The imposing Puigpedrós massif in the Girona Pyrenees, dominated by the 2915 m peak that gives it its name, is one of the great attractions of the Cerdanya-Cerdanya region. There are countless hiking routes in this area of the Pyrenees that lead us to natural landscapes of great beauty. One of these routes is an interesting excursion ideal for the whole family, with the children. It is a simple route that takes us to the Lake of Malniu, a lake of glacial origin marked by the Puigpedrós, a mountain landscape that is quite a spectacle.
To visit the Lake of Malniu, you have to go to the town of Meranges. The accesses leading to Meranges can be found on the road from La Seu d'Urgell to Puigcerdà, passing through Bellver de Cerdanya. Once in Meranges, cross the village to continue ascending along the track that leads to the Malniu refuge. This initially asphalted track soon turns into a dirt track which, depending on the time of year and the weather the previous days, can complicate access to the refuge. In any case, you can check the status of the track on the Malniu refuge website. Once there, you can park your vehicle in the refuge parking area after paying the corresponding fee.
If you have been able to get to the Malniu refuge, thus avoiding the more than 2 hour walk on foot along path 117 that goes up from Meranges, the refuge car park will be your starting point for this route to lake of Malniu. The best thing to do is to follow the track we came on for a few metres, passing the bridge over the Rec de Malniu, to quickly come across the signs that indicate the beginning of the path that leads to the Llac de Malniu. The markings of the Cerdanya Footpaths network, specifically those of footpath 119, will be in charge of guiding us on this hiking route.
The pine forest and the large granite blocks liven up the route, which climbs with each step we take, but without making any great demands. After a while you reach a new crossroads where you leave the path on your right to continue straight on with the Home Mort mountain range as your witness. Almost without noticing you arrive at the Lake of Malniu (0h 45min), but not before following the path that takes you to its outlet. From here you can walk around the lake and enjoy the scenery. Also, for those who feel like it, you can continue the route and go as far as the Lake of Guils, better known as the lake of Mal, following the marks of path 121. This extension takes about 2.5 km more and 1h 30min approximately, time and mileage that we will have to add to the initial route. The return to the Malniu refuge (1h 30min) is by the same route as the ascent.
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|2-Lake of Malniu
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 216-2 1:25.000".
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The lake of Malniu is linked to mysterious legends and covens which, it is said, used to take place near its shores.
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The lake of the refuge or Estany Seco, you will find it next to the refuge of Malniu and although it is popularly known as the Dry Lake, in general it always has water.
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Route information updated on 12-06-2021. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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