ROUTE 15: LARRIBET REF. – PORT PEYRE ST. MARTIN – RESPOMUSO REF.
Larribet refuge - Doumblas Cabin - Peyre St. Martin Pass - Respomuso refuge
- Time5h 5'
- Vertical rise780 m
- Vertical descent700 m
- Horizontal distance14,2 Km
- Type of journeyMountain Crossing
- Severity of the natural environment2
- Difficulty in movement2
- Amount of effort required3
This walk starts at Larribet refuge (2072 m). A clear path heads off down the valley and after zigzagging for a while it approaches the Ruisseau de Larribet river which it will follow from now on. We cross to the other side of the river twice whilst heading down through a forest area before reaching an escarpment. We follow some zigzags in this area leading to Cabane de Doumblas (1565 m) (crossing with routes 06 and 14). We head up the left bank of Gave d'Arrens towards Labassa plain. The water in the ravine disappears and the path passes close by Toue Labassa cabin (1700 m). We leave the path leading to Ledromeur refuge to our right, and bear left to head up the steep climb closing off the head of the valley. An endless number of zigzags leads us up this face before reaching a flatter area and the Remoulis lakes (2040 m) which we border round to the east. The obvious path passes Toue de Castérie cabin (2095 m) and sets off on more zigzags leading to a gentler slope. This gentle slopes continues towards the south. A few metres before reaching the pass there is a signpost indicating the path to the left heading towards Col de Cambalés (crossing with routes 14 and 16). We go straight on at this point. Just a few metres separate us from Peyre Sant Martin pass (2299 m).
From this pass we can see Campo Plano plateau which we head for down a well-trodden path. The walk crosses over a wide plain where there is no clear path and heads towards the south bank of Campo Plano lake (2150 m) (crossing with route 10). This section takes us across several streams and can even become waterlogged. There is a sign next to the lake indicating the route to Respomuso. This route follows an obvious path towards the west passing by a shepherds hut and the remains of an unfinished dam, bordering the north side of Ibón deras Ranas and finally, after boxing round behind a building it arrives at Respomuso refuge (2200 m).