(0h0min;0km) Refuge of La Restanca (2.010m). Follow the path that ascends from the refuge (east), sharing the route with the Carros de Foc. In about 30 minutes you reach the Estanh deth Cap de Port (2230m), go round it on the left and continue ascending on rocky terrain to the pass in the background.
(1h30min; 2.5kms) Port de Oelhacrestada or de Rius (2.475m). At the foot of Montardo (2.833m), the most enthusiastic climbers can start their ascent in 40 minutes. Just after the pass the path forks. To the right, in the direction of Estany des Monges, the yellow Carros de Foc markers descend. Straight ahead, horizontal, are those of this variant of the GR11. Continue straight on (east) over a shoulder that comes off the Montardo, followed by a steep descent that leaves you at the Port de Caldes lake (2410m). Continue to the east, on the way to the...
(2h35min; 4.4kms) Port de Caldes (2.568m). Highest point of the stage. You start descending leaving the Estanh deth Pòrt de Caldes on your right. Then a steep descent takes you to the bottom of the valley (Coma deth port de Caldes), which you will follow from here onwards over more comfortable terrain, until you reach Lac Major de Colomèrs. We pass the new Colomers Refuge and cross the Estanh Major de Colomers along a well-marked downhill path through a leafy landscape next to the Arriu d'Aiguamòg, which we will cross by a footbridge and which will accompany us through a lake landscape in a comfortable walk until we reach the forest track where we will take the taxi down to Banhs de Tredòs where the hotel is located.
TECHNICAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS OF A ROUTE
Each activity is marked by levels that indicate its physical hardness and technical difficulty. It is important that you take this into account.
• TECHNIQUE 1: No previous experience. No physical preparation. Walks of an average duration between 30'/2 hours. Approximate gradients between 100/200 m.
• TECHNIQUE 2: Step by step with some previous experience. Walks in the mountains with some regularity. The effort made is light. Walks of an average duration between 1/3 hours. Approximate gradients between 200/400 m.
• TECHNIQUE 3: With some experience. With some physical preparation. Walks of an average duration between 2/4 hours. Approximate altitude difference between 400/600 m.
• TECHNIQUE 4: With some experience. Walks in the mountains with a certain degree of regularity. The effort made is moderate. Walks of an average duration of 4/6 hours. Approximate altitude difference between 600/800 m.
• TECHNIQUE 5: Experienced. Regular mountain walking. The effort made is sustained. Walks of an average duration of 5/7 hours. Differences in altitude can occasionally reach 1,000m.
• TECHNIQUE 6: Very experienced. Frequent mountain walking. With good physical preparation. The effort made is sustained and, occasionally, high. Walks of an average duration of 7/9 hours and occasionally longer. The gradients can occasionally exceed 1,200m.
Buchtipps für die Region
MOUNTAIN FOOTWEAR (boot or shoe with a specific mountain sole).At each stage and depending on the state of the terrain and/or weather forecast, the type of height of the shoe upper (boot or shoe) will be recommended.
As the routes go through a medium and high mountain environment, as well as being an area where the weather can change quickly and drastically, we RECOMMEND, whatever the difficulty of the route, the following items:
• Long trousers. If the characteristics of the route together with the expected weather conditions allow the use of short trousers, a piece to cover the rest of the leg that is left uncovered will be worn, either by carrying a second pair of trousers or long tights in the rucksack in all cases.
• First layer: breathable, quick-drying short-sleeved T-shirt (tank tops are not recommended as they are not suitable for backpack transport).
• Second layer: thin/medium liner or long-sleeved T-shirt.
• Third layer: waterproof and windproof rain jacket with hood.
• Cap / Buff or similar for the sun.
• Safety equipment by Covid19
Although some of these items of clothing will not be used during the route, it is recommended to carry them in the rucksack throughout the journey and ready to be used in case of weather changes or unforeseen events in order to avoid hypothermia in the event of a change in the weather or an incident that prolongs the day's journey.
MINIMUM BACKPACK CONTENTS
• Mountain backpack of 20-30 litres depending on the duration of the route, with its waterproof cover.
• Personal first-aid kit with special medicines if required (In case of any pathology, illness or injury, you should inform the guide of the route about it).
• Water (minimum 2 litres)
• Food (depending on the length of the route).
• Sun cream, cap/hat and sunglasses.
• Documentation and a charged telephone.
We recommend that you always carry your walking sticks in your rucksack for use in case of need.