trip duration TRIP DURATION
7 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Pyrenees
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
10 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Sustained
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified

Description

Give me seven days and I will take you to the top of the Catalan Pyrenees! The ultimate hike to Pica d´Estats (3,143m) will give you unparalleled vistas from the coveted summit of this incredible Catalan and French mountain!

Within the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, you will find gorgeous blue mountain lakes beside lush valleys, high mountain passes between spectacular ridges of some of the range´s highest peaks. It really is a unique landscape with plenty of beauty to marvel at.

Among the numerous lakes dotting the mountainside, you will behold the Certascan, the largest natural lake on the Pyrenees´ southern side. Add to this the tallest peak in the Catalan part of the range, and you have yourself set up for one magnificent adventure!

The duration of our trip will maximize your experience and satisfy every aspect of the adventure. From local villages and lakes to mountain passes and summits, you will take your time truly appreciating the culture of the Pyrenees.

I am an expert in this park and in this region, so I will happily guide you through anything and everything you could possibly want – or need – to know. I can give you a perfect Pyrenees experience that you will never forget!

Book this program IMMEDIATELY and spend seven days touring the unrivaled country and the most prized peak of the Catalan Pyrenees!

I can also show you the beauty and magic of Andorra on a four-day hike! Or we can dive into the culture and history of the Freedom Trail in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park hike!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Barcelona

We will meet in Barcelona as coordinated, and from there spend 4- to 5-hours travelling to Tavascan.

Day 2

Tavascan

We will spend today touring the surrounding area of Tavascan. This will be a mild walk in intensity, so we can get accustomed to the region. You will see local villages and conifer forests on our way to visiting a trout farm to delve into the rich daily life of this unique land.

After about 6 hours and climbing roughly 800m in altitude, we will return to our accommodations.

Day 3

Certascan Lake

After breakfast, we will head to the most impressive lake in the Catalan Pyrenees. Certascan is the largest in this region, and the surrounding land will expose you to historical shepherd huts – bordes – where cattle and feed were stored in a previous time.

This day is fairly lengthy, climbing 1,240m in elevation over about 7 hours before heading back to Tavascan for the evening.

OPTIONAL: For ambitious hikers, we can head for the summit of Certascan and add an additional 1.5 hours to the trip.

Day 4

Ventolau Peak

The circular journey on this day will take us to two summits along the same ridge line: the Ventolau (2,853m) and the Coma del Forn (2,685m). From here, you will take in the incredible panorama with exposed lakes below.

Our day ends with local sausage and cheese paired with regional wine. The perfect way to end a 6.5-hour hike of 1,260m in elevation gain.

Day 5

Ferrera Valley

This penultimate hike will move us from Tavascan to the Vall Ferrera Mountain Hut by day´s end. Over the course of 7 hours, we will pass by a stunning glacial lake along trails of alpine forest. The valley itself is as fantastic as the mountains surrounding it.

Day 6

Pica d´Estats

Our mission reaches its goal on this day, where we will hike to the summit of Pica d´Estats at 3,143 meters. It is the highest point in Catalonia and Ariege (France). The final leg of the trek is challenging, and the views from the top are what dreams are made of.

The last night will feature a congratulatory and farewell dinner at a hotel in Alins, a reward for a hike of 8.5 hours and an increase of more than 1,400m in total elevation.

Day 7

Return to Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel, we will return to Barcelona after culminating an unbelievable journey!

Next departures:

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
20/10/2018 to 26/10/2018

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
Price does NOT include flights, travel insurance, personal gear and equipmenet, personal food and drink(s), all optional activities that are not marked ¨included.¨

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
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Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

We will meet in Barcelona.

Accommodation

We will spend 5 nights in hotels and one night in a mountain hut.

More info

There is a minimum of five (5) participants to guarantee program departure.

If you have another date that fits your schedule, please contact me and we can discuss other options.

If necessary, I can advise you on what personal gear and equipment you will need for our trek. I can send you a list upon booking.

Disclaimer

The guide reserves the right to adjust and alter the trip as necessary to guarantee the safety and satisfaction of the program.

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