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 Carros de Foc...
Lleida - 7 Stages - 64Km. - 3.122Pos/3.462Neg - Medium - Circular Route - August 2008
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This route is developed by the Catalan regions of Pallars Sobira, Aran Valley and Alta Ribagorça and much of its route is within the National Park San maurici i Aigüestortes so the spectacular scenery is guaranteed.

The route started in 1987 by a national park rangers traced the circular route passing saved nine shelters. Although it is not necessary to spend the night in shelters each to complete the route since you can skip shelters proximity between them.

On our tour we will find many beautiful lake among which L'Lake Sant Maurici with splendid views over Encantats.

The course does not have any technical difficulties with the exception of some more complex step as Contraix Coll and subsequent descent through an area of ??large blocks.



Resumen de la ruta
lugar Lugar Número de estapas Días Longitud Longitud Desnivel Positivo Desnivel Desnivel Positivo Desnivel Negativo Desnivel Desnivel Negativo Dificultad Dificultad Tipo de ruta
Tipo ruta
Lleida 7 64 Km. 3122 m. 3462 m. Media Recorrido Circular


Carros de Foc | Entre Montañas



1. Espot - Xalet d´Amitges

Up

Distance: 9 Km.Up/Downhill 740 m. - Time: 02:30 h.
Espot - Xalet d´Amitges

The path begins at the end of the car park of the National Park of Sant Maurici i Aig & uuml; estortes. After the control booth in the park starts a path to the right through a forest. It has built a wooden pathway to avoid damaging the environment.

At about 400 meters we came to a bridge over the river and proceed to an area with less vegetation & oacute; n the right bank of the river

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We are now in a forest m & aacute; s thick (45 min, 3 km; 1,790 m) where the trail climbs gently and parallel to the track to eventually develop into this and follow it to the Lake Sant Maurci (1: 10h, 4.6 km; 1,900 m) from where we have Fantasy & aacute;. sticas Encantats

We continue tracing the trail that goes along with the information booth & oacute; n the park following the GR. The slope is continuous and vegetation & oacute; n be getting light. We crossed a wooden bridge and the road now turns to the right, leaving atr & aacute; s Estany Sant Maurici to reach the Lake of the Ratera (2.130, 6.67 km, 1:50 h).

Do not leave the track and came to a bifurcation & oacute; n where we take the track turns right and we carry & aacute; at LITTLE or Lake of the Cabana (2,300 m; 7,450 km, 2:30 h)

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From here & iacute; the slope is m & aacute; s delivered to the shelter until d & rsquo; Amitges (2,380 m 8,810 km; 2:30 pm) where we have a fabulous view over the Estany d & rsquo;. Amitges

Profile Stage: Parking National Park Sant Maurici i Aig & uuml; estortes (1,640 m; 0 Km) - Forest m & aacute; s thick (45 min, 3 km; 1,790 m) - Lake Sant Maurci (1: 10h, 4.6 km; 1,900 m) - Lake of the Ratera (2.130, 6.67 km, 1:50 h) - Lake of the Cabana (2,300 m; 7,450 km, 2:30 h) - Refugi d & rsquo; Amitges (2,380 m 8,810 km, 2:30 h)

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         Stage profile: Espot - Xalet d´Amitges
Stage profile: Espot - Xalet d´Amitges


2. Xalet d´Amitges - Refugi Colomers

Up

Distance: 9 Km.Up/Downhill 225 m. - Up/Downhill 470 m.Time: 03:00 h.
Xalet d´Amitges - Refugi Colomers

Leaving the Refugi d & rsquo; Amitges the track and in five minutes we arrived at Estany dels Barbs to our left along the GR 11. After 5 minutes we left the track and take the path that runs between the two peque & ntilde; os lakes: Estany dels barbs and Lake the Munyidera. From here & iacute; the road starts to climb towards the Port of Ratera.

We passed a fake hill where the slope ends and continue along the skirt MOUNTAIN close to reaching Port Estany Ratera (2,510 m; 2,380 km, 1 h). From this point the trail climbs to the Port of Ratera d & rsquo; Espot (2,595 m; 3,340 km, 1:15 h).

In two minutes we reached the dev & iacute; or between the GR 11 and GR 211-4, this STILL latter goes to the Refugi Saboredo, but we chose to follow the GR 11en address & oacute; n to the shelter of Colomèrs.

