|Before you start the walk from the information
panel take a moment to
admire the mountains surrounding this place. Looking west you see the
village of Gistaín and the crest of Maristás above the village. In the
southwest rises Peña
Take the grassy track that starts by the panel (2010 m) towards the
stone cottage in front of you. In less than a minute - before you reach
the cottage - two paths branch off right. They run side by side. Choose
the upper path. When the path gets wet, go uphill. You find a number of
paths, all going to the same direction. In the valley below you spot a
track, which will be your return route.
You cross a grassy field, where the paths are difficult to see. At
the other end of the field you find a clear path marked with stone piles (28min)
When you reach the crest (35min)
(2105 m) you can cast the first
glance at the gorge along which the route will ascend. The narrow
circles the slope to the left. Soon you see the
m) you are heading to.
When the stony path gets too irksome (1h12min) (2105 m) descend along the grassy slope to the gorge (2000 m) and walk
through the grassy field gently upwards to the waterfall. You find a
white-yellow waymark by the side of the fall
(1h32min) (2115 m) and start following the waymarks uphill staying all
the time on the left side of the fall. Later you will return to this
spot and continue to the right crossing the torrent and continuing
On your way uphill along the path, which is easy to walk, you can
enjoy the views to the peaks of Montarruego and Bagüeña.
Once you have climbed above the waterfall (1h49min) (2230 m) the path
starts to follow a brook. You cross a meadow and come to a fork (2h) (2265 m).
On your right is a rock with the text "La Ball".
On your left is a rock with the text "Sein".
The route continues to the left, but if you walk some 20 meters to the
right, you will find a small lagoon (Ibón Chicot de Barbarisa).
Walking towards "Sein" you follow the white-yellow
You see the largest lagoon of Barbarisa (Ibón de
Barbarisa) first below you (2h18min) (2340 m). Pico
Baixo de Bagüeña rises on the opposite slope. Descend along the
grassy slope to the shore of the
lagoon (2h23min) (2320 m) and walk to
the right close to the water. A short cape streches out to the lagoon.
From its tip you you can see the oval lagoon in its full lenght. After
you have passed the cape the cliffs dip down steeply to the water. You
have to ascend some 10 meters to go over them. In the north the lagoon
is lined by Pica
From the end of the lagoon (2h30min) starts a clear
path that leads
back to the already familiar fork with signs for Sein and La Ball (2h43min).
Return the same way to the point, where the waymarks guide you
torrent (3h03min) (2110 m). On the other side, a clear path
continues gently downhill.
The path descends to a track (3h40min) (1825 m). Turn right. In a
minute, you cross a torrent that originates from a magnificent waterfall
on your right. On the other side, the track gets wider. The
Benasque spreads out in the east. Return along the road back to the
beginning of the route (4h30min).