Camí Vell de Queralbs a Núria
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Itinerary 7. Camí Vell de Núria

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25/07/2019
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Introduction

Climb up from Queralbs to Nuria's Sanctuary

The old route from Queralbs to Núria is perhaps one of the most attractive proposals, due to the variety of environments and landscapes that we can enjoy in the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser.
On this route we can enjoy forests of deciduous trees and conifers, streams, cliffs, attractive waterfalls at Núrias river, but also bucolic sites such as the lake and Núria's Sanctuary.
100% recommended proposal.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: TECHNICAL ASPECTS ARE ONLY BASED ON THE WAY UP, THINK ABOUT GOING BACK DOWN TOO.
A GOOD OPTION IS TO DO THE WAY BACK DOWN WITH THE "CREMELLERA" TRAIN.
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  • Typology
    Linear
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Duration
    4 hours 38 minutes
  • Slope
    940.00 meters
  • Distance
    7.30 km
  • Theme
    Landscaping
    Rivers and lakes
    Rocky
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Climb up from Queralbs to Nuria's Sanctuary

Although the route can also be done downhill, we recommend that you do the climb route for the effort grattitude and the arrival at the sanctuary of Núria at the end of the route.
We start at the old route of Queralbs to Núria in Queralbs Square and from the beginning we start to gain height. In this first section of the route we will walk through woods where the ash trees and oaks dominate. We will pass next to Ruíra's fountain and immediately we will see the first birch, but also aspens and willows.
We cross the first stretches and we will approach the cliffs that flank the course of Núria's river, which we cross for the first time when crossing Creaml's bridge. From this point on we will start to link a series of waterfalls such as the Sastre and the Cua de Cavall, which will make the route very pleasant despite the steep rise.
From the ruins of the Sastre waterfall, we start to enjoy the first specimens of black pine and, a little more up, of the first rhododendron.
We arrive to Sallent plain and we cross Núria's river again, the road becomes smooth for a few meters but immediately continues to gain a steepness until reaching the Coll de la Creu d'en Riba, where we will have imposing views of the lake and Núria's Sanctuary, but a lot of  the "Olla de Núria".
Now we just have to go down gently and comfortably to Núria's Sanctuary and enjoy its wonderful surroundings.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: TECHNICAL ASPECTS ARE ONLY BASED ON THE WAY UP, THINK ABOUT GOING BACK DOWN TOO.
A GOOD OPTION IS TO DO THE WAY BACK DOWN WITH THE "CREMELLERA" TRAIN.

DOWNLOAD THE ROUTE TO DO IT OFF-LINE.

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Tips

PATH

The route goes through a well-marked path but we need to be aware of the app and the signals.
Some sections of the way up are very steep.
The technical data are only based on the way up, think about going back down. You can go back down using the "CREMALLERA" train.
 

WATER

We will find water at the beginning and end of the route, and at the Ruïra fountain in the first part of the route.
Bring plenty of water, especially at summer's peak days.
 

CAUTION

Be careful not to slip on the steepest parts.
Respect the environment and do not leave the marked path.
Follow the route in off-line mode.
 

WEATHER

Check the weather forecast before starting the route.
 

LAND

We recommend that you do the route in the indicated direction but you can also take the same way back.
 

EQUIPMENT

It is recommended to carry a camera.
Trecking sticks might help you on your way up and down.
Binoculars to observe birds, butterflies.
 

OTHER EQUIPMENTS

You can rest in the fresh air around the Estany de Núria.
Núria's Sanctuary has a hotel, restaurant and shops.

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Deciduous Trees

Point of interest
Flora
25/07/2019
From the banks of the Freser River to approximately 1,500 m, the deciduous forest has its dominion.
The verns on the water are replaced by hazelnuts, willows, birches, aspens, ash trees and oaks, as

Mountain Apollo Butterfly

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/07/2019
Parnassius apollo
This flagship species of the Papilionidae family lives in the high mountains of the Pyrenees and the Pre-Pyrenees. The mountain Apollo butterfly is protected by the Berne

The Wallcreeper

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/07/2019
Tichodroma muraria
The wallcreepers are a rocky species that lives in low numbers on the walls and carved entrances from the mountains of the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser.
We can

The Scree

Point of interest
Geology
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Under the large steep cliffs at the foot of which we have been walking, and early on, due to the frost, the screes are formed. These screes only form in places where the slope is higher than 35

Geology

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Geology
25/07/2019
The Pyrenees is a mountain range formed more than 80 million years ago due to the shock of the Iberian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which caused the take-off and the stacking of the existing rocks

The Rhododendron

Point of interest
Flora
25/07/2019
The rhododendron, also known as Núria boxwood, dominates the shrub layer of black pine forests, and we can find it between 1,500 and 2,500 meters in the Pyrenees.
Very attractive when it is flowered

The Golden Eagle 

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/07/2019
Aquila Chrysaetos
It is the largest eagle in the Catalan territory, reaching 230 cm long as of wings and is classified as vulnerable.
Eagles form lifelong couples throughout their lives and have

Núria's Sanctuary

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Architecture
25/07/2019
The sanctuary of Mare de Déu de Núria is located almost 2,000 meters high, surrounded by emblematic peaks such as Puigmal, Noucreus, Noufonts and Finestrelles. The "cremallera" train takes people up
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Espectaculars vistes tota l'estona però per a mi el final del camí és el millor!
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