The Tristaina lakes is one the most popular hikes in Andorra, no doubt because they are easily accessible from the road. This hike is recommended for the wide range of fauna and flora, interesting relief and well-marked and tended paths. Mind you, there are a few passages where you must be watchful as careless walking could result in you tumbling down the mountain side. There are many paths around the lakes so you can walk until you feel tired and cut back early if you so wish. This variety of options make the Tristaina lakes an excellent "first day" excursion, especially for those that want to see high altitude mountain lakes without having to climb for hours.
|Excursion A (altitude range:
+280 m, climbing time: 1h20, return: 1h20)
0:00 h: Coma del Forat (2'200
0:25 h: Collet (2'330 m):
1.20 h: Cota (2'500 m):
2:00 h: Basses (2'430 m):
2:20 h: Collet (2'330 m):
2:40 h: Coma del Forat (2'220
The walk up to the lakes offers breath taking
views over the Ordino valley.
Excursion B (altitude range: +106
m, climbing time: 0:50 h, return: 1:00 h)
0:00 h: (road side, 2'200m):
When driving up, pass the big metal wheel and park your car 300m further up, just after a little hill on your right. Walk down to the river, cross the wooden bridge and start climbing.
0:20 h: (first lake, Estany
Primer, 2'249 m):
0:35 h: (second lake, Estany
del Mig, 2'287 m):
0:50 h: (third lake, Estany
de Més Amunt, 2'306 m):
The map above was taken from the trekking
booklet which you can buy at the Massana tourist office called 30 interesting
itineraries on the paths of the parishes of Ordino and La Massana. Cost:
about 3 Euros.
|In order to get to the start of the trek from your holiday apartment in Arinsal, drive to La Massana (5 min), then to Ordino (5 min) and then to the Ordino-Arcalis ski resort (20 min.). Drive trough the tunnel, past the ski resort and keep driving up the road. Pass a monument which consists of a huge metal ring or wheel on your right. Excursion B starts 300m higher and excursion A being the restaurant and the end of the tarred section of the road.||