ROUTE 11: IBONES DE BACHIMAÑA REF. – RESPOMUSO REF.
Ibones de Bachimaña Ref. - Infierno Pass - Llena Cantal Pass - Respomuso Ref.
- Time4h 40'
- Vertical rise780 m
- Vertical descent830 m
- Horizontal distance10,5 Km
- Type of journeyMountain Crossing
- Severity of the natural environment4
- Difficulty in movement4
- Amount of effort required3
The entire route is signposted GR 11 long distance footpath. We head off down from the Ibones de Bachimaña (2197 m) and cross the dam at Ibón Baxo to join a path on the other side. We follow the path upwards and then border round this lake and afterwards, following a north-westerly direction, border round Bachimaña Alto lake. A small descent leads to a flat area where the path peters out. Holding the same direction we have to cross the stream and head towards a visible signpost on the left bank (crossing with routes 11, 17, 25 and 34). The path becomes apparent once again parallel to the stream we have just crossed and leads us upwards to Ibón Azul Baxo (2360 m). We border round the lake and arrive at Ibón Azul Alto a little later (2406 m). The route then heads off to the west to cross the long scree leading to Collado del Infierno (2722 m) (crossing with routes 11 and 25). We then almost horizontally traverse the rock field around the Tabarrai lake leading to Cuello de Llena Cantal (2765 m).
The descent down the other side, along a steep earthy channel, can be a little dangerous. There are normally remains of ice until well into the summer, meaning that ice axes and crampons may be required. Once this obstacle has been overcome, the path descends to the foot of Tebarrai Peak along a scree leading to the basin of Ibón de Llena Cantal lake. The terrain becomes more manageable and easier to walk over, and the path continues towards the head of Respomuso reservoir through meadows. At the reservoir we have to cross Campo Plano river (2110 m) and almost immediately pass by the Alfonso XIII or Piedrafita refuge (2150 m), now closed (there is an option of taking the path leading to the wall of Campo Plano reservoir to cross over a bridge and thus avoid the torrent of water). From this old shelter to Respomuso refuge (2200 m) there is just a short walk along the banks of the reservoir.