Join AEGM certified mountain guide Hugo on a unique snowshoeing trip in Carros de Foc in the Aigüestortes National Park the Spanish Pyrenees!
The beautiful Carros de Foc (chariots of fire) is located in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park in the Pyrenees. It is a stunning route that can be explored both in the warm and cold months. When it is covered in snow it is a stunning spot for snowshoeing. It is a favorite amongst nature lovers! On this 5-day Carros de Foc snowshoeing trip I will gladly show you some of its most beautiful spots!
We begin our exploration from the Cavallers Valley. From there, we will enter the national park and begin our five day journey. On the way, we will stay at numerous huts, all surrounded by stunning nature. All the huts that we will stay in are well equipped and offer blankets, so we will be cozy and comfortable. We will also see lakes, forests and the beautiful Els Encantats mountain, among other gorgeous sights. Aside from snowshoes, bringing a camera is a must!
This is not a difficult excursion, so you do not require prior experience. Keep in mind however, that we will be snowshoeing for around 5-6 hours per day. We will also be going up and down different terrains. Consequently, you do need a good fitness level. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to help and guide you!
Are you ready to spend 5 days away from the city enjoying the best of nature? Then book your place now and join me on this 5-day Carros de Foc snowshoeing trip in the Spanish Pyrenees!
Do you prefer a skiing excursion in the area? Then we also offer a 5 day skiing trip in Carros de Foc that you can check out!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
Prices are per person.
INCLUDED: Mountain Guide service during the trekking.
4 nights of half-board accommodation in the mountain huts (breakfast and dinner).
Common safety equipment.
Trip organization and management.
Transfers to the starting point. Muntania could manage this service.
Beverages that are not included in the accommodations´ half-board menus.
Lunches (they will take place in the mountain).
Any change due to unexpected incidents (weather, etc.) that inquire in higher expenses than the ones budgeted for the client and the guide.
We begin the journey by accessing the National Park from Cavallers Valley. Skirting the Estany de Cavallers to gain height, we´ll reach the Ventosa and Calvell hut. From there, we will continue ascending util we get to Caldes Port. Then, we will descend to Colomers Cirque and on the banks of the Colomers Major Lake we will find the Hut.
Distance: 12 km. Elevation gain + 800m – 550m. Time: 6h
On the way to Port de Ratera, we will cross several ibones (mountain lakes) . Once we reach the Port de Ratera we will descend to the beautifully located Amitges hut. On the way we will catch some great views of Els Encantats (beautiful mountain) and the Estany de Sant Maurici.
Distance: 9 km. Elevation gain + 550m – 400m. Time: 4-5h
We will descend towards the Estany de Sant Maurici with the impressive views of Els Encantats in the background. We will ascend to the Monestero Col (2,877 m) and then descend to Estany Negre before we reach the mountain hut. The J.M.Blanc Hut is surrounded by ibones (mountain lakes) and mountains and is graced with a particular beauty.
Distance: 14, 5 km. Ascent elevation 850 m Descending descent 900 m Time 5-6 h
From the Col of Saburó we will pass the Colomina hut, and then we will cross a section of “carrilet”, an old construction that takes advantage of the relatively flat orography of this stretch full of lakes. Finally we will ascend Dellui hill until we reach the remote Estany Llong hut, an ideal place to relax away from civilization.
Distance: 18 km. Elevation gain + 700m – 800m. Time: 6-7h
On our last trekking day we have two options.
The first is to go down the main valley following the River of Sant Nicolau. The valley has a beautiful forest and the path is quite easygoing.
Distance short option: 5 km. Elevation gain +50 m -250 m. Time 2-3h
The second option is to ascend the Contraix Col (2.743 m) and then descend the Colieto Valley to the Ventosa and Calvell hut. From there, we would continue to our trip’s starting point. This section requires good snow conditions as the descent through the Contraix pass is a delicate place where some avalanche accidents have unfortunately occurred.
Distance: 14,5 km. Elevation gain + 800m – 1.100m. Time: 6-7 h
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.
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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