Walking the Rugged Pyrenees of Andorra

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  • Holiday code
    W07RP
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    twin-centre
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1400per person, tour only
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights twin-centre accommodation in and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Upgrade to 4* hotel in El Serrat (nights 5 - 7)
  • Add extra nights in Barcelona
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, high peaks, lake & river routes

Andorra:

Walking the Rugged Pyrenees of Andorra

  • Add extra nights in the vibrant city of Barcelona before or after your holiday!
  • Witness spectacular views and ever-changing scenery and an exceptional variety and quality of walking paths
  • Medieval villages, isolated refuges and soaring mountain passes

Andorra is well known for its unique mountain walking, offering unforgettable views over vast lakes and lush countryside with its highest mountain Coma Pedrosa, standing at a sizeable 2943 metres! This intriguing landlocked principality situated high in the Pyrenees offers all the spectacular views of ever-changing scenery a walker could wish for, some of the most dramatic in all of the Pyrenees. Boasting isolated refuges, medieval villages, soaring mountain passes and the beautiful tranquillity of a thousand lakes.

We have carefully selected our routes to ensure you truly experiences the best the Andorran Pyrenees has to offer. With its independent character, wildflower meadows and towering peaks, Andorra offers some of the finest paths in the Pyrenees making it a walker's paradise. The variety and quality of paths is quite exceptional.

Our two centres have been chosen for their accessible locations, high standard of hotels and of course the quality of the surrounding walks. You will first be based in Encamp, a lovely parish located on the stunning Valira d'Orient River with good bus links. You can then opt to either walk or be transferred to your second centre in El Serrat. The walking is more mountainous in this village and has a surplus of beautiful wildflowers framing deep lakes.



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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrival at Encamp

Arrival in Barcelona airport. Bus transfer (3 hours journey) to Encamp. Optional walk : This is an easy circuit which may be shortened by just going to Meritxell or Prats if you want to eliminate the downhill section at the end. It offers a good introduction to the immediate location, a taste of the hiking in Andorra and a level of orientation.(11 km / 3HRS)
You stay at Hotel Guillem**** (breakfast included)

Day 2: At Encamp (10km/6.2mi)

A serene valley walk leading to an ascent to Col de Incles from where you drop down into France for a lakeside picnic. Superb views, jagged peaks and a well marked trail make for a very enjoyable days' hike. (+619m / -651m)
You stay at Hotel Guillem**** (breakfast included)

Day 3: At Encamp (14km/8.7mi)

This is a challenging high level walk crossing via Pic de Pessons. It means an early start to reach Grau Roig in time for the bus up to Estany Primer. The highest point reached is 2890 metres so check weather predictions carefully and do not attempt if there is any doubt. If all is fine, this is an incredible walk; high rugged mountains, strings of lakes, tumbling waterfalls and stunning views of peaks in Spain, France and Andorra. At the Coll below Pic de Pessons, the landscape becomes lunar with soft gravel, huge boulders of granite and alpine flowers. The latter part of the descent presents a narrow ambling path leading through cooling forest with streams and flowers like natures own rock garden. (+710m / -905m)
You stay at Hotel Guillem**** (breakfast included)

Day 4: Encamp to Ordino (8km/5.0mi)

A shorter walk giving the option of a later start or a free afternoon in lovely Ordino. Following an ancient mountain trail, the walk rises steeply up to Coll d'Ordino. From here you can see Andorra's highest peaks and pass by Casamunya at the country's centre. From the Coll, an enjoyable descent leads straight into Ordino. (+710m / -695m)
You stay at Hotel Guillem**** (breakfast included)

Day 5: Ordino to El Serrat (12km/7.5mi)

Transferring over to your next hotel in El Serrat, you can walk from Ordino following the valley up to El Serrat, but not wishing to follow the road, a higher route is taken as far as La Cortinada. From there the already pleasing riverside trail is made more so by the interest of it being the Ruta de Fero depicting the history of the iron mining era in Andorra.(+835m / - 590m)
You stay at Hotel El Pradet*** (Breakfast and evening included) - Option to upgrade at Hotel Bringe****

