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Food

  • All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included. Cuisine in the Catalan Pyrenees includes ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, pasta, pork sausages, lamb, chicken, fish, game and mushrooms. Desserts including the famous Cream Catalana (a yellow cream dessert) and Peres de Lleida (dessert made of pears) are well known in the region. Catalonia is an area of Spain that produces lovely white wines, strong reds and crisp rosé but the most well known is the Cava; considered the Spanish version of Champagne. A limited amount of wine is included with dinners. Both accommodations have a reputation of producing some of the best cuisine in the High Catalan Pyrenees. On the free day only breakfast is included. You are welcome to try out one of the restaurants in Rialp for lunch or dinner, or elsewhere, depending where you spend your free day. 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:* Hotel Victor and Lo Paller cater well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements; please do advise the sales team when booking.

Activities

  • Winter
  • Snowshoeing
  • Food

    • All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included. Cuisine in the Catalan Pyrenees includes ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, pasta, pork sausages, lamb, chicken, fish, game and mushrooms. Desserts including the famous Cream Catalana (a yellow cream dessert) and Peres de Lleida (dessert made of pears) are well known in the region. Catalonia is an area of Spain that produces lovely white wines, strong reds and crisp rosé but the most well known is the Cava; considered the Spanish version of Champagne. A limited amount of wine is included with dinners. Both accommodations have a reputation of producing some of the best cuisine in the High Catalan Pyrenees. On the free day only breakfast is included. You are welcome to try out one of the restaurants in Rialp for lunch or dinner, or elsewhere, depending where you spend your free day. 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:* Hotel Victor caters well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements; please do advise the sales team when booking.
  • 1

    Start Rialp.

    If you are unable to meet the group at the airport, the trip will begin in Rialp, a small village set at 725m altitude, with only 629 full time residents.  *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 2

    Snowshoe the Santa Magdalena valley; informative afternoon session about the Pyrenees.

    A 10 minute transfer takes us to our start point, where Roní and Port-Ainé ski resort are linked, for a day exploring the Santa Magdalena Valley. Crossing deep forests and ridges we admire some of the highest peaks of Catalonia. The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins), where our guide will provide you with more information about the Pyrenees area. For instance you will hear about Tírvia – a village destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, where the last Cathar was arrested. There will be time to explore this village on the following day. Distance: 6km/ Elevation gain: 450m/ Duration: 5 hours including breaks. *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 3

    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 30 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 a traditional way of life in the remote countryside is what makes this walk memorable. After the walk we transfer to the village of Surp in the Assua Valley (30 mins) and visit cheese producer Clara Ferrando. She relocated from her home near Barcelona to set up a 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 of Catalonia. We then end the day with a 30 minute walk back to Rialp. Distance: 8km/ Elevation gain: 550m/ Duration: 6 hours including breaks. *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 4

    Walk in the Espot mountains, wine tasting at the hotel.

    For the third snowshoe walk of the week we will be in the Espot mountains. Our aim is to reach the Rossell peak (2007m) located on the ridge between the Espot and the Escart valleys. The views from the summit are certainly worth the effort! Our path takes us through El Forcall, a forest of an outstanding beauty, where dwarf mountain pines and silver birches will lead our way. On the ground we can see alpenrose and common bearberry, along with juniper in the sunniest parts. The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins) where we will have the opportunity to taste some of the local produce, including cheese and sausages from the Pallars Sobirà region, accompanied with wine from the south of Catalonia. Distance: 12km/ Elevation gain: 500m/ Duration: 5-6 hours including breaks. *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 5

    Free day for relaxation or optional activities such as skiing, visiting the Romanesque village of Son or taking a local bus to surrounding villages of Esterri d’Àneu or Sort.

    After breakfast the rest of the day is free to relax, explore Rialp, visit Son, a village home of a remarkable Romanesque church, or head to the nearby ski resort. Rialp is well connected to Sort and Esterri d’Àneu thanks to local bus lines. in Esterri d’Àneu you can find an interesting eco museum, set up in 1994 to promote the ecoconservation in the area while in Sort you have the opportunity to visit a museum called The Freedom Trail. It illustrates the story of thousands of people (Jewish, British airplane pilots for instance) who escaped from the Fascist regime during the World War II by crossing the Pyrenees. Your leader will be able to advise you of your options of how best to spend your free day.  *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 6

    Transfer to Planes de Son, on to Aiguestortes National park, pass Pla de la Font hut to Fogueruix Pass (2110m).

    After breakfast we head off to Planes de Son, our starting point today, passing by Son, a nearby village at 1390m famous for its Romanesque bell tower. On our way to the Fogueruix Pass at 2110m, we get into the Aigüestortes National park and 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 Espot valley. We descend via another route back down to the Planes de Son. Distance: 11.5km/ Elevation gain: 690m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks. *Hotel Victor or similar*

  • 7

    Circular walk across Port-Ainé forest and Orri peak summit (2439m).

    Today, our circular walk will take us to the summit of Torreta de l’Orri (2439m), a peak located at the top of the Port-Ainé ski resort. It represents the highest point we will reach during the week and from here we will be rewarded by breathtaking views of Catalonia, and of the other peaks of the Pyrenees. After having taken some moments to admire the beauty of the area we will follow a crest line to then continue into a dwarf-mountain pine forest called Duc. NOTE: Depending on weather and snow conditions this loop can be shortened to 9km and the elevation gain will be 371m. Distance: 14.5km/ Elevation gain: 480m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks *Hotel Lo Victor or similar*

  • 8

    End Rialp

    Our trip finishes today in Rialp.

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