Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 2224m a.s.l
The house upon the hill, with Monte Perdido in the background. © James Rushforth
The combination of Ordesa and Monte Perdido form one of Spain's 9 national parks and arguably the most famous. It has been a National Park since 1918 making it the oldest in Spain. The valley itself has an almost gorge like appearance with incredibly steep sided walls comprising of a mixture of hard sandstone and limestone.
From the climbers perspective there are 4 main areas within the valley:
1) Tozal del Mello (The Altar)
2) The Gallinero
4) Monte Perdido itself.
Monte Perdido is the 3rd highest peak in the Pyrenees at 3355m and was described by the famous Pyrenees pioneer Louis Ramond de Carbonnières as "the most beautiful limestone peak in Europe". Monte Perdido (Spainsh) or Monte Perdu (in French) both translate to 'the lost mountain'.
There is little in the way of easy climbing within the valley, however there is a fantastic 'iron staircase' in the form of a small Via Ferrata leading up to the Breche du Roland (which is well worth a look) and many fantastic walks on narrow Faja's (rock balconies).
There is also a lot of fantastic winter mixed and iceclimbing within the valley between December and March.
The valley can be accessed from Torla. During off peak season it is possible to drive up to a carpark located 2km into the valley. However during peak season (1st July - 1 Sep) you must take a shuttle bus into the valley from Torla (
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