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Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

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In the face of summer, one of the most refreshing routes of the Aragonese Pyrenees is the route to the blue ibons and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa Baths, in Huesca. A path that jumps from lake to lake, going through a series of waterfalls that seem endless. Without a doubt, a refreshing route for the hottest months.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

Route from Panticosa to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto

We show up at the Pyrenees in the middle of the month of June. A month where traditionally there is usually enough snow at levels greater than 2000 meters, just where the lakes we will visit go. In addition this year has been generous and the accumulated snow is greater than that of other years. However, temperatures are mild and it is rare to find ice sheets beyond 11 in the morning. Even so, this route requires crampons and ice axes in June, ceasing to be used from the month of July, although it would be advisable to check it before in the Bachimaña refuge.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

The route can be done in a long day, but the ideal is to spend the night at the foot of the reservoir of Bachimaña alto or in the same shelter. The views at sunset are really unique. In our case, we spent two nights, since we stopped at the Great facade After crossing to the French side, but this is another route.

Route to the blue ibons

It's 9 at night, 1 day after the summer solstice. This indicates that we will have the greatest number of daylight hours of the whole year and can walk until at least 10:15 PM with some clarity.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

We start from Panticosa baths, leaving the car in the parking lot attached to the Casa de Piedra shelter. From there there is a sign indicating the start of the route through the GR-11, which starts strong on a steep and winding road.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

The first hour is a continuous visual spectacle of waterfalls one after the other. Different all of them but of an undoubted beauty. That is why this first part of the road is the busiest in length and where we will find many walkers.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

In addition part of this route is prepared with steel chains or cables to easily overcome several steps, slippery in summer and somewhat exposed in winter.


Ascent from Panticosa

After arriving at the Fraile waterfall, we climb an endless zig zag called the Fraile's slope. By far the hardest part of the entire journey, mainly because we overcome almost 200m of unevenness in a very small section.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

After passing this hard section we reach the refuge of the ibons of Bachimaña, at the foot of the low Bachimaña reservoir. It is not necessary to reach the refuge, we will simply leave it on our right side to the other side of the lake.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

It is here that we first met the snow. Very soft spring snow at noon and lasts in the morning. At the moment crampons are not necessary, but you have to be careful because a false step takes you directly to the lake.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

He Bachimaña Alto reservoir It is really big and beautiful. An island in the center differentiates it from many other lakes in the Pyrenees and with the Serrato peak of 2888m just behind it crowns it like an almost perfect lake.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

At the end of bordering the lake on its left strip, we cross a metal bridge where there is a green esplanade very good for camping. There is a sign indicating the path that the GR-11 follows to the blue ibons and in the other direction the road that goes to France. We climb higher, direction France to have perfect views of the lake. So far some Three hours from Panticosa baths.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

The next morning, with another completely sunny day, we picked up the camp and went down again to the Bachimaña Alto reservoir. It is time to step on snow again, although we will continue without using the crampons.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

From below and until you reach the blue ibons there are between 30 and 45 minutes, no more. There is not much unevenness and the best of all is to contemplate the sublime Peaks of Hell of more than 3 thousand meters high.


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

We arrived at the Ibones AzuleYes, well, rather white ibons. In June they are still frozen so we will have to return a month of August :-D. From here there is no choice but to return along the same path, unless we continue along the GR-11 until Piedrafita shelter. In any case, this is another route ...


Route to the blue Ibones and Bachimaña alto from Panticosa

Practical data

When to go?

Being high mountain, summer is the most accessible time and winter is only suitable for those walkers prepared for snow and ice.

What material do we recommend to carry?

Winter

In winter the snow is camping at ease and therefore the conditions and temperature is only for experts in high mountains.

  • Long pants, thermal shirt (one pair) and fleece
  • Cap and gloves (would wear at least 2 pairs of gloves)
  • Thermal blanket
  • Primaloft, it's very cold in winter
  • Raincoat or third layer for wind or rain
  • High boots and winter socks
  • Crampons and ice ax, the top is usually icy and icy
  • Flashlight or frontal. Black Diamond for example are excellent
  • Leggings. Here you have a good example of leggings and eye with the size
  • Trekking sticks
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As GPS our recommendation is Garmin GPSMAP 64
  • Meal for two days

Summer

In summer the ascent is very different. Although there are areas where there is hardly any snow, technical material is needed. From our experience we recommend to take at least:

  • Summer slippers, boots preferably
  • Shorts and short sleeve t-shirt
  • Polar fleece, since in the shade it is cold
  • Polarized Cap and Sunglasses
  • Solar protection
  • Water in quantity and food

Where to sleep?

Free camping

You can camp from 1600m high and being more than 2h from the nearest town. You can not be more than 3 days in a row, but it is normal to camp at dusk and pick up in the early hours of daylight.

Shelters

He Bachimaña refuge is the closest option.

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