THE MONTARDO

Day 1 :

Meeting at Pont de Ressec (1400m) - Refugi dera Restanca (2000m) - Tuc des Monges (2699m) - Refugi Ventosa I Calvell (2218m)

Duration : 7h

Elevation gain/loss : + 1299m / - 481m

 

Beautiful ascent to the top of the mountain that limits the National Park of Aigüastortes and Estany de Sant Maurici and the Val D’Aran. From the top we can spot the beautiful glacier lake named Estany de Monges.

 

Day 2 :

Refugi Ventosa I Calvell (2218m) – Estany de Monges (2400m) - Tuc deth Montardo (2838m) - Pont de Ressec (1400m)

Duration : 5h

Elevation gain/loss : + 620m / - 1438m

 

We will reach the unparalleled Montarto summit from where the views will not disappoint before enjoying a very attractive descent on the North face to the starting point of the route.

Included:

  • 2 day UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
  • Advices prior the start
  • Security equipment for the whole group
  • Reservations management assistance
  • 1 night half board stay at Refugi Ventosa I Calvell for both assistant/s and guide/s

 

Not included:

  • Snacks and drinks during the day of both assistant/s and guide/s
  • Assistant/s and guide/s extra expenses due to unexpected program variations

 

General Information:

  • Each group member taking part in the ski route is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Pyrenees.
  • Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on snow conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Touring skis (adjusted bindings)
  • Touring ski boots
  • Telescopic ski poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • DVA (charged batteries)

 

  • Ski carry backpack
  • Helmet

 

  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+

 

  • Touring pants/Thin Gore-Tex pants
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Primaloft
  • Fleece
  • Thermal t-shirt
  • Medium thickness socks

 

  • Snacks (sandwich, cereal bars, nuts,...)
  • 1.5l. bottle of water

 

  • Mobile Phone
  • ID/Passport
  • Cash
  • Mountaneering Federation License valid for the Pyrenees

 

For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

 

Ski touring & Freeride

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
  • 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
  • 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier,  . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
  • 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
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    FITNESS level

  • 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
  • 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.

Next Dates :

Mid February to end of April

Description

The Montarto, famous for its severe figure, can be observed from the town of Arties as in an outstanding postcard. It is however very accessible for its southern face. The starting point of this spectacular route will be the Valley of Valarties, distinctive for the presence of two beautiful peaks: Besiberri Nord (3015m) and Montarto itself (2833m) that will be viewed during almost the whole climb. This fascinating scenery added by stunning lakes such as Lac Rius or Lac de Mar make the experience truly exceptional.

From the summit, given its position, the 360º panorama is absolutely unique with splendid views over the entire Aran Valley.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
3
TECHNICAL
2

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