Camins de Hèr - CDH

 

Where the mountains touch the sky.

 

This race utilises the last 101km of the VDA.
A route through the wildest and highest parts of Val d’Aran.
It includes two strikingly different sections; the first where the toughest mountain ranges take center stage, and the second, where water takes over and becomes the star to offer you an abundance of lakes, waterfalls and rivers.

Early in the morning, you will start from Plaza deth Haro in Les, the center of the popular fire festival each Summer Solstice, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you will go up to one of the most typical and beautiful villages of Aran; Canejan, perched in the middle of the mountain. You will be then in Val de Toran, the wildest valley. You will cross through charming villages, abandoned villages and old cattle roads. Toran’s valley will take you step by step to the important mining past of Val d’Aran. A long ascent from San Joan de Toran will carry you to Liat’s lake. You will get close to Mauberme’s base, an important mountain of 2,880m. Port de Urets’ passage, at 2,500m is one of the highest points of the race. A few meters away, and leaving behind the old mining tunnels, you will run through the antique iron mines of Urets, with panoramic views over Montoliu’s lake and the principal chain in the Pyrenees; Aneto and Maladetas, Montarto, Montlude… After achieving Montoliu´s pass, a long but easy to run descent will take you to Montgarri’s Sanctuary. From Montgarri, after a smooth ascent, you will arrive at Pla de Beret. After traversing the plateau, at 1.800 m above sea level, you will have to go down to the valley. Two villages will be waiting for you; Bagergue, declared one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and Salardú, Naut Aran’s capital.

From Salardú, the landscape changes completely; you are getting close to the National Park of “Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici”. The pass through Porèra will give you an outstanding panoramic view of all the mountains in the Park. Right after you will go by Banhs de Tredòs, natural hot springs known since the Roman era, which are the door to the National Park. You will then reach the cirque lake of Colomèrs, with more than 50 lakes, which form the biggest glacial cirque in the Pyrenees. You will run by more than 20 lakes, reaching Pòdo’s pass, the other highest point of the race, at 2.600 m. You will leave on your right side Colomèrs lakes to confront Ribereta’s pass, change of valley and go through Montcasau lakes. An easy and fast descent will take you to Ressèc, in the valley of Valarties. From there to the finish line, two last demanding ascents will be waiting for you; 700 meters and 300 meters, to crown Tuca’s peak. Over there, you will have Vielha at your feet. Last kilometres will run through the forest and will take you to the end of the race. One hundred and one kilometers where you will go through the whole valley and its landscapes.

 

Early in the morning, you will start from Plaza deth Haro in Les, the center of the popular fire festival each Summer Solstice, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you will go up to one of the most typical and beautiful villages of Aran; Canejan, perched in the middle of the mountain. You will be then in Val de Toran, the wildest valley. You will cross through charming villages, abandoned villages and old cattle roads. Toran’s valley will take you step by step to the important mining past of Val d’Aran. A long ascent from San Joan de Toran will carry you to Liat’s lake. You will get close to Mauberme’s base, an important mountain of 2,880m. Port de Urets’ passage, at 2,500m is one of the highest points of the race. A few meters away, and leaving behind the old mining tunnels, you will run through the antique iron mines of Urets, with panoramic views over Montoliu’s lake and the principal chain in the Pyrenees; Aneto and Maladetas, Montarto, Montlude… After achieving Montoliu´s pass, a long but easy to run descent will take you to Montgarri’s Sanctuary. From Montgarri, after a smooth ascent, you will arrive at Pla de Beret. After traversing the plateau, at 1.800 m above sea level, you will have to go down to the valley. Two villages will be waiting for you; Bagergue, declared one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and Salardú, Naut Aran’s capital.

From Salardú, the landscape changes completely; you are getting close to the National Park of “Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici”. The pass through Porèra will give you an outstanding panoramic view of all the mountains in the Park. Right after you will go by Banhs de Tredòs, natural hot springs known since the Roman era, which are the door to the National Park. You will then reach the cirque lake of Colomèrs, with more than 50 lakes, which form the biggest glacial cirque in the Pyrenees. You will run by more than 20 lakes, reaching Pòdo’s pass, the other highest point of the race, at 2.600 m. You will leave on your right side Colomèrs lakes to confront Ribereta’s pass, change of valley and go through Montcasau lakes. An easy and fast descent will take you to Ressèc, in the valley of Valarties. From there to the finish line, two last demanding ascents will be waiting for you; 700 meters and 300 meters, to crown Tuca’s peak. Over there, you will have Vielha at your feet. Last kilometres will run through the forest and will take you to the end of the race. One hundred and one kilometers where you will go through the whole valley and its landscapes.

 

Technical Data

Asphalt 4% | Track 12% | Trail 84% | Highest Point 2.610m

*Route subject to final confirmation.

101 km

6.400m D+ | 6.100m D-

Les

Vielha

03/07/2020

8.30h

5 ITRA Points

Performance Index: 320

15 Running Stones

Running Stones collected on the CHD guarantee entry to the CCC®, TDS® or OCC 2021 or any of the following 3 years, as long as you have enough ITRA Points.

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