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Pico de Aneto is the highest peak of the Maladeta massif, and the highest peak of the Pyrenees. It rises from the massif's high summit ridge, a position it shares with several peaks, including the massif's namesake, Pico de la Maladeta (10,853 ft.). The massif is located near the center of the Pyrenees, entirely in Spain. The second highest Pyrenean peak, Pico de Posets (11,073 ft.), rises a few miles to the west. It's easy to climb but usually both crampons and ice axe are advisable. The most usual path starts from Renclusa hut (on the North face). A small glacier with some crevices must be crossed. Another possibility is to start from Vallivierna Valley (South face) where you'll feel more comfortable if you don't like huge amounts of people when climbing. Close to the summit there's the so called "Paso de Mahoma" a short passage that requieres handholds with low difficulty climbing. More details on this two paths and some other (more difficult) are available on request. Contact Andrȳ Alvarruiz

Elevation (feet): 11,168
Elevation (meters): 3,404
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Pyrenees
Latitude: 42.631433
Longitude: 0.655403
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1842
First successful climber(s): Albert de Franqueville, Platon Chihacher, and party
Nearest major airport: Lourdes or Toulouse, France, Zaragoza or Barcelona, Spain
Convenient Center: Benasque, Spain

Trip Reports

There are 52 trip reports for Aneto.

  • Log #8344 - by Greg and Theresa Garrard on Sep 16, 20043.00 stars
    I climbed Pico Aneto as a member of 'Pyrenean Ram', a 15 man British Army expedition hiking through the Pyrenees. It was a fantastic climb. We left Benasque in the early hours of the morning, and...
  • Log #8345 - by Stepan PETRUS on Sep 13, 20043.00 stars
    I reached the summit with 8 other friends from the CR by means of not a very frequent route from the South, crossing 2 above 3000m saddles, and the final "usual" part on the glacier. We had...
  • Log #8346 - by Sam Paulus on July 11, 20043.00 stars
    This was my first summit and a trip I will never forget.
  • Log #8347 - by Andres on Nov 05, 20033.00 stars
    It was a sunny and beautiful that day of september.
  • Log #8348 - by Alex on Sep 24, 20033.00 stars
    First attempt on 28 August 03 failed due to mistaken Portillon Superior for Portillon Inferior. Ended up in a difficult position on the ridge and had to abort. This time I started at La Besurta at...
  • Log #8349 - by Ruud van Koten on Aug 14, 20033.00 stars
    Took the bus (Benasque-Besurta) at Camping Aneto at 4:30 AM Reached the top at 12:30. Just missed the bus (17:00uur) and had to wait and drink beer at Besurta (snackbar) till 19:00. Nice day,...
  • Log #8350 - by Ian Bolton on Aug 08, 20033.00 stars
    Started off at 06:00 from the barrier, walking along the road to La Besurta. Passed La Renclusa refuge following path to Pico Maladeta. At altitude of Portillon Superior contoured onto ridge...
  • Log #8351 - by Phil Cruttenden on July 21, 20033.00 stars
    Camped near the Reclusa Refuge, which seemed OK despite threatening signs....Started out at 5.30 am by torchlight to avoid afternoon storms on the way back. Glacier covered in soft snow and crampons...
  • Log #8352 - by Phillip Clegg on July 20, 20033.00 stars
    Such a long time ago! I was part of a schools expedition. We camped near to the Renclusa Hut (very scruffy) amongst piles of rubbish. Set off in the early morning and summited about midday. Wonderful...
  • Log #8353 - by Boris Blackband on June 29, 20033.00 stars
    Just back from trip to climb several 3 grand peaks in Pyrenees, did Aneto last and it was easiest, not wanting to take anything away from peak cos its very nice hill with good views, but its only a...
  • Log #8354 - by Kevin Luton on June 13, 20033.00 stars
    A fantastic day which i will never forget.Drove overnight from Lloret De Mar,leaving the car at La Besurta at 6.30 am.Returned to car before 2.00 pm ,highlights being the summit views and crossing...
  • Log #8355 - by Martin Garvey on June 10, 20033.00 stars
    I got lost, slipped on the ice, met some great people, summited out the last bit on my own and was a little scared, but it was a great adventure and caused me to go to the Himalayas in 2000 Take care...
  • Log #8356 - by Tim Knight on June 09, 20033.00 stars
    This was my first 3000 metre peak and is a bonkers trip I will never forget. Many thanks to Colin my climbing buddy. Some say it is an easy climb but it is what you make it and there are some extra...
