of Bayssellance is advisable the reserve by phone.


Refuge Bayssellance

In the National Parks camping is normally not allowed, except in a place of more than 1h of walk of a refuge, but it's very difficult in the route from the North (Oulettes de Gaube) because it exist two refuges (Gaube and Bayssellance). The best option to camp is near Barrage d'Ossoue, in the South approach, with some places indicates near of the dam.

Refuge of Baysellance (2650m, 70 places)

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Cirque of VignemaleOn the ridge of MontferratPics Central and CerbillonaCentral and CerbillonaPic CentralPic CentralPic Central (3235m)