Wild Montserrat Day Tour: Hiking & Mountain Orienteering

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9 hours
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8 max
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SHORT DESCRIPTION

On our Wild Montserrat Tour, you will experience an authentic side of the famous mountain, far away from the tourist sights. This area, mostly frequented by wild goats, will be the perfect place for us to work on your practical navigational skills. Thanks to just a few tips provided by us, you will learn about map reading and compass use and be able to follow an unknown route by the end of the day!

DURATION 9 hours approx.
MEETING TIME 8:15 am (you will be back in Barcelona at 5pm)
MEETING POINT Eixample neighbourhood [near the metro station Diagonal (L3 and L5)].
Exact address and directions released upon booking.
GROUP SIZE Semi-private: 2 people min – 8 people max (larger groups on request)
LANGUAGES English (Spanish and Catalan on request)
HIKE CHARACTERISTICS
– Distance: 12 Km – Effective hiking: 5 hours
– Difficulty: medium – Grade: 400 m
INCLUDED
Transportation in a comfortable minivan Insurance
Professionally certified mountain guide Map & compass
EXTRA-PICNIC We recommend to take our picnic to eat at the mountain. It includes a sandwich, fresh fruit, sweet snacks and water.
NOT INCLUDED
Guide’s gratuity
WHAT TO BRING Small backpack, hiking footwear, raincoat, fleece (warm clothes), sunglasses, sun hat, lip balm and sunscreen
WEATHER CONDITIONS The tour will take place rain or shine
IMPORTANT NOTE Please let us know if you are under a certain type of medication when booking
ANY ALLERGIES/FOOD RESTRICTIONS? Picnic available on request (+8€, request when booking) also available for vegetarians. Please request preferences/food allergies when you make the booking

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1

8:15am Departure from Barcelona

The departure time will be at 8:15am and we will meet near the metro station Diagonal (exact address will be released upon booking).

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9:15am Beginning of the Wild Montserrat tour

After arriving at the mountain via a secret route unknown to most of the locals we will provide a map and compass for the day. After a few minutes of explanation, it will be up to you to guide us around the mountain!

We are professional instructors with years of experience training individuals to become mountain guides. If needed, we will make sure you take us on the correct route and of course, we will always be there for your safety. And if you do get lost, we will offer additional tips on how to correctly re-orientate yourself.

The area we take you to is extremely quiet and definitely far from the main tourist sights of the mountain. It is extremely rare to see people in the area, apart from a few local climbers and sometimes a couple of lost tourists!

However, we won’t be alone at all – mountain goats can be spotted very often in the area, as well as a wide variety of wildlife. Prepare to relax and take a well-earned rest from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona!

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12:00pm Picnic time!

After a good couple of hours hiking we will arrive at a small mountain refuge, where we will have a picnic lunch that we prepare with local products. Usually, it consists of a nice sandwich from one of the best of Barcelona’s bakeries, a few local sweets and plenty of fresh fruit (please request when booking if you have any food intolerances).

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1:00pm Montserrat Hiking + Mountain Orienteering!

In the afternoon, our Montserrat tour will take you totally off the beaten track, as we follow dry riverbeds rather than well trodden trails in order to test your orienteering skills to the max!

Overall, this Montserrat hiking trip comprises around 5 hours of gentle walking, that will allow plenty of time for small breaks in some of our favourite spots, with some truly breathtaking scenery along the way.

Prepare for an experience that will not only make your trip extra memorable but also greatly improve your practical orienteering skills for future solo hikes!

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5pm Back in Barcelona

We will drop you off at the metro station Diagonal. Please allow yourself some extra time in case- if we’re having fun together, why not as well have the time to enjoy it and forget about the schedules?

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The optional lunch is a picnic and includes a sandwich (from the best bakery of Barcelona!) and a few local snacks. It is made using local ingredients of high quality.

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Efforts are taken to reduce the amount of waste produced during the experience. All the plastic, glass and paper waste produced is recycled. Non-recycled waste for this activity is close to 0.

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1)A real effort has been undertaken by Fermi and Joaquim to promote an off the beaten area of Montserrat, avoiding an ever increasing massification of the “touristy side” of the mountain. 2)Groups are kept to a small number (maximum 8 people) to reduce the impact on the environment during the tours. 3)More efforts are made to increase the awareness of their customers towards the preservation of the mountain.

Full Day Montserrat Tour

Tour Reviews

5 based on 3 reviews
Guillaume
4 November, 2016

We were lucky to be part of the first try of the Wild Montserrat Tour and that was an incredible experience! We had been to Montserrat several times before but this time Fermi & Joaquim chose an itinerary that couldn’t be more authentic! We saw a good dozen of wild goats, 2 lost Dutch people (that it seemed were really happy to find someone to ask about how to go back on the trail they were trying to follow!), untouched nature and spectacular views of the surrounding areas. We learnt to orientate ourselves thanks to the help of Fermi, which provided us with a map and a compass, and plenty of tricks to follow the route he had drawn on the map. It was surprisingly harder than expected to follow the map, and this made for a lot of fun! Thank you Fermi, we’ll remember to listen to the trees!

Olivier
4 November, 2016

A wonderful experience!
It’s very unusual to walk in such a wild and funny contryside without meeting anybody (well, almost…). The rocks were reminding us of canyons we had seen on previous trips to North America, with their reddish colours and surprising shapes. Fermi is a lovely guide who knows exactly how to make the tour both didactic and relaxing.

Medgee
28 October, 2016

We were lucky to discover Monserrat on unbeaten tracks with Fermi, a passionate local guide. Awesome scenery, strange rock formation, indigenous flora and a grotto for our picnic. Wonderful experience and very instructive too. Thanks Mr. Fermi!

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