Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
Pujada al Costabona per la Collada Fonda
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Itinerary 11: Climb to the Costabona through Collada Fonda

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02/10/2019
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Introduction

Eastern Talaia of the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser

We offer you a relatively easy excursion, although it goes through high mountain ranges, where you can discover the values ​​of the alpine landscape, while also capturing the geographical boundaries of the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser, which it preserves.
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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    3 hours 45 minutes
  • Slope
    659.00 meters
  • Distance
    8.20 km
  • Theme
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Eastern Talaia of the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser

We start from the Collada Fonda, halfway between Espinavell and Setcases. We propose a direct climb, by the ridge to the top of the Costabona. Take it easy.
We will not pass either by the fountain of Fra Joan nor by the Costabona refuge, unless you want to go to and see them for some reason.
We will climb by the ridge very close to the spire, overcoming gentle rocks: Mercer's rocks, first, and Roca Blanca dels Soms, after, until reaching the summit.
If the day and weather allows you, you will enjoy great panoramic views that you can understand thanks to an orientation table that is on the top. You will see the limits of the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter and Freser; the track that you have climbed and the descent on the opposite side of the Fonda hill; the Crestes de Rojà, in the north-Catalan part of the county of Conflent, where grassland is still used for Catalan farmers from the southern slope, among others.
We will descend along plateaus with views to France to the Coll de Pal, where now, the direct descent begins towards the refuge of Jaume Ferrer overlooking Ripollès and Alta Garrotxa.
If you want, here is the turnoff to go to the Costabona refuge, but it does follow the route by any means.

The path can be lost when we cross a black pine forest, but just follow the track and rectify directions, if necessary. There are sstable populations of chamois throughout the Natural Park, and also in this area, so it will not be difficult for us to see one. We will stop by the pastures of the Alta de la Balmeta hill and from there to the refuge: Jaume Ferrer , where the views of the Fonda hill (where we have left the car) and the whole mountain that goes to Puig Sistra, at Setcases, passing through the green hill, are fantastic.

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PATH

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You are at the Natural Park of Capçaleres del Ter i del Freser.
We start at the Fonda hill, halfway between Espinavell and Setcases.
You have to look at the track or search for stone landmarks and GR paintings at the beginning and yellow in the central part of the route.
Going up you will find a detour to take the GR11 and go to the Costabona refuge. We continue straight up.
The first part to the top is a constant rise, by ridge, near a cliff.
 

WATER

Bring water from home.
 

CAUTION

You are in high mountains. You must be physically prepared.
Weather is variable and can change very quickly.
Do not bother the cattle and carry the dogs tied.
Do not leave junk. Do not scream.
Take food to recover at the top.
In winter it is only suitable for prepared hikers.
Start walking early in the morning. From midday fogs and storms are more frequent.
 

WEATHER

Sun protection is required: cap, goggles, and cream in summer.
The wind and the fog are very annoying.
Check the forecast before going up.
Weather is very variable and you can be surprised by sudden changes in weather. Always go prepared in anticipation.
 

LAND

High mountain: narrow paths, stone and grass.
It can be slippery if it is wet.
 

EQUIPMENT

Suitable clothing and footwear suitable for the time of year and the high mountains.
Trecking Sticks.
Binoculars and camera.
A nature guide to identify flora.
Topographic map if you like to identify nearby relays.
 

OTHER EQUIPMENTS

Once in the car, at Collada Fonda, you can take the descent from the opposite side to the one you have climbed up and visit the villages of the valley.
In the Jaume Ferrer shelter there are explanatory panels of N.P. Capçaleres del Ter and Freser.

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Rocks and mines

Point of interest
Geology
04/10/2019
Throughout the way up we will discover three types of clearly differentiated rocks.
Here on the rocks of Mercè we find these schists together. They are rocks formed originally by clays or slimes,

HIGH MOUNTAIN FLORA

Point of interest
Flora
04/10/2019
We are at 2,100 m, at the lower limit of the alpine grassland and the upper limit of the subalpine black pine woodland.
The northern slopes are often more forested than the soles. These forests, at

NATURAL PLEET

Point of interest
Wildlife
04/10/2019
On the ridge slope, we find these small breaks where there are plenty of feces. This means that it is a place where cattle rest. These points of concentration of livestock are called pleets.
If we

Costabona , 2.465 m

Point of interest
Landscapes
04/10/2019
Great!! You are already at the top. Now enjoy the views.
 
Declared in the year 2015, it shares part of the territory with the National Reserve of Hunting of the Freser-Setcases and limits, to the

PAL'S NECK

Point of interest
Geology
04/10/2019
We are at Coll de Pal (PAL'S NECK) and the layout of stone blocks reminds us of the icebergs drifting in a calm sea.
Rocky surfaces and glaciers shaped the relief of the mountain range forming cubes

Clot de l'Orró

Point of interest
Wildlife
04/10/2019
Right opposite to us we have the roof of the refuge of the Costabona.
From here you can see all the ridge we have climbed up. If you continue down the ridge you will arrive to the Fonda hill, where

MEADOWS AND PASTURES

Point of interest
Flora
04/10/2019
We are at the Collada de Dalt de la Balmeta and range of the same name. These pastures are kept open for the action of domestic livestock. If they stop grazing, the black pine quickly re-colonizes the

Collada de la Balmeta

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Environment
04/10/2019
In summer, these pastures are full of livestock/cattle. Mainly cows and horses, but also sheep. Livestock is one of the main economic resources and gives the human and social character to the
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