The Spanish Pyrenees Self Guided Walk

The Spanish Pyrenees Self Guided Walk 550 , 7 Days

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 to Molló
Arrival to the village of Molló with a Romanesque church from the 12th century. Overnight in Mollo.
 

Day 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. Ribes de Freser. Free day
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.

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


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:
Accommodation at standard hotels with private facilities with breakfast
road book in English
tourist tax
luggage transfers

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

Additional Services:
Single room supplement: March-May + October: 165 EUR; June + September: 186 EUR; July - August: 226 EUR
half board supplement: 170 EUR
map: 16 EUR


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The Spanish Pyrenees Self Guided Walk (Rated 4.7 / 5 Based on 270 Reviews.)
Price
550 EUR
Duration
7 Days
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525 EUR
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7 Days
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496 EUR
Duration
7 Days
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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
Min. 2 persons
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