Assua Valley from Sort
- Minimum altitude: 692
- Starting/arrival: Hotel Les Brases sort-sort
- Total distance: 30km
- Total ascent: 1265
- Nearest town: Sort
- Maximum altitude: 1452
- Total time: 7:50
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE
Comprehensive, deep and fascinating route that takes us into the Valley of Àssua following the ancient bridle paths that linked the small nuclei Sort Batlliu and Àssua Valley with the rest of the country. We started the tour in Sort, culd capital, and climb up the sunny village of Olp. Then we outflank the mountain through a wooded area to the nucleus of Altron. We went down to the old Mola Sall, where we cross the river Pamano, and climbed up the Llessui Sorre and picturesque. Saurí and continue until we cross the river Pamano.
The loops along the shady side of the mountain bring us closer to the pass of Trases, where began a long descent to the Bordes d'Olp, the panoramic village of Pujalt and finally to discover the essence Sort.Si we culd, the last agro-livestock and the architecture of its small nuclei mountain, we can not miss this route. While it is a demanding excursion from a physical point of view, given the distance and the gap that presentation, offers great attractions: enjoy fantastic views of Monteixo, the Montsent of Pallars and Orri turret, precious historic roads we travel - some of them recovered recently- and understand what life was like in this area not so many seemingly impossible slopes makes years.
Duration: Full day
Total effective time (without stops): 7: 50h in total: 3: 45h from the start point to Llessui and 4: 05h to return from this village to Sort through the pass of Trases, the Bordes d'Olp and Pujalt.
Elevation gain: 1.265m
Difficulty: Remarkable. The route presents no technical difficulty but the physical demands of the route is very high: the distance and height differences to be overcome are considerable. Attention should be given during the section from the ravine of Bodoluixos to the pass of Trases during this stretch the path is not defined (only found some trace of trail but lost quickly). This route is not suitable for people without experience on the mountain.
Season: This route can be done throughout the year. In winter there early to take advantage of all daylight hours.
Material: Since there are many opportunities to see large and small prey (griffon vulture, golden eagle, black and red kite, peregrine falcon, ...) and mammals such as deer or roe deer, is advisable to bring binoculars in the backpack.
Alt Pirineu. Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu. 1: 50.000. Editorial Alpina.
Notes: In winter, frost often shady almost all day. During the route we passed a large number of detours and road changes are frequent. Furthermore, we must overcome a stretch without a defined path. For these reasons we must pay close attention to the orientation and interpret a map and / or GPS device.
HOW TO GET COCHEEl starting point of the tour is located at the Hotel Restaurant Les Brases Sort. Sort we arrived at the C-13. Les Brases The hotel is situated on the same road C-13, just outside the town at its end N. The C-13 is the main road that links and crosses all the people from end to end. Opposite the hotel is free public parking spaces where we can park vehicles
We start the route in front of the Hotel Les Brases de Sort (0: 00h - 692m). We go around the hotel and we are on the street Doctor Carles Pol and Aleu (which runs parallel to the road).
We follow Les Brases on the left and we are in the street behind the hotel (and that is parallel to the road).
We start on this street, to the right up, towards N, until we find a street that goes to our left on the way up.
We took another street on the way up (NO) and immediately came to a detour. A vertical sign indicates the starting point of the itinerary for the Batlliu of Sort, which we will follow during the first leg of the stage. We take this path and we start ascending following the indications of Olp.
Starting point of the itinerary by the Batlliu of Sort.
We left the detour to Badiot's Borda on the right and climbed decisively along this nice road which from the medieval period communicated with the towns of Enviny, Pujalt, Olp and Bressui.
The trail quickly gains its height through old dry stone walls, leaving behind meadows and fields on both sides of the road.
After a flanqueo that offers good views of Sort, we come to a crossroads. Turn right in the direction of Olp.
Refuge of shepherds.
Small panoramic flanking.
We continued on to the crossroads.
We come to a crossroads and continue to the right.
During practically the whole route we will alternating vertical signs, marks of yellow paint and, in some points, metallic plates. Between oaks and stalks we soon went out on an asphalted track (0: 30h - 850m).
