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The Shelter

The Josep Maria Blanc is a mountain shelter located in the Peguera valley, within the municipality of Espot, in the Pallars Sobirà region, Lleida in Spain.

60 beds

W.C. and hot water showers

Meals and drink service

Internet WI-FI free

Card payments

Electricity to charge mobile phones

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Prices

Half board (dinner, sleep and breakfast included)   57,00 €

Full board (Half board + Pícnic)   70,70 €

Half board children*   42,80 €

Overnight (breakfast included)   34,50 €

Dinner 22,50 €

Pícnic   13,70 €

* CHILDREN: 4 to 13 yo with the family

* Under 3 yo without bed free

Half board (dinner, sleep and breakfast included)  53,60 €

Full board (Half board + Pícnic)  67,30 €

Half board children*  39,90 €

Overnight (breakfast included)  31,10 €

Dinner   22,50 €

Pícnic   13,70 €

* CHILDREN: 4 to 13 yo with the family

* Under 3 yo without bed free

Half board (dinner, sleep and breakfast included)  45,60 €

Full board (Half board + Pícnic)  58,20 €

Half board children*   34,20 €

Overnight (breakfast included)    27,60 €

Dinner   18,00 €

Pícnic   12,60 €

* CHILDREN: 4 to 13 yo with the family

* Under 3 yo without bed free

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What can we do around the shelter?

What can we do around the shelter?

Where to find us

The Josep M. Blanc Shelter is located in the Aigüestortes National Park a few kilometers from the town of Espot, Lleida.

To get to Espot, take the C-13 road to the junction of the Torrassa dam and, from there, take the LV-5004 to the village. It is not possible to access the refuge with your own vehicle, as we will have to leave the car in Espot or the Prat de Pierró parking.

From the center of Espot we will look for Street Peguera where we can see the GR-11-20 sign posted that leads to the Josep Maria Blanc Hut.

From El Prat de Pierró we will have to pass the car park a few meters and turn off onto the forest track that comes out on the left.

There is also the possibility of boarding a 4×4 Taxi from Espot by calling 973 624 105.

Data:

Distance: 7 Km
Slope: 1000m
Signposted: yes
Duration: 3h 30min

Description:

We start the walk in the centre of the town of Espot. To get there from Sort, take the C-13 heading north towards Guingueta d’Àneu and just before we get there, at Torrassa reservoir, we take a left turn, along the LV-5004 local road. We take the road which leads towards the ski resort. We quickly reach Feners bridge over the Peguera river, from where we can see Torre dels Moros [“la Torreta”], a Mediaeval watchtower in good condition. Signposts indicate the GR-11-20 long distance path and we follow it to the Josep Maria Blanc mountain hut, first climbing alongside the Peguera. Further along, a path drops down to the left, to Font del Sofre down in the gorge. The spring water here is tepid and has a distinctive colour and taste.

The clearly marked path climbs steeply through the pine trees, crossing the river at Salvador bridge. The beautiful, shady path continues to climb and we again cross the Peguera over a log bridge, emerging into the open. The path now climbs through pastures and we soon cross a small stone wall which bridges a ditch.

The view opens up the higher we climb and the walk passes near Font Grossa torrent, which cascades down the cliffs above us in small waterfalls. This is a good place to stop and fill our water bottles. The path gets steeper and begins to zigzag, soon coming out of the trees. We cross a wide, swampy area over tree trunks.

On our left we can begin to see the dam on Lladres lake. The path now comes out onto a forestry track which comes up from our right. We follow the path, which climbs steeply. On the left, in the gaps between the trees, we can see the lovely Trescuro lakes, surrounded by pine trees and large expanses of aquatic vegetation.

We will soon reach the Romes sheepfold, which acts as a gateway to the upper Peguera valley, once we have climbed the granite wall ahead of us. The track skirts this granite area and on our right we can see the dam to the north-east of Tort de Peguera lake. Shortly afterwards, we leave the track, which goes towards Negre lake, and take a path to the right which will lead us to Refugi Josep Maria Blanc.

We reach this mountain refuge after walking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (2,350 m). To return, we retrace our steps.

 
Practical information:

For this walk, you need mountain boots and a rucksack with warm clothing and rain gear. If there is snow, you will also need crampons and an ice axe.

You should not embark on this walk without having taken these precautions. You should inform the wardens at the mountain refuge of the route you intend to take.

High mountains are a particularly delicate ecosystem: do not leave any trace of your presence. Take all your rubbish down to the valleys and dispose of it in the bins there.

No s’ha d’empendre l’excursió sense haver pres aquestes precaucions . Cal informar els guardes dels refugis sobre l’itinerari que es pensa recórrer.

L’alta muntanya és un ecosistema especialment fràgil: no hi abandonem, doncs, deixalles de cap mena. Fem servir, per això, els contenidors de la vall.

Data:

Distance: 9,20 Km.
Slope: 820 m.
Signposted: parcial signposted
Duration: 3h 15min

Description:

The route begins in the Prat de Pierró car parking, a few kilometers above Espot in the direction of Sant Maurici Lake. To get there from Sort, take the C13 road in a northerly direction towards La Guingueta d’Àneu and, shortly before accessing it, at the wing of the Torrassa reservoir, turn off at the left by the local road LV-5004. You leave the center of the town and take the road that leads to the Lake of Sant Maurici. We arrive in 4 kilometers at the Prat de Pierró car parking where we will leave the car.

A few meters from the car parking we find a forest track on the left that will take us to the Josep Maria Blanc Hut. The track begins to climb through the forest and about 3 km. we will find the Envallase reservoir and we will continue climbing 1.5 km more where the track makes a small descent and then continue flat passing through a tunnel until we find the Estany de Lladres where it will continue to climb steeply for 3 km until you reach the Refuge.

Informació pràctica:

To do this tour you need to bring hiking shoes, a backpack with thick coats, rain protection, a topographic map, compass, food and water. The ice ax and crampons will be needed if there is snow. IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO TAKE THIS ROUTE IF THERE IS A DANGER OF AVALANCES. See the newsletter >>>

The tour should not be undertaken without taking these precautions. Shelter guards must be informed of the intended route.

The high mountains are a particularly fragile ecosystem, so we don’t leave any waste there. We use, for this, the containers of the valley.

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