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Snow shoes ascent to Munturull Peak

Beautiful and long snow shoes or ski ‘spring’ ascent to discover one of the emblematic peaks of the Lles and Aransa area, the Munturull Peak, 2,761 meters high.

We wanted to do it before, but with the confinement it was not possible for us and until the end of March, so we will find little snow, but enough to enjoy the route and the magnificent winter landscapes 😊

Type of activity:

Categoria de la actividad de Raquetas de nieve - Snow shoe activity

Summary:

  • Starting and ending point: Aransa Nordic ski resort parking
  • Distance and durartion: 17,5 km | 7h45min
  • Elevation: +1.000m /-1.000m
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Type of route: Circular

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Aránser, ES

13°C
Broken clouds
Tuesday
67.05%
04:36 AM
Min: 11°C
955
07:25 PM
Max: 17°C
S 1 m/s
Wednesday
18°C
10°C
Thursday
23°C
10°C
Friday
25°C
13°C

Munturull Peak Ascent

7h45min (6h in movement) 17,5 km +1.000m/-1.000m

At this time and as we found little snow, the route could be done only with winter boots, but we recommend bringing snowshoes since the last climb to the top is a fairly steep ramp and the snow was so soft that you sank easily, and this way we will avoid any scare. They were great for us, just for this little section. In the middle of winter it is an ideal route for snowshoes.

We leave the Aransa Nordic Ski resort, we easily climb the track in the Aransa forest, until we reach the first pass, the Queralt pass, where there is an esplanade and we see the Cadí mountain range right in front, how beautiful! Here we took the opportunity to have breakfast.

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Queralt pass plateau, with magnificent views to Cadí

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Queralt pass plateau to Munturull

Here we leave behind the detour to go to the Mirador del Pla de la Llet (nice family outing) and continue climbing steeply through the forest without a clear path, which little by little we leave behind to give way to more alpine terrain, until we reach a first hill, the Turó Punçó.

From here we have very good views, and we see the entire ridge that lies ahead until we reach the goal of the day, the Munturull Peak, there is still a way to go!

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Going up to Turó Punçó

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Turó Punçó

Next, we go down the other side to link up with the entire Airosa ridge following the different milestones that mark the way to the top, climbing different hills until we always easily reach the base of Munturull, a point where due to the state of snow we decided to put on our snow shoes as we sank in the snow a lot.

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From the last hill aproaching Munturull (left), with views to Perafita peak (right)

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Arriving to Munturull

Final ramp and we reach the top! The top of Munturull is very wide and perhaps the views are not as spectacular as on the ridge, where the entire Pyrenees can be seen spectacularly, and especially the Perafita peak rising imposingly in front of Munturull, but we enjoyed it a lot anyway😊.

We took the opportunity to rest , take photos and eat a little.

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Munturull top

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Taking pictures from Munturull top

After a while at the top (it’s a very good day, no wind and there is absolutely no one, so it’s great up here!) We decided to go back. The way back will be the same as the way out, so we go down the ridge again.

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Going down from Munturull top

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Going down from Munturull top

… and arriving at the Aransa forest, the Dalt pass, unlike on the way out, we went down left to Prat Miró and thus along a forest track, towards the car park  at the Aransa Nordic ski resort.

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Airosa wide ridge

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Towards the car park through the Aransa forest

To consider…

Ideal route to do on snow shoes in winter, although we recommend considering a longer duration than ours, since due to lack of snow we did most of the route with boots. A good approximation would be to add 1 hour more.

Recommended gear..

  • Snow shoes
  • GPS, it is not essential since it does not have much loss, but it is always recommended
  • ARVA, shovel and probe highly recommended in the middle of winter
  • Check the weather forecast and avalanche bulletins

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