Eastern Ramat with donkeys


Ramat de l'Est amb rucs

Spend a week as a latter-day muleteer in the pleasant company of donkeys.

 

Cross the legendary Collegats gorge and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Alt Pirineu Natural Park.

 

Along the way you’ll discover the villages, landscapes and gastronomy found by Cela, Espinàs and Quera, enjoying the balance between traditions old and new.

With each step you’ll come to appreciate one of the main characteristics of the trail, namely how it uses the oldest paths to get from one village to another. The gradients of these ancestral paths, with their stone walls, rocks, mounds, gullies and more, make for a manageable route which is not overly tiring.

Ramat de l’Est with donkeys
Duration: 7 days
Ascent/descent (approx): 4,100 m ascent; 3,500 m descent
Distance (approx): 86 Km
Recommended season: all year round
Difficulty: Suitable for people used to walking 6 to 7 hours in a day

Prices include

  • A mountain guide, with extensive local knowledge
  • 2 or 3 donkeys to carry baggage/equipment
  • 6 nights in charming accommodation (half board)
  • 6 picnic lunches
  • Transfer between the finish point for the trail and Pobla de Segur
  • Alpina map and guide for Ramat de l’Est
  • A copy of Nou Viatge al Pirineu, the book which inspired the route
  • A Ramat de Camins souvenir
  • Basic insurance

Price: € 940 per person (minimum group of 4 people)

 

Sign up for trips being organised
26 August to 1 September (places available)

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: From Lleida by train usin the Tren dels Llacs as far as Pobla de Segur. Welcome.
      Route: short walk as far as the Gramuntill country house (masia) as a warm up activity.
  • Day 2: We enter the county of Pallars Sobirà via the traditional path through the Collegats gorge, as far as Pla de Corts.
      Route: Gramuntill country house – Sant Pere de les Maleses monastery – Serpent cave – Southern mouth of the Morreres tunnel – Argenteria old main road – Morreres rest area – Pujol – Peramea
  • Day 3: From Peramea we head down to the village of Gerri de la Sal, with its salt mines and salt museum. Crossing the Noguera Pallaresa river we take in the Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria de Gerri and the Mare de Déu d’Arboló hermitage, spending the night at the first village the writers Camilo José Cela and Josep Maria Espinàs spent the night in: Baro.
      Route: Gerri de la Sal – Mare de Déu d’Arboló – Baro
  • Day 4: Discover the Siarb valley, heading up to the old viewing point in the village of Tornafort, where the two writers had breakfast. Also home to the creator of the Ramat de Camins trail, Núria Garcia Quera.
      Route: Baro – Malmercat – Tornafort – Saverneda – Sort
  • Day 5: From Sort, the capital of Pallars Sobirà, into the Àssua valley, with its literary appeal. Writers Maria Barbal and Jaume Cabré have both used the valley as the setting for novels.
      Route: Sort – Olp – ermita de Sant Josep – Altron – la Mola de Sall – Rialp – Rodés
  • Day 6: From the heady heights of the village of Rodés we flank the mountains as far as the abandoned village of Sant Romà de Tavèrnoles, which has never been reached by road, then downwards on the other side towards Llavorsí.
      Route: Rodés – Botella barns – Sant Romà de Tàvernoles – Arnui barns – Llavorsí
  • Day 7: Final day, into the Coma de Burg area and the Farrera valley, visiting the iron museum, the Sant Quiri hermitage (the fire torches used on Midsummer’s Eve are brought down from here). Return to Pobla de Segur by taxi.
      Route: Llavorsí – Tírvia – Mare de Déu del Roser – Araós – Ainet de Besan – Alins

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