Put yourself to the test in the Pyrenees. We propose a multi-activity adventure: a night in a mountain campsite, rafting on the River Noguera Pallaressa and the descent of a spectacular canyon, the Barranc de l’Infern (Hell’s Canyon). Are you ready for an adventure in the Pallars region?
The day dawns in El Baix Pallars. The sun’s shining. The mountain is green, that deep green so characteristic of springtime. In the background is the roar of the River Noguera Pallaressa. It’s in full spate, because the snows are thawing. You get up after sleeping under the stars, in a mountainside campsite of tents, set up specially for you and providing every comfort. It’s time to make a coffee and begin a day of adventure.
Time to go river rafting
The first stop: Collegats Gorge, forming a natural corridor between the regions of El Pallars Jussà and Ell Pallars Sobirà. A 5-km-long ravine opened by the River Noguera Pallaressa in the mountains. It’s time to put on your wetsuit, life jacket and helmet, because you’re about to descend the Noguera Pallaressa, one of the best rivers for rafting. It has enough water six months of the year and more than 40 km of it is navigable, providing alternating rapids and calmer stretches. There’ll be trickier spots, but the instructors will help you paddle to avoid the whitest water. Although you won’t want to tear your eyes away from the river, do look up and observe your surroundings: it’s well worth it.
Descend the Barranc de l’Infern (Hell’s canyon)
Names are never a coincidence, and this is surely the case of the Barranc de l’Infern (Hell’s Canyon). It’s one of the most spectacular in the Pyrenees, of medium difficulty, with walls more than 100 metres high and a cave halfway along it. First, you’ve got to cross the river as it flows through Collegats. After half an hour’s climb, you reach the top of the canyon, and it’s time to organise and check all your gear. The adventure begins: 4 abseils, slides, a route full of jumps, swimming, climbs and descents. The day draws to a close.
Was your Pyrenean adventure worth the while?
The Catalan Tourist Board (CTB) was set up by the Government of Catalonia and is responsible for implementing the government’s tourism promotion policies. It replaced the Turisme de Catalunya consortium, formerly responsible for this work, in early 2010.