Three days walking with a donkey in the Catalan Pyrenees goes a long way. From the Vall de la Llosa to the Estanys de la Pera, passing through Aransa, Lles and Vilella. An authentic adventure, where the weight of the expedition was carried by our new friend Yari.
The start was a bit soggy water, but that did nothing but increase the sense of adventure. Here, in a hayloft in Vilella, sheltering us from the rain to consult our map (it did not occur to us for a moment to use the GPS they gave us in the base camp)
The rain, actually made the climb more pleasant, since it was not so hot. The soggy vegetation shone with a special light, and the mountain flowers covered the landscape with their impertinent beauty. Who said there are no flowers in summer?
Guide in hand I discovered some plants that were mythical to me. I had read them in books, I had heard them in stories and movies, but I did not know what they looked like. Genciana (Gentiana lutea), for example or rododendro or azalea (Rhododendrom ferrugineum L.). Names of powerful healing resonances that evoked druids, remeieres, shamans and healers alike. But I also discovered other totally new ones for me such as the bàlec (piorno) that gave the environment an intense green aroma, the panical blau (thistle of the port) or the spunyidella (gallium). In summer, a trip to the mountains reminds us of how little we know and how much there is to learn.
During the expedition, the most important thing is to take care of your donkey. When you arrive at your destination, first, ensure a good grass, water and a tree under which he can feel protected. Brush and clean the hoofbeats before and after each day. Only when this is resolved can one rest and take care of his own needs. It’s the least you can do for who carries all your stuff.
For reservations and information on how to rent one of these wonderful quadrupeds, get in touch with Denise, a very nice Swiss girl who lives in Rabós (Alt Empordà) and who organizes treks of various durations in the Empordà and the Pyrenees.
Denise 0034/633 576 272