This is a difficult and potentially dangerous hike - one of the most difficult on the island and it is not for the faint-hearted! In fact it is not so much a hike as an obstacle course, as there are massive boulders to negotiate, slither down and between, and some light abseiling is required in some sections. You need to be fit and well equipped, and prepared for adventure. With all this in mind, this trek is a stunning and unforgettable experience!
We set off from Escorca, starting with a gentle descent with lovely views of Puig Roig ahead of us, and already we see the beginnings of the dramatic canyon through which the torrent de Pareis runs. We zigzag down into the torrent floor and soon come to a junction of 3 canyons from where we follow the path of the torrent de Pareis.
From here, most of the route involves finding a way through and over the impressive boulders and rock formations that form the bed of the torrent. At times this is tricky and sometimes requires a leap of faith. Occasionally we get a reprieve and the riverbed is flat and smooth but not for long.... and all the while the canyon narrows into an ever more dramatic gorge, with towering cliffs almost touching each other overhead.
It is tough going but very rewarding, and a swim has never been so welcome when we finally reach the mouth of the gorge at Sa Calobra! Bliss!
Island weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly, so it is always advisable to be ready for anything. In the mountains, cloud can drop quickly and mist can come in from the sea, causing loss in visibility and fall in temperatures.
The terrain in Mallorca is rough so good footwear is essential. Most of our walks require walking boots with hard soles, good grip and ankle support. It is a good idea to wear your boots in well (if they are new!) before putting them to the test on some of our uncompromising, rocky surfaces.
September to early June are the main walking months on the island, and although not as hot as the summer, Sept/Oct and April/May can still be hot, and even in mid-winter sensitive skins can burn. Consequently, anything that you like to use to protect yourself from the sun – hat, cream, glasses, lip salve, long sleeves and long trousers….. is advisable.
Whatever the month it is essential to carry plenty of water, and a few snacks to top up your energy levels, are always advisable – just in case!
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