The route between Aigüestortes and Llong Lake is one of the most emblematic itineraries of the Boí Valley.
The route between Aigüestortes and Llong Lake is one of the most emblematic itineraries for getting to know the landscapes of Aigüestortes.
The forest trail that begins at the Aigüestortes information booth is a magnificent walking itinerary that takes you, from west to east, towards the head of the Sant Nicolau River. On it you can discover, both on the sunny and the shady sides, the different valleys that are suspended high above the main river course (Morrano, Dellui, Les Corticelles, Contraix, Coma d’Amitges, Gavatxos and Colomèrs d’Espot). The first stretch is very easy and passes through woods and pastures. Here you will find two springs: Planell Gran and Forn de la Pega. A little farther on you can see the destructive effects of avalanches, before coming to the Aiguadassi meadows, a former lake now turned into a formidable carpet of meadows and marshes with water meandering through it. From here you begin the climb to Llong Lake, located at the 2,000-metre limit.
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· A route with longitudinal steps.
Shortly before reaching Llong Lake you will see the warden-attended refuge.
• Font del Planell Gran. The waters of this spring emerge from a scree on the sunny slopes, a perfect habitat for one of the National Park’s most charismatic residents, the adder. In a little more than 50 metres, this same path takes us from the roar of the waters to a penetrating silence.
• Aiguadassi Meadows. On the last plain before the climb to the lake you will find, among the woods (pay attention to the signposting), La Centraleta refuge, which is open when Llong Lake refuge is closed. Before that, if you look back, you can see the peaks of the Montanyó de Llacs, one of the few zones in the park where there is a predominance of schistose and limestone rocks.
• Llong Lake is an elongated, half-moon-shaped lake where you will see large numbers of the cows and horses that graze on the alpine pastures in summer. To the left is a beautiful wood of mountain pine with alpenrose, while the right-hand side is deforested. The spiky fescue meadows that cover it and the screes mixed in with them are favourite places for chamois. In the background, you will be able to see a wide mountain pass, El Portarró d’Espot.
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