  • Log #8357 - by Tim Knight on June 09, 20033.00 stars
    I was there with Colin Overington who is near the top of this log. It was a superb day and a fantastic climb. Thank you Aneto
  • Log #8358 - by Laia Mora Martinez on June 09, 20033.00 stars
    I was summit when I have 12 years old with my father. It was very exciting and interesting but it was very long and tired!!We started from the Renclusa refuge at seven o'clock and we arrived to the...
  • Log #8359 - by Colin Overington on Dec 26, 20023.00 stars
    My first over 3000 metres, I would like to say thanks to my climbing buddy Tim Knight, this was our first of many trips to come and we had a bonkers time. I,m looking forward to many more "Years...
  • Log #8360 - by Antonio Coelho on Oct 21, 20023.00 stars
    Aneto is the Highest peak of Pyrenees. This year was bad to winter climb. Bad weather, lots of snow,temperature below -12†C. Great Climb
  • Log #8361 - by Alain on Aug 26, 20023.00 stars
    Aneto Peak is the highest of the Pyrenees and the third of Spain. This is a popular moutain because it requires some mixted skills, both ice and rock climbing. It is wise to do the climb in two days....
  • Log #8362 - by Tiago Maia on Aug 19, 20023.00 stars
    At about 2900m me and my partners entered the clouds... We only saw the peak when we got to the "Passo de Mahoma" (barely). Crossing the glaciar was like walking inside a huge white fridged tunnel....
  • Log #8363 - by an anonymous user on July 31, 20023.00 stars
    Pico d'Aneto is a fine mountain with much character and I can strongly recommend its ascent for all those who are reasonably fit. My climb began in darkness at 5:15 am from La Besurta, having caught...
  • Log #8365 - by Martin Hulme on July 21, 20023.00 stars
    A group of us climbed Aneto from Renclusa refuge in perfect weather,being the highlight of a hut to hut light backpacking trip.Although our trip lasted only 6 days we had all four seasons.At the...
  • Log #8366 - by Thomas Copeland on May 11, 20023.00 stars
    I climbed as part of a school group. Aneto was the third peak we climbed. The aim of the trip was to climb to five highest, which we managed to achieve in two weeks. If I could ask, what is the...
  • Log #8367 - by Innes Beaton on Mar 20, 20023.00 stars
    It was a hot week in Spain caught the bus from Barcelona to benasque and walked in to the south hut. The day we climbed was overcast a god send as it was stil very warm. We started off early about...
  • Log #8368 - by Noel Flynn and Denis o'Shea on Nov 06, 20013.00 stars
    Summited at 13.19. Beautiful weather and views.With only 11 hrs. daylight and Renclusa refuge closed, a headtorch can be useful at the end of the day.
  • Log #8369 - by Rob Jones on Oct 27, 20013.00 stars
    Went on my own. Near the beginning of my trip in the mts, so it was a knackering climb up from the refuge. Bit disappointed when a group of French OAPs sprinted passed me on the final col above the...
  • Log #8370 - by Hallbjörn Staurset on Aug 17, 20013.00 stars
    Easy mountain to climb in one day trip.If you started on the morning around 8.00, you are on the top around 12 o`clock. Top ridge is a little exposed, but it,s a easy climb with good shelves.
  • Log #8372 - by Mercedes Lobera on Aug 02, 20013.00 stars
    This is the most beautiful mountain in the Pyrenees. If you try it, you'll keep going back every time you have a chance. It's not as challenging as other 10000 footers, I hiked it first as a...
  • Log #8373 - by Chris Goodman on Aug 01, 20013.00 stars
    A wonderful area, without a doubt the most beautiful area of France I have ever seen, I have visited Lescun many times and will return again..
  • Log #8374 - by David and Janet Good on Mar 07, 20013.00 stars
    Out of all the peaks my wife and I have summmited, this was our favorite. My wife had just started climbing and I had been climbing about 3 years. Don't let the hight of Aneto fool you. Prior to...
  • Log #8375 - by cav toulouse / jdav group on Mar 06, 20013.00 stars
    we went on top: assi, claire, philipp, silvaine, steffen, 3 x uli, vincente, wolfgang * supergut * the three days in spain were unforgetable. we went from hospice de france in three days. perfect was...
  • Log #8376 - by Indrek Martin on Feb 06, 20013.00 stars
    I'ts a nice place to go !!! And this is not a difficult mountain - every young mountaineer can start his career from there !!! And the view is beautiful !!!
  • Log #8377 - by AITOR ALEGRIA ALONSO on Jan 03, 20013.00 stars
    Subida espectacular por el glaciar de Coronas y luego por corredor de la cara suroeste ¯? vista espectacular, dia soleado.
