This is the classic way to discover the Sant Nicolau valley in the western part of the Park. From the Molina footbridge, it is possible to reach Aigüestortes by public transport, by bicycle, or on foot, but from that point on, there is a further two and a half hour hike to the lakes.
Visitors will discover the Llebreta pool and the magnificent deciduous woods that are reflected in it and will also see the spectacular Sant Esperit waterfall.
The route, which follows the course of the river, becomes gradually steeper as it rises through forests of Spanish pine and crosses enchanting plateaus, including that of Aigüestortes, with the twisting waters that suggested its name. Before heading on towards Lake Llong, visitors should go to the vantage point that is located just behind the mountain shelter. After passing the Lake Llong shelter, they will then find the lake itself, in a truly marvellous setting. The route then skirts around the lake, crosses the Peixerani gully, and then – in a 30 minute walk - smoothly climbs up to Lake Redó.
The headwaters of the vall Fosca (Dark Valley) have been significantly affected by the exploitation of its lakes to obtain hydroelectric power. Even so, it still conserves its rough, untamed, high-mountain character. Visitors can reach the Estany Gento pool on foot from the Sallente reservoir (a walk of 1 h 30 min and climb of 390 metres) or take the cable car that connects theses two points in summer.
From there, a well marked path will take visitors to the Colomina pool and the shelter of the same name. They can then go on to lake Saburó, having crossed the Pas de l'Ós (Bear Pass), a path with steps cut into the rock, which was created when the dams were being constructed. The imposing granite relief and lakes are the main attractions in this valley that lies on the periphery of the main park.
Total time required to complete the circuit: 6h 30 min.
It is possible to do a shorter circuit (saving 2 hours) by taking public transport from Els Bahns de Tredòs as far as the path leading to the Colomèrs shelter. Information about the timetable should be obtained in advance.
Difference in altitude: 490 metres
Setting out from Els Banhs de Tredòs, the route leads to the calm waters of Aïguestortes and the River Aiguamòg. It then crosses Era Planhòla, before climbing up to the Colomèrs shelter, which serves as the starting point for several typical excursions. The proposed circuit, which is marked with white and yellow signs, begins at the Lac Major lake, then passes the Mòrt and Garguilhs pools and Cabidornats pool, before returning to Lac Major. This is a good way of discovering a good part of the circ that contains the largest concentration of pools in the Pyrenees.
For further information:
CASA DEL PARC NACIONAL D'ESPOT
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CASA DEL PARC NACIONAL DE BOÍ
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INFORMATION CENTRE OF SENET
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25553 Senet (Alta Ribagorça)
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INFORMATION CENTRE OF LLESSUI
Ecomuseu dels Pastors de la Vall d’Àssua
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25567 Llessui (Pallars Sobirà)
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