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The eastern Pyrenees offer the hiker all the attributes of high mountain walking along with exploration of the lower foothills.  Close to the Mediterranean it is a region of great geological interest with mountain peaks plunging to deep valleys where stone built villages nestle beside rushing rivers.  Rare flowers, glaciated lakes and soaring birds of prey add to its appeal and all is enhanced by the proud warm-hearted people of Catalonia and the special culture unique to this part of Spain. 

The Walking

At the eastern side of  the Pyrenees this itinerary offers a wide variety of landscapes as the route progresses from the lower foothills near Beget at 500m up to a stunning high level crest walk via the Pic de la Vaca at 2801m. On the second day you cross over into France via a high pass once used by exiled bandits and smugglers. Landscapes change through deciduous forests, especially stunning during autumn, to typical alpine pine forests interspersed with fast-flowing streams from melting snows high above.  Emerging out into the higher meadows carpeted with wild flowers in Springtime the high mountains draw ever closer.  Now with spectacular views in all directions the route continues up amongst the high peaks, lakes and iced valleys as you approach the ancient Monastery of Nuria, first documented by Pope Alexander in the 12th century.  Finally descend down to Ribes de Freser, home to the museum and station for the rack railway which was renovated in 2008 after being in service to Nuria since 1912. The last day is free to explore the high mountains from Nuria once again or to take a lower level walk to an ancient village.  

Baggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can then travel with day rucksacks.  Some days you are taken to the start of a walk and/or collected at the end.  These transfers are included in the price.

Walk Grade

Self-guided – Challenging, due to the cumulative ascent for the trek. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 4520m, Descent 3600m, 55 miles.

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Catalonia Pyrenees Hotels

The hotels we have chosen are all family run hotels. They all have individual character, and most are in the centre of the villages they are located in. All rooms have their own bath or shower and English is spoken but often limited.

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Day 1.- Arrival
Transfer to your first hotel in Camprodon either from Ripolles station (included) or from Girona or Barcelona airports. The charming town of Camprodon has two rivers, a renowned Romanesque bridge and a lively Sunday market making a good base to start the trek and absorb the culture of Catalonia. 


Day 2.- Camprodon – Beget 
Leaving the Camprodon valley the trek starts with a fairly gentle day walking north towards the Garrotxa valley. As the track undulates through oak forests it passes beautiful Romanesque churches ending with superb views as it descends to the ancient and beautiful hamlet of Beget. Accommodation and dinner in Beget. Ascent 150m Descent 500m, ½ miles, 5hrs 

Day 3.- Beget – Prats de Mollo (FRANCE) 
The longest and toughest day of the trek.  You start by walking through the Rocabruna river gorge crossing many streams and bridges as you ascend to Rocabruna castle.  In the small village of Rocabruna with a short detour you find a Romanesque church from the 12th Century. The trail now ascends up to the border with France from where you descend to the walled French village of Prats de Mollo.  Explore the village and fort before dinner and accommodation at your hotel in Prats de Mollo. This is also an ideal place to spend an extra night.  Ascent 1050m Descent 550m, 13 ¾ miles 7hrs 


Day 4.- Prats de Mollo (FRANCE) – Mollo (SPAIN)

Leaving the lovely village of Prats de Mollo ascend through beech and pine forests up to the pass of Coll D'Ares.  From here a long and delightful descent with far reaching views leads you to the small village of Mollo perched on a ridge above the river.  Superb flowers line the way during late Spring and early Summer.  Log fires and a superb dinner await you at your hotel in Mollo. Ascent 900m, Descent 550m, ¾ miles, 5 ¼ hrs  


Day 5.- Mollo  – Setcases
The route is now reaching the higher mountains and on this day most of the way is across elevated open meadows with the mountain peaks at closer proximity.  It finishes with the walk down to the stone houses and rushing river of Setcases. Dinner and accommodation in Setcases. Ascent 750m, Descent 650m, ½ miles, 4 hrs  

