Pic de Médécourbe 2'914m
a classic in the Pyrenees
The Forcats lakes 2'628m
Difficulty: medium to the mountain
hut, difficult thereafter. Climb: 1'335m Starting point: Arinsal
ESTANYS FORCATS - PIC
DE MEDECORBA: 2.914 m
0 h: Arinsal - Torrent Ribal
Set off from the picnic spot at
the foot of Ribal waterfall. 0.40 h: Borda de les Agunes
Following the ample, 5-metre-wide
track, you reach the Agunes farmhouse and spring of the same name.
1 h: Bordes de la Coruvilla
These farmhouses offer splendid
views across Arinsal and the La Massana valley. 1.40 h: Pic de I'Estany - Refugi
Joan Canut 2.080 m
From Pla de l'Estany and Joan Canut
refuge, follow the path at the foot of the narrow ravine towards the river
Port Dret. 3 h: Balmes.
Having climbed the steep slope
of the ravine, you pass the caves under the peak of Racofred, rewarded
by fabulous views of the cirque of Pla de l'Estany. 3.30 h: Estanys Forcats 2.628
A bleak, lunar landscape: lakes
surrounded by screes of gray schist, crowned by the peaks of Roca Entravessada
and Medecorba. Bewitching. 4 h: Collada dels Estanys Forcats
Skirting the left-hand side of
the lakes, you reach the Collada and nearby, the third lake, embedded
in the rock - a sight not to be missed. 4.30 h: Pic de Medecorba 2.914
Unique view of the Arinsal valley,
Boet and the Vicdessos valley. Access to the peak is fairly difficult
- avoid straying off the marked trail.
Return by the same trail, as climbed.
Note concerning the excursions that
that at the Ribal cascade (1'600m). Following an avalanche, the
Andorran Government decided to build a protection wall cutting off the upper
part of the valley of Arinsal from the rest of the world. The locals call
it the "great wall of China". In order to get to the Ribal cascade, walk
through the tunnel. To your great surprise, you will see apartment buildings
on the other side of the wall !!! (Mind you, they are for sale!). Take the first
right after the tunnel. The Ribal cascade is above the second tunnel.
The Ribal cascade is about at a 15 minute walk from your apartment