of high mountain, to the third peak
of the Pyrinees, the Monte Perdido (Mont
Perdito in Aragonese), and also one
of those that offer more extense and
beautiful panoramic views attains. On
its side, the Cylinder of Marboré
(Zelindro Marmorés in Aragonese),
another peak above the 3.300 m, more
difficult and less frequented, that
dominates all the peaks of the circus
of Gavernie or of Marboré. This
two peaks, together with the pike of
Añisclo or Soum of Ramond, form
the one that Las Tres Sorores is called
(As Tres Serols in Aragonese), very
distinguished set of the Pyrinees.
The massif of the Monte Perdido is part
of the national Park of Ordesa and Monte
Perdido, that it understands the valley
of Ordesa, Añisclo, Escuaín
and Pineta, and that has continuity
in French territory with the National
Park of the Pyrinees Occidentals, where
it highlights the Valley and Circus
to get there
depart from the shelter of Góriz
(2.200 m), normal way of ascent. To
access to it the most frequent is from
the Pradera d'Ordesa, at 1.300 m, and
rising for all the magnificent valley
of the river Arazas, one of the most
beautiful places of the Pyrinees. The
Pradera is entered from the village
of Torla, with buses that leave each
Another more comfortable but less attractive
possibility is to rise until the oriel
of Vacarizuela (at 2.200 m), in the
sierra of Cutas, with some touristic
buses. It is necessary to brief itself
of the timetables in Torla or in Fanlo.
h. (12 from the Pradera d'Ordesa).
m. (2.000 from the Pradera).
km. (31,5 from the Pradera).
High mountain. Already beside the peak
of the Monte Perdido there is the famous
"Escupidera", place that has
provoked many deaths when there is snow;
otherwise it does not present problems.
The Cylinder is more difficult and has
two steps of 3rd degree.
the typical precautions of the high
mountain: footwear, coat, solar protection,
etc. Until few years ago the Monte Perdido
always had a glacier that required crampons;
at present, in summer period breakthrough
often can be made without, but it is
necessary to brief itself before. To
make the Cylinder it is necessary to
bring rope, at least of 30 m, and bodrier.
of the route
de Góriz, lago Helado,
the Pradera de Ordesa in the shelter
of Góriz goes too far for the
canyon of the river Arazas, spectacular.
In an hour and half it goes in the Gradas
de Suaso and with two hours to the Cola
of Caballo. As far as here everything
is an itinerary touristic and with many
people. We continue Clavijas de Suaso
as weary or for the GR-11 (who supposes
15 min more) and in three hours we arrive
to the shelter. All the itinerary is
from great beauty.
0.00 h. Shelter of Góriz. 255476
- 4727938 - 2200. The path comes out
from the side of the meteorological
station and futile in direction W.
Immediately we leave in the right
the GR and a while afterwards, after
a wall, also the one that goes to
the Pike of Añisclo. Afterwards
we turn N, to cost-us in the ravine
of Góriz and we enter already
in a zone stony, with some climbing
1. 1.50 h. Lago Helado. 256455 - 4729853
- 2987. At the foot of the pass of
the Cylinder, between the Monte Perdido,
in the right, and the Cylinder, in
the left. To go to the Monte Perdido
we rise to the right of the glacier,
from the edge, that is necessary more
up to leave and to enter into the
glacier. If there is snow, it is necessary
on top to be very attentive of not
approaching towards the side of Pineta,
since in this point the glacier is
dangerous: it is the Spittoon, which
has provoked many mortal accidents.
2. 3.00 h. Monte Perdido. 260925 -
4727925 - 3358. Peak spectacular and
of very wide views.
To go to the Cylinder, from the Lago
Helado we rise for a narrow and right
canal, leaving in the left and under
a path that goes in the pike of Marboré.
On top of the canal there is one little
pass, between the Cylinder and the
SW python. Here it is necessary to
make a climbing of 3rd degree. Assuring
is careful. In general people rise
it for the most evident crack, in
the center of the comilk, but some
30 m more down, on the side N, there
is another easier crack and widely
ignored. Also we ignored it and rose
for the first and only upward we discovered
the other one. Afterwards the edge
is followed a while, and we arrive
to another wall, shorter, but also
difficult and for which it is also
convenient to have rope. Once this
step has been overcome, we attain
the peak easily. The Cylinder dominates
all the peaks of the circus of Gavernie
and, behind them, the Vignemale, in
more of many others.
We make the return by the same way.
It is necessary to count out some
two long hours until the shelter and
three more until the Pradera.
July of 2009 with a group of the CMSC.
Perdido. Alpine Publishing