An overnight hike in the Tramuntana mountains on Mallorca
Even though I spend quite a bit of time here it is still easy to find new trails or places - and with a good friend visiting we mapped out a two day hike on mostly new terrain (I will not repeat myself by praising the rugged beauty of the Tramuntana range again - just check out some other articles on that here and here).
We started our journey in cool but fine February weather from the picturesque village of Caimari (150m above sea level) and quickly diverted from the main trail towards the first of two major peaks of the day: The Puig de n´Ali (1035m AMSL). The final part of the ascent was a bit scrambly but not dangerous in any way. On the peak itself I noticed a few large rocks interlocked into somewhat of a natural shelter - definitely a place to stay some other time! The hike continued via a pass a few hundred meters lower up to the Puig de Massanella. The Massanella is very well known as one of the highest mountains on the island with 1364m AMSL. We then joined the famous GR221 trail towards the south and the refuge Tossals Verds (530m AMSL) which is situated below the peak of the mountain by the same name.
The second day started with an off-path scramble up a gully onto the peak of Tossals Verds (1118m AMSL). The gully is filled with huge boulders and is just super fun to scramble up. After enjoying the 360 degree view from above we went down the other side of the mountain on the regular trail. The second bit of that day's route followed a defunct aqueduct that follows the side of a beautiful valley. You literally walk on top of the aqueduct and there are parts that are slightly exposed - just make sure you are fine with a bit of a drop next to you. The final hour or so of walking brought us into the stone oak woods that cover most of the lower parts of the Tramuntana and finally back to Caimari.
Adventurers: Melanie and Bengt