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Walking the Wild Side of Bourmot, Spain

In Catalonia, Spain you can walk an abandoned paradise discovering the current fauna and the vestiges of a not so far, ancient life. A great alternative to the Camino de Santiago!

Three days of unceasing adventure in one of the most unexplored, uninhabited, and peculiar spots of Catalonia.

In the most unknown Pre-Pyrenean area, you will be riding in 4×4 vehicles along infinite trails, enjoying excursions through old animal pathways, and visiting the most precious and valued spots of the Boumort National Reserve.

The first night will be spent in the middle of nature in an antique ranger house, today restored into a mountain refuge, and the second one in an exclusive mountain camp, set up exclusively for you, under the magic, troglodyte villages of Solduga and Espluga, in suspension between earth and the sky.

Highlights

  • Access to one of the observatories in the Boumort National Reserve to admire vultures and other wild animals.

  • Troglodyte villages built in caves that have been inhabited from unknown times until mid-20th century.

  • Enjoy a night under the stars in an exclusive mountain camp, in a unique surrounding.

  • Taste the variety of products and flavours of the local traditional mountain Pyrenean gastronomy.

  • Varied sceneries, due to the different altitudes, orientations, and geological factors.

Itinerary

Day 1

9.00am

Meet in La Pobla de Segur and explanation of all the indications needed for the days of adventure.

The group is equipped and driven to the fauna observatory.

Fauna observation from one of the supplementary feeding points of the Reserve. Possible observation of big birds of prey, such as the Lammergeyer, the Black vulture, and the Griffon vulture.

After the observation, we will continue the adventure with 4×4, on another infinite trail of the Reserve, that will take us to the initial point of the walking excursion.

12.00pm

Beginning of the hiking route.

Climb to the Cap del Boumort. Exceptional views of central Catalonia, at 2000m. Will follow the route through old animal pathways and subalpine meadows until the Cuberes Refuge.

5.00pm

Arrival at the Cuberes Refuge. An old ranger house in the middle of the woods rebuilt and restored into a mountain accommodation.
Optional visit to the old town of Cuberes, currently abandoned.
Dinner with typical products, relaxing near the chimney and resting in the Refuge.

Day 2

7.00am

Breakfast in the Refuge.
4×4 route, stopping in strategic wildlife observation points, to see the typical fauna of the Reserve.

10.00am

Beginning of the hiking route. During the walk, we will visit the remains of buildings of the Civil War that are left in Esplà. Also, visit the singular troglodyte towns of Solduga and Espluga.

5.00pm

Arrival at the camp.
Arrival at the mountain camp, equipped with all kinds of details, with time to take a bear or beverage, in an idyllic place, in the heart of nature.
The group will be served a complete expedition dinner, which consists of the tasting of local products from Pallars.

Accommodation in the camp under the stars.

Day 3

7.00am

Breakfast in the camp.

8.00am

Beginning of the last excursion. Enjoy the beauty and fineness of the ancient cattle path that connected Espluga with Hortoneda, the village that will bring us back to civilisation. On the way, we will find some incredible remains of the civil war, hidden today in the immensity of this fabulous Boumort Reserve.

1.00pm

Transfer to la Pobla de Segur.

“The villages of Espluga and Solduga are two màgic treasures. The houses are literally hanging on the precipice! The guide told us anecdotes that he picked up from an older man who lived his youth there, in an autonomous way. Very impressing!”

Start your journey

Trip available on request for private groups of 6 or more participants, during the months of May, June, September and October.

Guaranteed 2018 departure dates:

7th, 8th and 9th of June

28th, 29th and 30th of June

12th, 13th and 14th of July

13th, 14th and 15th of September

27th, 28th and 29th of September

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