The Refuge du Portillon, situated in the Lake of Portillon d'Oô, it's the highest in the area to climb mountains.
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Places: 80 (winter, not keeped: 32).
Open: 1th May to 30th October.
Approach to Granges d'Astau:
-French: the approach to the village of Montréjeau has good highways. The access to Montréjeau is on the road A-64 (E-80) between Tarbes and Toulousse. From Montréjeau we'll follow to Bagnères de Luchon. In Luchon we'll follow the signals “Col de Peyresourde”. After 2-3 km in the village of Cazeaux de Larboust is the entry to the road of Granges d’Astau (1160m).
-Spanish: the access is possible at West in tunnel of Bielsa, or at the East, in the tunnel of Vielha.
-Approach to Bielsa: from Huesca to Ainsa. In Bielsa you’ll take the tunnel of Aragnouet-Bielsa to France. It’s necessary to reach the village of Arreau to turn to the east to Val Louron, the first valley of Luchon, or following across the Col of Peyresourde (1569m) and before of Bagnères de Luchon is the access (see above).
-Approach to Vielha: from the city of Lleida to village of Pont de Suert (N-230), and across the tunnel of Vielha you’ll entry in valley of Aran. Before the village of Bosost is the road to Col du Portillon (1293m) to cross the border to France. The road D-618 go directly to Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Time: 4h 30 min.
The route to the Refuge is long and generally you walked the previous day to the climbs of the peaks. The path is good signaled across the Lac d'Oô with bar and restaurant (no lodges) and the next Hut, the Refuge d'Espingo in the lake of same name. We'll follow the path across the Lac Saussat and a hard slope in a path to reach the dam where's the Refuge.
Quayrat, Lézat, Crabioules, Perdiguero, Pic de Portillon de Oô, Seil de la Bacque, Gourgs Blancs, Gourdon, Spijeoles, Belloc.
Tusse de Montarqué, Lac Glacé, Lac d'Espingo, GR-10 to valley of Benasque across Col Inf de Literola.