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Hiking in Andorra

from £850
Lush green valleys painted with wild flowers and pointed, jagged, rounded, rolling, in fact every type of mountain you can imagine! 
  • Product Code 11800,11805
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 6, Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration 7, 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Hiking in Andorra

Lush green valleys sprinkled with wild flowers and pointed, jagged, rounded, rolling, in fact every type of mountain you can imagine! The faint sound of cow bells ringing in the distance and cosy wooden chalets dotted on the mountainside. Walkers with smiles on their faces can only mean you have arrived in Andorra.

These magnificent peaks reach 3000m into the sky all along the French/Spanish border providing a photogenic backdrop as we explore remote quiet valleys and secluded mountain lakes.

The gentle Val de Incles offers a range of quiet rambles in Alpine scenery, where we can trek up rough paths from the head of lovely flower strewn Val Incles to admire the many stunningly situated mountain lakes. Reaching the grand, unspoiled Val Madriu, a World Heritage Site, will require more, well rewarded, effort! The gondola lift from Encamp and high mountain roads allow easy access to high terrain at over 2000m with moderate effort which allows time to bask in the wide mountain views. A number of historic Romanesque churches with unique frescos can also be visited. There is much more to be discovered in the ‘Country of the Pyrenees’ than the shoppers or skiers ever imagined and it's best done on foot!

Our hotel features views from its veranda and restaurant that entice your eyes down through the valley below and over the town, with mountains framing your view, gently calling to you to explore them. On rest days it is possible to visit the Spanish town of Seu de Urgell.

The week of 02 June will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flowers and plants. From 09 June onwards, you can enjoy our two walks, two leaders, two grades option where you can choose to walk at either grade 6 or 8.

Holiday Highlights

  • Find and photograph some of Europe’s rarest and most colourful mountain flora.
  • Ramble amongst the beautiful meadows in Sorteny.
  • Walk into the glorious unspoiled Val Madriu, now a World Heritage Site.
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 Toulouse (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Full board en suite accommodation with breakfasts and dinner in hotel and packed lunches
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades on most dates
      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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 6 and 8

  1. Day 1

    Once we have cleared through our arrival airport we will transfer to Encamp.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    With Andorra being a walking wonderland there are just so many great walks we could undertake it makes telling you about them all impossible so here are a few examples:

     Val d’Incles & Cabana Sorda
    Both groups will take transport to the top of the beautiful Val d’Incles, then walk together for the first hour. We follow a stony path beside a stream then climb to the Cabana Sorda lake and unmanned refuge. From here we continue on a contouring path to the Salamandres lakes for lunch and a possible swim. Our descent from Estany de Querol (the largest of these lakes) goes through woods and arrives at El Tarter from where we take transport home.
    10.5km. +600m/-700m. 5 hours.

    From the Cabana Sorda the grade 8 walk begins to climb steeply on the GRP to the col at 2600m and from there along a fine ridge to our peak on the French border. Returning to the col for lunch, we then continue along the ridge before making an easy descent to the Salamandres lakes. The rest of the walk down to El Tarter follows the Grade 6 route.
    12 km; +1100m/-1200m; 6 ½ hours.

    Along the Old Tramway
    Both groups will be walking in this World Heritage protected area of outstanding beauty. From the Engolasters lake the grade 6 walk follows the GR11 path along the route of an old tramway as it contours above the main valley, with excellent views of the bustle far below. We then climb on a stony path to the Col de Javell and get our first glimpse into the Val de Madriu. The path now descends gently into this valley with its beautiful alpine meadows. Some may like to continue further into the valley, but return to this point. Then we have a long descent on a stony mule-track to Escaldes in the main valley.
    Max. 15km.  +500m/-1000m. 6 hours.

     The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the unmanned refuge. Just beyond here we take a steep path, passing a refuge, to reach the Collada de Maina. The Pic de Maina (2519m) is an easy optional extra from the col. The descent is similar to the grade 6 option, but longer.
    19km; +870m/-1370m; 7 hours.