The trail descends r & aacute; Obago quickly to the Lag (2,220 m; 5,500 km, 2h) and is now m & aacute; s suavemente to Redond Lag and Lag Long (2,160 m; 7,400 km, 2:20 h), all the way down we have magnificent views of all the lakes in the valley

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We now descending steeply sloping down to the dam dels Colomèrs Major Lag (2,125 m, 9 km, 2:45 h), which we crossed to the old Refugi Colomèrs and follow the road along the lake to reach our destination, Refugi Colomèrs (2,135 m; 9,320 km, 3 h).

Profile Status: Refugi d & rsquo; Amitges (2,380 m; 0 Km) - Port Estany Ratera (2,510 m; 2,380 km, 1 h) - Port of Ratera d & rsquo; Espot (2,595 m; 3,340 km, 1:15 pm) - Lag Obago (2,220 m; 5,500 km, 2h) - Lag Lag Redond and Long (2,160 m; 7,400 km, 2:20 h) - Major Lag dels Colomèrs (2,125 m, 9 km, 2:45 h) - Refugi Colomèrs (2,135 m; 9,320 Km, 3 h)

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         Stage profile: Xalet d´Amitges - Refugi Colomers
Stage profile: Xalet d´Amitges - Refugi Colomers


3. Refugi Colomers - Refugi Joan Ventosa i calvell

Up

Distance: 6 Km.Up/Downhill 435 m. - Up/Downhill 355 m.Time: 02:15 h.
Refugi Colomers - Refugi Joan Ventosa i calvell

We took the road by which we come to the shelter and a few meters, AFTER & eacute; s to cross the creek, turn left taking the GR 11-18 always on the left bank of the river

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We slowly gain altitude and 1.5 km and after 30 minutes of running left the road on your left and turn right towards Port de Caldes by a steep path.

We went through a false and continue up the hill overlooking the Lac deth Port de Caldes and Tuc de Lhu & ccedil; a. Finally arrived at Port de Caldes (2,570 m, 3 km, 1:10 h) with stunning views Montardo

.

We started the descent and a few meters take a path that turns left at address & oacute; n to the shelter Ventosa i Calvell, leaving on our right the GR 11-18 to take us & iacute; a PUSED & eacute; s spending the Coll de la Crested until Refugi Restanca.

We started to descend into the Lake of Mangades. At this point we must pay special ATTNi & oacute; n as the road is & aacute; very blurred and we must continue to reach milestones Estany (2,280 m, 5 km, 1:50 h).

We continue descending through the Estany Cot and Travessani to tackle STILL steep Finally I get to the shelter until Joan Ventosa i Calvell with fabulous views over the Estany Negre (2.215 m, 6.17 km, 2:15 h ).

Profile Status: Refugi Colomèrs (2,135 m; 0 Km) - Port de Caldes (2,570 m, 3 km, 1:10 h) - Lake of Mangades (2,280 m, 5 km; 1:50 pm) - Joan Ventosa i Refugi Calvell (2,215 m; 6.17 km, 2:15 h)

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         Stage profile: Refugi Colomers - Refugi Joan Ventosa i calvell
Stage profile: Refugi Colomers - Refugi Joan Ventosa i calvell


4. Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell - Refugi d´Estany Llong

Up

Distance: 13 Km.Up/Downhill 665 m. - Up/Downhill 925 m.Time: 04:45 h.
Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell - Refugi d´Estany Llong

We started a tough stage so as the distance traveled by the unevenness to overcome.

We left the shelter and take a path left down in about ten minutes Estany Negre (2.170 m, 0.65 km, 10 min).

We walk with the river on our right by a path that begins to be large boulders until we reached the Great Estany of Colieto (2.200 m, 1.25 km, 30 min). The road runs along the left bank of the lake and at the head of it must pay attention & oacute; n. Not to be confused with the road that goes to High Point or Port of Colomèrs

We continue with the river on our right towards Coll Contraix to trav & eacute; s of large blocks of granite, rising between two creeks and taking as reference & nbsp; waterfall to our right. Thus we enter the Valley Colieto.

Once at the waterfall we started up between large lock auspicistone is difficult through this stretch of & iacute; a. We reached the end of the valley and it appears to us the impressive ascent to Coll Contraix.