  • Log #8379 - by Marc Udina i Bonet on Oct 23, 20003.00 stars
    The best mountain in Pyrenees. It is recomended for the large glacier and for the "Mahoma bridge".
  • Log #8380 - by Derek Scothern on Oct 19, 20003.00 stars
    For myself and the other nine members of our party it was a truly spectacular day.Even many years later it is always remembered.
  • Log #8382 - by Roel Boerman on Sep 22, 20003.00 stars
    Pico de Aneto On the 10th of September 2000 I arrived with a few friends at Benasque. The same evening I went out to the last car park at the starting point of the route. I did this to speak to...
  • Log #8383 - by Gimix on Sep 11, 20003.00 stars
    Pase la noche del dia 9 (anteayer), en el Paso superior. Fantastico.
  • Log #8384 - by Enrique on Aug 26, 20003.00 stars
    Did not really summit, had to stop at Collado de Coronas because I was in an awful shape. But it was an unforgettable day and the first time I crossed the barrier of the 3000 meters. Beware of the...
  • Log #8385 - by Thue Pontoppidan on Aug 24, 20003.00 stars
    I climbed Pico de Aneto with my brother Tonni. It was a wonderful climb with a good "top-of-the-world" feeling. Paso de Mahoma is more a "psycological" challenge than a climbing...
  • Log #8387 - by Janne Leppänen on July 18, 20003.00 stars
    We were supposed to climb Aneto on 12.07 but wheb we left the Aneto Camping and drove to the (Hospital) hotel at the base of Aneto, it was raining wet snow with the temp. at +2,5. It was also still...
  • Log #8389 - by DOLLO Louis on Jan 14, 20003.00 stars
    Tr's beau sommet avec un excellent granit pour l'escalade
  • Log #8390 - by Gaboriau on Oct 14, 19993.00 stars
    It was wonderful. Major problem in May: still lots of snow and burnt by the sun !!!... anyway a superb mountain to climb
  • Log #8391 - by foinaven on Sep 06, 19993.00 stars
    A fine route from the Valibhenia. The southern glacier is almost gone. Fantastic change of scenery at the col du Coronas. Watch out foir the last 50 m knife edge to the summit - easy but very airy.
  • Log #8392 - by Carles Rabaneda Travé on Aug 31, 19993.00 stars
    First 3000 in my life, and after it I knew it wouldn't be the last. Fantastic experience. "El pas de Mahoma" not that risky as they said.
  • Log #8394 - by Dave Simpson on July 06, 19993.00 stars
    Company: Ainhoa, Andrew, Isabel & Montse. What a superb climb - lots of snow, even before the Portill¤n and completely covered afterwards (we used crampons on the way up but not on the way down when...
  • Log #8395 - by Juan on June 21, 19993.00 stars
    The Aneto peak has been the first 3.000 that i climb.It was a great experience. The best is the last meters to reach the summit (El paso de Mahoma)
  • Log #8396 - by Jose Jurjo on May 11, 19993.00 stars
    Aneto has been the first mountain that I climbed. It has been an incredible experience.
  • Log #8397 - by Grzechu Grupinski on Nov 19, 19983.00 stars
    I summited Aneto with two friends (Przemo Szarlik & Mikolaj Awuku). Brillant weather, high temperature, picturesque view... Para los espanoles: los servicios en la Renclusa son horribles (muy...
  • Log #8398 - by Arta Millere on Nov 15, 19983.00 stars
    I was in Pirineos. I was on the Pico d'Aneto too. There was beautiful.
  • Log #18829 - by Francisco on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    We climbed it from the south, from pescadores Shelter going through the Estasen culoir. There was a lot of snow and also lots of climbers. It was a wonderful and rewarding ascent to the top of...
  • Log #22123 - by Adam Majchrzak on Jan 14, 20114.19 stars
    nice scramble with some exposure on the top before attempting the climb I've rented the crampons in the nearest village although later I've seen few peeps going without them anyway - i can really...
  • Log #22355 - by Matt Coppock on Oct 21, 20123.00 stars
    Set off in the dark at 7am from the car park at the road end at La Besurta.Weather was clear and cold.Followed the lights of a few headtorches up past the Renclusa Hut.Path disappeared quickly, and...
  • Log #22511 - by Agnese on Aug 07, 20153.00 stars
    We started from Besurta parking (about 1900 m) and reached the Renclusa refuge (2140 m.) in 45 minutes. From here we continued on rocks arriving at Portillon Superior at 2870 m, a window in the...