In the shadow of the Monte Perdido
Agujas de Lavasar
Where everyone goes left, we go right. And then suddenly we end up in a very small part of Patagonia. The Agujas de Lavasar (agujas is Spanish for ‘needles’) let us fantasize about the Chilean Torres del Paine; for a miniature of this we do not have to travel half the world. From the Refugio de Lavasar we seek our own path towards the needles. The advantage we have today is that our starting point is over 1900 meters, with which we start relatively high. Nevertheless, we have a nice climb ahead to the Collado de la Pala del Puerto (2607m). Here we leave the high Pico Cotiella next to us, to start the descent in another valley than where we started. Once arrived at Refugio de Santa Isabella we can take our shoes off: from here we will be brought home by car. 14 years and older.
Traversing through the rocks
If you’ve been to Ainsa before, you’ve certainly seen it already: the Peña Monteñesa. The mountain has a striking shape in an apparently flatter environment. And not only from afar it is geologically an interesting sight. Our trip today leads us through the Faja del Toro, or the ‘belt of the bull’. The fajas, which you often find high in vertical rock walls, can best be described as semi-open tunnels. There many of them in this area and they offer spectacular views. The Faja del Toro takes us back to the village of Ocins: the way up we climb above the faja. Because today we don’t try to summit the Peña Montañesa, the tour remains accessible to everyone aged 12 years and older. However, do not be mistaken: we still find our challenge in a climb of well over a thousand positive altitude meters.
Frog perspective and bird’s eye view
There are also suitable trips for the little ones to get introduced to mountains. We divide the day into two short walks, so that it remains pleasant for everyone. In Tella we’ll visit historic chapels, built on the verge of a mountain from where we have beautiful views all around. Afterwards we explore the foothills of the Escuaín valley. When we look down, we see the rivers of the valley running in the great depth. If we look up, we have a great chance of discovering a bearded vulture! Both tours are almost horizontal, and in total there is only a distance of 5 kilometers, making it also a pleasant experience for the short legs. However, the views are no less…
6 years and older.