3000'ers of the Pyrenees

3000'ers of the Pyrenees

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It happens in every mountain range: the most attractive summits can always be classified in two categories. Either the most beautiful mountains or the highest ones. They sometimes belong to both categories, but not always. The highlight of the Himalaya and the Karakorum are the eight-thousanders. Just 14 main summits and a number of secondary shoulders and spots. There are also the andean six-thousanders, all ruled by Cerro Aconcagua from its almost seven thousand meters, the alpine four-thousanders led by the white glimmering dome of Mont-Blanc... and the three thousanders of the Pyrenees. Not as high as mount Everest, not even half as beautiful as the peruvian Cordillera Blanca, obviously not the highest mountains in Europe. But the highest summits of the Pyrenees. 212 summits as a whole. 11 main groups can be considered, and their highest points are(west to east):
1. Balaitous-Picos del Infierno
2. Vignemale
3. Monte Perdido
4. La Munia
5. Neouvielle-Pic Long
6. Culfreda-Bachimala
7. Posets-Eriste
8. Clarabide-Perdiguero-Boum
9. Maladeta-Aneto
10. Besiberri-Comaloforno
11. Pica d'Estats

Area 1: Balaitous-Infierno-Argualas

The first three thousanders of the Pyrenees when coming west to east are placed in the valley of Tena. There are two main massifs in this group:
- On the border between France and Spain, the massif of Balaitús and Frondiellas. Served by the mountain huts of Respomuso (Spain) and Arremoulit (France).
- The area west of Baños de Panticosa shows all other three-thousanders in this sector, their highlight being the three summits of the Picos del Infierno. No high huts in this area, just the one called "Casa de Piedra" and placed at Baños de Panticosa, but I heard there's a project to move it somewhere else (perhaps somewhere on the trail towards the Ibones de Bachimaña?).
The main accesses to the spanish side of the mountains are made by the road to Baños de Panticosa and the GR11 trail towards the Collado del Infierno, or by the dam of La Sarra and the valley of Aguas Limpias towards the Hut of Respomuso.

Balaitous from Tebarray over...Balaitous
The Picos del Infierno over...Picos del Infierno

A1Balaitous-Infiernos-Argualas Meters
01 Torre Costerillou 3.049
02 Aguja d'Ussel 3.022
03 Aguja Cadier 3.022
04 Frondiella N 3.062
002 Frondiella 3.071
05 Frondiella Central 3.055
003 Frondiella SW 3.001
004 Gran Facha 3.005
005Infierno Occidental 3.073
006Infierno Central3.083
007Infierno Oriental3.076
008Arnales 3.006
06Aguja Pondiellos3.011
009Garmo Negro 3.051
07Algas N.3.032
011 Argualas 3.046

 Gran Facha with Vignemale...

The peak of Frondiella (left)...

Area 2: Vignemale

Placed on the very border between France and Spain, the huge massif of Vignemale forms a fortress hosting the second biggest glacier in the Pyrenees and witnessed some of the first historic climbs in this range. Lady Lister signed the first succesful climb of Grand Vignemale via the south face and some years later Count Henry Russell would turn this beatiful massif into some kind of a "country house", renting it for 99 years from the town council of Cauterets and getting locals to dig some caves for his own use and that of his friends. The main huts serving this area are the french ones of Bayssellance and Oulettes de Gaube. The spanish mountain hostel of Bujaruelo might also be a help, though placed a little bit apart from the main routes.
Just a word on terminology: it's not usual to find these names, but in some maps Vignemale might be marked by the old spanish terms of "Viñamala" or "Comachibosa".
Vignemale Massif´s North Face...Vignemale north face
The Couloir from the descend...Couloir de Gaube

Area 3: Monte Perdido

The area around Monte Perdido forms kind of a three legged fork, centered by the summit of Marboré. From this point a long ridge goes west towards the area of Vignemale, offering the climber summits such as the Picos de la Cascada, the Torre, the Casco or Taillon. The easternmost arm of this fork is formed by the summits of Grand Astazou and Petit Astazou, linking with the Area of La Munia. It is, nonetheless, the southern arm the one that offers a bigger number of three-thousanders: it includes Cilindro de Marboré, Monte Perdido, Soum de Ramond (Pico de Añisclo) and a number of secondary summits such as the Baudrimonts, the Punta de las Escaleras or the small Pitón SW del Cilindro. A magic kingdom for summitbaggers, indeed. One more thing: the main guarded huts in the mountains are those of Góriz (on the west slopes of Monte Perdido) and Sarradets (just north of the Brèche de Roland). The sector of Pineta and the Astazous has got no guarded huts and therefore calls for better equipment if you foresee a night in the open.
View of the summit of Taillon...Taillon
Mt. Perdido as viewed from...Monte Perdido

