Sunday, August 18
Le Tour du Carlit - Day 1 & 2
Le Tour du Carlit is a multi-day walk in the French Pyrenees (Cerdagne). It's described in the 'Topo-guide de grande randonnée. Pyrénées Orientales.' It's located an hour drive from El Serrat, the village where we booked a stay to visit Andorra after our trekking. After visiting Bordeaux on Monday, we drove to Porte-de-Puymorens to spend the night at a camping. The tour starts in Porte-de-Puymorens, so the next morning we left our car outside the camping and started the trekking.
We descended again to 1580 m (a little bit before Bèna), where we pitched our tent near a tree and in the proximity of a flowing stream. It was quite hot that day, around 32°C and we refreshed ourselves in the stream and also rinsed our t-shirts and socks.
After a good night's rest we headed to Bèna and Dorres (1430m). We had lunch in Dorres, which was a nice alternative to the 'camping-gaz-meals' we had the other day.
Now we were recharged to ascend again to 1593m (Chapelle de Sant-Marti-d'Envella). A few hours later we camped at a flat area, again near a stream. Once in the tent, we wanted to stay awake to gaze at the stars at night. It was a clear sky and it got dark around 23 pm. So we tried to stay awake (which is quite hard when you've walked for 6-8 hours with a backpack weighing between 12-20 kilograms). The moment we checked the sky through our ventilation window for some stars and discussing we were about to go outside, we heared a grunting noise and screaming sounds from a beast that was being chased. 'Pumbaa' flashed through my mind and I was convinced it was something like a wild swine. I can not imagine what else it could have been. It really sounded like a wild pig and I knew they could be very dangerous. We turned the light off and tried to sleep. I wasn't much worrying about the pig after a while, I started puzzling over what was chasing it that would cause the pig to make such a panicky noise!
To be continued...