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** or Hotel Mauberme 3*** 195€ more p/p
  • 1 night half-board stay at Hotel Banhs de Tredòs
  • 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

  • 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 :

From January to April

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
3
TECHNICAL
2

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