     Up at the Pessons Lakes
    This beautiful walk to the Pessons lakes has an ‘out and back’ section, which allows you to shorten it if you want. From Grau Roig we walk up through woods to the first of the Pessons Lakes. The GR7 then leads us over stony ground through a ribbon of delightful lakes surrounded by high peaks. We can go as far as we choose before settling for lunch and a swim opportunity. We retrace our steps to the first lake and the bar before continuing on the GRP path through meadows and some ski installations. Marmots are always heard and usually seen here. Our walk ends at Bordes d’Envalira.
    Max. 9.5km. +500m/-700m. 6 hours walking

     The grade 8 walk follows the same route as the Grade 6 through the ribbon of lakes, but extends to climb the ‘back-wall’ of the coma (cirque) to the fantastic viewpoint of the Pic dels Pessons (2864m).
    18km; +840m/-960m; 7 hours walking

     Crossing to Siscaro Lakes
    From Port d’Envalira at 2400m a gentle climb on a jeep track will take us to the Pic de Maia (2615m) from where we strike out across the high ground and along a ridge to the Col Port Dret. After crossing this we will descend to the Siscaro lakes. The path zig-zags down through loose scree to our lunch stop at the lakes, giving another chance for a swim.    Afterwards we make a long and gentle descent with some excellent views, arriving at Soldeu.
    14,7km. +500m/-600m. 6 hours

    The grade 8 walk is the same as far as the Col Port Dret. We then follow a switchback ridge with several peaks over 2700m, before meeting the French border and making a small detour to Pic de la Cabanetta. We then descend steeply towards the Siscaro lakes then continue gently down through woods to the main valley at Soldeu.
    18km; +900m/-1200m; 7 hours.

    Beside the Streams to Open Meadows
    A walk that can vary in length according to your choice. From Canillo our path contours its way into the Val de Riu. We then climb up beside of the stream to reach the open meadows and walk further into the valley to the unmanned refuge, a very attractive spot for lunch. Returning from there we take a woodland path which descends into the main valley at l’Aldosa. The walk can end here or continue on the Nature Trail, which follows the river down the main valley on the ‘quiet side’.
    Max.11km. +350m/-650m. 5 hours.

     The grade 8 walk starts in the same way, but ascends to the Pic de la Torradella (2548m) which dominates its surroundings and gives a fine viewpoint. There is no clear path to the ridge. On the ridge itself there is some easy scrambling before the descent into a classic hanging valley.
    9km; +850m/-1050m; 6 hours

     Mountains, Mountains Everywhere!
    This is a lovely walk to the Pla de l’Estany is surrounded by the highest mountains in Andorra. We begin with a steep climb from Arinsal, largely shaded, before reaching a high meadow. The path then contours through the trees to arrive at the collet de Font Podrida, which overlooks a huge basin surrounded by mountains - a coma or cirque. We descend on the GRP and GR11 tracks back to Arinsal.
    10km. +650m/-650m. 5 hours

    Coma Pedrosa at 2942m is the BIG ONE and presents a significant challenge, with a long approach walk, a technically demanding climb and a long, steep descent. This grade 8 walk is only possible in good weather and with no significant lying snow. From Port de Cabus on the western border with Spain we walk along the border ridge towards Pic de Port Negre and past Pic del Port Vel to a col at Portella de Sanfonts. From here we descend steeply into the Coma Pedrosa valley before beginning our final climb. We reach Estany Negre and then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. This is not difficult, but requires scrambling and a good head for heights. At the summit cairn we will be rewarded with a fantastic vista and a great sense of achievement. The descent is either down the ridge or through a scree-run just behind, to the lake and on to the manned refuge far below.
    17km; +1100m/-1600m; 7 ½ hours.

     In a one week tour there will generally be a free day where visits to the nearby Casa Cristo folk museum, the Romanesque church and Moorish castle at les Bons and the sanctuary at Meritxell with its ancient and modern churches are all within easy and pleasant walking distance. If you want to walk to discover more flowers, just ask the leader for some advice.

  3. Day 8

    It is time to bid farewell to this charming country and transfer back to the airports and onwards to home.

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Heathrow to Toulouse (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.3hrs
  • 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.

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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