Aneto is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees and in Aragon, and Spain's third-highest mountain, reaching a height of 3,404 metres (11,168 ft). It stands in the Spanish province of Huesca, the northernmost of all three Aragonese provinces, 4 miles south of the French border. It forms the southernmost part of the Maladeta massif. It is also still locally known as Pic de Néthou in French, that name and its variants having been in general use until the beginning of the 20th century.
Aneto is located in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, in the municipality of Benasque, Huesca province, autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It is part of the Maladeta massif and is located in the Benasque valley. It consists of Paleozoic terrain of a granitic nature and Mesozoic materials. Its northern side holds the largest glacier in the Pyrenees, covering 79.6 hectares (197 acres) in 2005; it is shrinking rapidly due to warming summer temperatures and decreasing winter precipitations over the 20th century – it covered 106.7 ha in 1981, and over 200 ha in the 19th century. It is estimated that it has lost more than half of its surface in the last 100 years, and that it may disappear around 2050.
There's a demanding alpine trail (T5) leading to the summit. Aneto is one of the 71 peaks along the multi-day Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne.
The nearest mountain hut is Abris des Lacs Coronas located 1 439m/4 722ft W of the summit.
By elevation Aneto is
# 1 out of 279 in Parque Natural Posets-Maladeta # 1 out of 18724 in the Pyrenees # 4 out of 81984 in Spain # 1 out of 2258 in Huesca # 1 out of 5955 in Aragon
By prominence Aneto is
# 1 out of 279 in Parque Natural Posets-Maladeta # 1 out of 18724 in the Pyrenees # 3 out of 81984 in Spain # 1 out of 2258 in Huesca # 1 out of 5955 in Aragon
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