Join AEGM certified mountain guide Hugo on a unique skiing trip in Carros de Foc in the Aigüestortes National Park the Spanish Pyrenees!
The stunning Carros de Foc (chariots of fire) is located in the Spanish Pyrenees. It is part of the renowned Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. In summer, it is a great place for trekking. In winter, it’s a beautiful route for ski touring! Of course, it is important to go with a guide that knows the way well and that can help out with logistics. On this 5-Day Carros de Foc Skiing Trip I will show you this stunning region as we practice this exhilarating winter sport!
The Carros de Foc route links 9 mountain huts in the National Park. On our 5 day excursion we will be staying in a few of them and just passing by others. All of the huts are nestled in beautiful landscapes. Availability and hut reservation policies will determine which ones we sleep. Furthermore, throughout our journey you will also be able to try the delicious traditional cuisine. And, during the day, as we move from one landmark to the next on our skis, we will go through forests, down mountains and by dazzling lakes. Therefore, this is a trip you will remember both for the skiing and the beauty of the surrounding environment! Make sure you bring a camera!
In terms of difficulty, prior skiing experience is necessary. Also, a good fitness level is important. Because we will be skiing five days straight for several hours a day, you need to be well prepared. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to help and guide you. As a result, you will be able to ski down the best snow spots in the region, and safely!
Are you ready for five days of snow capped fun in a dazzling natural environment? Then book your place and join me on this 5-day ski trip in Carros de Foc! You are sure to enjoy it!
Not so keen on skis? Then we also offer a snowshoeing variant of this route. Check it out here!
You will need to bring: Backpack (between 30 and 35 litres) with ski tapes. Ski touring equipment (skis, boots, skins, blades, batons). An extra skin. Safety equipment: ARVA (with extra battery), shovel and probe. Crampons and ice axes. Helmet Clothing: Socks Ski touring pants Thermal t-shirt (base layer). An extra one for the hut. Extra tights for the hut. Fleece jacket or similar (second layer) Gore-Tex or similar jacket and trousers (third layer) Primaloft jacket or similar. Neckie. Light and thick gloves. Wool cap. Sun cap. Goggles and sunglasses. Head lamp (extra batteries) Sheet-sleeping bag Canteen or camelback (minimun 1 litre). In the case of camel back please consider that it could freeze. First aid kit and essential toiletries. Sunscreen and SPF lip balm. Camera. NOTES It is not cold in the huts. The primaloft jacket will be used during the activity if the weather is very cold. Sleeping bag it is not required, but a silk or cotton sheet sleeping bag would be necessary. It is recommended to carry just a few provisions to travel light, you can buy more on the way. Slippers are available in all huts, so it is not necessary to carry extra shoes. Huts’ choice will depend on the availability and the booking and cancellation conditions that they require previously. These changes will not affect the intended route but may modify it slightly.
From Pont de Ressec we will ascend through a forest to get the Restanca hut. After provisioning, we will continue to reach the Güellcrestada’s Col. We can also ascend the Montardo summit (2.833 m) if we are up to it. Then, we will get to the Ventosa and Calvell hut and make a multi phase descent due to the many “ibones” (Pyrenees lakes) on the way.
Required. Elevation gain +1.050 m. – 300 m descent.
Ascending the Montardo. Elevation gain + 1350 m – 650 m descent.
We will kick off the day by descending to the Ibones of Colieto. After placing sealskins on, we will ascend the Contraix’s Col. Finally, we will make an amazing and long descent towards the south in order to reach the valley bottom of Estany Llong. We will change the high mountain landscape for forests surrounded by big mountains. The Estany Llong hut is located in this valley, far away from the civilization so it’s an ideal place to relax.
Potential ascent to Contraix’s Summit.
Elevation gain +810 m. – 950 m descent.
We will enter the south part of the Aigües Tortes and San Mauricio National Park. It is a less frequented area dotted with “Ibones” where it is possible to reach one of the summits in the area.
Elevation gain +850 m. – 500 m descent.
We will start of with a stunning ascent of the Peguera Summit. Then, we will aim for the Sant Maurici Lake and the area where the Amitges hut is located.
It is a difficult route with abrupt up and down transitions and we will ski to get to Sant Maurici Lake, with the lovely views of Els Encantats.
Required. Elevation gain +1.120 m. – 1.140 m descent.
With the ascent to Peguera Summit. Elevation gain +1.370 m. – 1.390 m descent.
Our first goal of our last ski day will be the ascent to Tuc de Saboredo. From this point we will descend the homonymous valley to get to Còth deth Tuc Gran de Sendrosa. This col will be the entrance to the Aiguamòg Valley, where after a nice descent, we will find the Banhs de Tredós, at the end of our journey.
Elevation gain +1.150 m. – 1.450 m descent.
Exploring Spain is part of the travel agency Muntania Outdoors S.L., (CICMA 2608) specialised in adventure trips and nature and mountain activities.
Muntania started off in 2011 and since then it has been successful in positioning itself in more than 30 countries around the world as well as getting the support of renowned sponsors. Last year more than 2000 customers chose Muntania for their trips.
Exploring Spain focuses all its activities in Spain, where its main office is located, hence the know-how, the experience and the local knowledge of Muntania´s team, necessary to create an exceptional trip to discover the most special locations. We offer a different way to get to know Spain with a great variety of trips where we combine nature and outdoor activities with the pleasures of savouring the best gastronomy and the cultural richness. We provide a multilingual service and personal attention so our customers leave with the best impressions.
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• Prices are on a per person basis. INCLUDED Mountain guide. Common safety equipment. 4 nights in huts in bed and breakfast regime. Reservations management. NOT INCLUDED Transportation to the start and end points of the trail (please consult to share travel expenses with other participants). 1st night in a hostel in bed and breakfast regime in shared room of 4 people. Please consult extra charge for double or individual room. Muntania Spain could make de reservation without charges. Lunches in the mountain. Any drinks not included in the half board mountain huts (dinner and breakfast). Costs generated by unexpected changes for weather reasons.
This was a fantastic trip, and it exceeded all of our expectations! Our guide Alberto was amazing, as he was able to exactly pace our group as we needed. His experience and knowledge truly showed on this trip. I would highly recommend your company and Alberto as a guide to anyone wanting to see the Picos de Europa.
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