Pico Posets

Pico Posets or Punta de Llardana is the second highest peak of the Pyrenees, after Aneto. It is located in the Spanish province of Huesca and is 3,371 metres (11,060 ft) high.

Pico Posets
Punta de Llardana
Posets Viadós
Pico Posets from the west
Highest point
Elevation3,369 m (11,053 ft) [1]
Prominence1,125 m (3,691 ft) [1]
Coordinates42°39′56″N 0°25′28″E / 42.66556°N 0.42444°ECoordinates: 42°39′56″N 0°25′28″E / 42.66556°N 0.42444°E
Pico Posets is located in Pyrenees
Pico Posets
Pico Posets
Location in the Pyrenees
LocationEriste, Benasque valley (Ribagorza, Aragon, Spain)
Parent rangePyrenees
First ascentAugust 6, 1856 (H. Halkett)
Easiest routebasic snow/ice climb from Angel Orús refuge

Ascent route

Mapa del Pico de Posets
Topographic map of the ascent route

From the Angel Orús refuge (2,095 m), a well-marked path heads northwest. After an hour of climbing the route crosses a stream. Further on, the path forks. The route follows the right-hand fork along a narrow valley (Canal Fonda), which has a snowy section almost all year round, so it is advisable to take an ice axe and crampons.

Pico Posets from Forqueta
View of Pico Posets from Pico Forqueta

In under three hours, the path leads to the foot of the Tooth of Llardana (which can be ascended more easily when returning from the summit of the Posets). Following the stone slope after four hours of ascent the summit is reached.

The descent to the refuge follows the same route and takes about three hours.


  1. ^ a b "Posets, Spain". peakbagger.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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Espadas Peak

The Espadas Peak (Spanish: Pico Espadas or Pico de la Espada) is a mountain on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, in Grist, Sahún municipality, in the north of Ribagorza comarca, Aragon. This mountain is one of the highest in the Pyrenees.

This peak is located close to Pico Posets in an area of many high summits.

List of Pyrenean three-thousanders

This list contains all of the Pyrenean three-thousanders, namely the 129 mountain summits of 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) or more above sea level in the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. The Pyrenees separate the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extend for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus). The highest mountain in the Pyrenees is Aneto in Spain at 3,404 metres (11,168 ft).

The summits meeting the 3,000-metre criterion were defined by a UIAA-sponsored joint Franco-Spanish team led by Juan Buyse. The UIAA list, published in 1990, also contains 83 secondary summits in addition to the 129 principal ones listed here, and divides the range into 11 zones. According to the latest surveys, three of the peaks in the original list are actually below 3000m but are still included below.

The selection criteria used here are quite broad – many of the peaks included are secondary summits of major mountains. Using prominence as a criterion, only one summit is an ultra-prominent peak, Aneto, a further three have a prominence of 1000m (Pico Posets, Pica d'Estats, Vignemale), and five more have a prominence of over 600m. Only 17 in total have a prominence of more than 300m, commonly used as a criterion for determining an independent mountain, and are indicated in bold in the table below. 28 more have a prominence of over 100m and can be considered significant summits.

All the peaks in this list are in Spain (59 peaks) or France (26 peaks), or delimit the border between the two countries (45). The two highest major mountains and their subsidiary summits (Aneto and Posets - Zone 7 and 9) are entirely in Spain, together with the Besiberri peaks (zone 10) while Pic Long and surrounding mountains (zone 5) are entirely in France. Most of the other mountains lie on or close to the border. The small country of Andorra is located in the eastern portion of the Pyrenees and is surrounded by Spain and France; its highest mountain – Coma Pedrosa at 2,942 metres (9,652 ft) – falls below the 3,000-metre threshold. The mountains are listed by height within each of the 11 zones.


The Pyrenees (; Spanish: Pirineos [piɾiˈneos]; French: Pyrénées [piʁene]; Aragonese: Pirineus; Catalan: Pirineus [piɾiˈnɛws]; Occitan: Pirenèus; Basque: Pirinioak [piɾini.o.ak]) is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between Spain and France. Reaching a height of 3,404 metres (11,168 ft) altitude at the peak of Aneto, the range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).

For the most part, the main crest forms a divide between Spain and France, with the microstate of Andorra sandwiched in between. The Principality of Catalonia alongside with the Kingdom of Aragon in the Crown of Aragon, Occitania and the Kingdom of Navarre have historically extended on both sides of the mountain range, with smaller northern portions now in France and larger southern parts now in Spain.


Three-thousanders are mountains with a height of between 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), but less than 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. Similar terms are commonly used for mountains of other height brackets e. g. four-thousanders or eight-thousanders. In Britain, the term may refer to mountains above 3,000 feet (910 m).


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