CARROS DE FOC – AIGÜESTORTES NATIONAL PARK SKI TOUR

Day 1 :

Meeting at TUC Mountain Guides office around 7:00 p.m. – Briefing and equipment check-up

 

Day 2 :

Transfer to Pont de Ressec (1381m) - Refugi Restanca (2008m) – Collado de Oelhacrestada (2475m) - Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell (2213m)

Duration: 6-7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1094m / -262m

 

Day 3 :

Refugi Joan Ventosa i Calvell (2213m) - Coll de Contraix (2750m) - Refugi d'Estany Llong (2004m)

Duration: 4h

Elevation gain/loss: + 537m / - 746m

 

Optional: ascent to Punta Alta de Comalesbienes (3014m). To add 3 hours.

 

Day 4 :

Refugi d'Estany Llong (2004m) - Collada del Gavatxos (2667m) - Descent by the lakes of Vall Fosca to Refugi de Colomina (2412m)

Duration: 5h

Elevation gain/loss: + 750m / - 255m

 

Day 5:

Refugi de Colomina (2412m) - Collada de Saburó (2668m) - Refugi Josep Maria Blanc (2326m) - Coll de la Valleta Seca (2724m) - Refugi Ernest Mallafré (1893m) - Refugi d'Amitges (2365m)

Duration: 7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1106m / - 1174m

 

Day 6:

Refugi d'Amitges (2365m) - Pic d'Amitges (2848m) - Refugi Mataró (2474m) – Coll d’Estany Gelat - Refugi Saboredo (2310m)

Duration: 6h

Elevation gain/loss: + 700m / - 649m

 

Day 7:

Refugi Saboredo (2310m) - Pic Gran de Sendrosa (2706m) – Descent of the North face towards the Aiguamog Valley - Hotel Banhs de Tredós (1755m) - Transfer to Salardú or start of route

Duration: 4h

Elevation gain/loss: + 396m / - 951m

Included:

  • 6 day UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
  • Advices prior the start
  • Security equipment for the whole group
  • Reservations management assistance
  • 5 half-board nights stay at National Park huts for both the participant/s and guide/s
  • Transfer before and after the program

 

Not included:

  • Snacks and drinks during the day of both participant/s and guide/s
  • Client/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

 

  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • DVA (charged batteries)

 

  • Ski carry backpack
  • Helmet
  • Ice axe
  • Ski boots crampons

 

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

 

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

 

  • Snacks (sandwich, cereal bars, nuts,...)
  • 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 April

Description

Carros de Foc is a round tour through the National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. Within its territory there are several huts of increasing importance on the preservation of the Park. They make possible this wonderful program and will give us very good shelter during the different stages of the itinerary.

The National Park considered as a high mountain park, one of the oldest on the Iberian Peninsula, stands out for its spectacular nature and great beauty given the different vegetation and landscapes that we find. The glacial lakes, big mountains, high summits, beautiful valleys, forests and granite needles will transform the sunrises and sunsets in something that will stay in our memories forever. We will get to visit the four regions within the park: Alta Ribagorza, Val d’Aran, Pallars Sobirá and Pallars Jussá, each one of them with splendid views, highlighting the San Nicolas river Valley, where the name of Aigüestortes comes from and the Escrita river Valley with famous lake Sant Maurici.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
3
TECHNICAL
3

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