Aneto

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

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

Thanks to Josep Sàenz for contributing to this description. (View history)

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