Day 6, at Aigüestortes National Park, Spanish Pyrenees.

This is Day 6 of the Aigüestortes National Park trekking tour at the Spanish Pyrenees, the”Day After” conquering the Coll of Contraix.

On Day 6, we need to cover 11,5 km, including facing several obstacles on the way. However, the challenge is no match for the previous day.

Refugio d'Estany Llong, in the Aigüestortes National Park trekking tour at the Spanish Pyrenees
Refugio d’Estany Llong, in the Aigüestortes National Park trekking tour at the Spanish Pyrenees
Length: 11.5Km / Walking time: 7h / Elevation gain: 900m / Elevation loss: 500m
Length: 11.5Km / Walking time: 7h / Elevation gain: 900m / Elevation loss: 500m

The trail goes between the d’Estany Llong mountain hut and the Refugio de Colomina.

The 900 m’s of elevation gain are spread along the 7 hours walk, so it is something that most of the participants can do without major complaints.

As we begin this walk, I can feel the need for a less demanding day, which is scheduled as such.

During this day, it is usual to experience mixed feelings among the group members.

Some people start saying they are still tired from the previous day. Still, some others are now very energetic, like they can conquer the world, both consequences of the last day.

The most challenging situation of the day is to cross the gravel slides.

At specific places, stone blocks keep falling down along the slope, forming like a river of stones.

Each step is a delicate balance performance. It is even harder when it rains because it gets very slippery.

Twisting a foot is a frequent accident on this gravel slides, and it can end your adventure. So you need to stay alert at all times.

Some people find it particularly tricky, and it slows downs the pace.

There is another challenge we need to face during the day, another ascent. This time we need to overcome the Coll of Dellui, and, as on the hike to the Coll of Contraix, we can find large areas of snow.

Coll of Dellui - Aiguestortes National Park, Spanish Pyrenees
Coll of Dellui – Aiguestortes National Park, Spanish Pyrenees

These snow patches, when they are soft, they will make the ascent harder. Still, it is preferable to get them soft than all frozen because the ice makes it almost impossible to cross without crampons.

Of course, after ascending to the so-called Coll, we’ll have to go down on the opposite slope.

Although this descent can make you be on your toes, there is no comparison to the day before. It is easier.

The landscape along the day provides a different beauty than the previous days but no less exciting.

You won’t find the same kind of tall peaks as you can usually find in the Spanish Pyrenees but more gentle mountains on the horizon.

On the way to the Refugio Colomina, we cross a lake area where I can hardly stop photographing.

The path leads us to cross to the opposite bank of Estany Mariolo. To get there, we have to walk on the wall of the small dam.

The water is translucent and has a turquoise color.

Aigüestortes National Park trekking tour
Aigüestortes National Park trekking tour at the Pyrenees – Spain

You really feel like taking a bath, was it not because the water is freezing.

Soon, after this scenario, we start to see iron rails.

It’s awkward to find that kind of structure here.

These rails were installed when the first Estany Tort dam, on our left, was built.

All the materials and supplies needed to be taken here from the cable car not too far away. For whatever reason, someone decided that building a small railway was the best way to get the job done, the only place like this I know in the Spanish Pyrenees.

This railway gets me distracted every time I’m there, and I almost miss admiring the cable cart little house.

If we are alert, before reaching the mountain hut where we are going to, we can see that small building. It is the La Vall Fosca Cable Car.

It is close but I never been there. I have plans to come here during the snow time, take the cable car up, spend the night at the mountain hut, and enjoy the landscape.

The Refugio Colomina ends up appearing as a guardian of a valley where you can see the sunset from the balcony and enjoy a “beer”.

Colomina mountain hut, before having a well deserved beer.
Colomina mountain hut, before having a well-deserved beer.

What more can you ask for?

Carpe diem

David Monteiro