Through the upper Incles valley, over the Incles pass and down to the Fontargent lakes, in a varied landscape full of contrasts, impressions and rich prospects. The lakes in their enchanting location form the visual highlight of the hike and give it a special character.
Approximate walking times way there and back, without rests:
Port d'Incles: 3 h (early return)
Lower Fontargent lake, north end: 5 h
Starting point is the Baladosa bridge, where the rivers Juclar and Manegor unite. It lies at the feet of a step in the terrain between the lower and upper Incles valley. At first, the way goes quite steeply uphill for a short time. Then it flattens gradually, approaches the Manegor river, and then leads almost horizontally between scrubland on the right and light coniferous forest on the left up the valley along the watercourse. It leads to a plain of open pastureland, the Planells de Manegor, embedded between the rugged faces of the Anrodat massif on the west and the slopes at the feet of the Juclar ridge on the opposite side. There, almost the entire ascent path to the Incles (Fontargent) pass becomes apparent.
With the meadows to the left, the path continues flat for a short distance along the river before gaining height again. Accompanied by beautiful views back into the valley, it turns into a fairly steep ascent, which leads through grassy areas interspersed with stones and boulders. After a stretch of path with a slightly lower slope, the path then goes steeply uphill for a short time. After that, the slope decreases, and the tour gently upwards across meadows reaches a broad mountain saddle with the pass marked by a cairn pyramid, between the Crete de la Cabane Sourde belonging to the Anrodat massif on the left and the Fontargent ridges belonging to the Juclar mountains on the right.
Beyond and below the pass, between the spurs of the Anrodat and Juclar mountains, there is a high valley formed by the working of ice-age glaciation, which is sealed off to the north by a moraine barrier. It is almost completely covered by the lower and largest of the three Fontargent lakes. The view extends across the lake and the adjacent middle lake to the west near its northern end. Lower summits of the mountain ridges located on the outskirts of the Pyrenees main chain emerge on the horizon.
The tour now goes downhill, first on a short steep stretch of path, then with a moderate gradient through a rough and stony rock and scree terrain, and reaches the southern edge of the lower lake. There, the way turns into a narrow but pleasant path, which with a ridge to the left runs continuously and almost flat along the western shore of the lake or near the shore. After a short detour to the middle lake, which is at almost the same level and separated from the lower only by a small isthmus, the tour reaches the north end of the lower lake. There you have a wonderful view to the south, with, to the right, the imposing Crete de la Cabane Sourde peaks characterizing the landscape, the Fontargent ridges and the no less impressive Pic Negre de Juclar to the left, and in-between the pass with the lake extending to its slopes.
There are no huts or other shelters on this tour.
Depending on the prevailing general weather situation and the trail conditions to be expected, the hike can also be undertaken outside the recommended months, but not during winter. In the early autumn, from the end of September / beginning of October, first snowfalls can occur in the higher altitudes.
Leave the Andorran national road CG 2, at approx. km 18 (between El Tarter and Soldeu) and turn onto the Carretera de la Vall d'Incles (CS 270) and drive to the end of the road where the starting point of the hike is.
During high season, the road is closed during the day (see public transport, shuttle service).