What will we find in this excursion?
This park was created in 1999, in order to protect the singularity and the integrity of this environment.
There, we can find 750 kinds of plants, all of them representative of the Pyrenees flora, 60 of which are highly endemic. In its botanical garden, we will see a wide range of plants for medicinal purposes.
In this outing, our guides will help you to discover the plants traditional use, the shepherding life in the high mountain, as well as the influence of human beings in nature. They will basically help us to interpret the so well preserved landscape that the park offers.
Coma de Ransol - Meners Hill - La Serrera Peak - Sorteny mountain refuge - Sorteny parking
This is one of the most spectacular journeys we can take within the Andorran territory. The starting point will be Ransol valley, following the Meners river. We will pass through three lakes to reach the Meners hill. Next to the hill we will see vestiges of a highly important trade for the economy of the country during the XVII, XVIII and the beginning of the XX century: the mining industry. From the top of the hill we will go up to the Serrera peak, 2.913 m high, one of the highest summits in Andorra (and in the AWF). The descent will entirely go across the Sorteny Natural Park and, going by the mountain refuge and the botanical garden, we will finally get to the park entrance (the exit, in our case).
Sorteny Park parking - Estanyó Lake - Sorteny mountain refuge - Sorteny parking
The outing will depart from the park information point. A spectacular path along Sorteny river will take us to the botanical garden. The steep climb inside the black pines forest will lead us up to the Estanyó lake (2.350 m.) It is located in a unrivalled setting, both wild and deserted. It will be the ideal place to rest a bit and reenergise. When going down, we will go by the mountain refuge and we will finally end the excursion at the park entrance.
Sorteny Park parking - Sorteny mountain refuge - Planell del Quer (Quer Plains) - Rialb Valley - Sorteny parking
The beginning of the excursion follows the same path as level B up to the botanical garden. As of this point, we will walk along the end of the valley, next to the river, getting to Sorteny manned mountain shelter. From there, after a short climb, we will get to Quer plains. It's a widely open plain, which connects Sorteny and Rialp valleys. A strong descent will take us down to Rialb wide valley, a perfect example of a glacier origin valley. Once we get to the end of the valley, a nice walk will take us again to the starting point.