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In Andorra they call it the Crown of Lakes. High in the Andorran Pyrenees this 60 mile circuit threads its way between high peaks, mountain lakes and snow spattered slopes.

Guided Walking Holidays - Andorra Mountain Trek

In Andorra they call it the Coronallacs, the Crown of Lakes. High in the Andorran Pyrenees this tough 60 mile circuit threads its way between high peaks, mountain lakes and snow spattered slopes whilst never descending below 1500m. It’s clearly set to join Europe’s famous mountain circuits, rivalling the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Haute Route and Alta Via I. We have an adrenalin-packed five full days on the trail, staying in four remote mountain refuges, with one night in a hotel at either end. Leaving our hotel behind we head to the L’Illa Shelter along the lowest and most forested part of our trail. Views over the Incles Valley will lead us to our second stay at the Jucla Shelter. The Sorteny Shelter is our destination for the day spotting butterflies as we walk in this little known national park.

One of our longest days walking for 11 hours takes us up steep slopes along the Els Aspres path to the Comapedrosa Shelter. Today is the final tough walk but the hard work of the last few days is worth it as we awake to amazing views of the sunrise hitting the peak of Comapedrosa and the path to our final night back in civilisation.

The huts are modern, staffed and well-equipped, whilst retaining their rustic charm – this unique combination guarantees their ongoing attraction. Their locations make for fascinating overnight stays with stunning sunset views to be enjoyed with a glass of wine at the end of a hard day’s hiking. Even in the remoteness of the mountains the locals pride themselves on their cooking, so the food is always good.

As well as your Ramblers Walking Holidays leader, a local mountain guide will be with us throughout. They will not only guide us along the trail but also open our eyes to the remarkable flora and fauna all around us. Look out for eagles circling overhead at these rarefied altitudes.

Please note days average 10-11 hours walking.

Holiday Highlights

  • See spectacular panoramic views across the Andorran Pyrenees.
  • Walk high and remote trails and enjoy the idyllic locations of the high mountain huts.
  • Take on the challenge of this high level mountain circuit.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Barcelona (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Mixed dormitory accommodation with breakfasts and dinners taken in the hotel/huts
      Six packed lunches
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 8

  1. Day 1

    We fly into Barcelona and drive three hours to Encamp where we will spend our first night in a comfy hotel before heading into the mountains.

  2. Day 2

    Our first day’s walking sees us leave the hotel by private bus as we head to the start of the Coranallacs Route with our Ramblers Walking Leader and our Local Mountain Guide showing us the way.

    From Andorra La Vella we join the GR7, entering forests dominated by Scots pine and deciduous trees. Keep an eye out for wild boar, wild sheep, chamois and marmots.

    Once through the forest we emerge onto the beautiful Pla de l’Ingla where the river splits into two due to the flat terrain.

    Continuing along our path we’ll see the first of many lakes on our journey. Soon after we arrive at our destination for the day the, Illa Refuge at 2,488m. Not far from the shelter you’ll find the Forcats tarns, which add even more charm to the environment. After a hearty dinner take some time outside for your first night of no noise or light pollution, just the stars lighting up the sky.

    8 Miles, 1,473m Ascent 40m Descent, 7hrs 00mins

  3. Day 3

    As we wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and mountain air filling us with excitement we prepare to head for the next hut.

    From the Illa Hut we climb to the Collada de Pessons from where we can see the circle of lakes that make up the Pessons. We descend towards Les Bordes d’Envalira, a chance on our route to touch civilisation and top up on any supplies you might like.

    In the afternoon our route will take in a view point where you look over the two countries of Andorra and France before arriving at our home for the night, the Jucla Hut at 2,310m.

    12 miles, 1,350m Ascent/1,527m Descent, 10.5hrs

  4. Day 4

    The Jucla Hut overlooks a nearby lake which makes it well worth getting up early to catch the sunrise over this serene environment.

    As we leave the hut we cross over the stream coming down from the dam and traverse over to the Manego meadows and head for Lake Cabana Sorda at 2,295m. As our path takes us past Lake Cabana Sorda and up to Cabana Sorda ridge which then descends to Coms de Jan shepherds hut, then the last ascent to Collada des Meners and then our route down to our third hut is clearly visible as it meanders its way through the Sorteny Valley Nature Park. Here is a great time to slow down and watch the butterflies zigzag their way around you, guiding you to the Sorteny Shelter.

    10.5 miles, 1,425m Ascent/1,770m Descent, 10.5hrs

  5. Day 5

    Our route to our final hut takes us towards the towns of El Serrat and Llorts, passing the trout centre on route. As we near the Comapedrosa Nature Park we prepare ourselves for a fairly steep ascent to Clot del Cavall.

    Once past our steep ascent followed by a long descent into and through woods, which is very much at the top of our grade and over for a very short time, we are onto the GRP path leading us to our overnight stay at the Comapedrosa Hut nestled at the foot of the steep mountains around us.

    13.5 miles, 1,900m Ascent/1,600m Descent, 11hrs

  6. Day 6

    As the day’s sun rays start casting over the peak of Comapedrosa it’s time to finish the final segment and head out of the mountains.

    We slowly descend and enter back into woodland offering the chances to spot Capercaillie, Roe deer or Mufflons among other wildlife all heading back towards Caldea and our start point four days ago.

    Seeing Andorra La Vella again signifies that you have just finished circumnavigating a country!

    13 miles, 716m Ascent/1,950m Descent, 9.5hrs

  7. Day 7

    It has come time to bid farewell to the charming, beautiful and challenging country that is Andorra and transfer to Barcelona airport for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Barcelona (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 3 hours
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Andorra Mountain Huts

Once on the Coronallac's route we will be staying in 4 very well equipped and staffed mountain shelters. The shelters have everything you could need to ensure a good nights sleep ready for the next day.

At each of the huts our accommodation will be in mixed gender dormitories each night.

Each of the shelters has its own unique points whether it be the panoramic views out of the Illa Refuge or spotting the butterflies fluttering around you at the Sorteny Refuge, each will offer peace and tranquillity after a great days walking.

All meals are included as depicted in the 'Proposed Itinerary'. Meals in the huts are great from hearty warming stews to Butifarra sausage and beans a local Catalan dish with soups and salads a plenty. Lots to keep the energy levels up.

Hotel Evenia Coray

The family run Hotel Evenia Coray in Encamp provides an excellent base from which to explore the Andorran Pyrenees. The town and hotel are surrounded by stunning mountains and provide access to the high altitude terrain with relative ease. Clean simply furnished rooms include free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, telephone and private balconies. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant, as well as dinners, which are both included. There is a lounge, restaurant and bar, as well as a well kept garden to enjoy the mountain scenery after a satisfying day in the hills.

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