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Hiking In Andorra

Lush green valleys painted with wild flowers and pointed, jagged, rounded, rolling, in fact every type of mountain you can imagine!

From£1,029

  • Andorra

  • 7, 14 nights
  • Flora

  • May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

Moderate Challenging

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Challenging

Grade 8

Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.

Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.

Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Choose between coming for one or two weeks!
  • Find and photograph some of Europe’s rarest and most colourful mountain flora.
  • Ramble amongst the beautiful meadows in Sorteny.
  • Walk into the glorious unspoiled Val Madriu, now a World Heritage Site.

Lush green valleys sprinkled with wild flowers and every type of mountain you can imagine! The faint sound of cow bells ringing in the distance and cosy wooden chalets dotted on the mountainside. Walkers with smiles on their faces can only mean one thing; you have arrived in Andorra.

With our one or two week holiday durations to choose from there is so much to see on the trails Andorra has to offer! Our two differing itineraries simply ensure that should you come for two weeks you will not walk the same path twice.

These magnificent peaks reach 3000m into the sky all along the French/Spanish border providing a photogenic backdrop as we explore the remote quiet valleys and the secluded mountain lakes that make up the modestly small section that is Andorra.

The gentle Val de Incles offers a range of quiet rambles in alpine scenery, where we can trek up rough paths to admire the many stunningly situated mountain lakes. Reaching the grand, unspoilt Val Madriu, a World Heritage Site, will require more, well rewarded, effort!

The gondola lift from Encamp and high mountain roads allow easy access to high terrain at over 2000m with moderate effort giving us more time to bask in the wide mountain views we have come all this way to gaze upon. A number of historic Romanesque churches with unique frescos can also be visited.

On rest days it is possible to visit the Spanish town of La Seu d'Urgell however there is much more to be discovered in the ‘Country of the Pyrenees’ than the shoppers or skiers ever imagined and it's best done on foot! In the summer, when the skiers have gone home, Andorra offers fantastic walking; from high mountain lakes and through dramatic valleys which are often undersold, unknown and overlooked by the walking masses. Walking that is wonderfully varied and most importantly memorable!

The week of 30 May will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flowers and plants. From 6 June onwards, you can enjoy our two walks, two leaders, two grades option where you can choose to walk at either grade 6 or 8 each day.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board en suite accommodation with breakfasts and dinner in hotel and packed lunches
  • Two walks, two leaders, two grades on most dates
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

 Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Orchids in Sorteny
  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

We start in Sorteny with a gentle walk through woods before opening into the beautiful Rialb valley. It will be carpeted in orchids, gentians and wild tulips. We continue to follow the river upstream to find snowbells where late-lying patches of snow are just melting. After a leisurely lunch, return by the same route and minibus back.

Day 3

The Valley of Daffodils

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From the top of Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area awash with daffodils (the national flower) we climb on a stony track and paths alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the manned refuge at the first Juclar lake. We can expect to see plenty of orchids, butterwort, white Pyrenean buttercup and xatardia scabra. We return to the start and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

Day 4

The Mountain of Crocuses

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

From the eastern valley of Arinsal we walk up a good GR track to the spectacular coma (cirque) which surrounds the meadows of the Pla de l’Estany. The highest mountains, including the Pic de Coma Pedrosa, tower above. We will find dog’s- tooth violets, crocuses, St Bernard’s lily and several types of orchid. After a rest, we will return by a higher, narrow path through woods and meadows before descending steeply to Arinsal.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Meadows of Orchids

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

From above Canillo we follow a path which contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up on the eastern side of the stream to reach the open meadows. There are many gentians as we walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge. This is a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends through woods and fields into the main valley. The damp meadows beside the path are filled with orchids. We reach the main road at l’Aldosa from where the public bus can be taken, or the walk can continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’. We can stop at Canillo or even carry on to Meritxell, the public bus within easy reach at these points.

Day 7

In Hunt of the Rare Ramonda Myconii

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/800m

The main aim of this walk is to find the rare ramonda myconii, which grows on a few shaded rocks here. From Sabadell, just above Andorra la Vella we follow the stony GR7 path up through woods to our ‘goal’. Then we continued over a couple of collets with excellent views of the busy valley far below. Our lunch stop will be in a high meadow, before we make our way down to Sant Juilá, the southernmost town.

Day 8

Goodbye Andorra

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onward to home.