We continue towards Olp.
We follow it to the right (E) until, after about 8 minutes, we take a path that goes to the left (NO). We continue climbing and we pass by the grim fountain of the ravine of Les Lleres, a real oasis and a good place to cool off in the hot weather.
We leave the asphalted track and take a path that goes to the left.
Vistas from the top of the Pyramid Mountain.
We continue straight on until the grim source of the ravine of Les Lleres
Source of the ravine of Les Lleres
Dry stone wall, meadows and Olp's core.
We have almost reached Olp.
Street entrance to Olp.
Small orchards in the area of Olp.
Balcony with flowers in Olp.
We have in front of us the church of the Mare de Déu de la Candelera. The core of Olp is divided into two distinct parts, one inferior (where we are now) and one superior, located above a risk. This higher sector is known as the Força, which is due to the old presence of a fortification.
We leave here the itinerary of the Batlliu of Sort and continue our route by the LV-5224 road, towards NE. We quickly take the first turning to the left, towards Pujalt.
Take the turnoff to the left.
We continue along this stretch of paved road.
We follow 1 km by this road in direction to the hermitage of Sant Josep d'Olp.
This next section offers beautiful views of the whole valley: the pyramidal peak of Monteixo stands out in the background and the hill of the Sierra de Sant Josep, where the hermitage of Sant Josep d'Olp
Immediately we came to a fork: the road on the right would take us to the hermitage (0: 15h round trip).
Chapel of St. Joseph of Olp, on top of a hill.
We continue straight ahead in the direction of Altron. We are following the slope of the mountain for a flat and very pleasant. We must be attentive to the fencing of cattle fences, which in these pastures are usually electrified. A short section of descent leads to the LV-5223 (2: 15h - 958m)
We discarded arriving at Altron by the asphalted road and crossed the road to the right. Just the other side we see the small chapel of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat and the path that we have to follow.
Soon we reach a new fork, continue along the left road and climb a few meters to the picturesque Altron core.
Narrow street entrance to Altron.
Sant Serni in the middle of Altron.
Main square of Altron.
Narrow Altron street.
After admiring the Plaza Mayor and the church of Sant Serni, we undo the road to the last bifurcation. We now take the road that goes down to the bottom of the valley and cross the river Pamano, the backbone of the Ássua Valley. This river became famous thanks to the novel and The Voices of Pamano and Jaume Cabré, which has been translated into more than twelve languages. The story of the book takes place in Torena, a fictional town located in the Valley of Àssua.
We cross the river Pamano.
After crossing the river we come to a plain where there is a picnic table. If we took the road on the right (E), after 2 minutes we would reach the runes of the Mola de Sall, a small hydroelectric power station that was in operation until the 60's. The mini-center was built in 1924 by the promoters Joaquim Moner Of Altron and Josep Bertran of Surp, and allowed to illuminate the towns of the surroundings (Sorre, Caregue, Escàs, Rhodes and Altron). In 1967, Altron was connected to the high-voltage grid and the Mola de Sall stopped operating.
From the plain of the picnic area, we begin the ascent towards Sorre, which combines the rodeos of a wide road with a narrow path that makes shortcut
Between meadows of mowing and pastures, we arrived at Sorre (3: 15h - 1073m). We pass under an arch, left on the left the church of Santa Llúcia and then we exit to the LV-5223, which we take to the right (NO).
Santa Lucia in Sorre.
We leave Sorre and turn right, on the LV-5223 road.
We walk 60 meters along the road until we leave it by a path that goes to the left and climbs with force. We enter the Plans area of Bernui, an open terrain where it is easy to surprise a real kite flying, a bird very easy to identify by its forked tail. We now follow the road called Santa Llúcia - also known as Camí Vell from Llessuí to Sorre.
We pass by the small chapel of Sant Jaume and, a few meters above, we leave again to the road, that here makes a quite closed curve.
The small chapel of Sant Jaume.
