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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cavalls del Vent (Horses of the wind). The hike route that links the eight Refuges in the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park.

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The Cadí-Moixeró National Park is the largest in Catalonia and is located between the provinces of Barcelona, Girona and Lleida, areas of Berguedá, Alt Urgell and Cerdanya.

The entire route is marked with oranges marks.

All the Route takes place in altitudes between 910 meters and 2,510 meters. The total positive altitude is approximately 5200 meters and 5200 meters of total negative altitude.

We did the Route in 4 days (3 nights).

Stage 1 - Refuge Lluís Estasen - Refuge del Gresolet - Refuge Sant Jordi
19.5 kilometers - +1100 / -1200
Stage 2 - Refuge Sant Jordi - Refuge de Rebost - Refuge Niu de l'Àliga
18.58 kilometers - + 1700 / - 850
Stage 3 - Refuge Niu de l'Àliga - Refuge Serrat de las Esposes - Refuge Cortals de Ingla
18.39 kilometers - + 630 / - 1500
Stage 4 Refuge Cortals d'Ingla - Refuge Prats d'Aguiló – Refuge Lluís Estasen
23.59 kilometers - +1307 / - 1256


The Route


Stage 1 - Refuge Lluís Estasen - Refuge del Gresolet - Refuge Sant Jordi
19.5 kilometers - +1100 / -1200

We started at the Mirador de Gresolet, at 9:30 in the morning, after driving from Tarragona. We walked to the Refuge Estasen to start from there the Route. They give us all the Pack material (if you have booked at www.cavallsdelvent.com). They also give the card to seal in each shelters.

To get to the next refuge Gresolet, we have to descend a bit. And after refresh and seal the card of the crossing, we continue towards the pass of the bauma and from there we decend. We can see changes of vegetation but always lush forest.
From the refuge Vents del Cadí (outside the route), the rise of a beautiful gorge begins with the gorges and cascades of the Riu dels Empedrat. The kettle that is indicated during the route was dry.
After bathing in one of the Gorges with a cascade, at 17h we arrive at the refuge of Sant Jordi, where we seal the card  and spend the night. We take a shower and rest for dinner (at 7pm).
Excellent Food and very good treatment.

Stage 2 - Refuge Sant Jordi - Refuge de Rebost - Refuge Niu de l'Àliga
18.58 kilometers - + 1700 / - 850
After breakfast, we continue towards Baga. The route is a footpaths till the neck and then it is a track to a  road. A breathtaking descent but with the charm of the beech forest impressive and so beautiful that it is worth it. From the road, we climb up to the Refugi Rebost by nice footpaths (with some section of peeling track) .
At the Refuge we follow, we eat a bit. You can order food there.
After resting, we take direction to Collada de Comafloriu, the views are improving as you gain altitude.
From La Collada we are go an top until we arrive at the shelter of the Niu de l'Aliga (2537m). After sealing, showering and putting ourselves in shelter, we contemplate the views waiting for dinner.
The sunset is spectacular, and the views from the dining room of the refuge are unbeatable.

Stage 3 - Refuge Niu de l'Àliga - Refuge Serrat de las Esposes - Refuge Cortals de Ingla
18.39 kilometers - + 630 / - 1500
After breakfast, we continue the route, descending to the Altes de Moixeró rocks with great views.
After passing Moixeró, we take the classic trail of very hard descent to a track. We have marked the beginning and the end of a new alternative that goes down more easily. It goes bordering Roc Cremat and is also with oranges marks.
We continue a bit by a beautiful track until we almost reach the refuge of Serra de les Dones, where we make a bite and a soda. The descent has been hard.
We continue until the refuge Cortals de Ingla, the refuge that has stolen our hearts for its simplicity. We shower (a single shower but the best one), Rest and great food and great time!

Stage 4 Refuge Cortals d'Ingla - Refuge Prats d'Aguiló – Refuge Lluís Estasen
23.59 kilometers - +1307 / - 1256
We start with a very gentle climb to the Coll de Pendís, from there we continue to the Coll de la Moixa and swarm the Pradell peak before beginning to descend to the refuge of Prat d'Aguiló, where we have diner and refresh ourselves.
From there, we take the breathtaking climb up to Pas dels Gosolans, from where we walk throught the top to the point where it begins to descend by path until it becomes a track that descends zigzagging to the track that leads to the Estasen refuge. We took a shortcut path that goes down much more directly (which at some point is marked).
During the descent on the track, we had a rainstorm with lightning 
And we close the circle of the Route at Refuge Lluís Estasen, where they give us a certificate and we have  a beer before going back to the reality .

Some Photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/xJTwMtXDN8MRPPyv5