Area 4: La Munia

The Massif of La Munia is quite an unknown area for most people. Its north side overlooks the french Cirque de Troumouse, easily reachable from the villages of Gavarnie or Luz-St Sauveur. The south (spanish) side is also quite isolated, and hides the beautiful lakes of La Munia and the Pico de Robiñera. The closest spanish village is Bielsa, and the normal route to La Munia from the south begins from the beautiful valley of Pineta.
Ibones de la Munia and Peña BlancaPanorama from Robiñera

A4La Munia Meters
040Pico Heid3.022
041 Pico de Troumouse 3.085
042 Sierra Morena 3.090
043 La Munia 3.133
18 Pequeña Munia 3.096
044 Robiñera 3.003

Area 5: Néouvielle-Pic Long

Up to my knowledge, this is the only Pyrenees massif with three-thousand meter peaks fully placed in french territory.
A5Néouvielle-Pic Long Meters
045Pic de Néouvielle3.091
046 Ramougn 3.011
047 Trois Conseillers 3.039
048 Turon de Néouvielle 3.035
049 Pale Crabounnouse 3.021
19 Punta Réboul-Vidal 3.007
050 Bugarret 3.031
051 Dent d’Estibère Male 3.017
052 Pic Long 3.192
20Aiguille Tourràt 3.014
22Aiguille Badet3.135
054Maou 3.074
056Estaragne 3.006

Area 6: Culfreda-Bachimala

This might easily be the most unknown area of the three-thousanders of the Pyrenees. Access is not easy from any of the two sides of the border. The closest spanish villages are Plan and San Juan de Plan, linked to Bielsa and Aínsa by a narrow road of about 14 km. The north face of these massifs can be reached from France via Arreau, Loudenvielle and Tramezaygues(that is, on the western slopes of the Col de Peyresourde). The only guarded hut in the spanish side is Biadós, and there's another one (unguarded) at the close-by (to the west) valley of Tabernes.
Plan and BachimalaBachimala
A6Culfreda-Bachimala Meters
058 Culfreda 3.034
23 Culfreda NE 3.032
24 Culfreda Central 3.028
059 Pico Puerto de la Pez 3.018
060 Pico de la Pez 3.024
061 Abeillé 3.029
062 Pico Marcos Feliú 3.057
063 Punta Ledormeur 3.120
25Pequeño Bachimala 3.061
26Punta del Ibón3.100
064Bachimala / Pico Schrader3.177
065Punta del Sabre 3.074

Area 7: Posets-Eriste

Posets, the second highest summit of the Pyrenees, forms the central nucleus of a wide massif. Placed south of Perdiguero, southeast of the Maladeta Massif and east of Bachimala, it includes 13 main summits and 5 secondary summits over three thousand meters. And the best news is that the closeby Maladeta Massif sometimes concentrates the bigger crowds in these areas (this may be related to the presence of Aneto over there). Therefore, Posets and its surroundings offer beatiful (and not too crowded) climbs of almost every difficulty level.
Main Trailheads: Benasque, Plan.
Main huts: Refugio Angel Orús, Refugio de Estós, Refugio de Biadós.
Ibón de Llardaneta and ForquetaForqueta
The Pico Posets , the second...Posets

A7Posets - Eriste Meters
066Pico de los Veteranos3.125
067 Pico de los Gemelos Ravier 3.160
068 Posets 3.375
069 Pico de la Paúl 3.078
27 Pico inferior de la Paúl 3.073
070 Bardamina 3.079
071 Diente de Llardana 3.085
072 Tuca de Llardaneta 3.311
28 Tuqueta Roya 3.273
073Las Espadas 3.332
29Tuca del Forau de la Neu3.076
30Diente Royo 3.010
31Forqueta SE3.004
077 Gran Pico de Eriste 3.053
078 Eriste Sur 3.045

Area 8: Clarabide-Perdiguero-Boum

The Valley of Estós is probably the area where the biggest number of three-thousanders concentrate in the Pyrenees. Its entrance is placed a very short way north of Benasque, and a (private!) dirt road runs along most of the valley floor giving an easy access to the Refugio de Estós.
Main Huts: Refugio de Estós
Gourgs Blancs from Spain,...Gourgs Blancs
Crabioules EastCrabioules
The east face of Perdiguero...Perdiguero
A8Clarabide-Perdiguero-Boum Meters
32 Clarabide Occidental 3.008
33 Clarabide Oriental 3.012
080 Gías 3.011
081 Pico Saint-Saud 3.003
082 Camboué 3.043
083 Gourgs Blancs 3.129
34 Punta Lourde-Rocheblave 3.311
35 Torre Armengaud 3.065
084Pico Jean Arlaud 3.065
085Pico Belloc3.008
36Belloc central3.006
37Belloc Sur 3.007
087Pico Gourdon 3.034
38Pico Audoubert3.045
088Seil dera Baquo3.110
39 Cap dera Baquo occidental 3.097
40 Cap dera Baquo oriental 3.103
089Pico Portillon de Oô3.050
41Pequeño Pico del Portillon3.110
42Hito W del Perdiguero3.176
43Hito E del Perdiguero3.170
091Grand Quayrat3.060
092Pico Lézat3.107
44Aguja Superior de Lézat3.069
45Aguja Central NW de Lézat3.058
46Aguja Central SE de Lézat3.037
47Aguja Inferior de Lézat3.023
48Punta Lacq3.010
49Punta Mamy3.048
093 Crabioules Occidental 3.106
094 Crabioules Oriental 3.116
095 Punta de Lliterola 3.132
50Aguja de Lliterola3.028
51Tuca de Lliterola3.095
52Aguja Jean Garnier3.025
53Tusse de Remuñé3.041
54Pico Rabadá3.045
55Pico Navarro3.043
096Pico Royo3.121
097 Maupas 3.109
098 Boum 3.006

