Adventure to Andorra

Duration
7 days
goat guide
price
£1250

DATES Sat 8th June 2024
- Sat 15th June 2024

7 nights

June is the perfect time to walk in the Pyrenees. It is before the summer season and trails will be quiet for us to explore the fantastic Andorran Pyrenees and even swim in mountain lakes. We walk up to the French border and walk on the trails used by people escaping across borders. It is beautiful wild landscapes and at this time of year with lots of alpine flowers. Do join us for some really fantastic walking.

SUMMARY

Date:  Saturday June 8th to Saturday June 15th

Guide: Nicola Archer our local guide

Walking Grade: 2 Goats. There will be options to do more stretching walks.

Base: Hotel Coma an old favourite of WalkingWomen, situated in Ordino in the heart of the Pyrenees. It is a walk into the small town where there are lots of cafes and restaurants. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool (open weather permitting) and gardens for sitting and looking at the mountains.

Arrivals: Fly to Barcelona to arrive for a group transfer leaving at approximately 3pm. The journey is about a 3 hour drive to our hotel in Ordino. We arrive for a welcome briefing and dinner together at the hotel.

Departures: For the return journey we will leave the hotel after breakfast so return flights best booked after 3pm on Sat June 15th. The journey is about 3 hours from Ordino to Barcelona Airport. A group airport transfer is included in the price.

If you need to travel at different times or to a different location there is a local bus service which is very good Andorra Bus Service

Price: £1250 per person for this holiday to include:

  • Ensuite accommodation with breakfast and dinner each night
  • Lunches on 5 walking days
  • Group airport Transfer to and from Barcelona
  • Tourist Tax
  • Experienced local english speaking guide
  • Local transport required for walks
  • One day excursion

Not included:

  • Travel to Barcelona
  • Additional drinks
  • One lunch on free day

If you are sharing a room the price will be £1060 per person.

 

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DETAILS

This holiday is located in the picturesque town of Ordino which is home to museums and the starting point of many varied walks to explore the Andorra side of the Pyrenees and surrounding area. Our walks will give you a spectacular introduction to Andorra, or if you have been before, a chance to rediscover this beautiful country.

In June you will see alpine spring flowers.

Our hotel is known for charming Andorran hospitality and traditional cuisine. It has a swimming pool, tennis courts and has a restaurant and a beautiful terrace with views of the mountains. The pool may not be open in June (it depends on the weather).

There is an indoor sports centre a 10 minute walk away which was well used last year. It is open from 7am in the morning until 8pm sometimes later. There is a large pool and spa facilities including an ice bucket!

ITINERARY

The itinerary may change depending on the weather and at the discretion of our guide. Every day we discuss with the group. The walks are to give those that stay on for 2 weeks the chance to explore more and have options to climb higher and stretch more. There are lots of options for shorter and longer walks.

The walks give you an opportunity to explore this wonderful area and will be a variation of the first weeks walks. There will be a free day and options for excursions to explore more of the area.

Day 1 Saturday : Arrival in Andorra – settle in to your hotel, meet the guide and have a pre dinner briefing about the week. Dinner together  at the hotel.

Day 2: Esbalçat Lake and Peak Ascent 200m to the lake at 2300m 3.5km and on to the peak another 400m climb to 2683m and  3km

We walk to a glacial lake with high mountain flora, views of the valley and a very pretty lake. It is an easy walk to the lake following the side of the mountain but there is a  steep walk down to the road at the bottom of the valley. The walk to the peak has some steep parts but offers wonderful views of the Ordino Valley – we will walk at a steady pace. For those that prefer not to there is the option to rest and wait.

Day 3: Llacs and Bassiets peaks 400m ascent to 2692m 3.6km . There is an option to walk higher ascending 700m and longer to 2777 m 8km 

We walk on the Spanish border. The bus leaves us on the Cabus Pass right on the frontier. We walk to the  Llacs peak with an option to follow the ridge to Bassiets into Spain.

This area has a lot of wildlife because not many people walk in this area. Animals we could possibly see are Isards, Muflons, Vultures, Eagles, Ptarmigans.

Day 4: Siscaro Lake 600m.10km. We walk the Incles Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Andorra. Our path follows the stream with waterfalls, marsh land and lakes with a wonderful variety of flora along the way.

Day 5: Rest day with an offer of an excursion or day to relax at the hotel

Day 6: Serrera Peak – this is a long days walk to give some challenge but also options of making shorter and returning after 500m ascent for those who would rather not climb to the peak. Total climb is 800m + 200m with a distance of 10km. 

The Serrera peak is 2913 meters high and is one of the 5 over 2900 meter-mountains in Andorra. It is on the French Andorran frontier in the north of Andorra.

The walk starts at the end of Ransol valley, the path follows the stream with its water falls to the lakes of Meners. Meners means mines because this was where the most important iron mines were in Andorra. The first mine started in 1604 and the last mine closed in 1891. These mines could only be mined in summer because in winter it was impossible due to the snow.  The mines are situated around the Collada dels Meners at 2700 meters and on our way to the peak, we pass this col and can see a miners hut which has been restored  and can see where the mine entrances are but have been covered over after all these years. From the col we have 200 meters to the top of the Pic de la Serrera (meaning saw, the peak is a long ridge looking like a saw). From the peak on a clear day we can see Toulouse or Carcassonne and towards Spain to the pre Pyrenean hills, as well as down into the beautiful Sorteny Natural Park.

Day 7: Final walk day Pessons lakes 300m with an addiitonal 300m optional ascent . Total distance 9km

A string of 7 lakes nestling amongst the granite boulders and surrounded by majestic jagged peaks.  The walk starts in the ski resort of Grau Roig and winds up through the woods before coming out at the first of the seven lakes.  Here there is a mountain hut which serves food and drinks on a large terrace overlooking the lake.  The path continues over boulders and streams, past interesting flora and marmots can often be heard and spotted.   All the small glacial lakes are quite close to each other and the path takes a route around them.This is a great walk for mountain flowers and high mountain birds. We do a round trip.

CALL 01784 664063 – EMAIL CONTACTUS@WALKINGWOMEN.COM

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Adventure to Andorra
DATES Sat 8th June 2024
- Sat 15th June 2024






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