From (GBP)£1,549

Departure dates for your selected tour

30th May 2021 - 13th Jun 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Cabana Sorda Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/700m

Both groups will take transport to the top of the beautiful Val d’Incles, then walk together for the first hour. We follow a stony path beside a stream then climb to the Cabana Sorda lake and unmanned refuge. From here we continue on a contouring path to the Salamandres lakes for lunch and a possible swim. Our descent from Estany de Querol (the largest of these lakes) goes through woods and arrives at El Tarter from where we take transport home.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1200m

From the Cabana Sorda the grade 8 walk begins to climb steeply on the GRP to the col at 2600m and from there along a fine ridge to our peak on the French border. Returning to the col for lunch, we then continue along the ridge before making an easy descent to the Salamandres lakes. The rest of the walk down to El Tarter follows the Grade 6 route.

Day 3

The Old Tramway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/1000m

Both groups will be walking in this World Heritage protected area of outstanding beauty. From the Engolasters lake the grade 6 walk follows the GR11 path along the route of an old tramway as it contours above the main valley, with excellent views of the bustle far below. We then climb on a stony path to the Col de Javell and get our first glimpse into the Val de Madriu. The path now descends gently into this valley with its beautiful alpine meadows to a refuge. Some may like to continue further into the valley, but return to this point. Then we have a long descent on a stony mule-track to Escaldes in the main valley.

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    870/1370m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the refuge. Just beyond here we take a steep path, passing a refuge, to reach the Collada de Maina. The Pic de Maina (2519m) is an easy optional extra from the col. The descent is similar to the grade 6 option, but with much steeper options.

Day 4

Tristania Lakes or Pic de l'Estanyo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/800m

We start our walk from Arcalis on the unspoiled side of the valley with an easy climb to the beautiful Tristania Lakes. You may walk to one, two or all three of these before we make our way down, following the line of the stream. The valley opens out into meadows then a quiet path takes us to the village of El Serrat and a chance of a drink at a bar before travelling home.

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1000m

The grade 8 walk ascends Pic de l’Estanyo (2915m) which involves scrambling along a narrow, rocky ridge and can only be done safely in good weather - light wind and no lying snow. We start in a nature reserve surrounded by high ridges, with an easy path along and beside a jeep-track, reaching a refuge before crossing the stream. We begin to climb through woods and then meadows to the glacial lake. This is followed by a steep ascent to Pic de l’Estanyo. After admiring the views, an hour and a half of scrambling follows, with occasional stops to enjoy the breath-taking vista. This ridge is similar in character to Striding Edge or Crib Goch. When we reach the end of the ridge, we descend from a col over a scree/boulder field, back to the lake and then retrace our outward path to the car park.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Pic de Casamanya

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/800m

Pic de Casamanya. Although the full ascent of 750m is at the top of grade 6, this is a very attractive walk and allows for people to stop before the summit whilst still achieving an excellent viewpoint of all the surrounding peaks. From the Col d’Ordino we climb up through woods and then onto open hillside. After 500m of ascent the path becomes stony and there is some loose scree. The summit, 2739m, is a fantastic point from which to see virtually the whole of Andorra. Our descent takes us back on the outward path initially, but we can take an easy contouring path into the valley to the east and then walk through pleasant meadows to the road and the minibus.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1500m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the grade 6 walk to the first peak. From here we take the Serra de Sauvata ridge which takes in two further peaks before coming down a grassy slope to the valley between us and our outward route. Crossing the Col d’Ordino we continue down through fields and farms to the main valley near Meritxell.

Day 7

The Pessons Lakes

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/700m

This beautiful walk to the Pessons lakes has an ‘out and back’ section, which allows you to shorten it if you want. From Grau Roig we walk up through woods to the first of the Pessons Lakes. The GR7 then leads us over stony ground through a ribbon of delightful lakes surrounded by high peaks. We can go as far as we choose before settling for lunch and a swim opportunity. We retrace our steps to the first lake and the bar before continuing on the GRP path through meadows and some ski installations. Marmots are always heard and usually seen here. Our walk ends at Bordes d’Envalira.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    840/960m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the Grade 6 through the ribbon of lakes, but extends to climb the ‘back-wall’ of the coma (cirque) to the fantastic viewpoint of the Pic dels Pessons (2864m).

Day 8

Goodbye Andorra

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onwards to home.

From (GBP)£1,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020 (7 Nights)

13th Jun 2021 - 20th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

11th Jul 2021 - 18th Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

15th Aug 2021 - 22nd Aug 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Upto the Juclar Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

We start in the Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area. We climb on a stony track alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the refuge at the first Juclar lake. The path continues over rocky ground, with some easy scrambling and a short rock-step with a fixed rope, to the second lake. Here we may have lunch and a swim in the spectacular setting. We return to our starting point and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1000m

The grade 8 walk in the same area is circular but crosses the border into France. As we descend there are three further lakes in beautiful scenery as well as the Estanys de Fontargent.

