Around (and up) Mont Perdu

Beside the Tuquerouye Refuge

Just back from the Tour of Mont Perdu from the 14-21st August.  Lovely trip.  Great weather for the first three days, then cloudy for 2 and a perfectly blue last day for the ascent of the Taillon.

From the Hourquette d’Alans between the Gavarnie and Estaubé Cirques looking towards the Port Neuf de Pinede. The Breche de Tuquerouye is closer and hidden to the right.

After descending a little into Estaubé Cirque we regroup before the steep climb up through Tuquerouye and into Spain.

Mandy – always smiley and positive.  Keeping us all on track.

High pastures above Estaubé.

Climbing steeply up towards the Breche de Tuquerouye.

We made it!  Views onto the sparse landscape of the Lac Glacé and the Mont Perdu.

Mont Perdu in view.  Ice in the lake.  Some were mad enough for a swim. 

Heading towards Pineta.

On top of the world.

Views far into the distance.

Its a long way down.  Looks scarier than it really is.

Beautiful Pineta Valley.  Irises all the way down in full bloom. 

View into Anisclo Canyon.  An entirely different landscape.

Anisclo again.

A well deserved rest.

Off again for the final stretch to Goritz.

Ordesa Canyon. 

Evening light outside on the Goritz terrace.

Look closely – the things people leave as offerings…

Giving the sun a last chance to come out.  Attractive headwear on display.

Looking out over Ordesa from Goritz.

A scandinavian attempt to avoid tan lines!  No – its not the chicken dance.

Through the Breche de Roland and safely down.

Back via Gavarnie and the aptly named Plateau de Bellevue.

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