ROUTE 10: WALLON-MARCADAU REFUGE – RESPOMUSO REFUGE
Wallon-Marcadau refuge - La Faxa passing - Respomuso refuge
- Time4h 30'
- Vertical rise865 m
- Vertical descent600 m
- Horizontal distance10,6 Km
- Type of journeyMountain Crossing
- Severity of the natural environment3
- Difficulty in movement3
- Amount of effort required3
A path descends from the Wallon-Marcadau refuge (1865 m) and crosses over a bridge to the other side of the stream. Once on the other side of the stream, we head southeast towards Rol del Port de Marcadau valley. In the lower part of the valley the ravine splits. We cross the ravine twice over bridges. Next to the second bridge (1925 m) is the crossing between this route and, to the left, the route heading off towards Port de Marcadau (crossing with route 17). We start to climb up the path to the right which zigzags up the side of the mountain beneath Pic Arraillous. This is a relentless, gruelling climb. Leaving the small Houn dets Espagnols lake to our right (2291 m), and a little further up, the terrain levels off somewhat. We cross a plain near one of the Lous d'era Hecha and as the path bears east the going gets tougher up the slope towards Cuello dera Faxa (2665 m) (crossing with route 26).
On the Spanish side of the mountain the path disappears over a boulder field and loose stones, where we have to pay attention to the cairns indicated the direction to follow. We soon border round the left side of one of the Ibons dera Faxa (2520 m), a few metres above the bank and which can often be rather hazardous because of the presence of snow. The descent continues in a westerly direction on the left side of Campo Plano ravine. As we lose height the terrain becomes easier going and there are more continuous stretches of trodden path. After crossing several streams we arrive at Ibón de Campo Plano (2150 m) (crossing with route 15). We border round the south end of the lake, passing next to a shepherds hut and head off towards Ibón deras Ranas, which is very close to Respomuso reservoir. With this landmark in sight we just have to climb the last gentle slope to reach Respomuso refuge (2200 m) after bordering around the rear.