Day 3

The High Ground of Pic de Maia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From Port d’Envalira at 2400m a gentle climb on a jeep track will take us to the Pic de Maia (2615m) from where we strike out across the high ground and along a ridge to the Col Port Dret. After crossing this we will descend to the Siscaro lakes. The path zig-zags down through loose scree to our lunch stop at the lakes, giving another chance for a swim.    Afterwards we make a long and gentle descent with some excellent views, arriving at Soldeu.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1200m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the Col Port Dret. We then follow a switchback ridge with several peaks over 2700m, before meeting the French border and making a small detour to Pic de la Cabanetta. We descend steeply towards the Siscaro lakes then continue gently down through woods to the main valley at Soldeu.

Day 4

To the Unmanned Refuge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

A walk that can vary in length according to your choice. From Canillo our path contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up beside of the stream to reach the open meadows and walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge, a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends into the main valley at l’Aldosa. The walk can end here or continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1050m

The grade 8 walk starts in the same way, but ascends to the Pic de la Torradella (2548m) which dominates its surroundings and gives a fine viewpoint. There is no clear path to the ridge. On the ridge itself there is some easy scrambling before the descent into a classic hanging valley.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Portella de Rialb

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1000m

From Arcalis we climb steadily beside a stream and then over more open ground to the Portella de Rialb with wonderful views. We then descend into the Rialb valley and walk gently down through the meadows, passing an unmanned refuge, before coming into woods and reaching a car park. The walk can finish here, or we may continue down a steeper woodland path to El Serrat and a bar.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1400m

The grade 8 walk is similar but takes in the French border and Pic de la Font Blanca (2903m). Here the ridge is narrow and stony in places and gives a fine sense of ‘mountaineering’ with fabulous views from the summit.

Day 7

Surrounded by Giants

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

This is a lovely walk to the Pla de l’Estany is surrounded by the highest mountains in Andorra. We begin with a steep climb from Arinsal, largely shaded, before reaching a high meadow. The path then contours through the trees to arrive at the collet de Font Podrida, which overlooks a huge basin surrounded by mountains - a coma or cirque. We descend on the GRP and GR11 tracks back to Arinsal.

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1600m

For our Grade 8 Coma Pedrosa at 2942m is the BIG ONE and presents a significant challenge, with a long approach walk, a technically demanding climb and a long, steep descent. This grade 8 walk is only possible in good weather and with no significant lying snow. From Port de Cabus on the western border with Spain we walk along the border ridge towards Pic de Port Negre and past Pic del Port Vel to a col at Portella de Sanfonts. From here we descend steeply into the Coma Pedrosa valley before beginning our final climb. We reach Estany Negre and then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. This is not difficult, but requires scrambling and a good head for heights. At the summit cairn we will be rewarded with a fantastic vista and a great sense of achievement. The descent is either down the ridge or through a scree-run just behind, to the lake and on to the manned refuge far below.

Day 8

Goodbye Andorra

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onwards to home.

From (GBP)£1,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

23rd Aug 2020 - 30th Aug 2020 (7 Nights)

6th Jun 2021 - 13th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

18th Jul 2021 - 25th Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

22nd Aug 2021 - 29th Aug 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Orchids of Sorteny

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

We start in Sorteny with a gentle walk through woods before opening into the beautiful Rialb valley. It will be carpeted in orchids, gentians and wild tulips. We continue to follow the river upstream to find snowbells where late-lying patches of snow are just melting. After a leisurely lunch, return by the same route and minibus back.

Day 3

The Valley of Daffodils

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From the top of Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area awash with daffodils (the national flower) we climb on a stony track and paths alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the manned refuge at the first Juclar lake. We can expect to see plenty of orchids, butterwort, white Pyrenean buttercup and xatardia scabra. We return to the start and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

Day 4

The Mountain of Crocuses

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

From the eastern valley of Arinsal we walk up a good GR track to the spectacular coma (cirque) which surrounds the meadows of the Pla de l’Estany. The highest mountains, including the Pic de Coma Pedrosa, tower above. We will find dog’s- tooth violets, crocuses, St Bernard’s lily and several types of orchid. After a rest, we will return by a higher, narrow path through woods and meadows before descending steeply to Arinsal

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Meadow of Orchids

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

From above Canillo we follow a path which contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up on the eastern side of the stream to reach the open meadows. There are many gentians as we walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge. This is a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends through woods and fields into the main valley. The damp meadows beside the path are filled with orchids. We reach the main road at l’Aldosa from where the public bus can be taken, or the walk can continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’. We can stop at Canillo or even carry on to Meritxell, the public bus within easy reach at these points.