We cross the road and continue along the path that runs parallel to the asphalt road. Soon we arrived at the Torre neighborhood, crossed a large asphalted esplanade and arrived at Llessuí (3: 45h - 1,393m). If we go well of time, it is highly recommended to explore the alleys of the village and admire the robust bell tower of the church of Sant Pere.
Once past the cemetery, from the same road, we take a path that leaves on the left in the direction of Saurí (signposted).
This path passes by some orchards and makes a shortcut by dodging the loops of the road. If we stop for a moment halfway down, we will see, on the other side of the valley, access to our great goal of the day: the lonely hill of Trases. If we look to the left to the crest that descends from the Tuc de la Cometa (SO), we can intuit this mountain pass that is half covered by the spine that we should flank. We continue down the path, cross the road a couple of times and enter the heart of the picturesque village of Saurí (4: 00h - 1,226m).
We arrived at Saurí.
Beautiful arcaded laundry in the town square.
We descend through houses and orchards to the bottom of the valley.
We went down to the bottom of the valley and went out to a track, which we took to the right (O). We advanced on the side of the river Pamano and crossed it by the bridge of Rions.
On the other side of the river, we quickly reach a detour, we take the road on the right, towards the Bordes d'Olp and Olp (signposted).
A trail that goes to the right avoids the loops of the track and brings us to the edge of Francesca and, above, the edge of Botiguer. We follow the shade of the gully of the Bodoluixos and we arrive at some meadows where the road is finished.
We have the back of the Sierra de Trases. We must continue to the left until the end of the meadow. Just where the meadow ends, we see a small trail of road (grass tread). We must follow this trace for a while.
We come to a point where the road is definitely gone. We must go flanking the mountain (SO) and gaining altitude. When we finish the flanking we will see, the S, a single step between two hills. We direct our steps towards this hill, drawing a diagonal and avoiding to go up by the center of the ravine, but without going away too much of him. Slowly the relief is softened. We cross as we can a wire fence for the cattle and we arrive at the hill of Trases (5: 15h - 1452m).
Views of the Assua Valley.
Prados to the S from the pass of Trases.
We proceed on a flat and open ground, in the S-SO direction. We begin to descend gently and, a little lower, we see scattered constructions. Soon we arrived at Bordes d'Olp (5: 35h - 1,457m).
We continue the route by an obvious road in the direction of Olp (E). If the day is clear we will see the Torre del Orri perfectly in front of us.
We reach a point where the Olp road continues to the left. If we take a good look, to the right there is a little defined path (SE), which we take. A repeater that is installed about 200m below us serves as a reference point.
Soon we reached a track, which we continued downhill until we left the road from Olp to Pujalt (6: 20h - 1,169m).
We arrived on the road from Olp to Pujalt.
Take the road to the right (S) and follow it for about 750m until you reach a detour (left). We link here with the Batlliu itinerary of Sort.
The trail descends to the bottom of the Estanyalga ravine. We see information panels explaining the different butterfly varieties that inhabit this area. We are arriving at Pujalt, town that houses the Museum of the Butterflies of Catalonia. We must pay attention to the orientation: the road goes back a few meters along the ravine, which is usually muddy. Immediately, half camouflaged by the vegetation, leaves a path on the left that goes up to Pujalt. We see a metal fence for livestock that we must cross over or under.
Once this obstacle is over, we follow this beautiful trail until we reach Pujalt (6: 50h - 1,162m).
We continue along the main street. We passed a trough and turned right onto a seemingly dead end street.
If you look carefully, at the end of this street we see a narrow passage that goes to the left.
We cross this passage and we go down to the washrooms of the town. From here the Camí Vell leaves Pujalt with Sort (signposted).
We follow the signs and start a very pleasant descent towards Sort. We pass by the fountain of Rossinyol and continue down the coast of Sant Pere.
We passed an old lime kiln and, later, left a quarry.
We approached Sort.
We leave the forest and, walking among beautiful meadows, we arrive at the first houses of Sort. We cross the old town and arrive at Les Brases Hotel (7: 50h - 692m), the final point of this fantastic route.