Marcadau Panticosa Tour

Between Spain's Tena Valley and France's Marcadau

Refuge Wallon

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The Marcadau Valley is in the Pyrenees National Park and was historically a place of commerce and exchange between the high Aragon and French valleys north and south of it. The word 'Marcadau' means market in local dialects. The new (and comparatively luxurious) Bachimana Refuge in Spain at 2200m allows us to discover this region which is particularly suited to ski touring. We will spend the five days between the Wallon and Bachimana refuges with a first day tour somewhere in the Luz valley before setting off.

¤ Touring between the French Marcadau and Spanish Tena valleys
¤ New ski touring area opened up by the new Bachimana Refuge in Spain
¤ Plenty of options depending on conditions and the group
¤ Excellent all round intermediate skiing

Dates: 29 Feb – 7 Mar 2020
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

Grade: D1:A1:F1
Price: 1295€pp which includes six days ski touring with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide, three nights accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers, four nights between the Wallon and Bachimana refuges. All dinners & breakfasts, picnic lunches when in refuges.  Hotel in double/twin room. Single supplement at the hotel 20€/night.
Extras: Lift passes, hire gear, lunches on two days (bakery and shops close by, fridge in lounge to store things).
Contact: Sian


Through the treesDay One: Transfer to our base in Luz St Sauveur. Meet with your guide for a chat over pre-dinner drinks about the week, check your equipment and collect hire gear if necessary.

Day Two: We start with a warm up day out somewhere in the Luz Valley. The group and guide will choose depending on conditions and desires.

Day Three: Transfer to Pont d'Espagne (1450m), the departure point for the Marcadau Valley and Refuge Wallon (1865m). Good warm up skinning.

BachimanaDay Four: Tackle the Port du Marcadau (2540m) and ski down to the all new Refuge Bachimana (2200m)

Day Five: We head for the Col de Piedrafita (2780m), and ski down to Respumuso Refuge.

Day Six: Today we climb the Pene d'Aragon (2916m) before a lovely long descent back down to Refuge Wallon in France.

JDay Seven: From Refuge Wallon we climb to the Lac du Pourtet (2420m), looping around to reach our starting point at the Pont d'Espagne. Return to Luz for the final night.

Day Eight:Transfer to Lourdes airport or train station for your return transport home.

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