Day 7

In Hunt of the Rare Ramonda Myconii

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/800m

The main aim of this walk is to find the rare ramonda myconii, which grows on a few shaded rocks here. From Sabadell, just above Andorra la Vella we follow the stony GR7 path up through woods to our ‘goal’. Then we continued over a couple of collets with excellent views of the busy valley far below. Our lunch stop will be in a high meadow, before we make our way down to Sant Juilá, the southernmost town.

Day 8

Change Over Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a transfer day where our one week holiday guests arrive and go home. One leader will go to the airport to say goodbyes and welcomes and the second leader will stay and leader a Grade 6 walk.

Day 9

Upto the Juclar Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

We start in the Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area. We climb on a stony track alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the refuge at the first Juclar lake. The path continues over rocky ground, with some easy scrambling and a short rock-step with a fixed rope, to the second lake. Here we may have lunch and a swim in the spectacular setting. We return to our starting point and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1000m

The grade 8 walk in the same area is circular but crosses the border into France. As we descend there are three further lakes in beautiful scenery as well as the Estanys de Fontargent.

Day 10

The High Ground of Pic de Maia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From Port d’Envalira at 2400m a gentle climb on a jeep track will take us to the Pic de Maia (2615m) from where we strike out across the high ground and along a ridge to the Col Port Dret. After crossing this we will descend to the Siscaro lakes. The path zig-zags down through loose scree to our lunch stop at the lakes, giving another chance for a swim.    Afterwards we make a long and gentle descent with some excellent views, arriving at Soldeu.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1200m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the Col Port Dret. We then follow a switchback ridge with several peaks over 2700m, before meeting the French border and making a small detour to Pic de la Cabanetta. We descend steeply towards the Siscaro lakes then continue gently down through woods to the main valley at Soldeu.

Day 11

To the Unmanned Refuge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

A walk that can vary in length according to your choice. From Canillo our path contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up beside of the stream to reach the open meadows and walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge, a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends into the main valley at l’Aldosa. The walk can end here or continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1050m

The grade 8 walk starts in the same way, but ascends to the Pic de la Torradella (2548m) which dominates its surroundings and gives a fine viewpoint. There is no clear path to the ridge. On the ridge itself there is some easy scrambling before the descent into a classic hanging valley.

Day 12

Free Day

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 13

Portella de Rialb

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1000m

From Arcalis we climb steadily beside a stream and then over more open ground to the Portella de Rialb with wonderful views. We then descend into the Rialb valley and walk gently down through the meadows, passing an unmanned refuge, before coming into woods and reaching a car park. The walk can finish here, or we may continue down a steeper woodland path to El Serrat and a bar.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1400m

The grade 8 walk is similar but takes in the French border and Pic de la Font Blanca (2903m). Here the ridge is narrow and stony in places and gives a fine sense of ‘mountaineering’ with fabulous views from the summit.

Day 14

Surrounded by Giants

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

This is a lovely walk to the Pla de l’Estany is surrounded by the highest mountains in Andorra. We begin with a steep climb from Arinsal, largely shaded, before reaching a high meadow. The path then contours through the trees to arrive at the collet de Font Podrida, which overlooks a huge basin surrounded by mountains - a coma or cirque. We descend on the GRP and GR11 tracks back to Arinsal.

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1600m

Coma Pedrosa at 2942m is the BIG ONE and presents a significant challenge, with a long approach walk, a technically demanding climb and a long, steep descent. This grade 8 walk is only possible in good weather and with no significant lying snow. From Port de Cabus on the western border with Spain we walk along the border ridge towards Pic de Port Negre and past Pic del Port Vel to a col at Portella de Sanfonts. From here we descend steeply into the Coma Pedrosa valley before beginning our final climb. We reach Estany Negre and then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. This is not difficult, but requires scrambling and a good head for heights. At the summit cairn we will be rewarded with a fantastic vista and a great sense of achievement. The descent is either down the ridge or through a scree-run just behind, to the lake and on to the manned refuge far below.

From (GBP)£1,029

Departure dates for your selected tour

30th May 2021 - 6th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Upto the Juclar Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

We start in the Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area. We climb on a stony track alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the refuge at the first Juclar lake. The path continues over rocky ground, with some easy scrambling and a short rock-step with a fixed rope, to the second lake. Here we may have lunch and a swim in the spectacular setting. We return to our starting point and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1000m

The grade 8 walk in the same area is circular but crosses the border into France. As we descend there are three further lakes in beautiful scenery as well as the Estanys de Fontargent.

