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Pic d' Aret
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Pic d' Aret

 
Pic d\' Aret

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.74601°N / 0.26711°E

Object Title: Pic d' Aret

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Mixed, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9642 ft / 2939 m

 

Page By: visentin

Created/Edited: Oct 16, 2009 / May 25, 2011

Object ID: 564137

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Overview

 
<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>, Pic d Aret
North face
 
Sarroues (2835m) and Aret (2939m)
From Lustou
 
Pic d Aret from <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>
North face
  
<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>, Pic d Aret
North face
 
Pic d Aret from Saint Lary
North face
 
Lenticular stormy cloud over the Pic d Aret
A volcano ? :)

<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>, sunrise  on Pic d Aret from the window
At sunrise

Pic d'Aret is a quite paradoxal peak. While its impressive northern face, doubled with its twin the Pic de Tramezaïgues, belongs to the lanscape of the Vallée d'Aure (not to say the emblematic view over Saint Lary), as well as its huge height, close to 3000 meters, this peak is almost never climbed.
Pic d Aret from <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>
North panorama

The peak is not difficult to climb... It's a mountain for walkers. But the real reason is that there is no less than 2000m to climb up, with 3/4 of them making a monotonous climb into an uniform deep valley, which doesn't allow any panorama from the start to the end... not a generous mountain this Pic d'Aret !

But the summit panorama is not less rewarding, allowing original and unusual views to the famous neighbours, in the Néouvielle and Lustou regions.
Mountain panorama from in Vielle Aure
The Aret closes the view at the end of the Saint Lary valley

Getting There

 
Saint Lary, Pic d Aret
Valley view
 
Snowy Pyrenees
North face
 
<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>, Pic d Aret
Valley view
 
<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>, Pic d Aret
North face
  
It is possible to start the walk either at the village of Tramezaïgues, the longest option, but the only one which diversifies a bit the walk, or get as high as possible using a track turning sharp right near the entrance of the Rioumajou valley.

This way, we gain about 200m of height, but at the price of a longer approach by car on a land-rover track. We also skip the beautiful farms and castle ruins over the village...


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Pic d Aret from Sarroues
The top from Pic de Sarroues

Route

 
Tramezaigues castle ruins at the trailhead of Pic d Aret
Tramezaïgues castle
 
Barns near Tramezaigues at the trailhead of Pic d Aret
Tramezaïgues barns
 
The Arbizon from the Pic d Aret
The long the way up
 
The endless way up into the valley that leads to the top of Pic d Aret
The long the way up
 
 Climbing the final part of Pic d Aret
The long the way up
 
Pic d Aret
To the summit
 
The top of Pic d Aret
To the summit
 
South view from Pic d Aret into the Sarroues valley
SE view from the top
 
Estos, Parraouis, Lusto, from left to right and from the Pic d Aret
Estos, Parraouis, Lustou
 
The Aure valley from the top of Pic d Aret
Aure valley
  
Péguère s Ravine and Massif of Aret
from Péguère's Ravine

The Arbizon from the Pic d Aret
The long way up

There is ony one route, which climbs into the long corridor valley located north from the Sarroues, along the stream Rau de Lassas.
One place in the middle of the ascent, "pas de Sarroues", requires just a bit of attention, but hands are not needed.

We climb like this until the so-called "Lac de Sarroues", a laked which is empty most of the year, difficult to guess; rather a marsh. Best place to bivouac near the top of the mountain since flat.
The rest of the ascent consists in elevating in the screes of the summit, then on the east ridge.
View from the top of Pic d Aret
South view from the top of Pic d'Aret

On the top, we realize that what we thought to be the top from Saint Lary is not indeed the real one, but slightly behind. To appreciate the full view to the valley and be at the top of the pyramid as seen from downside, one must climb down slightly to reach the point 2883m.

It is also possible to reach the secon twin top, Pic de Tramezaïgues (2572), but the ridge between them is said to be made of loose stone, slippy when wet, and very exposed. The way down from Pic de Tramezaïgues to the starting point is also quite adventurous, via a steep slope in the forest, until we reach the clearing Plo de la Coume, and a path that brings us back to the track from Rioumajou.

The website of Philippe Queinnec has an excellent map of these trails.
Descending from pass of Ordiceto, looking into the Rioumajou valley
From Port d'Ourdissetou, in the distance

Blue tape

 
Lenticular stormy cloud over the Pic d Aret
Over the Neste d'Aure
 
Pic d Aret over the Neste d Aure
Over the Neste d'Aure

The Néouvielle region from Pic d Aret
Panorama to the Néouvielle région

No regulations, as Pic d'Aret does not lie in any park.
The circuit visiting the Pic de Tramezaïgues must absolutely be made by dry weather.
Many accomodations and campsites in the Aure valley :
http://www.vallee-aure.com/
No known open sherperd hut in the surroundings...
Wildcamping possible, and very nice location at the lakes of Consaterre.

Accomodation

 
Pic d Aret from <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>
Night view
 
The Neste d Aure river near Vielle Aure
River view

Many accomodations and campsites in the Aure valley :
http://www.vallee-aure.com/
Let's mention a house for rent in Tramezaïgues
No hut at all in the surroundings. As mentioned above, a good bivouac place near lake de Sarroues.

One accommodation is worth mention for large groups of people: La Filature (former spinning mill), in Ancizan, with further information here and here (French). Prices can go as low as 10€ for groups over 10 people. A separate apartment is available too but rates may vary depending on the charges being shared with others or not.

<a href= http://www.summitpost.org/logistical-center/458596/saint-lary.html >Saint Lary</a>
The Pic d'Aret over Saint Lary valley

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