Congost de Mont Rebei

Words & Photography: Monk Kollektiv


The Congost de Mont Rebei is one of the most impressive canyons in Spain. The gorge is formed by the river Noguera Ribagorçana as it passes the mountains of Montsec and is also the natural border between Catalonia and Aragon. The national park is over 600 hectares and is home to a variety of vultures and eagles, all of which can be spotted in the canyon. In contrary to the famous Camino del Rey in the south of Spain, this canyon is still relatively unknown and therefore is not yet part of the popular tourist circuits. The hike we took started off with startling views of the river bassin and the surrounding mountains, all covered in a soft mist.

This wide landscape slowly evolved into a claustrophobic narrow gorge, 500 meters high and, at times, only 20 meters wide. The most spectacular feature of the trail is undoubtedly the path carved into the rocks and offers the hiker vertiginous sights into the gorge. Vertical rock formations in a variety of beige and brown tints lead the gaze downwards to the bright turquoise river at the bottom.