bordermarkers of the Pyrenees : all my trips
Returning into civilisation
(click to open in Google
Earth or copy link to Google Maps;
click right on this
link to download gpx-version)
Summary: part of a 11-days backpacking trip from Cauterets to
Loudenvielle ‘doing” bm315 to bm330. Day 11: no bordermarkers, just a
short reconnaissance how the access route to Port de Clarabide can be
and then to Loudenville
Weather: very fine, sunny
||For explanation of
the gps-coordinates and other cartographic backgrounds:
see my cartography page
- distance : 14.21 km
- cum. elevation gain : 129 m
- cum. elevation loss : 1240 m
- total elevation: 1369 m
- altitude maxi : 2214 m
- altitude mini : 1078 m
- altitude average : 1621 m
my camping spot I descend - first along cairns and along the stream -
to the valley.
between there's this remarkable water-installation, part of a
sort canal which leads horizontally to the west, it's partly covered
but well visible in its course along the hill-slope.
At this point I went more to the right, to the North, to descend in a
curve to the valley.
From the valley untill this water installation, there’s
no waymarking and hardly a trail.
Looking at the valley, notice the cabin. Down in the valley I
try the trail
leading to the west but that one doesn’t lead to any other access to
Apparently, it leads to Port d'Aigues Tortes
Concluding: my suggestion for accessing Port de Clarabide:
coming from Refuge de Salou, climb the valleys and continue to the
cabin in the valley (on this picture).
||The trail continues
and passes a wooden framework
("FenÍtre" on the IGN-maps), meant as one of those
nature-information-points but this one not filled in.
From here you should climb in SE-direction, passing under
arriving at some watersystem-installation.
Move the mouse over the
picture to see my suggested trail .
||But let's put it in a more prospective sight: a printscreen from Google Earth facing SE.
It shows my 'loop' along the lake to the Port de Clarabide and
descending to my camping-spot (yesterday) and descending further
As you can see, the approach of the Port along my camping spot is more
gentle. Moreover, from my camping spot (approximately) to the Port,
there are cairns.
When you arrive at the water-installation, climb along the
stream untill its source and where the cairns start. The cairns should lead
you to the Port de Clarabide.
Move the mouse over the
picture to see my suggested trail higher up.
descend to Refuge de Salou, enjoy another cassoulet
further to the tarmac road and along it to Loudenville, visible on this
picture in the distance.
||Down in the valley
at Pont du Prat, this monument remembering the brave ones who fled
occupied France in WWII to Spain to join the French army.
Just before Loudenville I get a hitchhike and from
Loudenville I manage to take busses and train to Lourdes, arriving
there in the evening.