Encantats

Jan 2011

Sacha and I have just come back from a fabulous reconnaissance trek on snow shoes in the Encantats (part of the Aigües Tortes National Park in Spain).  We were blessed with 5 days of pure blue skies, pure powder snow and stunning panoramic views.  We met no other human on our trek, but thousands of animal tracks kept us company.  We were lucky enough to see  isards and foxes one early evening. Being ‘too early’ in the season, the refuges are not yet manned and so we were totally self-sufficient for our 5 days.   We did take advantage of shelter in the winter refuges (always left open) with mattresses and blankets.

We wanted to find the best itinerary to cover for our March trek, taking in one or two passes and summits which were new to us. We are very happy to say that we have found what we consider to be the ‘perfect’ circuit for a 6 day trek! Not too hard, not too easy, covering a large and diverse territory, going from one beautiful valley to another, crossing a multitude of spectacular frozen lakes where a sense of immensity reigns.  We are delighted to be able to include what is one of the most beautiful valleys in my mind, “Amitges”, with its cosy refuge situated at the foot of coloured granite needles and, as so often in this National Park, next to several lakes.

I sincerely recommend this trek to anyone who loves being ‘up in the mountains’ surrounded by the immensity of nature…..