The "Coma Pedrosa" 2'942m
Tackle the highest mountain in Andorra
View of the Coma Pedrosa from above Arinsal

Difficulty: medium to the lake, difficult thereafter.  Climb: 1'370m.  Climbing time: 4h30 Departure: Arinsal

We have guests that come and stay in our holiday apartments or chalet just to climb Andorra's highest mountain!  Put a feather in your hat!!!

0 h: Arinsal- Torrent Ribal 1.580 m
Set off from the picnic area at the foot of the Ribal waterfall.

0.40 h: Aigues Juntes
Follow the wide track for about 800 m, then take the path on the left (signposted) to Aigues Juntes, the confluence of the rivers running down from Coma Pedrosa and Pla de l'Estany. Carryon along the well-marked path towards Grau.

2.20 h: Refugi de Coma Pedrosa 2.272 m
Having climbed some steepish slopes, pausing to admire the cascading river of Coma Pedrosa, you reach the Coma Pedrosa refuge, on the pass of the same name, near l'Estany de les Truites (Trout Lake). The refuge is of high quality, and food and drink is available from a guardian in the Summer.

3.30 h: Estany Negre 2.628 m
Having crossed the valley floor, west towards Canyorques, turn right to find the entrance to Estany Negre (Black Lake) - its name and colour resulting from its deep, chill waters.

4.30 h: Pic de Coma Pedrosa 2.942 m
At the entrance to Estany Negre, turn right and follow the marked path between the rocks and climb the mountain to the highest peak in Andorra. Access to the peak is a little rough, so avoid straying off the path.

Return by the same path as climbed, or by a small, pleasant detour from the top, down to the Malhiverns pass, then straight towards the Estany Negre, round the left-hand side of the lake and back onto the original path.

Coma Pedrosa mountain hut (2h20 from your apartment or chalet):
Refuge for 60 persons, guarded from June to October, Tel: (+376 327 955).  There's a smaller hut next to it for 10 persons, free and open all year round.
Coma Pedrosa

Coma Pedrosa in winter

Note concerning the excursions that that at the Ribal cascade (1'600m).  Following an avalanche, the Andorran Government decided to build a protection wall cutting off the upper part of the valley of Arinsal from the rest of the world.  The locals call it the "great wall of China".  In order to get to the Ribal cascade, walk through the tunnel.  To your great surprise, you will see apartment buildings on the other side of the wall !!! (Mind you, they are for sale!). Take the first right after the tunnel.  The Ribal cascade is above the second tunnel.  The Ribal cascade is about at a 15 minute walk from your apartment or chalet.

To see a U-Tube video about the Coma PEdrosa, see

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