& uacute; last few meters have a high slope with broken rock and in some areas it is necessary to use your hands. Finally we come to Coll (2,775 m; 5.45 km, 2:30 h) since we have fabulous views over Lake Contraix toward which we are heading

.

We started down a path that zigzagea and flows into an area of ??large boulders. We arrived at Lake Contraix (2.605 m, 7.30 km, 2:45 h) and go round to the right until you cross the storm drain & uuml; e. At this point the way back a small & ntilde; a hill to start descending towards our destination

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The trail begins with a steep slope until we reached a m & aacute zone; s grassy where the forest begins to gain ground. We arrived at St. Nicolaus river we crossed a bridgewood and arrived at the shelter not been stored Centraleta (1,895 m, 12 km, 4:30 h).

From here & iacute; take a path that takes us to the track to the left and continue to leave us Estany llong Refuge (1,955 m; 12,750 km, 4:45 h).

Profile Status: Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell (2,215 m; 0 Km) - Estany Negre (2.170 m, 0.65 km, 10 min) - Great for Colieto Estany (2,200 m , 1.25 km, 30 min) - Coll Contraix (2,775 m; 5.45 km, 2:30 h) - Lake Contraix (2.605 m, 7.30 km, 2:45 h) - Refuge Centraleta (1,895 m, 12 km, 4:30 h) - Estany llong Refuge (1,955 m; 12,750 km, 4:45 h)

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         Stage profile: Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell - Refugi d´Estany Llong
Stage profile: Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell - Refugi d´Estany Llong


5. Refugi d´Estany Llong - Refugi Colomina

Up

Distance: 13 Km.Up/Downhill 780 m. - Up/Downhill 340 m.Time: 04:15 h.
Refugi d´Estany Llong - Refugi Colomina

We left the shelter the trail and soon found a way of indicating the Dellui Coll. We started to climb through the woods by a wide and c & oacute; path rises slowly and on our left the Valley of the Corticelles way

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The road passes through some cliffs with spectacular views over the valley of Saint Nicolaus; Needles are peak Montanyeta we surround. Finally we entered the Valley Dellui and already see at the end that we Coll and traced his right Pico of the same name.

We passed through an area of ??large boulders and reached the Estanyets of Dellui and M & aacute; s afternoon at Lake of Dellui (2.350 m, 3.70 km, 1:30 h).

We continue our ascension & oacute; n finally reaching the Collado de Dellui (2,577 m; 5.84 km, 2:20 h). Since we have a good view of the lakes of Eixerola, Cubieso and Tort

We started the descent and reached the Lake of Eixerola (2,370 m; 7,220 km;2:40 pm). AHEAD & oacute; n skirt the Lake of Mariolo to the right until you reach the resclusa (2,295 m, 9 km, 3 h). From this moment begins a continuous up and down until we reach our destination.

In the first place, we cross a mont & iacute; ass (2,350 m; 9,580 km, 3:20 h) and then went down to the sluice Estany Tort (2,295 m; 10,570 km, 3:30 h).

We went through a stretch of v & iacute; as of abandoned train splicing with the GR 11 to 20 (2,295 m; 11,600 km, 3:50 h).

We came to a junction where the v & iacute; as still right but we continue down the path of left gaining height gradually until we see the Refugi Colimina by the lake of the same name (2,395 m, 12 80 Km; 4:15)

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Profile Status: Refugi d & acute; Estany Llong (1,955 m; 0 Km) - Lake of Dellui (2.350 m, 3.70 km, 1.30 am) - Collado de Dellui ( 2,577 m; 5.84 km, 2:20 h) - Lake of Eixerola (2,370 m; 7,220 km, 2:40 h) - Lake of MarioI (2,295 m, 9 km, 3 hours) - Mont & iacute; ass (2,350 m; 9,580 km, 3:20 h) - Estany Tort (2,295 m; 10,570 km, 3:30 h) - GR 11 to 20 (2,295 m ; 11,600 km, 3:50 h) - Refugi Colimina (2,395 m; 12.80 Km; 4:15)

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         Stage profile: Refugi d´Estany Llong - Refugi Colomina
Stage profile: Refugi d´Estany Llong - Refugi Colomina


6. Refugi Colomina - Josep Maria Blanc

Up

Distance: 7 Km.Up/Downhill 280 m. - Up/Downhill 375 m.Time: 03:00 h.
Refugi Colomina - Josep Maria Blanc

During today's stage the way we carry & aacute; to culling Josep Maria Blanc without leaving the GR 11-20.

