Monte Perdido

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Monte Perdido is the third highest mountain in the Pyrenees. It is a huge limestone mass, towering at the head of the Ordesa Canyon, considered by many to be the most beautiful valley in the Pyrenees. Perdido is a bulky mountain, unimpressive from the south. Its northeast face is more interesting, rising in a series of broad glacial tiers with dramatic rock features. It is possible to ascent Monte Perdido with mountain ski in January, in February, in March, in April and sometimes in May The first ascent with ski was the le 06 june 1906 by Louis Falisse, Ludovic Gaurier, Louis Robach and Porter.

Elevation (feet): 11,007
Elevation (meters): 3,355
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Pyrenees
Latitude: 42.676599
Longitude: 0.032959
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1802
First successful climber(s): Laurens and Rondou, of L-F Ramond's party (or) August, 1791 by Spanish Vicente de Heredia
Nearest major airport: Lourdes or Toulouse, France, Zaragoza or Barcelona, Spain
Convenient Center: Gavarnie, France. Torla in Spain

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 37 trip reports for Monte Perdido.

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  • Log #22124 - by Adam Majchrzak on Jan 14, 20114 Stars
    beautiful mountain i went rather unprepared without crampons but it was well worth it would recommend for the views on the way alone :) good luck! adam majchrzak
  • Log #6107 - by Simon on Sep 23, 2004
    From the Spanish side, bit of a slog but worth it for the views! As usual with Spanish mountains, we were kitted out with axes and crampons, the Spanish were in jeans and trainers!
  • Log #6062 - by Greg and Theresa Garrard on Sep 13, 2004
    I climbed this mountain as a member of 'Pyrenean Ram', a 15 man British Army Expedition hiking in France and Spain. The weather was foul, with visibility down to less than twenty feet. We summited,...
  • Log #6064 - by kristof van iseghem on May 18, 2004
    planning to get back there, this time i've convinced my gilrfriend to summit too! (last time she waited for me at Lago Helado) We'll see ya!
  • Log #6065 - by Jelle van der Linde on Mar 05, 2004
    Pictures of this hike & the ascent of Monte Perdido can be viewed on www.photoisland.com - Login name: Krisis, Password: Perdido We climbed the Perdido during a seven-days hike from Gavarnie to...
  • Log #6066 - by Mattias on Feb 07, 2004
    Had five great days in Ordesa last year, we had a perfect summit day with a clear sky. My mate (Marco Trobec) took a really nice panoramic photo at the summit (facing south) that you can see in the...
  • Log #6067 - by Alex on Sep 03, 2003
    I climbed it on the normal route. You people wanting to do it, hurry up! The last part of the ascent is badly affected by erosion. In few years time, it might not be possible to climb it in summer at...
  • Log #6068 - by Eston Dean Calder on July 20, 2003
    I am proud of this accomplishment especially because I might have been the first Trinidadian to ever climb this mountain.
  • Log #6069 - by Andy and Moya Bolger on July 14, 2003
    General snow cover seemed quite extensive but possible to reach the col via the scree ramp. Lots of people and limited views due to cloud. Steep snow patches on the route from the Goritz Hut to the...
  • Log #6070 - by Phil Martin on June 19, 2003
    hI WANTED TO DO VIGNEMALE THIS YEAR, BUT TOO FAR FROM BASE IN COSTA BRAVA,WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL FAMILY GROWN UP !! SO HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT ORDESSA AND MT PERDIDO,WOULD LIKE TO HERE ANY IDEAS FOR...
  • Log #6071 - by Jana Pistovcakova on June 11, 2003
    Most of all I liked the sunsets when you could see the carpet of clouds in front of you, so thick that it was really a temptation to walk on it. But you could see the tops of the mountain peaks as...
  • Log #6072 - by Enrique Asensio on Jan 21, 2003
    Great ascent through the Ordesa Valley and Faja de Pelay, even with a scary summer storm. The summit was windy but the sight is wonderful to Gavarnie and "la Sum de Ramon". Superb sights to all the...
  • Log #6073 - by De Jin on Dec 10, 2002
    Met een ongeloofelijk unieke bende hebben we den top van"De Monte Perdido" beklomme op dinsdag 23 juli 2002, om 14u20 stonde we daar in de mist te koekeloere op 3355 meter.Puree da was een...
  • Log #6074 - by DOLLO Louis on Nov 23, 2002
    I climbed the Monte-Perdido by the normal way from Goriz's refuge and by the north face from Tuquerouye's breach and Lac Glacé of Marboré
  • Log #6075 - by Antonio Coelho on Nov 22, 2002
    Our team climbed this summit in two days. Ordesa Valley to Goriz hut, and Goriz hut Mt perdido Summit to Ordesa valley in same day. In the new years day i will go there again.
  • Log #6076 - by Antonio Coelho on Nov 22, 2002
