Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees

Walks, Climbs and Multi-day Treks

By Kev Reynolds

Guidebook describing 170 routes for walks, climbs and multi-day treks on both sides of the Pyrenees, including a circuit of Andorra's Frontier Peaks. The 3000m summits are within reach of any hill walker and offer a variety of terrain. The day walks range from 30 minutes to 9 hours and the multi-day walks from 2 to 12 days.



Winter stretches from November to April; summer activities between May and October, although snow may hold on into July; thunderstorms on hot summer afternoons


Etsaut, Borce, Lescun, Laruns, Gabas, Eaux-Bonnes, Gourette, Arrens, Lac d'Estaing, Cauterets, Gavarnie, Torla, Bielsa, Gèdre, Héas, Barèges, St-Lary, Benasque, Eriste, Arties, Salardu, Bohi, Espot, Capdella, Àreu, Vicdessos, Andorra, Ax-les-Thermes, Porté-Putmorens


from easy day walks to climbing and mountaineering routes of the Pyrenees' highest peaks, long-day and multi-day mountain walks
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multi-day tours and mountaineering ascents throughout the High Pyrenees; all valleys and peaks from France and Spain, with through routes and peaks to bag
28 Jan 2015
2 Mar 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.2cm
  • Overview

    Essential guidebook of walks and climbs in the Pyrenees, with over 170 day walks, multi-day walks, climbing routes and mountaineering ascents. Covers all valleys and peaks on both sides of the border with France and Spain, with through routes and peaks to bag, as an introduction to one of Europe's finest mountain ranges.

    The active walker, trekker and climber is spoilt for choice. There are exquisite valleys and passes to wander and summits of 3000m and more within the reach of most hill walkers. The landscape is full of diversity and contrast, with Alpine-style peaks over 3000m, small glaciers, deep gorges and more than a thousand mountain lakes. The range is also known as the 'flower garden of Europe', and the wildlife includes various species rarely seen elsewhere on the continent. Since the first edition appeared in 1978, Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees has become accepted as the authoritative guide to the range and has been continuously updated and in print. For centuries the Pyrenees were dismissed as holding little of importance to the climber and mountain walkers ignored them almost completely. But all that has changed and the Pyrenees have now become the focus of attention for mountain activists of all degrees of commitment.

    The guidebook divides the range into 21 sections, including Andorra, the Ordesa National Park, the Carlit Massif, Gavarnie and the Cirque du Lescun to name a few. Each area includes practical information on travel, accommodation and mountain refuges, as well sketch mapping. Between short, half-hour walks, to 12-day treks and 25 summits, this guidebook will help any walker, climber or trekker experience the best of the Pyrenees.

