Carros de Foc

The famous crossing of the Aigüestortes National Park

Description

Circular high mountain route linking the 9 refuges of the Aigüestortes and the Lake of Sant Maurici, Pallars. Alta Ribagorça and Vall d’Aran, enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in the area and is a must for experienced mountaineers and nature lovers. Granite blocks, stone quarries and steeply sloping roads covering an accumulated height difference of 4,200 m and a distance of 72 km.

This experience includes 5 stages in 5 days and 4 nights, classified as medium, as long as you have a habit of walking in the mountains and are in good physical condition.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:
Meeting at the Cavallers dam with the guide. Presentation and review of material
Estany de Cavallers (1.800 m) – Refuge Ventosa and Calvell (2.200 m) – Refuge Colomers (2.135 m)
Distance: 12 km | Slope: +750m/-550m | Estimated time: 6 – 8h

Day 2:
Refuge Colomers (2.135m) – Refuge Saboredo (2.299m) – Refuge d´Amitges (2.378 m)
Distance: 12,3 km | Slope: +820m/-400 m | Estimated time: 6 – 7h

Day 3:
Refuge d´Amitges (2.378 m) – Refuge J.M.Blanc (2.326 m)
Distance: 14,5 km | Slope: +950m/-920m | Estimated time: 6 – 7h

Day 4:
Refuge J.M.Blanc (2.326m) – Refuge Estany Llong (1.985m)
Distance: 18 km | Slope: +800m/-1.00m | Estimated time: 7 – 8h

Day 5:
Refuge Estany Llong (1.985m) – Estany de Cavallers (1.800m)
Distance: 14,5 km | Slope: +900m/-1.200m | Estimated time: 7 – 8h

Option B: If the weather is not good or any of the participants in the group is tired or does not see clear to carry out this last day, they will be able to descend comfortably along a well marked path until they reach a place where they can get off the bus, putting an end to the trek.
Distance: 4,5 km | Slope: +30m/-250m | Estimated Time: 2h

SUMMARY SHEET

Time and meeting point: At 9:00h in the Cavallers Dam
Time and point of completion: 17:00 Cavallers Arrest
Duration of the activity: 5 days – 4 nights
Total Distance: 72 km
Total accumulated unevenness: +4.200m
Recommended time: From July to October

Physical difficulty: Medium. This route is suitable for people with a good physical preparation who practice sports frequently or are used to walking for several days with important differences in level. It is recommended to have done some route of several days previously.

Individual material essential:

  • Clothing: It is essential to wear mountain clothing for the route (windproof mackintosh, warm clothes, breathable and comfortable clothing, long trousers and mountain socks, high mountain boots to protect the ankles, gloves, panties and hat. Spare clothes to change in the shelters.
  • For the rain: Waterproof poncho/capelina and waterproof backpack cover.
  • For the sun: Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection and cap.
  • Backpack: Suitable mountain backpack. Frontal or torch. Canteen. Sleeping bag with sheet (there are blankets in the shelters). Shower towel. Swimwear (optional). Earplugs for the nights in the shelters (optional)
  • Telescopic walking sticks

Food: For the first day bring food and drink from home. Dinners, breakfasts and lunches (picnic bags) are provided by the shelters.

Profile of the guide who will carry out the activity: Qualified mountain guide with extensive experience in the sector. Knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the environment.

Details

Includes

  • Travel management and reservations
  • Mountain guide service during the whole trek.
  • 4 nights in mountain huts with half board.
  • Accident, rescue and CR insurance.

It does not include

  • Transport (check the option of sharing travel expenses with other participants travelling from your area).
  • Drinks not included in the menu of the shelters.
  • Picnics

Conditions:

  • A minimum number of people is required to make the crossing. If this minimum is not met, customers will be offered an alternative date, another tour or a full refund.
  • The crossing may be affected due to special circumstances or weather.

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