WHAT IS THE CONGOST DE MONTREBEI?
The best destination in Catalunya for hiking lovers.
The Congost de Montrebei, signposted as GR-1 (Corçà – Pont de Muntanyana), is a bridle path carved out of the cliff face of the fluvial gorge.
Over the years, the river Noguera Ribagorçana has eroded the Montsec mountains into two parts: Montsec d’Ares (Catalonia) y Montsec de l’Estall (Aragon), creating impressive walls reaching more than 500 metres high in free fall and with a minimum width of only 20 metres in some places.
Mont-rebei the only great gorge of Catalonia that hasn´t been effected by modern infrastructure, it still has no roads or electricity lines crossing it.
HOW TO GET TO THE CONGOST DE MONTREBEI?
The access via Pertusa hermitage car park, on the Catalonian side, has the greatest scenic value.
The Pertusa hermitage car park is around 20 minutes by car via local roads from Camping Vall d’Àger. Follow the main road and turn off towards the village of Corça. Once there, there is a turning on the right signposted towards the Pertusa hermitage and Montrebei
HOW CAN YOU ENJOY THE CONGOST DE MONTREBEI?
In our opinion, this is one the most recommended activities of the region.
The Congost de Montrebei is not a loop and you must return on the same path. It can be done on foot, by kayak or boat or a combination of these methods. It all depends on your walking ability and the time of the year.
Walking there and back.
We recommend that you leave your car at the Pertusa hermitage car park and walk from there to the suspension bridge at the St. Jaume Ravine.
The path is around 6 km long, taking about 3 / 3.30 hours, with stops on the way, and then another 6 km to return. The duration of the path will depend on the hikers´ ability and you can always turn around and go back if you wish.
- Duration: Minimum of 6 hours, depending on your pace.
- Period: All year round.
- Recommended for those who walk on a regular basis.
Walking there and returning by van.
Àlex offers drop off and pick up transfer service by van.
He will drop you off at the Pertusa hermitage car park and picks you up at the La Masieta car park (around 15 minutes from the suspension bridge at the St. Jaume. Ravine.
- Duration: A long morning (around 3.5 hours walking + 2 hours of transfer)
- Period: All year round.
- Recommended for enthusiastic walkers.
Contact with Àlex
644 797 802
Going by kayak and walking back.
You can take a kayak for the outward journey and the return by walking an hour and a half (approximately). A boat will then pick you up and take you to where your car is parked, at the Base Náutica in Corça.
Going by Aquabus and walking back.
You can take the Aquabus for the outward journey and the return by walking an hour and a half (approximately), then taking the boat back to where your car is parked, at the Base Naútica Base de Corça.
- Duration: This option will take the whole morning.
- Period: From Easter to the end of October.
- Recommended for those who aren´t regular walkers.
WHICH PLACES OF INTEREST WILL YOU SEE?
- Mare de Déu de la Pertusa: We recommend that you visit the hermitage before starting the trail. A romantic hermitage situated on the ridge top and defying all laws of gravity, it´s a perfect place to go birding. This is a short walk of only around 500 metres, but with a steep climb.
- Mas Carlets: An old farmhouse which has been converted into a refuge for hikers and is a good place to refill your water bottles.
- Bridges and walkways of Montfalcó: Getting to the gorge from Aragon: A real adventure, not recommended for those with vertigo.
- Cueva de Colomera: An abyss half way up the gorge that is climbed via a rigged channel. The entrance is a large open diagonal crevice, that extends up to 48m high and to 35 wide
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