At the end of the road you find a sign for "Ibon de Gorgutes"
and "Puerto de la Glera" (1790 m). The route is thoroughly
marked with green waymarks and piles of stones.
Take the steep path that starts by the signpost. Walking in a forest
of spruce and pine you cross a wooden bridge (3min)
(1810 m) and
continue uphill along the slope of Plan
de l'Ospital. Soon you see a waterfall on your left and the Hospital
de Benasque below in the valley. The climb gets gentler and you
start to follow a torrent on your right
(26min) (2050 m).
After crossing a bridge (30min) (2090 m) you follow the piles of
stones up to the right. The path snakes it way through green meadows to
the first lagoon, Ibón de la Solana (54min) (2235 m), which is
almost dry in the late summer. In the south, the views are dominated
de la Maladeta.
Keep ascending the slope to the Lagoon of Gorgutes (Ibón de
Gorgutes) (1h10min) (2330 m). The path continues along its right
side. Looking northwest you see Pico
Estaus. Most probably you meet many marmots that rise up on their
hind legs and watch you full of curiosity. From the
north end of the
(1h14min) (2315 m) the path runs to the Pass of Glera (1h20min) (2365 m)
opening up a wonderful view to France.
Take a path to the left following a sign for "Sacroux"
that you see painted on a rock. Also this route is well marked. First
you walk gently uphill on a grassy slope, and then through a boulder
field before the steep climb to the peak of Sacroux begins. Although the
slope is steep, tufted grass clumps form steps that are easy to climb.
Follow the stone piles.
The Peak of Sacroux (Pico de Sacroux)
(2h) (2650 m) is part of the the boundary between France and Spain. The
views to both countries are spectacular. The Valley of Benasque is
encircled by Pico
Estauas and Pico Bonneco, Macizo de la Maladeta with its glacier and
Tuca de la Glera.
On the French side, the mountains are often covered in mist. This "gorguera"
moves rapidly along the flanks of the mountais and tells of the weather
change. If the views are open to France you can admire the gentle forms
of the green northern side of the Pyrenees, totally different from the
rugged peaks of the Spanish side. The village you can see in the valley
Return the same way back to the beginning of the route (3h45min).