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Balaitous-Gran Facha-Vignemale



Bayssellance refuge - Hourquette d'Ossoue - Oulettes de Gaube refuge

  • Macizo del Vignemale

  • Senderista con el Pique Longue

  • Refugio de Oulettes de Gaube

  • Refugio de Bayssellance


  • Time1h 50'
  • Vertical rise110 m
  • Vertical descent585 m
  • Horizontal distance4,7 Km
  • Type of journeyMountain Crossing
  • Severity of the natural environment2
  • Orientation2
  • Difficulty in movement3
  • Amount of effort required2
Valuation method used MIDE
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Hourquette d’Ossoue pass, the highest point on this walk is visible from Bayssellance refuge (2654 m) if we look towards the west. We aim for this pass by heading up a good path. The GR 10 markings indicate the whole stage, which starts by heading up the gentle slope leading to Hourquette d’Ossoue (2734 m) (crossing with route 31). Fromthe pass we have the option of going up to the summitofPetitVignemale, by following the path that leaves the GR to the south and ascends to the summit taking approximately1 h (route 31).

Continue down now, crossing a stony area where the path fades away. After crossing the scree, the path reappears and gently loses height leaving the d'Arraillé lakes to the right. We then start on the first of the numerous zigzags the path describes and pass by the crossing with the path leading to Col d'Arraillé on the right. We ignore this path and continue down the steep slope. We pass by Fontaine du Centenaire and further down we take the diagonal path heading due north to border round Eras Oulettas plain and then down to Oulettes de Gaube refuge (2158 m).


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