Amazing Aspe Valley
When it comes to hiking, trekking or rambling you will truly be spoilt for choice!
It is hard to beat the Aspe Valley because it is one of the wildest and less commercialised parts of the Pyrenees.
For a long time it has remained off the tourist beaten track and is at the heart of the national park.
The most picturesque and beautiful Pyrenean peaks are found around this valley.
The valley is at the crossroads of the ancient and famous footpaths:
a route that follows the chain of the Pyrenean peaks from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and the
the pilgrimage route of St James that goes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Fountains Of Escot
At the begining of the 1900s «Auberge Fontaines d’Escot» was practically the only hotel in the Aspe Valley and was regularly visited by mountaineers as a base camp.
Today we are still welcoming hikers in our family run
«Bed & Breakfast»
One of these French pioneers, that visited Fountains Of Escot, was Dr Gaston Boisson Who wrote some of the earliest French mountaineering books.
He documented in the 1930s the trail that goes from Fountains Of Escot to the peak of the Roumendarès.
Today the itenerary is simply known as «L’itinéraire Boisson»
The Boisson itinerary, on its way to the Roumendarès, passes through the «Edelweiss Ridge».
In July and August the north slope of this ridge is magnificently covered with Edelweiss and Chardon Bleu.
A Pyrenean spectacle!
Around Fountains Of Escot
The altitude of Fountains Of Escot is only 310m and next to the property we have two mountains.
To the East the Roumendarès peak at 1,646m between the Aspe Valley and the Ossau Valley.
To the West the «Trône du Roi» peak at 1,266m between the Aspe and Barétous valleys.
From Fountains Of Escot this peak looks like a pyramid.
Apparently the king of France knelt in front of it, for no known reason, and thats why it’s called «The Throne of the King».
The well known Ollivier hikers, father and son, have also written several books.
«Vallee d’Aspe Randonnees»
is all about this valley and is available on-line.
In this book you can find the itineraries to the
«Trône du Roi»
from Fountains Of Escot.
The «French Alpine Club" regularly uses the above itineraries ( see their
There is also a very well marked trail starting from our local village of Sarrance all the way up to the Trône du Roi.