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Peaks in the Monte Perdido massif

The veritable backbone of the entire protected area is the peaks of Treserols, the name that the people of Sobrarbe have always called the group of three mountains, Cilindro (3,328 m), Monte Perdido (3,355 m) and Pico Añisclo or Soum de Ramond (3,253 m), which have been declared World Heritage. .

These mountains are part of a chain of mountains that runs east to west, giving rise to a series of peaks and ridges, the most notable of which include Gabietos (3,034 m), Taillón (3,144 m) and Casco de Marboré (3,006 m). The western sector marks the border with France or, to put it another way, serves as a link between two regions that have both been declared national parks, one of the north side and the other on the south side.

This part of the protected area is noted for its arid aspect and its large expanses of completely bare rock. The winters here are very long and snow can cover huge stretches of the mountainside for more than eight months. On the north face of Monte Perdido, some glacial systems still remain, but on the south side it is only possible to find residual permanent icesheets, but these are not active in the way that a glacier is.

As the massif is limestone, it is difficult for lakes to form on the surface and so there are just two in the entire protected area, the Frozen Lake and Marboré Lake.