Spain

Hut To Hut Hiking In The Pyrenees Mountains

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Trek through the Aiguestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. Be amazed by the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains, passing incredible glacier valleys and mountain lakes along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Barcelona airport and meet up in Espot

Pick-up is from Barcelona airport or "Sants Estació" train station around noon. From there, it's a 4-hour drive to the Pyrenees. Here, you meet the guide and the rest of the team. We'll show you the hiking route and share a snack while getting to know each other.

Tonight we sleep in Espot - the accommodation is arranged and included in the trip.

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Day 2: Espot to Saboredo Hut

At 9:00 AM, a Land Rover drives us to the National Park. We start our hike around 10:00 AM at 1,900m of altitude. We follow the course of a glacier valley (not a glacier itself) to Ratera's Mountain Pass (2,600m), where there's an astonishing lookout point.

From there, it's mostly downhill to Saboredo's Hut. We arrive at the hut around 4:00 PM. It's a mountain hut in a great location where we will be served a warm dinner and sleep in a comfortable bed.

Hiking distance: under 9km and 800m elevation gain (5-6 hours).

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Day 3: Saboredo Hut to Ventosa i Calvell Hut

At 9:00 AM, after a nice breakfast, we take off through lakes and serrated ridges, to the "Tuc de Gran Sendrosa" Pass. This is another mind-blowing lookout point at 2,450m of altitude. After that, it's downhill, past several lakes as we aim for the lakes of Colomers. We stop for an appetiser at the Colomers Hut to get our strength up for the next pass.

Up we go! Over 3km, we ascend almost 600m of elevation. It's an intense but well-rewarded hike as we cross the Caldes Pass (2,550m). From Caldes Pass, it's downhill until Ventosa i Calvell Hut, where we arrive at around 4:00 PM. Again, a warm dinner and a comfortable bed in an astonishing location wait for us.

Hiking distance: under 11km and 800m elevation gain (6-7 hours).

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Day 4: Ventosa i Calvell Hut to Estany Llong Hut

After breakfast, we take off for the Contraix Pass. At a height of 2,745m, it is the highest point of the trail. The way up will test your legs. Not to worry, though - it's a nice challenge in a unique environment.

We arrive at Estany Llong Hut at around 3:00 PM to overnight at 2,000m. The surroundings of softer mountain contours and meadows by the lake help you relax after a challenging day.

Hiking distance: 8km and under 750m elevation gain (4-6 hour hike).

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Day 5: Estany Llong Hut to Estany de Sant Maurici + transfer to Espot & airport

Around 8:00 AM, we leave for Portarró d'Espot Pass (2,430m). A 400m climb gives us views of the Sant Maurici Valley and most of the big mountains that box those glacier valleys in. As we head downhill, we walk by some prehistoric sites and an impressive fir tree forest. This last bit of the hike goes through some nice shaded areas to our endpoint.

We end at Sant Marici Lake, where a Land Rover taxi picks us up and transfers us to Espot. A vehicle will be waiting for us there to take us back to Barcelona.

Please note: The earliest we will be back in Barcelona is around 9:00 PM. We recommend booking your flight from 11:00 PM onwards so as to not miss it.

Hiking distance: under 9km and under 600m elevation gain (5-6 hour hike).

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What's Included

Included
  • Professional UIMLA guide.
  • Accommodation: 1 x night hotel in Espot, 3 x nights in mountain huts.
  • Full pension in huts: sleep, dinner, breakfast & sandwich for lunch.
  • Return Barcelona airport or train station transfers to specified locations at specified times (see FAQs).
  • Accident insurance (see FAQs).
Not Included
  • International & local flights.
  • Transport not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Extras in the mountain huts, including drinks.
  • Meals & snacks not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Souvenirs & personal items.
  • Tips & gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.
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Rated 5.0

3 verified reviews

Mark
Mark

(Oct 2023)

Ian Coll was our guide during a 5-day hike (4 nights) from hut to hut on the Corros the Foc. He turned out to be a very pleasant and responsible guide in many ways. His field of experience is mountaineering, hiking, canyoning, climbing and mountain rescue. The Pyrenees is his backyard. He’s having fun sharing knowledge about the surroundings and the local flora and fauna. For instance, he explained to us about several rocky formations due to the glaciers and Iron Age and different animals and birds. His English is outstanding with a British accent. Ian is an optimistic guy who takes care of his customers seriously and adjusts the pace along the hike according to the experience and physical conditions of his guests. Every day he checked the weather report for us just to be sure it would be a safe journey for all of us.

