VAL D’ARAN - SKI MOUNTAINEERING WEEK

Day 1: Journey

Arrival to Val d’Aran - Meeting in the TUC Mountain Guides office, in Salardú, to recap the program and discuss any detail left - Night in Hotel

 

Day 2: Unhola Valley

Transfer to Bagergue (1450m) – 4 wheels drive (aprox. 1500m, depends on the snow) - Tuc dera Pincela (2534m) - Beautiful descent back to the car (aprox. 1500m) - Bagergue (1450m) – Transfer back to Salardú - Night in Hotel

Duration: 6h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1034m / - 1034m

 

Day 3: Valarties Valley

Trasfer to Borda Casa Irene (1340m) - Restanca (2012m) - Montardo (2833m) - Wonderful descent of the north face of this emblematic mountain – Transfer to salardú – Well deserved rest in Hotel

Duration: 8h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1493m / - 1493m

 

Day 4: Port de Vielha area

Transfer to the North side of the Vielha Tunnel (1380m) - Tuc de Horno (2388m) – Descent back to the car (1380m) - Transfer to Salardú - Night in Hotel

Duration: 5h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1008m / - 1008m

 

Day 5: Parros Valley

Transfer to Plan de Beret (1850m) - Cabana de Parros (1760m) - Tuc de Parros (2731m) - Montgarri (1610m) - Plan de Beret (1850m) - Transfer to Salardú - Night in Hotel

Duration: 6h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1121m / - 1121m

 

Day 6: Ruda & Aiguamòg Valleys

Transfer to Port de la Bonaigua (2050m) – Ruda Valley (1700m) - Tuc de Sendrosa (2479m) - Banhs de Tredòs (1769m) - Half-board stay at Hotel Banhs de Tredòs (visit the website at www.banhsdetredos .com) - It is really worth it to spend a night here

Duration: 6-7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 779m / - 1060m

 

Day 7: Parc National d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

Banhs de Tredòs (1769m) - Tuc de Lluça (2752m) - Montadit (1450m) - Transfer to Salardú – Farewell Snack/Beer in Salardú - Night in Hotel

Duration: 7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 983m / - 1302m

 

Day 8:

Bye to the Val d’Aran - Journey back

 

This program is a very good indicative of a beautiful experience, but of course, the ascensions can be modified according to the wishes of the assistants and will be adapted according to weather conditions and group fitness and technical levels.

Included:

  • 6 day UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
  • Advices prior the start
  • Security equipment for the whole group
  • Reservations management assistance
  • 6 nights stay at Hotel deth Pais 2**: 300€ p/p or Hotel Mauberme 3***: 495€ p/p
  • 1 night half-board stay at Hotel Banhs de Tredòs: 88,40€ p/p
  • Thermal baths

 

Not included:

  • Individual equipment
  • Snacks and drinks during the ski day of both assistant/s and guide/s
  • Transfer to the starting points of the itineraries and back to hotel
  • Meals in the evening apart from the one in Hotel Banhs de Tredòs
  • 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

 

  • Goggles
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Hat
  • Buff

  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • 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,...)
  • 5l bottle of water

 

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

 

  • Bathing suit
  • Flip-flops

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
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  • 1 - Beginner. Never ski toured before. Frequent skier that goes off-piste not very often. Never used skins before.
  • 2 - Intermediate. Ski tours occasionally (5 to 10 days a year). Know the basics using skins, correct kick turn on slopes up to 35º. Capable of placing ski crampons without any help. Be able to ascend through all kinds of snow following a trace. Skis efficiently on all kinds of snows.
  • 3 - High. Big expertise in all types of ascents with skis. Knows and masters several climbing techniques with skins, kick-turn both back and to the valley. Can go easily forward skating. Ski tours quite often (more than 15 days a year). Familiarized with the use of ice axes and crampons in different terrains. Be able to use ropes for belaying. Has been in high routes in the Alps. Training in self-rescue.
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  • Fitness Level
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  • 1 - Being able to walk in the mountains for 3 to 4 hours gaining 800 meters of altitude with a lightweight backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 - Walk along itineraries in the mountains for 4 to 6 hours gaining 1000 meters of altitude with an 8 kg backpack.
  • 3 - able to make mountain itineraries for more than 8 hours and ascending 1500 meters or more, loaded with a backpack of 10 kg.

Next Dates :

From January to April 2019

Description

Memorable week touring around the most unique places of the Val d’Aran.

This Valley is a privileged area for ski touring due to its singularities. First, its great natural beauty, the landscapes that you will get to admire will fill your soul. Second, its orientation (Northwest), allows good amounts of snow during the whole winter, but never in excess so it does not compromise safety. Normally, we enjoy many sunny days maximizing the pleasure of skiing and being in nature. In addition, the gastronomy, its people and its idyllic mountain villages make the experience even greater.

In these 6 days of ski we will tour through the most beautiful adjacent valleys to the Garona River. The ascents will be as tough or as bearable as we desire. The valleys in question will be the Aiguamòg Valley, Valarties, Unhola, Parros Valley and the areas of Port de Vielha and Port de la Bonaigua.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
1
TECHNICAL
1

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