ROUTE 14: WALLON-MARCADAU REFUGE – LARRIBET REFUGE
Wallon-Marcadau refuge - Col de Cambalés - Larribet refuge
- Time7h 30'
- Vertical rise1325 m
- Vertical descent1145 m
- Horizontal distance18,6 Km
- Type of journeyMountain Crossing
- Severity of the natural environment3
- Difficulty in movement3
- Amount of effort required4
Starting off at Marcadau - Wallon refuge (1865 m) we head northeast on a path leaving a hermitage to our left and crossing a small forest. We then head off up a well-trodden path towards Cambalès lakes to our left and right, while progressing further west. The path passes beneath the crest that closes off the valley and borders towards the south over rocky terrain to crown Col de Cambalès (2706 m).
We then go down the other side on a clear zigzagging path leading to a boulder field where the route to follow is less obvious. Once we have crosses this section the path becomes more obvious and descends to a pass with a big boulder. It then heads southeast and loses height to join another path, visible from further down, that comes from the nearby Peyre Sant Martin pass (crossing with routes 15 and 16). Without actually reaching the pass we take this path to the right and head off down the valley in a northerly direction. After several zigzags we pass by Toue de Castérie cabin (2095 m) and then border round the Remoulis lakes (2040 m). After a steep descent, we leave the path leading to Ledormeur refuge to our left, near to Toue de Labassa cabin (1700 m). We then continue down the valley and arrive at Cabane de Doumblas (1565 m) (crossing with routes 06 and 15). A path bears left up an escarpment leading into Ruisseau de Larribet valley. We follow the ravine changing sides several times and finally arrive at the slope crowning the hillock on which Larribet refuge is built (2072 m).