2015-01-11

The Frightful Pathway | Congost de Mont-Rebei

The Frightful pathway between Catalonia and Aragon, Spain, the River Noguera Ribagorçana passes through the Serra del Montsec mountain system, creating a beautiful hiking destination called Congost de Mont-Rebei


The Frightful pathway between Catalonia and Aragon, Spain, the River Noguera Ribagorçana passes through the Serra del Montsec mountain system, creating a beautiful hiking destination called Congost de Mont-Rebei.
The vertigo footbridges of Montfalcó

Steps, Bridges and Raptors | Congost de Mont-Rebei

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges


The incredible climb up some stairs embedded in the rock. There are 291 steps that have to be overcome to reach the 83 meter high gorge . After this phase, the road heads towards the Congost de Siegué, this time with a fairly steep and rugged descent, until reaching a 35 m long suspension bridge that connects the narrow gorge.

The suspended passage has a metal grid floor, which allows you to see the water of the reservoir that passes through, which causes an even greater sensation of vertigo. Once crossed, you ascend towards a viewpoint from where you can see the Mont-rebei gorge and the rest of the trail, flanked by walls over 500 m high in various sections (some separated only 20 m from each other). The wonderful views are now joined by the many birds of prey (bearded vultures, golden eagles, Egyptian vultures or peregrine falcons, among others) that inhabit the place. It is worth making small stops to enjoy the surroundings. Every few meters there is a bank that faces the gorge. [Fist Image credit Ramón Etis]

The vertigo footbridge of Montfalcó

A path with steps excavated in rock, hanging bridges and vertigo walkways is the natural route from the town of Montfalcó in Huesca to reach the Sierra del Montsec gorge.


A path with steps excavated in rock, hanging bridges and vertigo walkways is natural route from  Montfalcó in Huesca to reach Sierra del Montsec gorge
Image credit James Güell

A stunning views and frightful pathways through an ecological paradise. The Mont-rebei Gorge natural space covers a surface area of about 600 hectares. In April 14, 2005, the Congost de Mont-Rebei was declared a Wildlife Refuge. Walking between towering cliffs and vertiginous landscapes. For a few meters, the road is literally carved into the rock, hanging from the cliffs. The route, which coincides with the GR-1, is protected by railings and benches to regain strength and enjoy the spectacular views. The walls of limestone of the gorge reach heights of 500 meters vertical drop and points where the minimum width is only 20 meters, with embedded pathways for visitors to take in the gorgeous scenic views. A very interesting to see point, it is the Romanesque chapel of Pertusa, with dizzying views of the marsh Caselles. Also very interesting suspension bridge at the end of the tour.

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
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Congost de Mont-rebei in Spain offers both. The Mont-rebei area is so special because of the lush flora and abundant animal species that live in and around the mountains, which are crisscrossed by the shimmering blue waters of rivers innumerable. This creates a near-infinite range of environs for all manner of creatures to find their home: Rocky peaks high in the atmosphere, lush forests spilling down the mountainside and finishing in the cool river waters below. 

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
Image credit Xevi V

Perhaps the most famous part of the mountain, Congost de Mont-rebei is a steep canyon cut into the rocky peaks, plunging hundreds of feet down sheer rock walls. Narrow walking paths etched into the sides of the canyon provide adventurous tourists and hikers with breathtaking views and spellbinding glimpses directly down into the canyon floor.

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
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Popular with mountain bikers and hikers in particular, the canyon offers as much of a challenge as it does a scenic view of the landscape. The paths are steep, rocky and frightfully thin, making humans to feel right at home with the mountain goats and birds that populate the rocky environ, which may, in fact, be visiting this beautiful place for the very same reasons as tourists do: nature, filled with nature.

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
Footbridge over the river Noguera Ribagorzana. The gateway itself is the starting point of the path between the Congost de Mont-Rebei and shelter Montfalco and constitutes a real crossroads and symbolic bond between the lands of Aragon and Catalonia located in the east and west margins of the river Noguera Ribagorzana. Image credit Juanedc

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
Image credit Carlos Jiménez Ruiz

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
Dirt road partially excavated in the rock. Image credit Albert Torello
The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
Image credit James Güell

The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
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The Route of the Montfalcó footbridges
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Source — Atlasobscura | ElmundoLleidatur

1 comment:

  1. Very impressive,but frightening,indeed;wonder who can scale it to the end comfortably?Thanks for sharing this wonder.

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