"It is not the altitude that makes the charm of a peak, it is its shape and the difficulty it presents to the ascent. ” This statement, Viscount Jean d'Ussel, Great Pyrenean from the beginning of the century, could have done about the Dent d'Orlu.

Indeed, in addition to its beautiful slender look, our Gneiss canine offers walls of more than 1000 m where since the beginning of the century, climbers satisfy their passion for climbing. This superb “Pyrenean Matterhorn” is accessible to hikers via its north face. The ascent is short, but the slope is sometimes steep. So go slowly and be careful on the last meters. But don't miss the Dent d'Orlu, because at the top... what a reward!

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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 - Crossing the beech forest

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 signs show the direction of the Col de l'Egue to the South-East and that of the Dent to the South-South-West. It is impossible that you are wrong: the north face of the Dent is straight ahead. All that remains is to climb! Despite the lack of signposting, the route 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 pull yourself up 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 milestone (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.