Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees

Climb Pico Aneto, the highest summit in the Pyrenees





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Holiday Overview


  • 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 and familiarity with walking in crampons and using an ice axe is recommended, but not essential.  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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation near Luchon. A single transfer from Toulouse Airport is provided.
  • Warm up day walk in the Vallee d'Oueil. Through the forest and onto Lac de Bareilles.
  • Splendid walk along the GR10 to the Serrat de Crespes ridge and to Pic de Bacanere (2193m).
  • Walk over col Pas d'Escalette (2396m) into Spain, descent and upto Refuge Renclusa (2140m).
  • Ascent of Pico Aneto (3404m). Crampons & ice axes used on final ascent. Return to refuge.
  • Descent walk into valley and ascend to Port de Venasque (2445m), back into France. Transfer to chalet.
  • Free day in Luchon.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Toulouse Airport is provided.
Sun 07 Aug - Sun 14 Aug Code HPP /01/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Guaranteed Book now
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Toulouse Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK Easyjet will be the best low cost airline offering flights to Toulouse. Easyjet have flights from Gatwick & Bristol and British Airways have flights from Heathrow. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group accommodation near Luchon. A single transfer from Toulouse Airport is provided.

    Arriving in Toulouse, KE group package services begin with a single timed transfer to the group accommodation in the Vallee du Lys near Luchon. We stay in ‘La Feniere’, an old stone barn converted to modern chalet accommodation, with a comfortable lounge, bar with wifi, and dining room. Lunch can be taken at an Auberge by the side of the River Lys just a short walk along the valley. Before dinner the guide will give a briefing on the days ahead and answer any questions.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals d

  • Warm up day walk in the Vallee d'Oueil. Through the forest and onto Lac de Bareilles.

    This morning we have a short transfer to the Vallee d'Oueil where we start with a steep climb through the forest to Port de Pierrefite. An optional ascent up Mont Ne (2147m) gives superb views of Pico Aneto (3404m) before we continue onto the Lac de Bareilles for a refreshing swim and lunch. Proceeding upwards we cross the col du Lion and take in the peak of the same name! (2102m) before traversing around to the Col du Louron and a descent through an extraordinary display of wild flowers back down to Bourg d'Oueil. A glorious day of walking in the moyen montagne.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 1140m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1140m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Splendid walk along the GR10 to the Serrat de Crespes ridge and to Pic de Bacanere (2193m).

    Several walking routes are available for our second day of hiking. If the weather is fine we will enjoy a splendid walk starting through the forest at Artigue and along part of the GR10 to gain the Serrat de Crespés ridge. From here we continue to Pic de Bacanère (2193m) where we have a very good chance of seeing Lammergaier and Griffon vultures with their 6 - 8 feet wingspan, and for some fine views before returning back to the village and the accommodation in the Vallee de Lys.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Walk over col Pas d'Escalette (2396m) into Spain, descent and upto Refuge Renclusa (2140m).

    The start of our 2 night expedition we beginning by transferring to the Hospice de France 1385m which gives a spectacular view of our descent route on the final day. We climb up through Beech forest to the Plateau de Campsaure and then through alpine meadows to the border ridge at the Pas de la Mounjoye (2069m). A stop for elevenses and up on a gently ascending slope to the Pas d'Escalette (2396m) and where we cross in to Spain. One more small pass and a winding descent takes us in to the Esera valley before the last push up to the Renclusa mountain refuge (2140m) for the night. This is wonderful country and we may see Izard and the odd marmot en route. There are a host of wild flowers with spring and trumpet gentians, snakes head fritillary, asphodel and dog tooth violets to mention some of dozens! Overnight Renclusa Refugio.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1350m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Ascent of Pico Aneto (3404m). Crampons & ice axes used on final ascent. Return to refuge.

    A predawn start takes us up a good path and then boulder hopping whilst the sun rises over the Cresta de la Portillones which we cross by a narrow breche before dropping down onto the Aneto glacier. Here we strap on our crampons and make our way to the steep final ice field and the rocky ridge of the Pas de Mahomet which leads to the Aneto’s summit. Lunch on the summit shoulder and then the big descent past the Ibon del Salterillo and finally to the Col de la Renclusa and the Refuge itself.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 9 - 10 hours walking

  • Descent walk into valley and ascend to Port de Venasque (2445m), back into France. Transfer to chalet.

    A more civilised start to the day and a relatively easy one after the summit day! We drop back to the valley before traversing upwards towards the Port de Venasque 2445m. There are wonderful views back onto Aneto and Maladeta and a final look before we begin the descent past the lakes of the Boums de Port to the Hospice de France and a very well earned beer! A short drive brings us back to La Fenière.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 245m

    • Distance 6km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1350m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Free day in Luchon.

    A well-earned rest day at the beautiful chalet La Feniere. There are several options. You could go for a short local walk, try tandem paragliding or rent a road or mountain bike – some of the most famous Cols of the Tour de France are here, visit the small town of Luchon with its cafés, restaurants and local market, or just stay at the chalet and relax with a drink in the garden. Meals other than breakfast are not included in the trip price for this day and the group can enjoy a celebratory dinner in one of Luchon’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Toulouse Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single timed transfer to Toulouse Airport is provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Fully qualified local professional English speaking guide(s)
  • Single timed returned transfers from Toulouse Airport to La Feniere
  • All transfers within the itinerary
  • 5 nights in chalet in La Feniere
  • 2 nights at mountain refuge
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Tips
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at the chalet base near the town of Luchon. The nearest airport to Luchon is Toulouse approximately 2 hours away. We provide a single timed group transfer from Toulouse airport to the group's accommodation on Day 1 of the holiday itinerary. This transfer is timed to meet the Easyjet flight from London Gatwick or the British Airways flight from London Heathrow which arrives late afternoon. Anyone may use this transfer but it is your responsibility to check the timings of this flight prior to departure as schedules can change. The return transfer leaves the accommodation after lunch to meet with the late afternoon flight departing from Toulouse.

