Montmantell Lakes- Pic del Pla de L'Estany

Arinsal, Andorra 
View from the Port d'Arinsal

Difficulty: medium  Climb: 1'280m Departure: Arinsal

0 h: Arinsal - Torrent Ribal 1.580 m
Set off from the picnic spot at the foot of Ribal waterfall.

0.40 h: Borda de les Agunes 1.790 m
Following the ample, 5-metre-wide track, you reach the Agunes farmhouse and spring of the same name.

1 h: Bordes de la Coruvilla 1.880 m
From these farmhouses, there are splendid views across Arinsal and the La Massana valley.

1.40 h: Pla de l'Estany - Refugi Joan Canut 2.080m
From Pla de l'Estany and Joan Canut refuge, follow the path from the foot of the narrow ravine towards the river Montmantell.

2.50 h: Font de Montmantell 2.410 m
Via a well-marked, if steep, path along the river Montmantell, you get to the spring of the same name.

3.30 h: Metal hut
Leaving the spring and the path to Collada de Montmantell behind, take the left-hand path to a small, metal shelter for hunters, lying below the lakes.

3.40 h: Estanys de Montmantell 2.630 m - 2.670 m
Some of the last lakes to lose their covering of ice and snow at the end of the Winter, this is a wild, bitter environment, but nevertheless remarkably beautiful. Carry on towards the Port d'Arinsal at 2.735 m.

4.20 h: Pic del Pia de l'Estany 2.859 m
30 mins. from the pass, you reach a peak offering stunning views over the Principality and the French mountains of the Ariege.
Return by the same trail as climbed.

Trekking in Andorra

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 or chalet.

© 2001- 2016 on all pages of this site.