Espingo Lake

On the trail of the GR10, the Granges d’Astau and Espingo Lake, via Lake Oô.

Technical sheet
No. 11317
A Oô walk posted on 13/09/12 by pblanc. Update : 13/10/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h00[?]
Distance Distance : 11.66km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1136m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1128m
Highest point Highest point : 1985m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1135m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Pyrénées, Massif de Perdiguère
Location Location : (31110)
Starting point Starting point : N 42.763752° / E 0.501934°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1848OTR
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Description

Which route to take to the Espingo Lake, is an ancient path created during the construction of the EDF Lake dam gate of which is much higher, and the dam of Lake Oô. Vestiges of this stony path still exist in places.

From the car park of the Granges d'Astau (S) (1130 m), the path heads south. It is well signposted and marked (GR10, red and white) to Lake Oô. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to Lake Oô and its shelter/hostel (2 hours if carrying a heavy load).
From the dam of Lake Oô (1) (1,500 m), continue to follow the GR10 south to access the Espingo Lake via the many loops leading up to the top of the Oô waterfall. Then we begin the climb to the Col d’Espingo, leaving the GR10 on the left (which goes up to the Superbagnères resort). Expect an additional 2-3 hours from Lake Oô to arrive at the pass.
At Col d’Espingo (1,967 m) discover the lake below at 1,880 m, and the refuge on the right.
From here there is a splendid view of the Cirque d’Espingo and about 3,000 m away (Spijéoles, Grand Quayrat, Mont Arrouy, Pic Lézat).
Come back by the same route.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.78 - alt. km 2.78 - Refuge du Lac d'Oô
2 : km 2.87 - alt. km 2.87 - Lac d'Oo
3 : km 4.74 - alt. km 4.74
4 : km 4.97 - alt. km 4.97
5 : km 5.18 - alt. km 5.18
6 : km 5.78 - alt. km 5.78 - Lac d'Espingo
D/A : km 11.66 - alt. km 11.66

Useful Information

Water isn’t a problem when heading to Espingo even in late summer as there is the refuge of Oô mid-trip, a few waterfalls on the way between Oô and Espingo, and water at the shelter at Espingo .
In principle camping is not allowed during the summer season, but bivouacking in Espingo is tolerated (if you make sure not to leave a trace of your having stayed when you leave), there are often people fishing at the lake.
Booking is essential for the Espingo shelter, which is often full.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 1848OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Espingo Lake alone is worth a look, but for those who want to continue to Lake Portillon (shelter) at 2,600 m, continue south along the same path, and passing Saussat Lake below.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.81/5
Number of opinions : 52
Description quality : 4.78/5
Routemap quality : 4.81/5
Walk interest : 4.83/5


Walker
on Mon 23 Jul 2018 11:19:48 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 28/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Nice views of high pyrenees. Crosses border into Spain.


Walker
on Sat 21 Jul 2018 18:24:13 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/07/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A wonderful walk with stunning views of waterfalls along the way and lots of beautiful orchids, lilies and iris to look at. Distances and timings were spot on


Walker
on Mon 25 Jun 2018 11:56:38 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 25/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This was one of the best scenic routes I have ever done along the GR10

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