Day 3

The High Ground of Pic de Maia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From Port d’Envalira at 2400m a gentle climb on a jeep track will take us to the Pic de Maia (2615m) from where we strike out across the high ground and along a ridge to the Col Port Dret. After crossing this we will descend to the Siscaro lakes. The path zig-zags down through loose scree to our lunch stop at the lakes, giving another chance for a swim. Afterwards we make a long and gentle descent with some excellent views, arriving at Soldeu.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1200m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the Col Port Dret. We then follow a switchback ridge with several peaks over 2700m, before meeting the French border and making a small detour to Pic de la Cabanetta. We descend steeply towards the Siscaro lakes then continue gently down through woods to the main valley at Soldeu.

Day 4

To the Unmanned Refuge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

A walk that can vary in length according to your choice. From Canillo our path contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up beside of the stream to reach the open meadows and walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge, a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends into the main valley at l’Aldosa. The walk can end here or continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1050m

The grade 8 walk starts in the same way, but ascends to the Pic de la Torradella (2548m) which dominates its surroundings and gives a fine viewpoint. There is no clear path to the ridge. On the ridge itself there is some easy scrambling before the descent into a classic hanging valley.

Day 5

Free Day

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Portella de Rialb

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1000m

From Arcalis we climb steadily beside a stream and then over more open ground to the Portella de Rialb with wonderful views. We then descend into the Rialb valley and walk gently down through the meadows, passing an unmanned refuge, before coming into woods and reaching a car park. The walk can finish here, or we may continue down a steeper woodland path to El Serrat and a bar.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1400m

The grade 8 walk is similar but takes in the French border and Pic de la Font Blanca (2903m). Here the ridge is narrow and stony in places and gives a fine sense of ‘mountaineering’ with fabulous views from the summit.

Day 7

Surrounded by Giants

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

This is a lovely walk to the Pla de l’Estany is surrounded by the highest mountains in Andorra. We begin with a steep climb from Arinsal, largely shaded, before reaching a high meadow. The path then contours through the trees to arrive at the collet de Font Podrida, which overlooks a huge basin surrounded by mountains - a coma or cirque. We descend on the GRP and GR11 tracks back to Arinsal.

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1600m

Coma Pedrosa at 2942m is the BIG ONE and presents a significant challenge, with a long approach walk, a technically demanding climb and a long, steep descent. This grade 8 walk is only possible in good weather and with no significant lying snow. From Port de Cabus on the western border with Spain we walk along the border ridge towards Pic de Port Negre and past Pic del Port Vel to a col at Portella de Sanfonts. From here we descend steeply into the Coma Pedrosa valley before beginning our final climb. We reach Estany Negre and then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. This is not difficult, but requires scrambling and a good head for heights. At the summit cairn we will be rewarded with a fantastic vista and a great sense of achievement. The descent is either down the ridge or through a scree-run just behind, to the lake and on to the manned refuge far below.

Day 8

Change Over Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a transfer day where our one week holiday guests arrive and go home. One leader will go to the airport to say goodbyes and welcomes and the second leader will stay and leader a Grade 6 walk.

Day 9

Cabana Sorda Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/700m

Both groups will take transport to the top of the beautiful Val d’Incles, then walk together for the first hour. We follow a stony path beside a stream then climb to the Cabana Sorda lake and unmanned refuge. From here we continue on a contouring path to the Salamandres lakes for lunch and a possible swim. Our descent from Estany de Querol (the largest of these lakes) goes through woods and arrives at El Tarter from where we take transport home.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1200m

From the Cabana Sorda the grade 8 walk begins to climb steeply on the GRP to the col at 2600m and from there along a fine ridge to our peak on the French border. Returning to the col for lunch, we then continue along the ridge before making an easy descent to the Salamandres lakes. The rest of the walk down to El Tarter follows the Grade 6 route.

Day 10

The Old Tramway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/1000m

Both groups will be walking in this World Heritage protected area of outstanding beauty. From the Engolasters lake the grade 6 walk follows the GR11 path along the route of an old tramway as it contours above the main valley, with excellent views of the bustle far below. We then climb on a stony path to the Col de Javell and get our first glimpse into the Val de Madriu. The path now descends gently into this valley with its beautiful alpine meadows to a refuge. Some may like to continue further into the valley, but return to this point. Then we have a long descent on a stony mule-track to Escaldes in the main valley.