Susana
Susana

(Sep 2023)

My son and I are big fans of the mountains, but not experienced enough to undertake more difficult routes. Ian accompanied us on 2 occasions and apart from giving us the security we needed, he also gave us a lot of information about the Aigüestortes National Park. You can tell that he does his work with love. Delighted with him, we will certainly repeat.

Marta
Marta

(May 2023)

100% recommendable. First of all, prior to the tour dates, we received all the necessary information about it, and it is something to be grateful. In addition, the communication with Ian (our guide) before and during the hike was very fluid. I must add that I was surprised that he could communicate perfectly in English. Regarding the landscape, simply say that it is idyllic, stunning, and impresses the good state of conservation of the National Park in general. If you want to enjoy the wild nature as I did, this trip is a very good option. As a professional in the education sector, I was pleased that the guide stopped to ask us and then to explain to us the causes of the formation of the Valley, the difference in the growth of the trees in one area and another, to mention some info that he gave us. In addition, Ian showed us how nature can give us a lot of information, how much it snowed during the past winter in that area by looking at certain plants for instance... I was also amazed by the knowledge of the area, the trails, and the navigation skills... he showed techniques to be able to know where you are using a map and a compass. You could tell that safety is not something that comes second in the list of priorities whilst you are drooling with the high mountain landscapes. Overall magnificent.

FAQs

Before you go

This is a fantastic trek and is suitable for a first multi-day trek. However, you do need a good base level of fitness and to be prepared for challenging terrain. A typical day in the mountains can be trekking for 6-8 hours with a rucksack. It's very important that you are able to keep up with the group, don't worry, we will be hiking at a gentle pace with lots of breaks. Although no technical mountaineering skills are required, the trails do have "technical" sections, including high steps and boulder sections... (it's not a wide, flat trail around the lake). It is a demanding hike, but definitely worth the effort. We recommend training regularly with any sport that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis). Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 5kg rucksack.

Yes. Our local guides are fluent in English and have experience working internationally.

Documents: • Passport • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Cash – Euro’s • Credit/Debit Card Sleeping: • Sleeping bag liner Footwear: • Trekking boots: 3 or 4-season lightweight • Lightweight shoes for the evenings (such as house shoes, flip flops, sandals etc.) The huts provide "crocs," but keep in mind that these are used by other people if hygiene is a concern for you. Clothing: Please make sure that you have non-cotton, fast-drying clothing for trekking. • 1 x pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (Long johns or similar) • 2 x t-shirts for the hike • 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening • 4 x socks for hiking • 3 - 4 x pairs of underwear • 1 x fleece • Light down or Primaloft jacket • Rain and windproof jacket with hood • Rain and windproof trousers • 1 x pair of hiking trousers: We recommend a pair that zip off into shorts. • Comfortable trousers for the evening • Hat and gloves • Buff or scarf • Swimming shorts/costume (it is not allowed to swim in the national park lakes, but some of the huts have shared showers) Other: • A daysack: 35-45 litres. All your kit should fit in this bag • Travel towel • Dry Liner or Dry Bag • Water bottle: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best. • Sunglasses • Suncream and additional sun protection such as a baseball cap or similar • Personal medication – inhaler, blister pads, etc. • General toiletries, contact lenses, glasses (if needed) • Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger • Lipsil • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes Your rug sack should not weight more than 10kg (water included) ideally around 7-8kg. This is not only for your comfort, but as well for the safety of the entire group. Walking poles are available for rent. The cost is 10 euros, and these must be requested on your registration form, at least 1 week before departure. These are highly recommended, and all your guides use them.

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travellers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people.

Although it's not mandatory, it is highly recommended. We do have accident insurance that will cover some medical expenses IF THEY ARE THE RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT. Any other medical condition won't be covered by it. Same as if you have problems with your luggage on your way in or any other issues. Our insurance only covers for accidents.

On your trip

During the hike we stay in mountain refuges (huts) which are quite basic/dormitory-style with shared bathrooms. Electricity, warm showers, snacks are available. There is no phone signal in the National Park, but most accommodations do generally have wifi. Bedding will be provided for you in each hut - you just need to bring a sleeping bag liner. Night 1: Hotel in Espot town, depending on availability, but generally a 3-star hotel. Night 2: Saboredo Refuge - Remote (they helicopter in supplies), awesome views, showers, dorm room. Night 3: Ventosa i Calvell Refuge -Remote (they helicopter in supplies) Moutain views, showers, dorm room. Night 4: Estany Llong Refuge - Moutain views, 4wd accessible, showers, dorm room.

