Trekking in Andorra from Arinsal
Map of the Arinsal regionwith the GR and the GRP as well as the nearby mountain huts
|Trekking in Andorra
Although Andorra is a paradise for walking and trekking, it is difficult to find any written information on the subject. The Andorran Government publishes almost nothing and there aren't many good books on the subject.
Arinsal is located in the heart of Andorra's trekking paradise: at the foot of the Coma Pedrosa (2'942m) and the Pic de Médécourbe (2'914m), surrounded by mountain huts (one which is guarded during the summer) and 6 mountain lakes.
There are numerous treks to do in Andorra. Here are just a few examples of treks that you can start from your holiday chalet or apartment without having to take the car. There are also a few where taking the car for a short drive is necessary. These mountain walks are not difficult and the trails are very well marked.
The park starts at the edge of the village of Arinsal.
The Coma Pedrosa Natural Park
|The following hikes
have been classified as follows:
For those that are adventuring themselves into the mountains for the first
time. Virtually no uphill involved.
The indicated times serve
as an indication only. They do NOT include the time it takes to walk
back down which usually is about half the time it takes to wlk up.
|Treks from Arinsal (1'500m)|
de Sanfons (2'888m,
4h45, climb 1'310m, medium until the hut, difficult on the ridge)
View on the Coma Pedrosa, the valley of Tor, the lakes of Baiau in Spain as well as on the Pallars mountains. Mountain hut and lake on the way.
de Médécourbe (2''914m, 4h30, climb 1'335m, medium
until the hut increasing to difficult on the ridge)
A classic! Mountain hut half-way up, lakes and a breathtaking view over the valley of Arinsal, Boet and Vicdessos (France).
de Coma Pedrosa (2'942m,
4h30, climb 1'370m, medium until the lake, difficult on the ridge).
The highest mountain in Andorra. Mountain hut half way up, lakes. Beautiful view of the surrounding summits, the valley of Arinsal and to the West, the Maladeta and Ecantats massifs.
lakes and the Pic del Pla de l'Estany (2'859m, 4h20, climb 1'280m,
Mountain hut half-way up, lakes, magnificient view over the Ariège mountains in France and over Andorra
- Percanela - les Fonts - Pla de l'Estany - Arinsal circuit (2'055m,
4h30, climb 670m, medium)
2 mountain huts. Very pleasant circuit which one can do either way. Lovely views of the Coma Pedrosa via the imposing natural amphitheatre of Les Fonts. A few bordas (farm houses) on the way, some renovated, some in ruins.
del coll de les Cases (1'950m,
1h40, climb 490m, medium)
Panoramic view over the Ordino mountains and la Massana. Ideal picnic and meditation site. One can continue along the GR11 to Arans but transport back to Arinsal must be provided.
Pla de l'Estany hut, Arinsal
(J. Canut hut) 2'080m
|Other treks in the surrounding area but for which you need to take your car|
- Roc de la Cauba (1'850m,
1h40, climb 500m, medium, 5 min. by car from Arinsal)
Huge limestone rock without vegetation which offers a wonderful view over la Massana and its surrounding villages. Take care when near the summit, especially if you decide to go with children.
Casamanya (2'740m, 2h30, climb 760m, medium, 20 min buy car from Arinsal)
What can one say about this monster which is planted right in the middle of Andorra except... what a superb hike! Vultures can be seen on most days, drawing circles around the summit.
Tristaina lakes (2'500m, 30 min to the first lake, climb: 110m,
easy, tour of the lakes: 2h40, climb 280m: medium, 30 min by car from Arinsal)
Beautiful surroundings but a bit crowded as the lakes are quite close to the road.
Bony de les Neres (2'221m, 0h45, climb 231m, easy, 20 min by car
Pretty hike offering a great view over Encamp. Take a picnic, install yourself in the large field near the top and enjoy your holiday.
mountain hut, Port de Siguer - Estany Blau (2'395m, climb 615m,
easy until the hut, medium thereafter, 20 min by car from Arinsal)
Magnificent unknown valley with an impressive flora in spring. This is a wonderful family walk until the mountain hut. What's more, permanent BBQ's have been installed along the way!
de les Pardines to the Engolasters lake (family walk, climb 179m,
20 min by car from Arinsal)
An easy stroll along the mountain side ending at the lake of Engolasters and.. a restaurant. You can then walk along the "Camí de les Fonts" to a nice picnic area via a mirador.
|Ansalonga to el Serrat (walk)... coming soon|
|Incles valley and the Juclar lakes (family 1 hour walk up to the campsite then medium up to the lake and the mountain hut 2'310 m). The Incles valley is one of the most beautiful in Andorra with an incredible flora in Spring.|
The information on these pages was taken from a brilliant little book called Pyrenées Andorranes, guide des promenades et excursions dans les montagnes d'Andorre, éditions Kill, 1989 and 30 interesting itineraries on the paths of the parishes of Ordino and La Massana, edited by the comunes of La Massana and of Ordino and which you can by for 3,00 E at the tourist office. The purpose of these page is not to plagiarise but rather to make you buy the booklet!
Note: DO NOT USE THE MAPS ON THESE PAGES FOR YOUR HIKES! They are only meant to complement the descriptions for each excursion.
GR: Grande Randonnée (Long Trek) Trails that cross the Pyrenees mountains from the Med to the Atlantic.
GRP: Grande Randonnée Pays (Long National Trek). Trail that allows you to walk around Andorra
CWM: "cirque" (circus, corrie, amphitheatre) large natural amphitheatre marking the end of a valley.
Notice that often the altitude and direction are mentioned. We strongly recommend taking an altimeter and a compass along. They are not expensive items and can be a godsend on foggy days!
For more information on the
mountain huts, what's in them and what's not as well as a few tips, click
|Maps, books and info on trekking in
The only bookstore that sells info on trekking in Andorra is in Escaldes:
From Arinsal, drive towards Andorra la Vella, pass La Massana and the tunnels. The little bookstore is on the left hand side at the round-about in Escaldes, just after the turn-off to the hospital. If you drive to Caldea, you'll drive past the bookstore. A visit is well worth it, there are quite a few limited editions as well as trekking info in Europe and Asia.
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