Area 9: Maladeta-Aneto

Maladeta range from Port de Vénasque
Maladeta and Aneto, the Montes Malditos. The "Damned Mountains". The massif where the highest peak of the Pyrenees can be found, a massif where beatiful granite builds high peaks and rock spires, where some of the big glaciers of the Pyrenees are placed.
Main Huts: La Renclusa

The peak of Vallibierna over...Vallibierna
Pico de la MaladetaLa Maladeta
Pico de AnetoPico de Aneto
SE slope of Pico de AraguellsAragüells
Patricia Lorenzo aproaching...Tempestades Ridge
A9Maladeta-Aneto Meters
099Pico de Alba3.118
56 Gendarme de Alba 3.054
100 Diente de Alba 3.136
58 Muela de Alba 3.118
58 Punta Delmas 3.170
101 Tercer pico occidental de la Maladeta 3.185
102 Segundo pico occidental de la Maladeta 3.220
103 Pico Le Bondidier3.185
104 Primer pico occidental de la Maladeta 3.254
105Pico de La Maladeta 3.308
59Pico Collado de la Rimaya3.265
60Pico Abadías3.279
61Gendarme Schmidt-Endell 3.335
106Pico Maldito3.350
62Aguja Haurillon 3.075
63Aguja Cregüeña3.043
64Aguja Juncadella3.021
107 Pico de Aragüells 3.037
108 Punta d’Astorg 3.355
109Pico del Medio3.346
110Pico de Coronas3.293
65Tuca del Collado de Coronas3.286
66Punta Oliveras-Arenas3.298
112Espalda de Aneto3.350
67Aguja Daviu3.350
68Aguja Escudier3.315
69Aguja Franqueville3.065
70Aguja Tchihatcheff3.052
71Aguja Argarot3.035
113Pico de Tempestades3.290
72Punta Brecha Tempestades3.274
114 Pico Margalide 3.241
73 Forca Estasen 3.028
74 Gendarme-Torre de Salenques 3.111
75Primer resalte de Salenques3.127
76Segundo resalte de Salenques3.148
115Pico Russell3.207
77Punta Brecha Russell3.192
116Tuca de Culebres3.062
78Russell SE3.205
79 Aguja Russell Superior 3.146
80 Punta Russell Oriental 3.034
81Aguja SW de Russell3.029
117Pico de Vallibierna /Vallhiverna3.067
118Tuc de Mulleres3.010

Area 10: Besiberri-Comaloforno

Main Huts: Refugio Ventosa i Calvell
Summit seen from La RaconadaPunta Alta

A10Besiberri - Comaloforno Meters
119Besiberri N3.014
120 Besiberri del Mig N 3.002
121Besiberri del Mig S 3.003
122 Besiberri S 3.030
123 Comaloforno 3.033
124 Pico Celestin Passet 3.002
125 Punta Alta 3.014

Area 11: Estats

The south facePica d'Estats
A11Estats Meters
126Pico de Sotllo3.072
127 Montcalm 3.077
128 Pico Verdaguer 3.131
129 Pica d’Estats 3.143
82 Punta Gabarró 3.115
83 Rodó de Canalbona 3.004

External links

The valley of Benasque: I don't know wether it really is the most complete web guide to the valley of Benasque, but it sure is a good one. Might be helpful if you plan to do some climbing in Areas 7, 8 or 9 (from Posets to Maladeta-Aneto). The only thing is... I have only found spanish language information, sorry about that.

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eza - Jul 11, 2007 10:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Maupas

OK, I already made the changes in the list to link directly to it.

Rafa Bartolome

Rafa Bartolome - Aug 7, 2007 3:08 am - Voted 10/10


la altura de Aguja Argarot es 3035m, has repetido los 3052 de la Tchihafcheff


eza - Aug 7, 2007 9:10 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Argarot

Corregido, muchas gracias. Estás en todo...


visentin - Mar 12, 2009 9:28 am - Voted 10/10

I'd rename it

into the SP language, English : "3000's of the Pyrenees" (without é with accent)

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