  • Contents

    The Mountains
    National Parks
    Getting There
    Refuges, Gîtes and Camping
    Emergency Services
    Using the Guide
    Information at a Glance
    The French Pyrenees: Cirque de Lescun to the Carlit Massif
    1 Cirque de Lescun: Routes 1–11
    Route 1 Lescun – Refuge de Labérouat
    Route 2 Lescun – Pic d’Anie
    Route 3 Lescun (Parking Nabia) – Lac de Lhurs
    Route 4 Lescun – Cabane de Pédain
    Route 5 Cabane de Pédain – Cabane d’Ansabère
    Route 6 Lescun – Cabane d’Ansabère
    Route 7 Cabane d’Ansabère – Pic d’Ansabère
    Route 8 Lescun (Pont Lamary) – Lac d’Ansabère – Ibón de Acherito
    Route 9 Cabane d’Ansabère – Col de Burcq – Refuge d’Arlet
    Route 10 Cirque de Lescun and the Frontier Ridge
    Route 11 Lescun to Refuge d’Ayous via Etsaut
    2 Pic du Midi d’Ossau: Routes 12–20
    Route 12 Lac de Bious-Artigues – Refuge d’Ayous
    Route 13 Lac de Bious-Artigues – Col de Suzon – Refuge de Pombie
    Route 14 Lac de Bious-Artigues – Col de Peyreget – Refuge de Pombie
    Route 15 Ossau Valley (Caillou de Soques) – Refuge de Pombie
    Route 16 Col du Pourtalet (Anéou Pastures) – Refuge de Pombie
    Route 17 Refuge de Pombie – Pic du Midi d’Ossau
    Route 18 Ayous Lakes Circuit
    Route 19 Tour of Pic du Midi d’Ossau
    Route 20 Extended Tour of Pic du Midi
    3 Balaïtous: Routes 21–35
    Route 21 Ossau Valley (Caillou de Soques) – Refuge d’Arrémoulit (via Passage d’Orteig)
    Route 22 Ossau Valley (Caillou de Soques) – Refuge d’Arrémoulit (via Lac d’Artouste)
    Route 23 Lac d’Artouste – Refuge d’Arrémoulit
    Route 24 Refuge d’Arrémoulit – Pic Palas
    Route 25 Refuge d’Arrémoulit – Col du Palas – Port du Lavedan – Refuge de Larribet
    Route 26 Plan d’Aste – Lac de Suyen – Refuge de Larribet
    Route 27 Plan d’Aste – Refuge Ledormeur
    Route 28 Plan d’Aste – Refuge de Migouélou
    Route 29 Lac d’Artouste – Col d’Artouste – Refuge de Migouélou
    Route 30 Refuge d’Arrémoulit – Col d’Arrémoulit – Refugio Respomuso
    Route 31 Sallent de Gallego (Puente de la Fajas) – Refugio Respomuso
    Route 32 Tour of the Balaïtous Region
    Route 33 Lac du Tech (Vallée d’Arrens) – Lac de Pouey-Laün
    Route 34 Refuge d’Arrémoulit – Balaïtous
    Route 35 Refuge de Larribet – Balaïtous
    4 The Gourette Massif: Routes 36–38
    Route 36 Gourette – Lac d’Anglas
    Route 37 Gourette – Lac d’Uzious – Lac du Lavedan
    Route 38 Gourette – Lac du Tech – Arrens-Marsous – Gourette
    5 Vallée d’Estaing: Routes 39–42
    Route 39 Circuit of Lac d’Estaing
    Route 40 Lac d’Estaing – Lac du Plaa de Prat
    Route 41 Lac d’Estaing – Col d’Ilhéou – Refuge d’Ilhéou
    Route 42 Lac d’Estaing – Lac du Barbat
    6 Vallée du Marcadau: Routes 43–53
    Route 43 Cauterets – Pont d’Espagne – Chalet-Refuge du Clot
    Route 44 Chalet-Refuge du Clot – Refuge Wallon
    Route 45 Pont d’Espagne – Refuge Wallon
    Route 46 Refuge Wallon – Grande Fache
    Route 47 Refuge Wallon – Port du Marcadau
    Route 48 Refuge Wallon – Pic de Cambalès
    Route 49 Refuge Wallon – Col de Cambalès
    Route 50 Marcadau Lakes Circuit
    Route 51 Refuge Wallon – Col d’Arratille
    Route 52 A Tour of the Arratille Valley
    Route 53 Refuge Wallon to Gavarnie
    7 Vignemale: Routes 54–61
    Route 54 Pont d’Espagne – Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube
    Route 55 Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube – Refuge de Bayssellance
    Route 56 Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube – Petit Vignemale
    Route 57 Hourquette d’Ossoue – Pointe Chausenque
    Route 58 Gavarnie (Barrage d’Ossoue) – Refuge de Baysellance
    Route 59 Refuge de Bayssellance – Vignemale
    Route 60 Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube – Col des Oulettes – Torla
    Route 61 Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube – Refuge d’Estom
    8 Vallée de Lutour: Routes 62–65
