Gorges de Carança

Useful Information

Location: At Thuès-entre-Valls
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Dimension: VR=500 m.
Guided tours: self guided, D=4 h.
Photography: Allowed
Accessibility: No
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The Gorges de Carança is a slot canyon with a rather impressive trail, which is made partly of steel rope bridges, steel bridges fixed at the vertical wall, and narrow trail cut into the rock. This impressive trail makes it a famous destination during the summer holidays. So it is a good idea to visit this place a bit out of main season.

The trail starts at the huge parking lot at Thuès-entre-Valls. The trail then lead up into the gorge. At the first stone bridge, the trail divides, and the most common way is to follow the left trail which is marked "Passerelles" in white letters on the rock. It takes about one hour until we meet the other trail again, but the ascend offers continually changing views of the gorge and the impressive trail which is cut into the cliff face on the other side. The trail now follows the river upstream and another narrow part with rope bridges and other bridges, ladders, and narrow trails. It ends with a final set of ladders, and we must return on the same trail. Back at the stone bridge, we can now take the trail on the other side of the lower part of the gorge. The trail cut into the rock face is called chemin de balcon.

The gorge is the entrance to longer mountaineering tours, for example the trail to the refuge of Ras de la Carança (1,830 m asl). It branches off almost at the end of the gorge, crossing the Pont de Pierre.