Pyrenees
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The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees are a fantastic mountain range on the border between France and Spain. It originated about 50 million years ago when the Iberian Peninsula (when it was still an island) collided with the European continent. The mountain range is 415 kilometers long and at its widest 150 kilometers. It covers four Spanish provinces (Navarre, Huesca, Lleida and Girona), three French regions (Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Roussillon) and the entire mini-state of Andorra.

The Pyrenees count as much as 212 summits of more than 3,000 meters, with the highest being the Aneto at 3,408 meters. Still the highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula does not lie in the Pyrenees; this honour is reserved to the Sierra Nevada with its Mulhacén of 3,479 meters.

The mountain range hosts three national parks: In Spain the Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido and the Parc Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici and in France the Parc National des Pyrénées. It has a big profusion of flora and fauna. In the high mountain live mountain goats and marmots and on the lower parts deer, rock-goats, wild boar and birds of prey such as vultures and eagles. The landscape is a very gripping variety of steep mountain peaks, fascinating rock sculptures, deep valleys and ravines, waterfalls, green slanted slopes and vast forests.

Especially in the central part of the Pyrenees in Aragón the mountains are quite desolate and there are only a few villages. Many villages have by now been abandoned. Because of the vastness it can take a lot of time to reach the peaks since long distances and big altitude differences need to be covered. To reach the peaks of above 3,000 metres it is almost always necessary to sleep in a refuge the night before the ascent.

On the map you can find all the routes that are available in the Pyrenees on hikingiberia.com. By clicking on the icon of the route, you will go directly to the description.

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Location of this Region

Province: Various
Central Town: Vielha
Parcialmente nuboso con lluvias
20 °C
8 °C

Recommended Hike

Chipeta Alto

The Chipeta Alto is a peak of 2,189 metres altitude that lies at the corner of a spectacular massif and can be reached astonishingly easily. Near this top lies a big flat field (La Planada) through which we can reach this top without too much effort. From this peak we have a very very wide view over the Pyrenees of Navarre, Aragón and France.

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Principal Peaks

  • Pico Aneto (3,404 m)
  • Punta de Llardana (3,375 m)
  • Monte Perdido (3,355 m)
  • Pico Maldito (3,350 m)
  • Pico Espadas (3,332 m)
  • Cilindro de Marboré (3,328 m)
  • Pico de la Maladeta (3,309 m)
  • Vignemale (3,298 m)
  • Pico Tempestades (3,290 m)
  • Soum de Ramond (3,259 m)
  • Marboré (3,252 m)
  • Margalida (3,241 m)
  • Perdiguero (3,222 m)
  • Pico Russell (3,205 m)