The trek involves a fair bit of ascent and descent on a mix of trails. This includes rocky terrain, forest trails, and sometimes gravel tracks. It is important that you are steady on your feet and have experience walking on mountain paths. Do try and get some practice in before you come. We go at a slow, steady pace that everyone can keep up with. Even if sometimes the height between the point you might be and the valley bottom can be great, there is no "next to the cliff" walking, so no worries if you have vertigo, this hike is still for you.

You can leave a small bag behind, either in the van that will be parked at the starting/finishing point, or at the guide office (there are no lockers but is safe). Alternatively, depending on the hotel you stay the night before, they can keep it there.

Water: During the summer, it can be quite warm in the Pyrenees. So it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend taking two litres of water per day. The tap water at the accommodations you stay in is usually drinkable. But, there are limited resources along the way to fill up your bottle. Your guide can give you advice on this for each day. If this is a concern for you, please pack iodine tablets or other water purification methods. Food: While trekking, you will have the chance to taste a great variety of local specialities. The breakfast is continental, often with a variety of juices, tea and coffee. The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty, and the plates are quite big. During the day, you will be given a packed lunch from the hut. Your guide will arrange that, and the cost is included. If you have any food requirements or allergies (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance, etc), please make us aware of this when completing your registration form, found on your Skyhook dashboard.

We collect you from Barcelona airport around noon (can be moved a little up and down depending on flights) or from Sants Estació train station half an hour later. Drop-off is in Barcelona straight after the hike. Note that it's an evening arrival (around 9:00 PM) in Barcelona. If you plan on flying out that night, we recommend booking your flight no earlier than 11:00 PM, or there is a chance you'll miss it. If the only flight and the only way for you to get back home that day is a little earlier, let us know. We can try to push the whole day a little bit earlier to get you there on time for your flight. N.B. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRANSFER UP AND ONE DOWN PER HIKE. If you want to come earlier or leave later, it will be at your own expense.

Day 1 of hike: Distance: Under 9km Approx hiking time: 6hrs Ascent: 690m Descent: 360m Max altitude: 2,587m Day 2 of hike: Distance: 10.3km Approx hiking time: 7hrs Ascent: 850m Descent: 880m Max altitude: 2,584m Day 3 of hike: Distance: 8km Approx hiking time: 6hrs Ascent: 750m Descent: 950m Max altitude: 2,760m Day 4 of hike: Distance: 8.2km Approx hiking time: 6hrs Ascent: 580m Descent: 650m Max altitude: 2,446m

It is not mandatory to tip in the Pyrenees/Spain, but always appreciated by the hard-working guides.

The hike is circular, so we start and finish at the same point - the little town of Espot. To be precise, in Espot we take a 4WD taxi that will drive us into the National Park. Drop off and pick up points are the same: Estany de Sant Maurici, at 1,900 meters of elevation.

All "Riskø Guides" have certified first AID training. The guide will as well carrie an inReach device for contact during emergency situations. Most of the trails are a long way from roads and emergency evacuation, in case of injuries, rescues are normally carried out by helicopter. Estany Hut (Night 3) is reachable by 4x4 vehicle.

Other FAQs

Despite being in Spain, never underestimate mountain weather where we can experience sudden temperature changes and drops at night. In general, in summer the days are quite hot and the nights nice and cool. Some seasons have afternoon storms.

It depends on what you want. From May to early June, there will be more snow - which often means we may need to adapt the route slightly or occasionally use snowshoes for part of the trek (which are provided free of charge). From late June to August it's peak season in the area. It's when the mountain passes are clear of snow, and more people come to the area to hike. It's also warmest during these months. In September it's cooler again, and the trail is quieter - this can be a very peaceful time to come.

Due to the distances and ascents covered on this trip, it is geared towards adults. Therefore, the minimum age for this trek is 18 years. However, those aged 16-18 years are welcome to attend in the company of a responsible adult.

Yes, you can. The cost of the airport transfer is included in the price you pay, even if you don't use this service. The meeting point will be in Espot parking lot.

Unfortunately, there is no single bedroom option in these mountain huts.

Your head guide is Ian

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Riskø guides, based in Esterri D Neu.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Ian