We left the shelter and bordered Estany Colomina dej & aacute; Ndolo on our right until we reached the Lake of the Sea (2,450 m; 1.20 km, 25 min). Aqu & iacute; path planning stops and starts climbing a steep slope to the Pas de l & rsquo; Os

.

The transition begins with some zigzags to follow a steep slope up to the pass (2.555 m, 2.25 km, 1 h).

We started on the right skirting Lake Sabur & oacute; that resembles a cr & aacute; b. The path continues between boulders and occasionally step is dif & iacute; cyl. Ahead of us already see the pass of Sabur & oacute; toward which we are heading. The road is dif & iacute; easy and possible to climb the hill to the right or left following the yellow highlights. We choose this STILL last option & oacute; n that although initially loses height lfter retrieves a path m & aacute; s & aacute defined and f;. cil

Finally Met Collado Sabur & oacute; (2.675 m, 3.50 km, 1:30 h), from which we can see on our right the Pic of Mainera left Tuc Sabur & oacute;.

We started the descent and arrived at the Port of Cap Estany (2,650 m, 4.2 km, 2 h). From this point a continuous climb down without leaving us har GR & aacute; go through the Llastra Etany (2,430 m; 5.50 m; 2:30 pm) and the Coveta (2,415 m; 6.20 km, 2:35 h).

Alzanzado point the way we have splendid views over the Estany Negre, the Teal and Tort, as & iacute; as the refuge to which we are headed. So we only have a steep slope, and cross the lock between the lakes to reach the Refuge Josep Maria Blanc (2,300 m, 7.30 km, 3 h).

Profile Status: Lake of the Sea (2,450 m; 1.20 km, 25 min) - Pas de l & rsquo; Os (2.555 m, 2.25 km, 1 h) - Collado Sabur & oacute; (2.675 m, 3.50 km, 1.30 am) - Estany Cap del Port (2650 m, 4.2 km, 2 hours) - Etany of Llastra (2,430 m; 5.50 miles; 2:30 PM ) y Lake of the Coveta (2,415 m; 6.20 km, 2:35 h) - Josep Maria Blanc Refuge (2,300 m, 7.30 km, 3 hours)

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         Stage profile: Refugi Colomina - Josep Maria Blanc
Stage profile: Refugi Colomina - Josep Maria Blanc


7. Refugi Josep Maria Blanc - Espot

Up

Distance: 6 Km.Up/Downhill 1.000 m.Time: 2 h.
Refugi Josep Maria Blanc - Espot

We left Josep Maria Blanc Refuge along the track by climbing 4x4 from Espot and coincides with the GR 11-20. We began our descent down the valley Peguera and arrived at Lake of Lladres (2,045 m; 2,850 km; 40 min).

A few meters leave the track and follow the path marked as GR and indicating direction & oacute; n to Espot. The road goes right and goes into the woods to reach the edges Boigots, more & iacute; a in ruins located 1,780 m, 4km; 1 h.

The path continues down decisively and passes through the Platets Prat, El Pont del Salvador and El Prat de Peguera (1,520 m; 4,750 km, 1:30 h).

The road is very nice and runs close to the river that turns to cross the Pont Feners (1.420, 5.40 km, 1:40 h).

We continue our journey and already near Espot we passed the Torre dels Moros to finally reach our destination. Espot (1.300 m, 6.40 m, 2 h)

Profile Status: Refugio Josep Maria Blanc (2,300 m; 0 Km) & nbsp; - Lake of Lladres (2,045 m; 2,850 km, 40 min) - Borders Boigots (1,780 m, 4km, 1hr) - El Prat de Peguera (1,520 m; 4,750 miles; 1:30 am) - Pont Feners (1.420; 5.40 km, 1:40 h) - Espot (1.300 m, 6.40 m, 2 h)

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         Stage profile: Refugi Josep Maria Blanc - Espot
Stage profile: Refugi Josep Maria Blanc - Espot


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