    Route 62 Cauterets – La Fruitière
    Route 63 La Fruitière – Refuge d’Estom
    Route 64 Refuge d’Estom – Lac Glacé
    Route 65 La Fruitière – Refuge Russell
    9 Gavarnie: Routes 66–78
    Route 66 Gavarnie – Plateau de Bellevue – Gavarnie
    Route 67 Gavarnie – Hôtellerie du Cirque – Gavarnie
    Route 68 Gavarnie – Refuge des Espuguettes
    Route 69 Gavarnie – Refuge des Espuguettes – Piméné
    Route 70 Gavarnie (Col de Tentes) – Pic de Tentes – Pic de la Pahule
    Route 71 Gavarnie – Refuge de la Brèche
    Route 72 Col de Tentes – Port de Boucharo – Refuge de la Brèche
    Route 73 Gavarnie – Refuge de la Brèche
    Route 74 Refuge de la Brèche – Pic du Marboré
    Route 75 Refuge de la Brèche – Tour du Marboré
    Route 76 Refuge de la Brèche – Casque du Marboré
    Route 77 Refuge de la Brèche – Pic du Taillon
    Route 78 Refuge de la Brèche – Refugio de Góriz
    10 Estaubé, Troumouse and Barroude: Routes 79–82
    Route 79 Barrage des Gloriettes – Cabane d’Estaubé
    Route 80 Héas – Lacs des Aires – Le Cot
    Route 81 Héas – Hourquette d’Héas – Hourquette de Chermentas – Refuge de Barroude
    Route 82 Refuge de Barroude – Pic de Port-Vieux – Port Vieux – Refuge de Barroude
    11 Réserve Naturelle de Néouvielle: Routes 83–94
    Route 83 Barèges – Refuge de la Glère
    Route 84 Barèges (Pont de la Gaubie) – Lac dets Coubous
    Route 85 Barèges (Pont de la Gaubie) – Cabane d’Aygues-Cluses
    Route 86 Barèges (Pont de la Gaubie) – Col de Madamète – Pic de Madamète – Lac dets Coubous – Pont de la Gaubie
    Route 87 Barèges (Pont de la Gaubie) – Col de Madamète – Chalet-Hôtel de l’Oule
    Route 88 Barèges (Pont de la Gaubie) – Hourquette Nère – Refuge de Bastan
    Route 89 Chalet-Hôtel de l’Oule – Refuge de Bastan
    Route 90 Artigues (Col du Tourmalet road) – Refuge de Campana de Cloutou
    Route 91 Vallée de Couplan – Chalet-Hôtel de l’Oule
    Route 92 A Walking Circuit of Lac de l’Oule
    Route 93 A Circuit of Lac d’Aumar
    Route 94 A Néouvielle Lakes Circuit
    12 Lac d’Oô and the Cirque d’Espingo: Routes 95–97
    Route 95 Granges d’Astau – Lac d’Oô – Refuge d’Espingo
    Route 96 Refuge d’Espingo – Refuge du Portillon
    Route 97 Refuge d’Espingo – Port d’Oô – Refugio de Estós
    13 Vallées de la Pique and du Lis: Routes 98–102
    Route 98 Vallée du Lis – Refuge du Maupas
    Route 99 Refuge du Maupas – Lac Célinda
    Route 100 Vallée du Lis – Lac Vert – Lac des Grauès – Vallée du Lis
    Route 101 Hospice de France – Refuge de Vénasque – Port de Vénasque
    Route 102 Hospice de France – Pas de la Montjoie – Pas de l’Escalette – Puerto de la Picada – Port de Vénasque – Hospice de France
    14 Haute Vallée du Garbet: Routes 103–106
    Route 103 Aulus-les-Bains – Cascade du Fouillet – Aulus-les-Bains
    Route 104 Aulus-les-Bains – Étang de Guzet – Cascade d’Ars – Aulus
    Route 105 Aulus-les-Bains (Le Garbettou) – Plateau de Garbettou – Étang du Garbet
    Route 106 Aulus-les-Bains (Coumebière) – Port de Saleix – Refuge de Bassiès
    15 The Carlit Massif: Routes 107–114
    Route 107 Orlu (Pont de Bisp) – Refuge d’En Beys
    Route 108 Refuge d’En Beys – Porté-Puymorens
    Route 109 l’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre – Refuge des Bésines
    Route 110 Walking Tour of the Vallée de Lanous
    Route 111 Porté-Puymorens – Pic Carlit
    Route 112 Chalet-Refuge des Bouillouses – Pic Carlit
    Route 113 The Carlit Lakes Tour
    Route 114 Tour du Carlit
    The Spanish Pyrenees: Ordesa to Andorra
    16 Ordesa National Park: Routes 115–123
    Route 115 Torla – Pradera de Ordesa
    Route 116 Pradera de Ordesa – Refugio de Góriz
    Route 117 Pradera de Ordesa – Circo de Soaso – Faja de Pelay – Ordesa
    Route 118 Pradera de Ordesa – Faja los Canarellos – Ordesa
    Route 119 Refugio de Góriz – Collado de Arrablo – Añisclo Canyon – Puente de San Úrbez
