TOPO Via ferrata
Location ✦ Coll de Nargo
Region ✦ Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Vertical rise ✦ 450m
Length ✦ 800m
Difficulty ✦ K4
Duration ✦ 4h30 to 5h
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 20'
From the parking lot, the path passes the foot of the most advanced rocky peak, skirting it slightly to find the start of the ferrata. Follow a path marked with red dots. Easy to find, with the rock in sight.
Course 3h à 3h30
The via ferrata faces south and has a 350m vertical drop. The equipment is good and generous. There are quite a few obstacles, including a very aerial bridge, numerous long vertical pitches and overhangs. The level of difficulty comes more from the gas than from the technical or physical aspects. The route is busy, so it's best to start early to avoid the flow.
Very vertical, like the rest of the route, and in the shade. After several series of rungs, we emerge between the first needle and the rest of the massif to admire the view of the whole sunny valley. Above our heads, we can see a short (20m) and very secure Tibetan bridge that will enable us to change walls.
Long, with large vertical and very aerial passages! No difficulty, but plenty of gas and an exceptional view of Lake Oliana. A few cliffside traverses too, easy but relatively exposed.
As vertical as ever, with two or three overhanging sections and especially the X sequence, which is tricky for those under 1m70 tall. A big step over the void to cross the gap between the 2 rock faces. In the end, you have a choice between an easy exit and a more difficult one with an overhang to cross.
There are several ways off the via after the first or second section. Otherwise, from the top, the path descends the massif, skirting the rock with the help of a few chains and bars. In the second section, the path makes a wide loop along immense red cliffs inhabited by vultures.