Tuca de Possolobino



Country: Spain

Location: Benasque

Round trip: 8 km

Start elevation: 1910 m

Final elevation: 2783 m

Map: 1:25,000 Aneto Maladeta E 25 Editorial Alpina

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

From Benasque take the road to Cerler and continue on the the ski area at L’Ampriu.

featured plant

Androsace villosa

partial plant list

Dactyloriza fuchsii

Paradisea liliastrum

Myosotis alpestris

Myosotis alpina

Trollius europaeus

Asphodelus albus

Anemone narcissiflora

Gentiana lutea

Gentiana verna

Pulsatilla alpina

Androsace villosa

Viola tricolor

Arenaria tetraquetra

Adonis pyrenaica

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Saxifrage exarata

Saxifrage paniculata

Daphne cneorum

Primula integrifolia

Ornithogalum umbellatum

Phyteuma pyrenaica

Ranunculus parnassifolius


This is a fantastic hike for the variety and beauty of the flora.  From the car park at the L’Ampriu ski area, hike up the gravel road below the lift line to the south east.  The flora in the meadows is very rich including Paradisea liliastrum, Anenome narcissiflora, Trollius europaeus, Dactylorhiza fuchsii, Gentiana lutea and Ornithogalum umbellatum.  At about 2100 m beautiful fields of Adonis pyrenaica, a Pyrenean endemic, decorate the slopes to the south.  At the Collada de Baciver turn north and follow a faint path up the broad grassy ridge of Tuca de Possolobino.

In the fellfields at about 2350 m, the cushions of Androsace villosa and Arenaria tetraquatra are so frequent it is hard to avoid stepping on them.  The ridge becomes narrower and rocky higher up and climbing some steep, stony sections, the west ridge of Tuca de Possolobino is gained with Gentiana verna and Primula integrifolia among the rocks.  The summit is reached climbing over slabby rocks and Saxifraga oppositifolia, Myosotis alpina and Potentilla pyrenaica can be found near the highest point.  The descent is by the same route.