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    870/1370m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the refuge. Just beyond here we take a steep path, passing a refuge, to reach the Collada de Maina. The Pic de Maina (2519m) is an easy optional extra from the col. The descent is similar to the grade 6 option, but with much steeper options.

Day 11

Tristania Lakes or Pic de l'Estanyo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/800m

We start our walk from Arcalis on the unspoiled side of the valley with an easy climb to the beautiful Tristania Lakes. You may walk to one, two or all three of these before we make our way down, following the line of the stream. The valley opens out into meadows then a quiet path takes us to the village of El Serrat and a chance of a drink at a bar before travelling home.

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1000m

The grade 8 walk ascends Pic de l’Estanyo (2915m) which involves scrambling along a narrow, rocky ridge and can only be done safely in good weather - light wind and no lying snow. We start in a nature reserve surrounded by high ridges, with an easy path along and beside a jeep-track, reaching a refuge before crossing the stream. We begin to climb through woods and then meadows to the glacial lake. This is followed by a steep ascent to Pic de l’Estanyo. After admiring the views, an hour and a half of scrambling follows, with occasional stops to enjoy the breath-taking vista. This ridge is similar in character to Striding Edge or Crib Goch. When we reach the end of the ridge, we descend from a col over a scree/boulder field, back to the lake and then retrace our outward path to the car park.

Day 12

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 13

Pic de Casamanya

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/800m

Although the full ascent of 750m is at the top of grade 6, this is a very attractive walk and allows for people to stop before the summit whilst still achieving an excellent viewpoint of all the surrounding peaks. From the Col d’Ordino we climb up through woods and then onto open hillside. After 500m of ascent the path becomes stony and there is some loose scree. The summit, 2739m, is a fantastic point from which to see virtually the whole of Andorra. Our descent takes us back on the outward path initially, but we can take an easy contouring path into the valley to the east and then walk through pleasant meadows to the road and the minibus.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1500m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the grade 6 walk to the first peak. From here we take the Serra de Sauvata ridge which takes in two further peaks before coming down a grassy slope to the valley between us and our outward route. Crossing the Col d’Ordino we continue down through fields and farms to the main valley near Meritxell.

Day 14

The Pessons Lakes

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/700m

This beautiful walk to the Pessons lakes has an ‘out and back’ section, which allows you to shorten it if you want. From Grau Roig we walk up through woods to the first of the Pessons Lakes. The GR7 then leads us over stony ground through a ribbon of delightful lakes surrounded by high peaks. We can go as far as we choose before settling for lunch and a swim opportunity. We retrace our steps to the first lake and the bar before continuing on the GRP path through meadows and some ski installations. Marmots are always heard and usually seen here. Our walk ends at Bordes d’Envalira.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    840/960m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the Grade 6 through the ribbon of lakes, but extends to climb the ‘back-wall’ of the coma (cirque) to the fantastic viewpoint of the Pic dels Pessons (2864m).

Day 15

Goodbye Andorra

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onwards to home.

From (GBP)£1,695

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Jun 2021 - 20th Jun 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Andorra

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2

Cabana Sorda Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/700m

Both groups will take transport to the top of the beautiful Val d’Incles, then walk together for the first hour. We follow a stony path beside a stream then climb to the Cabana Sorda lake and unmanned refuge. From here we continue on a contouring path to the Salamandres lakes for lunch and a possible swim. Our descent from Estany de Querol (the largest of these lakes) goes through woods and arrives at El Tarter from where we take transport home.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1200m

From the Cabana Sorda the grade 8 walk begins to climb steeply on the GRP to the col at 2600m and from there along a fine ridge to our peak on the French border. Returning to the col for lunch, we then continue along the ridge before making an easy descent to the Salamandres lakes. The rest of the walk down to El Tarter follows the Grade 6 route.

Day 3

The Old Tramway

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/1000m

Both groups will be walking in this World Heritage protected area of outstanding beauty. From the Engolasters lake the grade 6 walk follows the GR11 path along the route of an old tramway as it contours above the main valley, with excellent views of the bustle far below. We then climb on a stony path to the Col de Javell and get our first glimpse into the Val de Madriu. The path now descends gently into this valley with its beautiful alpine meadows to a refuge. Some may like to continue further into the valley, but return to this point. Then we have a long descent on a stony mule-track to Escaldes in the main valley.

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    870/1370m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the refuge. Just beyond here we take a steep path, passing a refuge, to reach the Collada de Maina. The Pic de Maina (2519m) is an easy optional extra from the col. The descent is similar to the grade 6 option, but with much steeper options.

