Monte Perdido

Monte Perdido (in Spanish; Mont Perdu in French; Mont Perdito in Aragonese; Mont Perdut in Catalan, all four meaning lost mountain) is the third highest mountain in the Pyrenees. The summit of Monte Perdido (3355 m), located in Spain, lies hidden from France by the seemingly impenetrable peaks of the Cirques of Gavarnie and Estaubé. It stands in the north of Huesca province. The mountain forms part of the Monte Perdido Range and is located in the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, in the western part of the Pyrenees, in the community of Aragon, Spain.

Monte Perdido
Monte Perdido (left) and Cilindro de Marboré (right)
Highest point
Elevation3,355 m (11,007 ft)
Prominence969 m (3,179 ft)
Coordinates42°40′N 0°02′E
English translationLost mountain
Language of nameSpanish
Monte Perdido
LocationOrdesa Valley, Huesca Province, Aragon, Spain
Parent rangePyrenees
Official namePyrénées - Mont Perdu
Criteriaiii, iv, v, vii, viii
Designated1997 (21st session)
Reference no.773
State PartySpain
RegionEurope and North America

Access to the mountain is easier from Spain than from France. The route starts near the village of Torla, Aragon, at the Ordesa Valley and ascends the Cirque de Soaso towards the Refuge of Góriz before the stiff climb to the summit. It is a dangerous climb with snow.

National Park

Monte Perdido is the centre-piece of the Spanish Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park which was established in 1918 with just 21 square kilometres of land. The park has grown significantly to 156 square kilometres and incorporates the whole of the Añisclo Canyon. There are more than 1,500 species of flowers, 171 species of birds, 32 different mammals and 8 types of reptile in the Ordesa. Most magnificent of all is the lammergeier (bearded vulture) with a 3-metre wingspan. The Pyrenees is one of the few places in Europe where these birds can be seen.

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