Day 6.- Setcases – Nuria- Ribes de Fresser 
You will be driven to the start point of today's walk high above Setcases. The route rises to 2700m with  wonderful views over the northern valleys with its lakes and lagoons as you traverse the crest of the Pyrenees. Your destination is Núria, a sanctuary located in a round glaciated valley surrounded by mountains rising to 2800m. Nuria is only reachable by walking or a rack railway.
From Nuria you descend to Ribes de Fresser by the rack railway. Accommodation and dinner in Ribes. Ascent 840m, Descent 1010m, ½ miles, 5hrs 


Day 7.- Ribes De Freser
Free day to  to take the rack railway back up to Nuria and do some circular routes or to walk down to Querlabs through a spectacular gorge.  An alternative low level walk is another option. Accommodation and dinner in Ribes de Freser.

Day 8.- Return home
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. You are taken to the station for your train or transferred to Barcelona or Girona airports (at a supplement).

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Available from early May to October subject to early/late winter snow which may affect walking from Setcases to Nuria. Walking during the busier months of July and August will give higher temperatures during the first days of the trek, cooling as the week progresses to higher altitudes.  August brings a risk of afternoon thunderstorms which should not be underestimated.



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You have a choice of two airports. Barcelona is most convenient if travelling onwards by train. Girona is closest if you prefer a private transfer.

There is a wider choice of airlines flying into Barcelona.  Travelling via Barcelona will allow you the opportunity to explore this exciting city by spending a couple of nights at the end of the trek.

Flights to Girona airport are operated by Ryanair or charter flights from a number of points in the UK.

The Girona transfer to and from your hotel is available at a supplement of £130 per person based on two travelling. It takes 1 hour 30 minutes to Camprodon and 1 hour and 45 minutes back from Ribes de Freser.

There are flights as follows:
Nonstop from Gatwick Luton Stansted Bristol Bournemouth Cardiff Birmingham East Midlands Manchester Liverpool Leeds/Bradford Durham Tees Valley Newcastle Glasgow (Prestwick) Belfast and Dublin.

From Barcelona you can travel by train to Ripolles Station (about 2 hours 20 mins) where you will be met and transferred to the first hotel in Campradon. At the end you catch a train from Ribes de Freser to Barcelona airport again with a change in Barcelona city (about 3 hours). We provide the transfer to and from the station to the first and last hotel. The train is a local cost but we will provide full instructions and timetables. Transfer from Ripolles Station to Campradon is 20 minutes and from Ribes de Freser at the end just 5 minutes to the station.

Transfers to and from your hotel directly from the airport is available at a supplement see prices above per person based on two travelling. It takes 2½ hours to Camprodon from Barcelona and 1½ from Girona and 2 ¼ hours back to Barcelona from Ribes de Freser and 1 ¾ to Girona.

There are flights as follows:

Nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick Luton Stansted Bristol Cardiff Birmingham East Midlands Manchester Liverpool Leeds/Bradford Newcastle Glasgow Edinburgh Belfast and Dublin.

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Catalonia Pyrenees

Hotel to Hotel Trek

Included:

·         6 Nights accommodation with half board* and 1 night B&B

·         Transfers from Ripolles station to first hotel  

·         Transfer from last hotel to Ribes de Freser station**

·         Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

·         Any additional people transfers as indicated in your itinerary

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*  Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
**Transfers can be arranged to and from first/last hotel from Gerona or Barcelona airport at a supplement. We can provide rail timetables to/from Barcelona.

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Gatwick to Girona or Barcelona. Flights from many local airports can also be arranged (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 6 nights half board* and 1 night bed & breakfast in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

6 nights half board*, 1 night B&B

With Flights#

6 nights half board*, 1 night B&B

Own International Flights

Extra Night

per person

Single Supplement

per night**

01 May – 01 Nov

999

869

POA

32

*   Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
** No solo travelers
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Seasonal supplement may apply at Easter

POA = Prices on application

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