MAX. ALTITUDE: 3404m
There are three Grandes Randonnées that span the length of the Pyrenees: the GR10 in France, GR11 in Spain, and the Haute Route, the toughest, which traverses the peaks and ridges along the border at the highest altitudes the mountains have to offer.
Whilst the entire Haute Route is a six week walk, we take a week to trek the highest and most spectacular section of the trail from the Val d’Aran in Catalonia to the Benasque Valley in Aragon, where crystal clear mountain streams tumble down the steep slopes into pure blue lakes and where crossing high mountain passes gives us a new and spectacular view onto ever expanding mountain vistas.
Our final objective on this trek will be an ascent of Pico Aneto, the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, and although we require crampons to traverse the glacier it is not a technical climb with the final summit bid an exhilarating scramble across a ridge for formidable views across the whole of the range. Days will be long and the walking challenging, but at night we’ll be staying in comfortable refuges and we will be rewarded with spectacular views.
5 great reasons to trek the Pyrenean Haute Route and climb Aneto with 360 Expeditions
1.This is our backyard and favourite playground!. The 360 office and many of the 360 crew live in the Pyrenees. We love where we live and are looking forward to showing you the Pyrenees as only a local could.
2. Safety first. This expedition combines elements of trekking and scrambling as well as a touch of ice and snow. You can be assured that your guide has attained the highest international mountaineering qualifications and is extremely experienced. Their guiding experience is not only gained in the Pyrenees but on years of international expeditions making thoroughly versed in every aspect of a safe, smooth but most importantly a fun trip.
3. Off the beaten track. The Pyrenees are becoming increasingly popular but your guide will endeavour to select a variation on the Haute Route which few groups follow allowing the experience to retain a huge sense of uniqness.
4.Great accommodation. Not only will you be staying in our home “Papilio “ guest house but also in very comfortable mountain refuges. Every mountain refuge en-route to Aneto is located in an amazing setting and all meals are provided.
5.Meals. With fully equipped kitchens and professional chefs running the kitchens you can be assured to be sitting down to a great meal at the end of a day’s trek. On most occasions the chef’s will endeavour to add a local flavour to the meal. Naturally all dietary preferences are considered.