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David-Guenot: Track 3636 in area near France, Occitanie ()
Pics de Batoua
Length: 18.3km, Creator time taken: 10h 1m, Ascent: 1672m,
Descent: 1647m

Places: Start at Lon 0.294335, Lat 42.7078, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

One of the best hikes I have had so far, a challenging out-and-back trip up the three Pics de Batoua (Main/SW Top: 3034m; Central Top: 3028m; NE Top: 3032m) via the Port and Pic de Cauarère (2901m).
The Pic de Cauarère with the Pic de Batoua main/SW Top in the distance to the right.

I started at the Hospice du Rioumajou, S of St-Lary-Soulan. The last 4km of the dead-end road turns into a gravel track but is okay to drive. I followed a yellow-marked trail before leaving it somewhere around the 2200m contour to follow an unmarked trail which rises gently along steep slopes to reach the Port (col) de Cauarère (2526m). The route then follows the main ridge up the Pic de Cauarère (2901m) and down to a col at 2853m, where the serious things begin.
Looking at the Pics de Batoua from the Pic de Cauarère, with the Pic de Lustou (3023m) to the left and the Batchimale (3174m) to the right.

It gets nothing more difficult than a grade 1 scramble along a narrow, rocky ridge, but is a bit exposed and requires care after the long ascent. Needless to say good weather conditions are essential to enjoy this walk safely.
A great scramble out and back, all along between the three main tops !!

After the main top, the two other summits look as inviting and will also provide great entertainment, all the more because it has to be done both ways.
Monte Perdido, Troumouse, Néouvielle, etc... in the distance to the W, with the amazing Pic d'Aret (2939m) to the right.

The vista along the ridge is stunning and becomes breathtaking as you reach the summits, this also being due to the fact that the main peak is the 10th most prominent +3000m summit in the Pyrenees (583m). I took the time to set the tripod at the main top and took many photos and videos.
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Looking E to the Batchimale (3174m, centre) and Posets (3375m, right) massifs.

Uploaded on: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 (10:47:31)
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