If your flight schedules do not permit you to take advantage of these transfers you will need to make your own transfer arrangements, trains run regularly from Toulouse to Luchon, however you may need to overnight in Toulouse depending on your flight schedule. Please note that we cannot book trains or additional nights in Toulouse for you. We can book extra nights at La Feniere.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this holiday you will spend 5 nights at La Feniere. This is a comfortable lodge situated in the Vallee de Lys a few miles from Bagneres de Luchon. The 200 year old stone building is actually a converted barn with a great open fire place and dinning area with mountain views. There are 5 twin rooms with wash basins. Powerful modern showers and the toilets are separate. The living area is spacious and has a bar as well as board games, books, ipod docking station and WIFI for guests.

You will also spend 2 nights in the mountain refuge 'Renclusa' which was renovated a few years ago. Accommodation here is in non-segregated dormitories. Hot showers are available and meals are in a communal dinning room. Sleeping bags are not required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex whilst staying at La Feniere. Additional hotel nights at La Feniere are also available. For additional night prices please call the KE office. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Continental breakfasts, packed lunches and a full 3-course evening meal including red wine are provided while staying at La Feniere, with the exception of the free day. A variety of wholesome home cooked dinners and picnic lunches will be prepared by the chalet staff. On the free day the group will take their lunch and dinner in one of Luchon’s many restaurants. During the 2 nights spent at the Refuge Renclusa good wholesome meals will be provided by the hut. La Feniere can provide good vegetarian meals, however vegetarian meals at the refuge will be limited in variety.

All nights at La Feniere are on half-board basis, except free day when breakfast only. Afternoon tea and biscuits when at La Feniere, as are wine and coffee at dinner at La Feniere. 5 picnic/packed lunches provided. 3 course dinner and breakfasts when in the mountain refuge. Vegetarian is available at the refuge if notified of in advance.

We estimate that €200 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses including the above-mentioned meals. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in Toulouse Airport and Luchon, and credit cards can also be used to pay for most goods and services.

The trip will be lead by a fully qualified professional English speaking mountain guide. On the day you are ascending Pico Aneto you may be joined by a second mountain leader depending on the group size.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag and a daypack. There is no weight restriction as such other than that imposed by your international carrier but you will find travelling easier with lighter luggage. Note that you will need to carry everything you require (including your mountain equipment) for the 2 nights at the Renclusa refuge (sleeping bags are not required).

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your rucksack to a minimum.Equipment with asterisk* can be hired from KE.

You must bring the following items:

  • Rucksack – 35-45 litres
  • Mountain Boots (see notes below)
  • Gaiters (long or short)
  • Socks – technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)
  • Waterproof Over trousers (rainpants)
  • Underwear
  • Long johns
  • Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one with long sleeves for glacier travel)
  • T-shirt or casual shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Arm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
  • Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3 or 4.
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Thin gloves – leather or thermal
  • Head torch – with new battery
  • Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
  • Lip salve – with sunscreen
  • Water bottle x 2 litre
  • Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)
  • Trekking poles x 2
  • Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
  • Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry
  • Trek Bag (KE)
  • Passport/Cash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Small Padlock (for trek bag)
  • Travel Clothes
  • Travel Shoes
  • Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
  • Camera
  • Penknife
  • Duck tape

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Crampons* – with anti-balling plates
  • Crampon bag
  • Ice Axe*
  • Mountaineering harness*
  • 1 x screw gate karabiner*


Mountain Boots:

  • You need to take a pair of reasonably substantial mountain boots that are sufficiently rigid to be securely fitted with crampons. The B2 (semi-rigid) boot rating is appropriate. Ideal boots for this trip are the Scarpa Manta M4 Tech. Plastic ‘Expedition’ Boots are NOT suitable for this trek.


  • Crampons with front points which work well with your chosen boots. These can be step-in, strap-on or a bit of both like Grivel's New Matic bindings.

Equipment hire/ rental:

  • The following equipment can be hired (refer to the KE website for prices): Crampons (with anti-balling plates); Harness Pack (with Karabiner ); Ice-axe. This can be reserved either when you book your trip or closer to your departure but we advise booking hire equipment as soon as possible to ensure availability.
  • Sleeping bags/extra shoes – are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. While regular hiking is the best preparation for this holiday, a weekly exercise plan (running, cycling, swimming etc.) is good for developing cardio-vascular fitness. Before setting off we recommend that you make time to fit in several long walks in hilly country.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

In summer, the climate of the Central Pyrenees is hot and sunny in the valleys and pleasantly cool at the high cols. The months of June to September usually provide the most reliable weather conditions for mountain activities in this area. The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be quite varied, ranging from 25º – 10ºC from the lower valleys to the high cols and around freezing levels on Pico Aneto. It should be noted that mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and stormy weather cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

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