The "Casamanya" - a great classic in Andorra

Difficulty: medium.  Climb: 760 m.  Starting point: Ordino Pass (col d'Ordino)

The Casamanya mountain, Andorra

The Casamanya (2'740m) is a monster of a mountain, located right in the middle of Andorra and offers magnificent views over the entire country.  Its unique mineral composition is fascinating: calcareous rocks weathered into strange shapes, inhabited by attractive flora which give this peak its own special charm and make it a vital part of your trekking holiday.  One can often see vultures flying around the summit.  Not to worry, they are only interested in humans that don't make it to the top.

0 h: Col d'Ordino 1'980m
The path enters the woods of Airola.

0.25 h: Collada de les Vaques 2'100m
Small clearing before entering the woods again.

0.40 h: Cap de l'Astell 2'175m
The end of the woods.  Now the path climbs the mountain, giving constant and splendid views across the valleys of the river Valira d'Orient on one side, and of Ordino and la Massana on the other.

2.30 h: Pic de Casamanya 2'740m
Having cleared some steepish slopes and, no doubt, passed the odd flock of sheep grazing just below the summit, you reach the regal peak, crowned by a large limestone cairn which contains a visitor's book that you can sign.

Medium.  This is a longish trek with a respectable altitude difference of 760m.  Not to be done on your fist day unless you are a seasoned hiker.  No dangerous passages.  No streams or lakes on this trek so be sure to take enough liquid with you.
The map on the right was taken from the trekking booklet which you can buy at the Massana tourist office.

There are 2 hikes to do from the Col d'Ordino::

a) The Casamanya (medium difficulty)
b) The Bony de les Neres (family trek)

The "Col d'Ordino is about 30 min. by car from your holiday apartment in Arinsal

Of course, you can start the trek right from Ordino but it makes the hike a great deal longer (+ 3 hours) and besides, why walk up if you can drive up!

The Col d'Ordino is worth a drive in itself.  Many tourists drive over it for the beautiful scenery.  From the pass, you can drive down to Canillo and then return to Arinsal via Escaldes and La Massana.

Careful, the pass is closed to traffic in the winter.


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