|Opposite the coffee house of the campsite you
find an information panel and signposts (1575 m). By the panel starts a
path downhill towards the "Refugio d'els Plans". You cross the
bridge over the
river Zinqueta d'Añes Cruzes and come to a track by the
of Plans (3min) (1565 m). Turn left. The river flows on your left. After
you have gone through a gate (15min) (1685 m), fork off right on a path.
The path ascends to a plain
(20min) (1725 m) and continues to the right towards a group of stone
cottages. The mountain of Bachimala stays on your left and the El
Montó behind you.
The path curves to the right side of the cottages (26min)
and leads through a grassy slope, staying at the same altitude, to a
pine forest. Small heards of cows will be encountered throughout the
walk in the forest. You cross a brook on stones (39min)
(1790 m) and the river of Ribereta on bridge (55min) (1820 m). After
crossing the bridge, turn left.
In five minutes, a narrow path marked with a stone pile branches off
sharp right (1h) (1820 m). The path gets wider almost at once and goes
for a while back to the direction you came from. It is marked with
white-red waymarks. Soon you see the towering Puntal de
Barrau on your right.
There are benches for resting along the
path. In some places you get
a glimpse of the river below. Later a waterfall rushing along the rock
wall of Millars comes into sight. Working up your route you can have a
peek to the deep gorge on your right. Soon after the gorge you cross
another brook (1h55min) (2075 m).
When the path forks (2h05min) (2150 m) keep right. At the next fork (2h12min) (2200 m),
go left. You emerge from the forest in fields and see the semicircular
rock wall of Bagüeñola
in front of you.
Ascending along a grassy slope you cross a gorge
(2h29min) (2250 m) and meet signposts on the left hand side of the path (2h32min) (2275 m).
Keep right. The path bends right towards the Lagoons of Millars (Ibón
Millás) and Leners (Ibón Lenés). Green waymarks guide you along a
path that goes up beside the waterfall to the
Lagoon of Millars
(2h45min) (2350 m). The lagoon is edged with a damwall. Walk along the
wall to the right. When the wall ends you find a path that curves right
by a couple of ponds and starts then zigzaging upwards. Follow the stone
piles. Higher up you see the lagoon a number of times from different
angles. The views to Bachimala
and Cordillera de
las Espadas are superb. You pass some ruins (3h12min) (2510 m) and
come to the Lagoon of Leners (3h17min) (2515 m).
We recommend that you walk the same way back to the campsite (5h45min).
If you are experienced in reading maps and/or you have a
GPS-receiver, you can make a circuit that goes through the Lagoons of
Solana and Pizón back to the campsite. This route continues from the
Lagoon of Leners without any path towards the rock walls in front of
you, first gently up to the right. You go round two ponds (3h23min)
(2525 m) and bend left steeper uphill to a small lagoon without
name (3h29min) (2555 m).
On your right you discern a pile of stones. Make for it. You cross a
shallow glen and come to the stone pile
(3h32min) (2545 m). Below lies the valley and in front of you rises the
rock wall of the Puntal de
Barrau, which divides the gorge in two parts. Continue to northwest,
left from the rock wall that stays below you.
Descendign along the slope keep an eye on the stone
however are not too many. When you approach the left flank of the gorge,
look upwards. Make for a stone pillar erected to the top of the crest.
From the left hand side of the pillar you see a large lagoon, the Ibón de la
Solana (4h) (2485 m). Behind it rises the Pico
Go down to the shore of the lagoon (4h08min) (2430 m) and
follow the path that runs close to the water to the northwest end of the
lagoon (4h14min) (2430 m). Continue along the faint path to northwest.
You come to the edge of a precipice
(4h20min) (2410 m) and see an oblong lagoon hundreds of meters below.
Continue along the path to the right. After crossing a brook (4h23min)
m) you have to negotiate your way down the pathless slope. A few stone
piles help to choose the easiest way.
For us it took more than an hour to climb down. When you reach the
shore of the Lagoon of Pixón (5h30min) (2200 m), follow the path to its
(5h33min) (2200 m) where you find a clear path. Soon the path starts to
descend, first gently through a pine forest, but then very steeply (5h40min) (2155 m).
From now on the going is very irksome. You dip down almost dead straight
following a stony gorge.
When you finally reach the base of the mountain (6h25min) (1920 m)
continue through a gently rolling meadow downhill. You cross a brook and
after that a number of hillocks. The path dives into a pine forest and
starts to draw away from the gorge of Pixón that lined the route for a
while on your left. A leafy forest takes over for a short stretch, but
the last part of the route goes in an old spruce forest. You come to a
(7h13min) (1540 m), which you follow to the right. After going through a
gate you come back to the cottage of Plan (7h25min) (1565 m). Walk along
the familiar path back to the campsite