"It is not the altitude which makes the charm of a peak, it is its shape and the difficulty that it presents to the ascent." This declaration, the Viscount Jean d'Ussel, Great Pyreneanist from the beginning of the century, could have done about the Dent d'Orlu. Indeed, in addition to its beautiful slender appearance, our Gneiss canine offers walls of more than 1000 m where since the beginning of the century, climbers have been satisfying their passion for climbing. This superb “Pyrenean Matterhorn” is accessible to hikers from its north face. The ascent is short, but the slope sometimes steep. Go slowly and be careful on the last few meters. But do not miss the Dent d ' Orlu, because at the top ... what a reward!

Access Departure:
At Ax les thermes, take the D 613 towards Quillan then after 3 km turn right onto the D 25, pass Ascou and Goulours finally at Lavail, turn right between the buildings and the Ascou La Forge campsite. The small road goes around the lake and at the first crossroads goes up to the left until the roundabout called “the frying pan”.

Location

Ariège Pyrenees

South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]

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1 - Jasse de Cabane Longue car park

The path marked in yellow, heads east and crosses a stream. He climbs quickly in a pretty forest of beeches then birches. Southeast direction.

2 - Exit the forest

The path comes out of the forest on the Sarrat de la Llau where the view emerges from both sides. The direction is more frankly towards the South. You will see very well the north face of the Dent where, to the right of a large slab, we can see the path leading to the summit.

3 - Brasseil Pass

You reach the small Col de Brasseil, where the signage shows the direction of Col de l'Egue in the south-east and that of the Dent in the south-south-west. There is no way you are wrong: the north face of the Dent is straight ahead. All you have to do is climb!
Despite the lack of markup, the way is obvious. The slope is very steep in the middle of rhododendrons and blueberries. From time to time, you have to use your hands to hoist yourself on the large stones which form so many uneven but most often very stable steps. Pay attention to the few wet and slippery passages. Shortly before the summit, turn left on a rocky and stony slope. You reach the terminal (2222m) at the top of the Dent d'Orlu.

4 - Jasse de Cabane Longue car park

Watch out for the descent of the Dent. From time to time you have to put yourself in a de-escalation position. The return is similar to the outward route to find the car park.