The second main section of the Ramat de Camins! From Àreu to the Ferrera valley, taking in the Cardós valley, the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the Àneu valleys and the legendary Bonaigua mountian pass before reaching Val d’Aran.
Duration: 7 days
Ascent/descent (approx): 5,160 m ascent; 5,140 m descent
Distance (approx): 104 Km
Recommended season: between May and October
Difficulty: medium (due to the length of the stages, rather than technical difficulty), but we can adapt stages to measure
Services offered: tell us your needs and we’ll plan your route to measure, book accommodation for you and provide all necessary information. We will do everything possible to ensure your trip is unforgettable. We can also contract a guide if required.
- Transport of baggage/equipment between accommodation
- 6 nights in charming accommodation (half board)
- 6 picnic lunches
- Transfer between the finish point for the trail and Àreu
- GPS Tracks for each stage
- A copy of Nou Viatge al Pirineu, the book which inspired the route
- A Ramat de Camins souvenir
- Basic Insurance
Prices in the region of
2 people – 610€ per person
4 people – 540€ per person
Basic itinerary (variations available, according to clients’ needs and preferences):
- Day 1: Arrival in Àreu by public transport or own vehicle. Welcome.
- Route: Arrival in the last village on the way for people making the ascent to the Pica d’Estats, the highest summit in Catalonia.
- Day 2: Into the Cardós valley, taking in the Tudela pass, a route used for the transhumance movement of livestock and boasting splendid views. From here it’s down to the bottom of the valley, passing through charming villages on the way.
- Route: Àreu – Coll de Tudela – Boldís Sobirà – Boldís Jussà – Ginestarre – Esterri de Cardós – Arrós de Cardós – Ainet de Cardós – Cassibrós – Ribera de Cardós.
- Day 3: Leaving behind the Cardós valley, it’s back into the main valley of the Noguera Pallaresa river. We’ll visit the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere del Burgal with its hermitages, and the walled village of Escaló.
- Route: Ribera de Cardós – Tormedo and Escolà barns – the tiny village of Bana – Coll de la Bana – Estaron – Sant Pere del Burgal – Escaló
- Day 4: From Escaló, into the Escrita valley, the gateway to the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. We’ll visit the Sant Maurici lake, the Ratera waterfall and a viewing point for the whole valley.
- Route: Escaló – Font del Planell – Castell de Llort – Espot –Sant Maurici lake – viewing point – Sant Maurici lake – Espot
- Day 5: Leaving behind the National Park we head into the heart of the Àneu valleys, the early part of the walk offering fine views from above. At the bottom of the valley we go through Mollerra d’Escalarre and its wetlands to do some birdwatching.
- Route: Espot – Estaís – Jou – La Guingueta – Escalarre – Esterri d’Àneu
- Day 6: Final day. Into the Aran valley via the legendary Bonaigua mountain pass, having first gone through the Mata de València, Catalonia’s largest fir tree forest.
- Route: Esterri d’Àneu – València d’Àneu – Gerdar de Sorpe – Mare de Déu de les Ares – Tredòs – Salardú
- Day 7: Return to Àreu by taxi.