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



Arrémoulit refuge - Cuello de Soba - La Sarra car park

  • Descansando en el Cuello de Soba

  • Descenso del Cuello de Soba

  • Lac d'Artouste

  • Superando el Paso Orteig


  • Time4h 15'
  • Vertical rise415 m
  • Vertical descent1235 m
  • Horizontal distance9,5 Km
  • Type of journeyMountain Crossing
  • Severity of the natural environment3
  • Orientation3
  • Difficulty in movement4
  • Amount of effort required3
Valuation method used MIDE
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From Arrémoulit refuge (2305 m) we cross the dam and follow the path leading upwards to the west. We will soon arrive at Orteig pass, the most difficult part of the walk. It is a narrow overhanging ledge that crosses a vertical rock face. There is a rope fitted here, although some of the anchors are broken. It is not as difficult as it looks, although we do need to progress with caution and prudence, and in bad weather or if there is snow or ice, it can be rather exposed. After traversing the ledge we arrive at Lac de Arrious, where there is crossing of two footpaths on the north side of the ridge. The descent to the right leads down to Col d'Arrious. We take the left path upwards heading south until we reach the border crossing of Cuello de Soba (2444 m) (crossing with route 32).

The descent down the Spanish side takes place over grassland, following a path that is not very obvious along the first few metres. The route descends in the most logical manner over rather rugged terrain and enters the forest. The gradient from this point is constant until we reach a main path (crossing with route 01). This is the GR 11 long distance footpath which descends from Respomuso refuge. We follow the markings from this point onwards. This path will bear to the right and down the right bank of Aguas Limpias river to the end of Serra reservoir (1140 m), marking the end of the route.


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