    Route 120 The Spanish Canyons Tour
    Route 121 Refugio de Góriz – Monte Perdido
    Route 122 Valle de Pineta – Monte Perdido
    Route 123 Valle de Pineta – Llanos de La Larri
    17 The Posets Massif: Routes 124–132
    Route 124 Eriste – Refugio Ángel Orús
    Route 125 Eriste – Refugio Clot de Chil
    Route 126 Benasque – Refugio de Estós
    Route 127 Refugio de Estós – Pico de Posets
    Route 128 Refugio de Estós – Pico de Posets
    Route 129 Puente Nuevo de San Chaime – Ibónes d’Escarpinosa
    Route 130 Refugio de Estós – Puerto de Gistain – Refugio de Viadós
    Route 131 Refugio de Viadós – Collado de Eriste – Refugio Ángel Orús
    Route 132 Tour of the Posets Massif
    18 The Maladeta Massif: Routes 133–142
    Route 133 Hospital de Benasque – Ibón de Gorgutes
    Route 134 Hospital de Benasque – Forau dels Aigualluts
    Route 135 Hospital de Benasque – Refugio de la Renclusa
    Route 136 Refugio de la Renclusa – Pico de Aneto
    Route 137 Refugio de Coronas – Pico de Aneto
    Route 138 Refugio de la Renclusa – Pico de la Maladeta
    Route 139 Refugio de la Renclusa – Pico de la Maladeta
    Route 140 Refugio de la Renclusa – Pico de Alba
    Route 141 Refugio de la Renclusa – Pico Forcanada
    Route 142 Hospital de Benasque – Refugi Sant Nicolau
    19 Aigüestortes West – The Besiberri Massif: Routes 143–154
    Route 143 Refugi Conangles – Refugi de Besiberri
    Route 144 Vall de Sant Nicolau – Aigüestortes – Refugi d’Estany Llong
    Route 145 Refugi d’Estany Llong – Estany Redó – Refugi d’Estany Llong
    Route 146 Refugi d’Estany Llong – Portarró d’Espot
    Route 147 Estany de Cavallers – Refugi Ventosa i Calvell
    Route 148 Refugi Ventosa i Calvell – Besiberri Nord
    Route 149 Tour of the Agulles de Travessani
    Route 150 Refugi Ventosa i Calvell – Montardo d’Aran
    Route 151 Refugi Ventosa i Calvell – Coll de Crestada – Refugi de la Restanca
    Route 152 Arties/Pònt deth Ressèc – Refugi de la Restanca
    Route 153 Refugi Sant Nicolau – Port de Rius – Collado de Lac de Mar – Refugi de la Restanca
    Route 154 Salardú/Banhs de Tredòs – Refugi de Colomèrs
    20 Aigüestortes East – Encantados: Routes 155–159
    Route 155 Espot – Refugi J.M. Blanc
    Route 156 Refugi E. Mallafré – Gran Encantat
    Route 157 Estany de Sant Maurici – Refugi d’Amitges
    Route 158 Refugi d’Amitges – Agulle d’Amitges
    Route 159 Capdella/Embalse de Sallente – Refugi Colomina
    21 Andorra: Routes 160–170
    Route 160 Grau Roig – Estanys dels Pessons
    Route 161 Soldeu – Estanys del Siscaró – Pont de la Baladosa – Soldeu
    Route 162 Soldeu (Pont de la Baladosa) – Collada de Juclar
    Route 163 Soldeu (Pont d’Incles) – Pont de Bonavida – Port d’Incles – Étangs de Fontargente
    Route 164 Soldeu – Canillo
    Route 165 Ransol – Refugi dels Coms de Jan
    Route 166 Arcalís – Estanys de Tristaina
    Route 167 Arinsal – Refugi de Coma Pedrosa
    Route 168 Refugi de Coma Pedrosa – Pic de Coma Pedrosa
    Route 169 Les Escaldes – Refugi de l’Illa
    Route 170 A Circuit of Andorra’s Frontier Peaks

    Appendix A Useful Addresses
    Appendix B Bibliography
    Appendix C Glossary
    Appendix D Route Index

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    Aug 2018

    p63: Please note that the access road from Gabas to Lac de Bious-Artigues - and the small parking area at the roadhead – are often completely full by 8am during the high season. If you’re planning to tackle any of the walks from Bious-Artigues, you are advised to arrive EARLY to ensure a parking space.

    November 2014

    Refuge de Barroude (on routes 81 and 82)

    Sadly this refuge was destroyed by fire on the night of 10/11 October 2014. A replacement is expected to be built on the same site, but no details are available as we go to print.

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

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