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The Spanish Pyrenees Self Guided Walk

The Spanish Pyrenees Self Guided Walk
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The Pyrenees is unbeatable destination for hikers

Ripollès, where this arrangement will take you, is a relatively green region. It is a small-scaled area in the foothills of the high mountains with small compact villages which often have an old and original town centre and where the air of the small narrow streets is permeated by the smell of cattle and manure.

Tour Highlights:

♦ Beautiful mountain landscapes of the Catalonian Pyrenees
Alpine peaks, meadows, waterfals, river valleys and rich biodiversity
♦ Peaceful farmlands with gazing cattle
Typical mountain villages with stone houses, narrow cobbed streets and arch bridges
The Sanctuary of Nuria - one of Catalonia's holiest sites high in the mountains, 1,960 metres above sea level

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival at Camperdon

Arrival in the center of the village of Camprodon - the main town of the Camprodon Valley, standing at the confluence of the Ter and Ritort rivers. An interesting site is the 12th century bridge, which spans the Ter. Explore the area of the town called the “new” quarter of houses built early in the last century in Art Noveau style. Overlooking the village is the Romanesque Monastery of Sant Pere.

Day 2. Camperdon to Mollo ( Via Font Rubi)  
You will start the walk from the hotel, cross the great medieval bridge and reach the medieval village of Font-Rubi.
After passing a few picturesque villages, picknic areas, you will descent into the valley of Molló. You will go up the mountain to follow, where the village of Molló is located. It is a traditional mountain village and has a fine 12th century Romanesque church with the tall, slender belfry typical of Catalan Church architecture. The surroundings of this small town have a big variety of fauna and flora and it’s a good place to discover the wild of the Pyrenees.
Walking time: 4 hours; +500 meters, -290 meters
 

Day 3. Molló - Setcases
After you leave Mollo you start climbing up to Can Pletis farm house, then continue up to the top of the Torrent de la Font de l'Espellat. On a clear day, the panorama includes the warm folds of the Garrotxa, the mighty peak of Canigou, the last great Pyrenean mountain before the chain tumbles into the Mediterranean, and the looming masses of the peaks above Setcases. You climb up a bit more till you reach the well marked GR11 route. You start your descent to Setcases via some meadows and forests.
Walking: 6 hrs

Day 4. Setcases. Free day.
Today you have the option of visiting the village and surrounding area or to explore the area in depth on a longer hike up the valley. Why not climb one of the mountain passes or even the Bastiments peak (2.881 m) with unrivalled mountain views. On clear days you can see the blue waters of the Mediterranean from here.

Day 5. Setcases - Llanars
You start following the road to Camprodon. Then you walk up a path revealing the beautiful Setcases valley. You pass by the Llebro stone, some farm houses, then descend to the village of Villalonga de Ter. You can have a short rest in the village before you continue along the road to Llanars
Walking: 4 hrs

Day 6. Llanars - Ribes de Freser
Today you cross some beautiful villages - La Roca, Abella, then have a spectacular, gradual ascent through a wild valley up the Collada Verda Pass (1.606 m) from where you descend along undulating paths and tracks to Ribes de Freser.
Walking: 6 hrs

Day 7. Departure
By train to Barcelona or by bus via Ripoll to Girona.

Optional day: Ribes de Freser - walk in the area
Free day to enjoy this nice village or to take the rack train up to Núria. There is time to climb above the monastery to admire the breathtaking views and do some circular routes which are marked. An optional walk down the valley to Queralbs would add another 2,5 hours (rack railway stops here). Another option is to take the train to Ripoll and visit the Romanesque monastery Santa Maria, the cradle of the Catalan Nation.

 


Practical information: HIKING SPECIFICS: - You will walk mainly below the tree line on dirt roads and nice forest paths and meadows. On days 3 and 6 you will have the chance to enjoy the alpine landscapes of The Pyrenees climbing up to 2800 m. In high areas you might find cattle grazing, which means you must be careful with drinking water from rivers and brooks.- Ticks are also possible – check regularly your trousers or legs.- People suffering from fear of heights are not expected to have any problems on this arrangement, but then again you might have to walk over a steep slope now and then, but never with a huge depth right under you. 

How to get there: We recommend a flight to Barcelona Prats airport or Girona Airport (some 95km to the northeast of Barcelona). From Girona Airport, you can use the buses from the airport to Barcelona – there are 2-4 buses per hour and the drive takes about 1,30hrs, the ticket costs appr. 12 Euro/one way – timetables at http://www.sagales.com/. From Barcelona Plaza Catalunya station take the train to Ripoll (about 2 hours; trains each 1-2 hours, timetables at http://www.renfe.com/) . This would be the option if you wish to see some more landscapes from Catalunya. The shorter option if you land at Girona Airport is to take a bus to the city of Girona and then another one to Ripoll. From Ripoll you can take the local bus to Mollo

 


Price Includes:
6 nights at standard hotels with private facilities with breakfast)
road book in English
tourist tax
luggage transfers
transfer from Setcases to Refugi d’Ulldeter on day 4.

Not Included:
Flight tickets
transfer from/to the airport and other transport
insurance
entrance fees
tips
drinks and meals not mentioned
map
personal expenses
tourist taxes

Additional Services:
Half board supplement: 150 EUR
map 16 €


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The most convenient international airport is Barcelona (alternatively you can also fly to Girona). 
When booking your flight, please keep in mind that your flight times should allow at least 3 hours for travel by public transportation between the airport and the tour's starting / ending point.
We would be glad to recommend suitable flights for your journey, if you need help with booking (against a small booking surcharge).

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

Group Size
2-12
Reservation System Code
SPPYREN
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