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Balaitous ouest.jpg
Balaitus' summit
Elevation 3,144 m (10,315 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Aragon
Balaitus is located in Pyrenees
Location Hautes-Pyrénées, France
Alto Gállego, Aragon, Spain
Range Pyrenees
Coordinates ES_ 42°50′19″N 00°17′24″W / 42.83861°N 0.29000°W / 42.83861; -0.29000Coordinates: ES_ 42°50′19″N 00°17′24″W / 42.83861°N 0.29000°W / 42.83861; -0.29000
First ascent August 8, 1825
Easiest route Las Neous glacier

The Balaitús (Spanish) or Pic du Balaïtous (French) (Aragonese: Pico Os Moros; Occitan: Vathleitosa) is a granitic massif of the Pyrenees, located right on the border between Spain and France.


Balaitús marks the starting point of the High Pyrenees. Its height is 3,144 metres AMSL and it is the first mountain to surpass the 3,000 metres from the Atlantic coast. Its name may come from the Occitan words "vath" (valley) and "leitosa" (milky). Another Spanish name for the mountain is Pico de los Moros (Moors' peak).

It separates the Spanish Tena Valley (Sallent de Gállego) from the French Val d'Azun.

Climbing history[edit]

The first ascent was done in 1825 by French geodesic technicians Peytier and Hossard after wrongly getting to Palas Peak due to fog. The second ascent was made in 1864 by Charles Packe, after several failed attempts, he thought that he was the first one, but was amazed by finding evidence of the first ascent.[citation needed]


There are many ascent routes, none of them are easy, mainly because of the strong vertical drop of 1,500 m from any of the access points.

From France the most frequent route goes through Las Neous[1] glacier starting from any of the refuges nearby: Larribet (2,060 m), Balaïtous (G. Ledormeur) (1,970 m) or Arrémoulit (2,305 m).

From Spain the starting point is La Sarra parking, near Sallent de Gállego, and then to the Arriel lakes or the Respumoso lake.[2]

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