Day 6: At El Serrat- Estany Blau (13km/8.1mi)

El Serrat offers many walking options which may be chosen according to weather and time of year. The valley leading into Sortenay is exceptional in Spring for its immense variety of wild flowers. Later in the year the Rialb valley on a clear, day will delight with a walk into France. This walk up the Rialb valley takes you over a ridge, into France and to the stunning, clear blue lake of Estany Blau. You will enjoy the breath-taking views of the Ordino pass as well as landscapes rich in rare plants, birds and small mammals. Shepherd's huts are dotted through the valley and streams tinkle along the route. As you reach the Coll de Siguer at 2395m, before descending into France, enjoy wide sweeping mountaintop views followed by a lakeside picnic in serene surroundings. (+900m / -900m)
You stay at Hotel El Pradet*** (Breakfast and evening included) - Option to upgrade at Hotel Bringe****

Day 7: At El Serrat - Estanys de Juclar (15km/9.3mi)

This has to be one of the best walks in the whole of the Pyrenees least alone Andorra! Save it for a day when the weather is predicted to be superb and you will be elevated into a land of waterfalls, rugged peaks, alpine flowers and glistening lakes. Pic de Noe and Pic d'Escobes set a stunning backdrop for two lakes and the Refugio de Juclar. (+817m / -817m)

Alternatively, choose another walk for the day : Perhaps best left until last, this is a high level walk demanding a good level of fitness. Route finding can be difficult in poor weather or misty conditions and it should not be attempted. If blessed with fine weather, the trail lifts you to the greatest heights and grandeur of Andorra's high mountains and its stunning. After a long ascent to Portella de Rialb, the descent is long and exhilarating into the Rialb Valley.(+1013m / -1023m)
You stay at Hotel El Pradet*** (Breakfast and evening included) - Option to upgrade at Hotel Bringe****

Day 8: Leave El Serrat

Transfer by bus to Barcelona airport (3 hours journey).

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199, use our live webchat or email sales@headwater.com


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Hotel Guillem, Encamp

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Located in the pretty village of Encamp, very close to the town hall, the 4* Hotel Guillem is very comfortable and friendly. There is a bar and a well-lit restaurant serving tasty dishes. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub to enjoy after a long day walking. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.


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Hotel El Pradet, El Serrat

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You will find everything you need to make you feel at home at the comfortable, family run 3* Hotel El Pradet. With stunning landscape views, it offers the perfect environment to relax after a long day walking. The restaurant serves delicious Andorran food cooked in a traditional style and the sunny terrace has fantastic views of the Vall d’Ordino. All rooms in the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, bath/shower and hairdryer.


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Hotel Bringue, El Serrat

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Surrounded by mountains, the 4* Hotel Bringue is located in an idyllic position in the Ordino valley. This family run hotel is modern, warm and elegant whilst offering all the charm of a traditional mountain hotel. Enjoy a unique spa experience with spectacular views of the Andorran mountains as you enjoy the facilities including pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Taste authentic Andorran cuisine at the Bringué Hotel Restaurant, offering the grilled meats specialities of the Ordino valley. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

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Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. Below is a small selection of reviews we've received from our satisfied customers.


Alison Whitelegg, 19/04/2024

Initial enquiry not addressed but after second attempt all the hotel bookings and flights gathered pace. I did wonder because of the delay whether that caused some of the hotels to be booked up meaning we didn't get our first choices. Communication has been frequent and we've been kept informed and advised about changes in hotels and prices. Andrew has been very good a surfing the Web to get us alternative suitable deals.


Nina Thomas, 01/03/2024

Really knowledgeable, nice and engaging. Letting us know options to extend our stay and finding a flight near where we live. Good communication. With Megan Wyatt


18/11/2023

Excellent service from Lauren.


Karen Trogstad, 16/07/2023

Megan is excellent

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Twin-centre accommodation in and hotels

All breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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Holiday type
Self-guided walking

Departures
Daily Departures from 26 June to end of September from 26th Jun 2024 to 30th Sep 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

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