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The Route of the Great Lakes • Full • 8 Days

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8 Days 7 Nights 6 Stages
Availability : JUNE 8’ – SEP 30’ 2019
VIELHA, Val d’Aran
VIELHA, Val d’Aran
Max People : 50
Tour Details

The walking tour by the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.

CAMINS VIUS pursues the promotion of the hiking as Local development instrument through the creation a bypass itinerary of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, starting from the recovery of the historic paths that since time immemorial have communicated 6 valleys that surround it: Valls d’Àneu, Vall d’Àssua, Vall Fosca, Vall de Boí, Vall de Barrabés and Val d’Aran; and goes through 3 historic mountain passes: Port de Vielha, Port de la Bonaigua and Port de Rus. Which are put at the service of an hiking experience that contributes to discover and know the history and culture they express.

Departure & Return Location

VIELHA, Val d’Aran (Google Map)

Departure Time

1 Hour Before Start Time.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights in half board (Breakfast, dinner and accommodation)
  • The services forfait (map, road-book, tracks for GPS, Transport of luggage in each stage except the night in Colomina shelter (hut), an entrance to visit the St. Joan church in Boi and a tasting ticket of typical liquors of Val d’Aran)
  • Taxi service from Espot to Estany de Sant Maurici
  • Taxi service from Aigüestortes to Boí
  • Taxi service from Aneto to South mouth of Tunnel of Vielha

Price Excludes

  • Tourist tax (0.50€ per day & person)

Complementaries

  • 6 Picnic Lunches.
  • For members of the Mountaineering club: -10 €.
What to Expect

CAMINS VIUS pursues the promotion of the hiking as Local development instrument through the creation a bypass itinerary of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, starting from the recovery of the historic paths that since time immemorial have communicated 6 valleys that surround it: Valls d’Àneu, Vall d’Àssua, Vall Fosca, Vall de Boí, Vall de Barrabés and Val d’Aran; and goes through 3 historic mountain passes: Port de Vielha, Port de la Bonaigua and Port de Rus. Which are put at the service of an hiking experience that contributes to discover and know the history and culture they express.

  • Day1
  • Day 2
  • 10,3 km
  • 4H50'
  • 368 m
  • 99 m
  • Day 3
  • 15,40 km
  • 4H50'
  • 800 m
  • 560 m
  • Day 4
  • 13 km
  • 4H30'
  • 580 m
  • 900 m
  • Day 5
  • 13 km
  • 5H/6H
  • 515 m
  • 600 m
  • Day 6
  • 14,2 km
  • 5H/5H30'
  • 975 m
  • 902 m
  • Day 7
  • 16 km
  • 5H30'/6H
  • 812 m
  • 1.467 m
  • Day 8Departure of Vielha.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Vielha, Val d’Aran

Check-in at Hotel from 14.00H.
Collected of vouchers at the CAMINS office (Avda. Pas d’Arrò, 5 – Galerías Giles) in Vielha.

Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday: from 9.00H to 13.00H | from 17.00H to 20.00H.
Saturday and Sunday: from 17.00H to 20.00H.

Day 2Vielha – Salardú

Itinerary: Vielha (974m), Betren, Escunhau, Garòs, Arties, Gessa, Salardú (1.268m)

The 10 km that separate Vielha de Salardu pass through the main bottom of the Valley harness, which unites, with its waters, the river Garonne. The landscape is a meadows variety, vegetation lines and forests. To all this there is added the typical villages like Escunhau, Garòs and Gessa among others. In this stretch, we can also view, at the right hand, the perpendicular valleys of Bargadera and Valarties while on the left hand, we’ll find the narrow precipices that fall from the Tuc de Ombèr and Tuc de Arena, 2.523 m.

Day 3Salardú – Gerdar de Sorpe

Itinerary: Salardú (1.268 m), Baqueira 1500, Val de Ruda, Estanyets del Cap del Port (2060 m), Port de la Bonaigua (2072 m), Mare de Déu de les Ares (1760 m), Cascada del Salt de Comials (1660 m) Refugio del Gerdar (1550 m)

In this stage we’ll walk by the South slope of the Pyrenees, by the Port de la Bonaigua. The Garona River, Aranese River that births in the Pla de Beret, in the dividing of waters where it also does it the Noguera Pallaresa River. Along this stretch we’ll find the Aiguamòg and the Ruda Rivers. Both flow by glacier valleys of great beatify, with natural meadows, dark forests, and multitude of ponds, waterfalls and high mountains. At Northeast of these valleys, there is the ski station. And when we arrive to the Bonaigua, meadows and more alpine meadows where herds graze in summer. The surrounding peaks are wild, aerial and cold. But at their feet you will find the beautiful lake of Gerber and, a little lower, it grows a unique forest: the Gerdar de Sorpe.

