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Pass'Aran stage 5. Araing refuge - Montgarri refuge

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We arrive at the fifth and final stage of the Pass'Aran, which runs from the Araing Refuge to the exit point of this circular route, the Montgarri Refuge, next to one of the most beautiful valleys of all the Pyrenees, the Aran Valley. The route runs mainly in Spain, although it leaves briefly from the French Pyrenees. It is possibly garlic our point of view, one of the most impressive of all the Pass'Aran.


The fifth stage of the Pass'Aran

After four long days it is time to face the last stage of the Pass'Aran. At first glance it seems almost all down, but let's not fool ourselves, the beginning has several ramps and a section where you have to walk carefully, the passage of Portilhon d'Albi, a section that you usually have to use crampons to cross it.


Fifth stage of the Pass'Aran
Portilhon d'Albi

He has to get up early starting from the Araing Refuge, at 1,965m high. As you leave the shelter, through the fourth stage, you can see the Tuc de Crabera and the Etang d'Araing. After this section, an hour later, you reach the Portilhon Pass to step on Spanish soil again. Next to the pass there is a small pond, the Estanh d 'Albi, which acts as a corridor to the most impressive view of the entire Pass'Aran. On a clear day you can see the Aneto Peak, but what most impacts is the paradise Liat Estanh Long, which seems to have taken Scottish lands through the greenery and the mountains that surround it.


Fifth stage of the Pass'Aran

From this section is a long descent down the slope of the mountain by a rather irregular path and where you can get confused. Along the path are small lakes and several peaks that exceed 2,600m high. The most striking is the Tuc de Mauberme, of 2,880m and that borders France with Spain.


Liat Estanh Long

Under the Tuc appears another postcard lake, the Lac de Montoliu, under some old mines and escorted by numerous peaks that shade the lake. The lake seems taken from an image of Iceland, something that demonstrates the following photograph.


Lac de Montoliu
Lac de Montoliu

From this point it rises little by little until the Coth de Montoliu, at 2,470m, where a long descent begins to the Montgarri Refuge. In this part of the route you can see several waterfalls and not far from the refuge you will have to cross the river to go to the hillside where the end point of the Pass'Aran crossing will appear in the distance.


Montgarri Shelter

These are our recommendations of the fifth stage of the Pass'Aran circular crossing:

On the route

  • The route is long, so it is convenient to dose.
  • There are numerous points to drink water.
  • The lakes on the stars of the stage, it is worth stopping and having lunch with them.

Photos of the route

Click here to see all the photographs of the route.

You can also find more pictures of our route on Flickr.

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