Ordesa Valley

Thanks for a great summer

Phil, Anna, Ken & Hannah would like to say a big thank you to all of our guests that made this summer such an excellent and memorable season for Hike Pyrenees. It makes our hiking a pleasure when we’ve such great and friendly guests – we hope you enjoyed the hiking as much as we did! We had some fantastic holidays in the Valle de Tena and Ordesa and I thought I’d put up some of my favourite photos of the season that will hopefully bring back some good memories for our guests.

Jon hiking on the Faja Racon in Ordesa

Jon hiking on the Faja Racon in Ordesa

Some of the highlights were two groups summiting Pico Posets the second highest peak in the Pyrenees and an ascent of Monte Perdido in June when there was still a huge amount of snow around.

On the summit of Monte Perdido (3355m)

On the summit of Monte Perdido (3355m)

For the first time in six years in the Pyrenees we had some challenging weather for the first part of the season – meadows that usually we’d be relaxing in the sun having a picnic were covered in 2 feet of snow! So thanks for everybodies understanding as we changed itineraries to suit the conditions – fortunately our local knowledge meant that we still did some great hikes each day.

Richard looking over a still pretty iced up Lac Ayous - this was late July!

Richard looking over a still pretty iced up Lac Ayous – this was late July!

Wild flower enthusiasts had a treat this season as we had a fantastic display of flowers this season – orchids and gentians were everywhere throughout June and July.

A magnificent display of Pyrenean lilies - one of my favourite

A magnificent display of Pyrenean lilies – one of my favourite

The meadows were beautiful this year with snow topped peaks rising above them. All of the mountain lakes were full to the brim all summer.

Hiking up to Ibon de Piedrafita with the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua above

Hiking up to Ibon de Piedrafita with the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua above

Looking across Ibon de Piedrafita in the Valle de Tena

Looking across Ibon de Piedrafita in the Valle de Tena

The Ordesa canyon was of course as spectacular as ever….

Rosemary in Ordesa

Rosemary in Ordesa

Ken and Madeline on the rim of Ordesa

Ken and Madeline on the rim of Ordesa

On the final ascent of Monte Perdido - the route leads up the snow ramp

On the final ascent of Monte Perdido – the route leads up the snow ramp

Punta del Pacino was one of our favourite summits once again. There are so many good summits in the Valle de Tena to choose from.

On the summit of Punta del Pacino (1965m)

On the summit of Punta del Pacino (1965m)

John, Ian and Alan on the summit of Punta Cochata

John, Ian and Alan on the summit of Punta Cochata

Tackling the chains of Pico Anayet - only for those with a good head for heights!

Tackling the chains of Pico Anayet – only for those with a good head for heights!

It’s not all about the hiking you know…..

Paul, Robert, Joe, Barbara and Madeline enjoying an evening meal in Bestue

Paul, Robert, Joe, Barbara and Madeline enjoying an evening meal in Bestue

We’re now preparing for next summer (and waiting for the ski slopes to open of course!). We’ll keep you updated with all of our plans for 2014 and look forward to seeing some of you back in the Pyrenees next year.

Phil & Anna

 

 

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