Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees
France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,295 (land only)
- Climb the Pyrenees highest summit - Pico Aneto
- 2 nights overnight at a mountain refuge in Spain
- Challenging walking over high Pyrenean mountain passes
- Delightful accommodation near Luchon
- Superb warm up treks on the Pyrenees border of France and Spain
This brilliant one walking week holiday focuses on summitting the highest peak in the Pyrenees, Pico Aneto (3404m). From our comfortable base near Luchon we start with a couple of interesting warm-up walks along the Pic de Cecire ridge, up to the picturesque Lac Vert, or ascending Mont Ne. This area in the central part of the Pyrenees is home to some of Europe's biggest peaks and wildest landscapes. Our 3-day expedition starts from Hospice de France and up to the frontier via either the Port de Venasque or the Port de la Glere. Both these stunning walks take you past small lakes and over into Spain where we overnight at the Renclusa refuge. Early the following day we attempt Pico Aneto, a reasonably straight forward walk roped and with crampons and ice axes. The following day we return to our lodge near Luchon via either the Pas de L'Escalette or a harder day summitting the Mulleres (3010m). We have a final day to relax and enjoy the environs of the Valle du Lys before returning home from an altogether delightful week of demanding walking in the steep and superbly beautiful Pyrenean mountains.
Is this holiday for you?
Following 2 days of hiking on routes decided by the guide, the group will make a 3 day expedition to climb Pico Aneto (3404m) from the refuge Renclusa. The ascent is technically straightforward and will involve climbing moderately angled snow slopes using crampons and ice axe and some easy scrambling on rock. Previous mountaineering experience is not required but familiarity with walking in crampons and using an ice axe are prerequisite. Group members will need to carry everything they need for the 2 nights stay at the refuge Renclusa, but sleeping bags are not required. This is a demanding expedition and a good level of fitness is essential.