Day 4

Tristania Lakes or Pic de l'Estanyo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/800m

We start our walk from Arcalis on the unspoiled side of the valley with an easy climb to the beautiful Tristania Lakes. You may walk to one, two or all three of these before we make our way down, following the line of the stream. The valley opens out into meadows then a quiet path takes us to the village of El Serrat and a chance of a drink at a bar before travelling home.

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1000m

The grade 8 walk ascends Pic de l’Estanyo (2915m) which involves scrambling along a narrow, rocky ridge and can only be done safely in good weather - light wind and no lying snow. We start in a nature reserve surrounded by high ridges, with an easy path along and beside a jeep-track, reaching a refuge before crossing the stream. We begin to climb through woods and then meadows to the glacial lake. This is followed by a steep ascent to Pic de l’Estanyo. After admiring the views, an hour and a half of scrambling follows, with occasional stops to enjoy the breath-taking vista. This ridge is similar in character to Striding Edge or Crib Goch. When we reach the end of the ridge, we descend from a col over a scree/boulder field, back to the lake and then retrace our outward path to the car park.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 6

Pic de Casamanya

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/800m

Although the full ascent of 750m is at the top of grade 6, this is a very attractive walk and allows for people to stop before the summit whilst still achieving an excellent viewpoint of all the surrounding peaks. From the Col d’Ordino we climb up through woods and then onto open hillside. After 500m of ascent the path becomes stony and there is some loose scree. The summit, 2739m, is a fantastic point from which to see virtually the whole of Andorra. Our descent takes us back on the outward path initially, but we can take an easy contouring path into the valley to the east and then walk through pleasant meadows to the road and the minibus.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1500m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the grade 6 walk to the first peak. From here we take the Serra de Sauvata ridge which takes in two further peaks before coming down a grassy slope to the valley between us and our outward route. Crossing the Col d’Ordino we continue down through fields and farms to the main valley near Meritxell.

Day 7

The Pessons Lakes

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/700m

This beautiful walk to the Pessons lakes has an ‘out and back’ section, which allows you to shorten it if you want. From Grau Roig we walk up through woods to the first of the Pessons Lakes. The GR7 then leads us over stony ground through a ribbon of delightful lakes surrounded by high peaks. We can go as far as we choose before settling for lunch and a swim opportunity. We retrace our steps to the first lake and the bar before continuing on the GRP path through meadows and some ski installations. Marmots are always heard and usually seen here. Our walk ends at Bordes d’Envalira.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    840/960m

The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the Grade 6 through the ribbon of lakes, but extends to climb the ‘back-wall’ of the coma (cirque) to the fantastic viewpoint of the Pic dels Pessons (2864m).

Day 8

Change Over Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a transfer day where our one week holiday guests arrive and go home. One leader will go to the airport to say goodbyes and welcomes and the second leader will stay and leader a Grade 6 walk.

Day 9

Upto the Juclar Lake

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

We start in the Val d’Incles, a beautiful unspoilt area. We climb on a stony track alongside the riu de Juclá to reach the refuge at the first Juclar lake. The path continues over rocky ground, with some easy scrambling and a short rock-step with a fixed rope, to the second lake. Here we may have lunch and a swim in the spectacular setting. We return to our starting point and then take a pleasant path down the valley to the main road.

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1000m

The grade 8 walk in the same area is circular but crosses the border into France. As we descend there are three further lakes in beautiful scenery as well as the Estanys de Fontargent.

Day 10

The High Ground of Pic de Maia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/600m

From Port d’Envalira at 2400m a gentle climb on a jeep track will take us to the Pic de Maia (2615m) from where we strike out across the high ground and along a ridge to the Col Port Dret. After crossing this we will descend to the Siscaro lakes. The path zig-zags down through loose scree to our lunch stop at the lakes, giving another chance for a swim.    Afterwards we make a long and gentle descent with some excellent views, arriving at Soldeu.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/1200m

The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the Col Port Dret. We then follow a switchback ridge with several peaks over 2700m, before meeting the French border and making a small detour to Pic de la Cabanetta. We descend steeply towards the Siscaro lakes then continue gently down through woods to the main valley at Soldeu.

Day 11

To the Unmanned Refuge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/650m

A walk that can vary in length according to your choice. From Canillo our path contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up beside of the stream to reach the open meadows and walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge, a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends into the main valley at l’Aldosa. The walk can end here or continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’.

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/1050m

The grade 8 walk starts in the same way, but ascends to the Pic de la Torradella (2548m) which dominates its surroundings and gives a fine viewpoint. There is no clear path to the ridge. On the ridge itself there is some easy scrambling before the descent into a classic hanging valley.

