OverviewStanding just north of the french-spanish border, this is not a specially difficult peak, neither an extremely beautiful one. It has even got to suffer the proximity of the ski resort in the valley of Astún, making the initial climb a not-so-beautiful one. It's not even a really high summit. The main reason to include it here is the unforgettable views it offers over nearby Pic du Midi d'Ossau. An easy way to spend a summer morning (or a winter day), enjoying fine views, as long as the weather stays reasonably good.
In order to get to Astún from France, start from the town of Oloron Ste-Marie and follow the road to the spanish border, south, all along the Vallée d'Aspe.
NEAREST MAJOR AIRPORTS: Zaragoza / Barcelona (323 km)
RAILWAY ACCESS: The nearest rail station are the ones at Sabiñánigo and Jaca, thirty to fourty kilometers away from Astún. Additional transport will therefore be required. Check the link page ("Autobuses Valle del Aragón").
A second trailhead is placed at the french lake of Bious-Artigues, under the north face of Midi d'Ossau. It can be reached from Pau via Oloron Ste-Marie and Laruns, beginning afterwards the climb to the Col du Pourtalet. The road to Bious-Artigues starts from the proximities of the village of Gabas.
Red TapeNo need for permits or parking fees. If visiting Pico de los Monjes during the winter season, consider reaching the parking lot of Astún quite early, for the skilifts open at around nine o'clock in the morning and the parking area can become quite crowded.
When To ClimbThe only real precaution to be taken is choosing as fine a weather as possible, mainly because of confort reasons. Not that experienced mountaineers should have problems here, but the place can turn nasty if you get caught by an electric storm (it's experience talking...)
CampingCamping is officially not allowed on the spanish (southern) side of the mountain. For the french access from Bious-Artigues, National Park Regulations apply.
Mountain ConditionsFor weather conditions check the links section of this page. Includes meteorological information and some webcams.
- French weather predictions
- Spanish weather predictions
Private web page supported by a mountain shop of Benasque (Spain). Also english version available
- Ski Station of Astun
Information about the snow, webcam of the zone, weather, hotels & housing,...
Info about the valleys of Pirineos and the zone: Astún, Candanchú,...with hotels, services, villages,...(spanish)
- Ski Station of Candanchú
Info about the neighbor ski station of Candanchú with weather, webcam,...
- Canfranc village
Web page of the Canfranc Area. Includes webcam.