Pyrénées - Pirineos / España - France
Balaitous-Gran Facha-Vignemale



Ibones de Bachimaña refuge - Gran Facha peak

  • Canal de acceso a la Gran Faxa

  • Vistas de la Gran Faxa

  • Vistas de los Infiernos desde la cima

  • Ibones de Pezico


  • Time6h 55'
  • Vertical rise1095 m
  • Vertical descent1095 m
  • Horizontal distance13,8 Km
  • Type of journeyReturn
  • Severity of the natural environment4
  • Orientation3
  • Difficulty in movement4
  • Amount of effort required4
Valuation method used MIDE
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From Ibones de Bachimaña refuge (2197 m), we follow the right side of the reservoir looking for a path which the GR 11 long distance footpath follows. We border round Ibón Alto de Bachimaña (2207 m) on this path and a little later on we will reach the ravine the Ibones Azules lakes drain into. We cross the ravine next to a signpost on the other side (crossings with routes 03 and 17) and which points the way we are to continue. At this point we leave the GR 11 and bear right on the alternative route GR-T 24, which is also marked. We soon reach a place where a path bears right heading towards the end of Bachimaña and the Ibones de Gramatuero. We ignore this path and follow the painted markings on the well-trodden path towards Ibones de Pezico and Marcadau pass. This will lead us to the banks of Ibón dero Pezico dera Canal (2465 m) at the base of the nearby Marcadau pass (crossing with route 17).

This is the point where we leave the GR-T 24, which heads towards the pass, and we border the Pezicos to the north. The Gran Faxa mountain is ahead of us and the route to follow is visible from the lake. We look for an abrupt gap in the ridge to the left (south) of the peak. This is the way up to the ridge.

Using the gap as a reference point to guide us, we head towards the top of the cirque over something heavy-going scree. There are some cairns marking the way to the bottom of the gap, which we ascend through a steep, arduous channel. We zigzag right and left to get through the gap and onto the south ridge (2833 m) of Gran Faxa. From this point to the summit the ridge is not difficult, although because it is so sheer we will sometimes need to use our hands (I+/II). Taking care as we go we will eventually reach the summit of Gran Faxa (3005 m).

We return by retracing our steps on the same route.


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