This very pleasant 2/3 day loop walk starts
from Pont d'Espagne near Cauterêts.
The first day the track goes along a creek, passed Lac de Gaube and to Refuge des
Oulettes. Petit Vignemale is a good short trip with close up views of the Vignemale.
Next day is spent going up Col des Mulets, sidling on a rocky track the Spanish side of
the range to Col d'Aratille. Several beautiful lakes, a cascading creek and beautiful
flora make the descent to Vallée de Mercadau and Refuge Wallon very enjoyable. Out
directly or rest the night and go up again and enjoy more on the high route and back
to Pont d'Espagne.
Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube is a little further up on a large grassy flat with superb
views of the mountain.
Le Col des Mulets
From here the track sidle high up the cirque to Col d'Aratille.