Recreation Trail: Sorteny long-distance route




Very difficult


41 km

CAUTION: Between Casamanya and Coll d'Arenes we will find an area equipped with chains. We will follow the track and the yellow dots, which will take us to them. Strong descent from Pic de la Cabaneta to Collada de Meners. It is advisable to wear gloves in these two points.

We start the route to Ordino, in front of the Comú building, and we will go to the Segudet road, until the asphalt leaves the dirt road, and shortly after we will find the signposting of GR, which always rises , will lead us to the Coll d'Ordino, already at 2000m high. Without stepping on the asphalt of the road, we will see the path on the left, well indicated and milled, first by forest, and then by path between alpine meadows, it will lead us to Casamanya S Peak, 2740m, crowned by a a great milestone that will be visible for a long time, and following the ridge, without technical or physical difficulty, we will reach the Pico de Casamanya N, the culminating point of the route, with 2756m.

Without leaving the track, nor the yellow dots we follow, we will cross the irregular plain of rocks that we find shortly after the summit, and we will start the most technical section, to the Coll d'Arenes, where we will help the chains that are installed. Lades to the rock to lower with more security. 

Coll d'Arenes is a vast natural hill that separates the peaks of Casamanya and Estanyó, and the villages of Ordino and Canillo. We will continue straight ahead, facing a first stretch of hill climbing, to reach the ridge that will take us to Cim de l'Estanyó. We will carry out all this section for the ridge, with views to the Vall de l'Estanyó, to our left, and the Vall del Riu, to our right, with a short step where we will help our hands before reaching highest point of the route. Once on the summit we continue along the cordada to the neck that separates us from Pico de la Cabaneta, of 2862m, from where we will begin the vertiginous descent to the Collada de Meners.

At this point, we turn left to begin the descent to the Refuge of Sorteny, where we can recover forces before confronting the forgotten Rialb Valley, a spectacular valley that progressively climbs up to face the final stretch of the climb to La Portella from Rialb, from which we will make a rapid descent to the Cabana de Castellar, where we will pass below the bridge and continue lowering, now more smoothly next to the River Tristaina, to the village of El Serrat, where we will link With the Iron Route, which in a few kilometers and without any ups and downs, will return to Ordino after crossing the different villages of the valley, such as Llorts, Arans, La Cortinada and Ansalonga.

WATER: ORDINO, GR Table area (km 4), Sorteny Refuge (km 20), Font Freda (km 24), Font de Ferro (km 36), Font de la Cortinada (km 39). Torrents and ponds throughout the route.


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