Day 12

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This may be a free day, but visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

Day 13

Portella de Rialb

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1000m

From Arcalis we climb steadily beside a stream and then over more open ground to the Portella de Rialb with wonderful views. We then descend into the Rialb valley and walk gently down through the meadows, passing an unmanned refuge, before coming into woods and reaching a car park. The walk can finish here, or we may continue down a steeper woodland path to El Serrat and a bar.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1400m

The grade 8 walk is similar but takes in the French border and Pic de la Font Blanca (2903m). Here the ridge is narrow and stony in places and gives a fine sense of ‘mountaineering’ with fabulous views from the summit.

Day 14

Surrounded by Giants

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

This is a lovely walk to the Pla de l’Estany is surrounded by the highest mountains in Andorra. We begin with a steep climb from Arinsal, largely shaded, before reaching a high meadow. The path then contours through the trees to arrive at the collet de Font Podrida, which overlooks a huge basin surrounded by mountains - a coma or cirque. We descend on the GRP and GR11 tracks back to Arinsal.

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/1600m

Coma Pedrosa at 2942m is the BIG ONE and presents a significant challenge, with a long approach walk, a technically demanding climb and a long, steep descent. This grade 8 walk is only possible in good weather and with no significant lying snow. From Port de Cabus on the western border with Spain we walk along the border ridge towards Pic de Port Negre and past Pic del Port Vel to a col at Portella de Sanfonts. From here we descend steeply into the Coma Pedrosa valley before beginning our final climb. We reach Estany Negre and then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. This is not difficult, but requires scrambling and a good head for heights. At the summit cairn we will be rewarded with a fantastic vista and a great sense of achievement. The descent is either down the ridge or through a scree-run just behind, to the lake and on to the manned refuge far below.

Day 15

Goodbye Andorra

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onwards to home.

From (GBP)£1,585

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Aug 2020 - 30th Aug 2020 (14 Nights)

11th Jul 2021 - 25th Jul 2021 (14 Nights)

15th Aug 2021 - 29th Aug 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Evenia Coray

The Hotel Evenia Coray is a cozy hotel with a relaxed atmosphere located in the equally relaxed town of Encamp, the perfect base from which to explore the Andorran Pyrenees. This quiet hide away town is nestled in a sedate Andorran valley but has all the amenities you would need to keep yourself supplied during your stay and for your days out on the hills.

The beauty of Encamp is its chair lift making it quick and easy for us to be at height enjoying high mountain walking.

Our rooms are arranged on a twin, double or twin/double for single use arrangement with the hotel having a bar, restaurant, and garden overlooking the town and into the valley beyond.


Room facilities include en-suite bathroom, television, safe, telephone, hairdryer and wifi.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Andorra

The currency accepted in Andorra is the euro.

Holiday Currency

Should you require cash while you are in Andorra there are a few banks and ATM's in town a few minutes walk from our hotel.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Irrespective of arrival and departure airport, Toulouse or Barcelona (the two closest airports to Andorra) transfers to Encamp are by road and the journey takes approximately three hours. Something you may wish to consider when thinking about making your own way to Andorra.

Once in Andorra transport to and from our walks will be quick and easy due to the small size of the country. Throughout our stay we will use a mixture of hired and public transport and if they are running cable cars.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

All meals are included in the holiday charge; both breakfasts and dinners will be at the hotel and are of the buffet variety, there is a good range of dishes on offer in the evening along with a salad buffet perfect for refuelling after a good day's walking.

Lunch is a ‘picnic’ meal provided by the hotel however there are supermarkets nearby should you wish to supplement this a little further.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Andorra

Electricity in Andorra is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at www.powerplugadapter.uk.

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Some literature you might find useful for you holiday are as follows:

Maps

A 1:40,000 editorial Alpina map of Andorra may be brought from various outlets in Andorra.

Websites

visitandorra.com
lonelyplanet.com/andorra

Books

Cicerone Guide – The Mountains of Andorra
Guia de Plantes d’Andorra, Michel Baracetti. Pub by Comu d’encamp

App

Why not try downloading the Active Andorra App from Google Play or the Apple Store.

play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ad.andorra.turisme
apps.apple.com/us/app/active-tourism-andorra

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Andorra

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Andorra.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), does not provide health cover in Andorra.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Andorra

  • Capital

    Andorra la Vella

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Catalan

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 84mm

  • March

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

  • April

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • May

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 121mm

  • June

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 101mm

  • July

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 95mm

  • September

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • December

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

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