- All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included. A limited amount of wine is included with the dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are excellent and both accommodations have the reputation of making some of the best cuisine in the High Catalan Pyrenees. On Day 1 only dinner is included, and on Day 8 only breakfast. On Day 5 you are free to try out one of the restaurants in Valencia d’Àneu and Esterri d’Àneu. On five days individual packed lunches are prepared by the hotel and carried by the group. These will normally include sandwiches, chocolate/dried fruits and fruit. Vegetarians: Casa Macià and Lo Paller cater well for vegetarians; please do advise the sales team on booking.
- New trip
- Winter Adventures
- Guided Group
If you are unable to meet the group at the airport, the trip will begin in Roni, a small village set at 1080m altitude, with only 50 full time residents. The nearest evidence of visitors here is the Port Ainé ski resort about 14km away.
Snowshoe the Santa Magdalena Valley; afternoon wine tasting.
A 15 minute transfer takes us to our start point for a day exploring the Santa Magdalena Valley. Crossing deep forests and ridges we admire some of the highest peaks of Catalonia, taking our lunch in a mountain hut in a local cross-country ski resort. The day finishes in a mountain lodge where our guide Miguel will give the group the chance to try some of the local produce, including cheese and sausages from the Pallars Sobira region, all washed down with wine from the south of Catalonia.At the end of the day we transfer back to our hotel (approx 10 mins).
Explore the La Coma Valley, crossing remote villages and through the deep forests of Les Bordes de Burg; visit local cheese producer.
The scenic village of Farrera is just a 35 minute transfer and is a great location to begin our walk. Today our route takes us through the La Coma Valley. Here we find numerous 'bordes' or shepherd's huts, used to keep cattle and store feed. Traversing first deep forests, we pass through two small villages - Farrera and Burg, both of which have fewer than 100 inhabitants. This insight into an traditional way of life in remote countryside is what makes this walk memorable. After the walks we transfer to the village of Surp in the Assua Valley (30 mins) and visit cheese producer Clara Ferrando, who left her home near Barcelona to set up this sustainable and traditional cheese production with her husband in 2007. We will of course have the opportunity to try some of her award-winning produce, accompanied with traditional wines and marmalades typical of the Pallars Sobira region. We end the day with a 15 minute transfer back to Roni.
Head through the Pallars Sobira to La Portella Peak (1911m) for wonderful panoramic views; afternoon visit to local Catalan wool collective.
For the third snowshoe walk of the week we explore the Esterri de Cardos Valley, half an hours drive away. Again an area not well known to tourists, we enjoy dramatic landscapes on our way to La Portella Peak at 1911m. The trail crosses forests of birch, scots pines and dwarf mountain pines until we reach the peak itself and enjoy the panoramic views over the whole valley and its surrounds. Local folklore has it that this was the site of sabbath celebrations by witches during the Middle Ages. As such a well known Catalan writer based his novel 'The witches of Pla Negua' here. After our walk we transfer to Rialp (30 mins) and visit a local not-for-profit association trying to maintain the local tradition of woolwork and thus guarantee extra revenue for the local shepherds that sell it, as well as the craftspeople that produce the woolwork itself. We finish with a transfer back for our last night in Roni.
Free day for relaxation or optional activities including skiing; visit to Son, an incredible Romanesque village in the area; pedestrian tour to discover Esterri d’Àneu.
This morning we drive the 35 minutes to our next base, Valencia d'Aneu. After checking in the rest of the day is free to relax, explore Valencia d'Aneu itself, visit nearby Son, a romanesque village, or head to the nearby ski resort. There is also an eco museum in the village, set up in 1994 to promote eco conservation in the area and chart the steps being taken to ensure it.
To Son Valley, crossing the Negre forest, past the Pla de la Font hut to Fogueruix Pass at 2110m.
Son, a nearby village at 1390m famous for its Romanesque bell tower provides our starting point today. After a quick tour of the village we begin our ascent to the Fogueruix Pass at 2110m. On our way we can stop at the Pla de la Font mountain hut and crane our necks at some of the highest peaks in the area that tower above us. The pass itself lies between the Son Valley and the Aiguestortes National Park. We descend via another route back down to the Planes de Son where we began.
Set off for the Eastern part of the Aiguiestortes National Park to enjoy tranquil meadows and silver fir forests following rarely used trails for spectacular views.
The Aiguestortes National Park is known for its crystal clear lakes as much as for its snow clad forests and mountains. Our final walk takes us to some of the most idyllic of these lakes as we make our way to the Amitges cirque, the highest altitude we'll achieve this week. This amphitheatre-shaped valley sits just below giant peaks like the Montsaliente (2890m) Bassiero (2903m) and Amitges itself at (2848m). This area is loved by walkers and climbers, however is a gem known only to the few and the sight of these majestic mountains lying before and around us is certainly memorable. A 20 minute drive takes us back to the hotel for our last night.
End Valencia d'Aneu
End Valencia d'Aneu