Rialp

The Trail Zone of Rialp has been designed to facilitate the practice of trail running and hiking in a spectacular setting, the Pallars, where you’ll find different routes and profiles to train as much as you need, at the same time you combine workouts with family leisure.

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LONG DISTANCE TRAIL

Orri

Total distance: 43 Km

Elevation gain: 2700 m

Start point: Rialp

Finish point: Rialp

Min. height: 700 m. (Rialp)

Max heigt: 2487 m. (Pic de l’Orri)

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Summary

Valid circuit to do during the summer time and the begining of autumn. The rest of the year the highest peaks are well covered with snow. If you want to do it in the winter you will have to use crampons and/or snow rackets.

Orris circuit is ideal to do hight mountain training. The distance and slope  us very demanding but i’s well worth the effort.

We will enjoy visiting the villages of umbira from Orris mountain and its history, running between shady paths and crossing fresh waters streams, combined with the central part of the track, wich is obviously very alpine.

It’s a very demanding circuit. we have to be very sure of our capabilities, as this is an area of difficult acces and ever changing weather. We will take warm clothing even if doing it in the summer. Above 2000 mts weather  is very changeable and the wind can be cold any time of the year. we recomend wearing a hat and a wind stopper at least.

Leaving Rialp we quickly cross the castle and at the hunters cabin we take the path up to Rodés (1100 mts). This path between oak trees is steep from the begining. We will cross Rodés and carry on  until Sant Romà de Tavérnoles (1205 mts) on a path with some elevated streches and very good views. Once we reach Sant Romà we will descend until Guilleris bridge down a very stoney path. Once we cross the Noguera Pallaresa we will check both sides before crossing the road. After we will go to Roní (1080 mts) down a very shady path. We will cross the village and we will continue climbing and gaining hight very fast on the small forts paths (camí dels fortins), a place full of history. Always inside the woods, we will finish coming out to the road that will take us, always uphill, until Port Ainé Hotel. There we will follow some of the green ski slopes, until we reach the Torreta del Orri, border between Pallars and Alt Urgell regions. We will begin to descend, also through green pastures until we reach the fountain of La Seu, one of the many points with water of the trail, to continue down until Beraní, the last village before returning to Rialp and its sttreets, via Santa Catalina bridge.

We will find water in Rodés, Tavernoles, Roní and Beraní. We can also get refrehed in the different streams and torrents  we will cross in the way. In Rialp we will find all the amenities we need, for before and after the track.

Montorroio

Total distance: 43,5 Km

Elevation gain: 3300 m

Start point: Rialp

Finish point: Rialp

Min. height: 700 m.

Max. height: 2898 m. (Montsent de Pallars)

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Summary

The ideal time to do this track is in the summer and the beginning  of autumn. If we decide to do it at the start of winter we must remember the light hours are limited and temperatures will be low. We also have to carry snow rackets and/or crampons. Snow is present from 2300 mts until spring.

Montorroio circuit is an ideal high mountain training. The distance and slope, as the Orri circuit is very demanding. We will be able to enjoy a visit to the villages in Assuas valley running between shady paths and crossing fresh water streams, combining with the central part of the track what is, as Orris, mostly alpine.

In this circuit the peaks are the Montsent de Pallars at 2890 mts, and Montorroio (2862 mts), and the peaks that separate the two Pallars regions and defines the  the limits of the National Parc of  Aigües Tortes i Estany de Sant Maurici.

It’s a very demanding circuit, as it he Orri circuit, and therefore we have to be sure of our capabilites and bring all the necessary equipment as it’s an area with difficult access and changing weather.

When leaving Rialp we will cross the village ant take the first stretch of the track until we cross  Sant Antonis Torrent, where we will go into the woods in a steep climb. Between paths we will look for Altron (1020 mts) that will be the first village we cross. We must be carefully when leaving the village and crossing the LS-5223.

Between shady paths and crossing a few streams we will reach a very steep path to Saurí (1189 mts). We will cross that village and keep climbing until we arrive at the highest  village in the circuit, Llessuí (1429 mts). We will cross the village and take the old winter station path. We begin to leave the woods and continue climbing up green pastures until we arrive at Coll del Triador and once we cross it we will climb the wide cres until we arrive  to the base that will take us to the peak of Montseny, the dominator of the valley.

We begin to descent until Entremonts, the hill that separates us from the second peak, Montorroio. When we reach the top we will enjoy the views of Aigüestortes National Park and Sant Mauricios lake and we quickly commence the descent the stony ground until we arrive at Portella de Mainera. After a little rest in the shape of easy climb up the track, we will return to descend the field and path until we find the hermitage of the Mare de Deu de la Muntanya de Caregue and further down Escàs. There we will again find water, very abundanthy. Then we will continue climbing until we get to Serra de Posa our last obstacle. Once reach the peak, the descent is continuous until we reach Rialp, and crossing on our way Surp, and Rialps castle.

We will find water in all the villages and lost of streams on the way, specially in the valley. In the central stretch we will find some at the foot of the Montsent, in Triadors cabin at aproximately 2300 mts.

Culture: Rialp, Caregue, Escàs, Surp, Església de Sant Iscle i Santa Victòria, Parc Nacional d’Aigües Tortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Mare de Déu de la Muntanya de Caregue i Castell de Rialp.