■ S tarting point: Angel Orus hut, Eriste, Aragon
■ Type of route: high alpine loop hike, ridge with climbing section
■ Distance: 11 km
■ Cumulative elevation gain: +1300 m
■ Cumulative negative altitude gain: -1270 m
■ Estimated total time: 6h to 8h
■ Min and max altitude: 2100 m / 3369 m
■ Marking: GR on approach, cairned trail on return
■ Equipment in place: none
■ Equipment required: crampons, ice axe, safety rope
Difficulty: III+ passages, rated PD+, aerial and exposed sections
Topo du Pic des Posets par la voie normale
Access to the place
From the Espigantosa parking lot, to reach the Angel Orús "El Forcau" refuge at 2150m, take the signposted path which goes down into the valley and then climbs steeply at the end to leave the forest below the refuge (550m ascent, approx. 1h30).
Map & topo
The route is long and physically demanding. There are a few technical passages to negotiate with equipment and some very exposed climbs. Ice axes, crampons and belay equipment are essential.
1st part: from the refuge to the ridge at the foot of the Diente Royo (3010m, 1h30)
From the refuge, a marked GR with cairns climbs up to Posets. Further on, you reach the point where you leave the normal Posets route and turn left towards the Ibon de la Llardaneta. Continue up to the Col d'Eriste (2862m). Depending on the conditions, you may need to put on your camping shoes to reach the ridge in the valley above the Ibon. From up here, you can see the Monte Perdido massif on the other side and the entire ridge that stretches and undulates all the way to Posets.
Part 2: the ridge to Pic des Espadas or Pointe de la Llardaneta (3332m)
Here we go for the long route of the Espadas ridge. First we pass the Diente Royo (2943m), then after a slight descent, we climb to the second summit: the Tucon Royo (3122m). The rest of the way to the Pic des Espadas is a little trickier, but not too difficult, apart from a not-so-hard but exposed and airy climbing section (III+). We're now at the Pic des Espadas (3332m), with the Pic des Posets in our sights. The ridge between the 2 Espadas summits is narrower, and not so easy when snow-covered.
Part 3: from Espadas to Pic des Posets (3369m)
The exit from the Pic des Espadas leads to the pas du funambule or el paso del caballo, which is ultimately the most difficult part, as it is very aerial. We then cross 2 other summits, the Tuca de Llardaneta (3311 m) and Tuqueta Roya (3273 m) to reach the last part: the final ascent to the Pic des Posets. The views from the summit are spectacular.
Part 4: Pic des Posets to Angel Orus hut (2150m, 2h)
Return via the normal route. Take the southern ridge, then wind down the wide, stony slope to reach the foot of the Dent Llardana (small pass). From here, enter the narrow, stony valley that gradually opens up, with the possible presence of an upper névé. Further down, the path crosses a small gorge and continues to descend into the Fonda channel. You come to a large grassy flat where the Llardaneta torrent flows, with the outward fork to the Ibon. Follow the GR back to the refuge.