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NORTH stage


mts + Ascen. accum.
  • Departure / Arrival: Vicenç Barber Refuge · Monastery
  • Distance: 13.33 km
  • Cumulative elevation gain: + / - 1,161 m
  • Season: all year except August (it's very hot)
  • Difficulty: Itinerary that runs through trails with constant ups and downs.
  • It is physically demanding.
  • Interest: the global vision that we will have of Montserrat (peaks, caves, viewpoints, necks, hermitages, needles ...)

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North Stage

Vicenç Barber RefugeMontserrat Monastery -
Having a good breakfast, we will leave (Pack A) the refuge with the feeling that LLorenç, «Yuyu», apart from this mountain, also knows how to take care of its guests with abundant and quality meals.
We will start walking down to the Portella pass, where we will ascend a few meters through a passage dug into the rock. From here, continuing downhill and flat until very close to the Can Massana car park, a popular entrance for climbers in the Montserrat Mountain Natural Park. Before arriving we will pass through the rubble of San Pau Vell de la Guardia.
From here we go flat and change to the north slope of Montserrat, a different scene, where vertical walls of hundreds of meters above us predominate. The path has no loss as it is well marked and with few deviations. We must avoid taking paths that are not signposted, as they are access to canals where the difficulty is usually high.
We will pass under the «Enchanted Friars» where we cannot avoid raising our heads to look at the immensity of the wall that we have just above. We will continue along the Root path towards the «Coll de Guirló», we will see the «Foradada Rock», a whim of nature and the «Little Buddha». We will pass very close but without reaching the Monastery of Santa Cecilia.
Arrived at the «Canal del Pou del Gat», we are already facing what will be the last continuous ascent of the journey to Pla de la Trinidad where from here, on the way down, we will arrive again at the Monastery of Montserrat.
It will have been two full days of walking through the mountain of Montserrat, one of the most unknown places for hikers. This fact is due to the poorly penetrable appearance of the mountain. But thanks to the work of the Montserrat Mountain Natural Park and the network of roads that they have enabled, it is possible to get to know this magical mountain safely and without difficulty.

North Stage