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La Regina de Peramola, Coll de Nargo

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Please note that this ferrata is currently closed (2016) for safety reasons. Let's hope it will be re-equipped soon, as the Regina de Peramola is one of Catalonia's great ferratas, set in exceptional surroundings in the village of Coll de Nargo, just a few kilometers from Andorra. The route is long and difficult, with exposed sections and a 350m vertical drop. Stunning views over Lake Oliana and the Seu d'Urgell valley. The equipment is perfect, almost too much so in places. To sleep in the area, apart from the squat option in the beautiful surrounding fields, you can go as far as Organya, a village 5kms north of Coll de Nargo where there's a very pleasant little campsite, based around the local soccer pitch (approx. 5 euros per person per night). Not far either from the climbing sites, notably on Oliana with the famous Roc del Rumbau. All in all, a great place, a 5-star spot!

Technical summary

Type ✦ 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

From Barcelona, head towards Andorra via Ponts and then up towards Seu d'Urgell. The ferrata starts a few kilometers before you reach the village of Coll de Nargo. Arriving from Barcelona, there's a parking lot on the left of the road, before the last series of tunnels, at the Esquella bridge. It's best to turn around after the tunnels and return to the parking lot from Coll de Nargo.

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Itinerary description

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.

Part 1

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.
Part 2

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.
Part 3

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.

Back

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.

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