    Pyrenes is the nearest mountais from portugal. i'm midle mountain instructor, from ENM. i will guide people at this mountain next winter, if you want some aditional information send me a email. Best...
  • Log #6077 - by graham wotton ,Ian simpson on Sep 09, 2002
    We arrived at the camp site in the valley on a saturday it was very busy with French climbers and cavers so we decided to wait until Sunday to do the climb.The weather was fantastic the temp was in...
  • Log #6078 - by Marc Adyns on Aug 24, 2002
    Wonderful mountain !!! Departing from Goriz, it took about 3.30 h at an easy pace. Some rain below and snow near the top : no visibility at all but not too bad after all. Worth the experience !
  • Log #6079 - by Tiago Maia on Aug 23, 2002
    Went there last summer with 3 friends. We went up to Goriz where we camped. The Ordesa valley is really something beutifull, and the walk it's worth just for doing it! As soon as we got in the tent...
  • Log #6082 - by Filipa Claro on Feb 13, 2002
    I'll go to Ordesa in July, to climb, Monte Perdido. So, I would like to Know some informations about this mountain. Thank's
  • Log #6084 - by Christian Boyaud on Sep 21, 2001
    Climbing this wonderful peak (my highest, up to now) from the also wonderful refuge Tuquerouye, I learned why mountaineers are beginning their day at 5 or 6 in the morning. The way up the rockfall...
  • Log #6085 - by Yaron K. on Aug 26, 2001
    Tali, Danny (two friends on mine)and myself start climbing about sunrise, after doing the night at refugio Goriz. Walking was good, scenerieswere great! The last 300m were pretty tough (we weren't...
  • Log #6087 - by Kristof Van Iseghem on Aug 08, 2001
    Great mountain!!!!! Towards refugio Goriz, the road was very easy. Once at colla de caballo it's certainly nice to take the short "klettersteig" to get up there, if you're not a real...
  • Log #6088 - by Jose Manuel Rodrìguez-Carretero on July 22, 2001
    It was nice to climb this peak. Moreover when it was my first 3,000. Although the weather was quite changeable we enjoied great views from the top. Now it is a good season to climb it because the...
  • Log #6089 - by Dermot Cusack on June 12, 2001
    An easy walk. Most books state that crampons are not needed. We climbed without but in early June the snow (especially in the early morning) and the gradient on the last leg really demand crampons...
  • Log #6090 - by AITOR ALEGRIA ALONSO on Jan 03, 2001
    SUNNY DAY, IT'S VERY SNOW. FUNNY CLIMB, SPECIALLY IN "ESCUPIDERA" 200 METERS OF 45-50 DEGREES OF INCLINATION
  • Log #6091 - by gerard ferrer on Dec 11, 2000
    Monte Perdido is the fourth summit in height of the Pyrenees. The ascent by the South face does not suppose problems. From the Goriz's refuge of pronouncing in pending, is acceded to the frozen...
  • Log #6093 - by Manolo Monzonis on July 25, 2000
    It was a wonderful sunny day, we reached the summit very soon and we could enjoy a beautiful view.
  • Log #6094 - by Francis ALLIAS on July 19, 2000
    Machame and hems glacier route
  • Log #6098 - by Taran O'Doherty on Feb 03, 2000
    First major peak taken outside the UK, truly an amazing experience with the huge temperatures in August and the ice still on the summit. The view all round is fantastic almost like a miniture grand...
  • Log #6099 - by Enrique on Jan 04, 2000
    Quite a hard day, with cool winds and violent thunderstorms on our way down. Nevertheless, a fully enjoyable summit. The only thing to improve it would have been some good views from the top, which...
  • Log #6100 - by Marcos Delgado on Dec 05, 1999
    To summit this mountain after walking all over the Valle the Ordesa has been one of the best feelings I could have when visiting my home country. Muero de ganas por volver a Ordesa. Marcos.
  • Log #6101 - by Annette on Sep 15, 1999
    An easy ascent, once up there I enjoyed the fantastic view of the Spanish valleys to the east and south, and French Pyrenees to the North and West. Down again in the refuge of Goriz we admired this...
  • Log #6102 - by Arturo Campos Ruiz on July 09, 1999
    Espero llegar a la cima en Agosto. Debe ser fantástico.
  • Log #6103 - by Mike Horn on June 08, 1999
    Fantastic ascent up the couloir in strong winds and low visibility - cloud clears - brief seconds of stunning views across ordessa - rapid descent by bivvy bag to the frozen lake. Best time of year...
  • Log #6105 - by Linard Marc on Apr 06, 1999
    Great peak, easy in good conditions of snow. I think that spring is the best period to summit this peak : no fall of stones, less people (?!), and the peaks around look better covered with snow....
  • Log #6106 - by Warren Jon Boshell on Nov 21, 1998
    An easy mountain to assend, which makes it a very popular one, but this fact doesn't take away the individual feelings of accomplishment, it just means that you can share the experience with fellow...