Day 4Gerdar de Sorpe - Espot

Itinerary: Gerdar de Sorpe (1.550 m), Pas del Coro (1.946 m), Coll de Fogueruix (2.080 m), Espot (1.320 m)

This stage is of forest character. The Gerdar de sore joins to the Mata de València and these make the largest surface of fir trees in the Iberian Peninsula. In spite of the thousands of trees that will find, there are peaks that we can’t fail to complete like the Pui de les Ares or the Bonaigua or the Tesol characteristic. The descent to Son village leads us to a new landscape, full of meadows and ravines worthy of being contemplated with tranquillity. Passing the Pas de Coro, the route enters a wooded shade that lets us to look the opposite slope, the Solana de Son. It’s a zone with forest and a lot of meadows like the one we’ll find around the Pla de la Font shelter (hut).

This stage will give us the magical feeling of being surrounded by nature everywhere.

Day 5Espot – Boi

Itinerary: Estany de Sant Maurici, Portarró d’Espot (2.430 m), Aigüestortes (1.800 m),
Boi (1.236 m).

This one-day itinerary takes you to two of the most emblematic places in the park, the Aigüestortes Plain and Lake Sant Maurici. The footpath passes through El Portarró d’Espot (2,430 m) one of the best-known mountain passes in the Pyrenees, a natural pass between the counties of Alta Ribagorça and Pallars Sobirà. Peaks, valleys, woods, meadows and many lakes make up this spectacular and captivating landscape.

A spectacular landscape where you will find lakes such as Sant Maurici, El Llong and El Redó. A Glacial morphology: glacial cirques, U-shaped valleys and lakes tell us of the erosive action of the ancient glaciers that occupied these valleys 50,000 years ago. Meadows and pastures where you can see species of flora and fauna adapted to the harsh environmental conditions of the high mountains. A monumental tree: the mountain pine of Peixerani. A unique site, the Aigüestortes Plain where the Sant Nicolau River traces a series of meanders with silently flowing water. The Romanesque churches of the Boí Valley, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day 6Boí - Aneto village

Itinerary: Boí, Erill La Vall (1.260 m), Coll de Basco, Port de la Gelada (2.069 m), Senet (1.205 m), Aneto (1.380 m)

At highlight the Collado with the best views of the Boí valley and the mountains of Aigüestortes National Park. The Port de la Gelada where you will find the Barravés valley and its surrounding mountains: Pico de la Tallada, Vallibierna, Rusell and Aneto peak. Granite mountains over three thousand meters high, beech forests and nearly 40 lakes distributed throughout the different valleys, together with the traditional torchlight processions held on the night of St. John’s day all combine in an example of natural and cultural heritage that is well worth discovering. The Information Centre of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is in the village of Senet.

Day 7Aneto - Vielha

Itinerary: Aneto (1.380 m ), Senet (1.205 m), Espitau de Vielha (1.620 m), Port de Vielha (2.442 m), Bosca Norte del Túnel de Vielha (1.380 m), Vielha (980 m)

The Pòrt de Vielha is one of the great classics in the Val d’Aran. Transit point for people, livestock and goods, Pòrt de Vielha is steeped in history. Throughout the centuries, and more so after the opening of the tunnel, it has been one of the most important crossover points between the north and south sides of the central Pyrenees. A point where the waters divide towards the Atlantic or the Mediterranean, and where the views towards Feixans, Molières, Aneto and Maladeta are truly privileged.

At highlight the old “Vielha Hospital” with its sanctuary is a building full of history. The high mountain feel and Pass with its splendid views. Direct arrival to the main square of Vielha, with the Romanesque church of St. Miquel.

We recommend the ascension of the Tuc deth Port de Vielha. Between going up and down about 2 Hours. A fantastic views of the Aneto peak and Maladetas.

Day 8Departure of Vielha

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