ROUTE 08: RESPOMUSO REFUGE – ARRÉMOULIT REFUGE
Respomuso refuge - Col d'Arrémoulit - Arrémoulit refuge
- Time3h 0'
- Vertical rise465 m
- Vertical descent335 m
- Horizontal distance8,5 Km
- Type of journeyMountain Crossing
- Severity of the natural environment3
- Difficulty in movement3
- Amount of effort required2
Take the GR 11 long distance footpath westwards from Respomuso refuge (2200 m) bordering round the lake of the same name. You will soon have to descend down a zigzagging path towards Virgen de las Nieves hermitage, but shortly before reaching it there is signpost which is where we leave this path (crossing with route 01). We bear right towards Arriel lakes and Palas peak. Traverse the flat ground around the entire south side of Frondellas before reaching the first of the Arriel lakes (2168 m). A stony path leads to the second lake (2188 m) and then on to the biggest lake Arriel Baxo (2168 m). The path leaves the lake to our left and heads towards the end of the lake after crossing a small plain bearing north (crossing with route 09) and then rises to the Arriel Alto dam (2245 m).
From here the land is more barren and harder going. Border round the lake on the western side over grassland, and following the markers bear west down the stony mountainside towards Col d'Arrémoulit. The scenery on the way up is somewhat chaotic and hard work, the path is not always obvious although there are cairns indicating the route to follow. Eventually we reach Col d'Arrémoulit (2446 m), inviting us to take a rest. The descent down the French side is over more gentle sloping land and easier terrain, but the path is not that obvious here either. Pay attention to the markers indicating the route and the sporadic trodden path. There are rock fields alternating with grassland as we descend in a clear northeasterly direction in search of the north end of Lac d'Arrémoulit, where the refuge of the same name is located. Near the refuge there is a post next to the bank indicating the crossing with the route to Col de Palas (crossing with routes 13 and 28). To the left, bordering the lake, we reach Arrémoulit refuge (2305 m) in just a few minutes.