Carros de foc

4 days / 3 nights

La mítica travesía del Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes y Lago de San Mauricio



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From Official Guides of Carros de Foc we encourage you to discover this spectacular high route in 4 days and 3 nights in which we will link the 9 high mountain refuges, passing through incredible necks and peaks.


From € 425

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Official guide Carros de Foc UIMLA / UIAGM

4 days stay in high mountain refuges with half board (optional add PICNIC + 45 €)

Mountain insurance

Official Carros de Foc Pass

Official T-shirt of Carros de Foc

Technical advice before and during the trip.

Does not include

Transport at the beginning of the journey

Extra consumption in shelters outside the contracted regime

About the trekking

It all started in the summer of 1987, when some guards in the area spontaneously decided to walk around the National Park of Aigües Tortes and Estany de Sant Maurici in a single day, they only intended to make a simple courtesy visit to others refuge.

This first visit was followed by others and in the same spontaneous way the name Carros de Foc was born.

Over the years, this trek has become the great classic of the Pyrenees, a must-see place for all mountain lovers.



Day 1

Parking Pont deth Ressèc – Refugio Restanca 2.010 m. – Refugio Ventosa i Calvell 2.220 m. – Refugio d’Estany Llong 1.985 m.


19 km

Elevation Gain

+1850 m.

Elevation Loss

-1300 m.


8 - 12 H.

We will meet the guide in the town of Arties, we will present and review the material. We will go up to the Pont deth Ressèc car park and from there we will start the first day of the journey. We will go up to the Restanca Refuge 2,010 m to then reach the Port de Rius 2,475 m. With the spectacular views of the Bessiberris and Punta Alta we will arrive after a beautiful descent to the Ventosa and Calvell Refuge 2,220 m. We will begin the long and spectacular ascent to the Coll del Contraix 2,747 m, the highest neck of the entire route. Once crowned, descent to finish the stage to the Estany Llong Refuge 1,985 m.

Day 2

Refugio d’Estany Llong 1.985 m. – Refugio de Colomina 2.395 m. – Refugio Josep Maria Blanc 2.350 m.


18 km

Elevation Gain

+1280 m.

Elevation Loss

-950 m.


7-9 H

We will start the day going up towards the Dellui Needles, to go around them and reach the Dellui pass 2,557 m. With the views of the great Estany Tort, we will descend towards the Vall Fosca before reaching the Colomina Refuge 2,395 m. On the way we will find the remains of a wagon that was built at the beginning of the 20th century with which they transported the materials for the hydroelectric constructions. After eating and gaining strength in the refuge, we will climb to the Pass of Saburó 2,667 m. From here we only need to go down to the incredible Estany Negre de Peguera and reach the Josep Maria Blanc refuge at 2,350 m where we will spend the night.

Day 3

Refugio Josep Maria Blanc 2.350 m. – Refugio Mallafré 1.950 m. – Refugio de Amitges 2.380 m. – Refugio de Saboredo 2.310 m.


19,5 km

Elevation Gain

+1100 m.

Elevation Loss

-1275 m.


7-9 H

We will leave to climb our first objective, the Coll de Monestero 2,715m. Then we will have to go down the incredible Monestero Valley until we reach the Ernest Mallafre Refuge 1,950m and the famous Estany de Sant Maurici. Leaving the Encantats behind, we will start the last climb of the day. We will visit the Refugio de Amitges 2,380m and then we will arrive at the Port of Ratera 2,550m. Now with the mountains of the Arán Valley in the background, we will make the final descent to our refuge today, Refugio Saboredo 2,310m.

Day 4

Refugio de Saboredo 2.310 m. – Refugio Colomers 2.130 m. – Refugio Restanca 2.010 m. – Parquing Pont deth Ressèc


14 km

Elevation Gain

+865 m.

Elevation Loss

-1450 m.


6-8 H

Last day of the journey, a more relaxed stage to arrive calmer at the end of the adventure. We will leave to make the rapid ascent to the Pass of Sendrosa 2,451 m. From the pass we will observe the Circo de Colomers and the direction where we will go after the next stop, Refugio de Colomers 2,130 m. All that remains is to go up to the Puerto de Calders 2,567 m where we will then go to the Puerto de Rius 2,475 m. From here we make our way to reach the Refugio de Embalse 2,010 m and finish at the Pont del Ressec car park where we will end the route.

Additional information

  • Backpack 25-35 liters
  • Waterproof boots or hiking boots
  • Technical clothing: Socks. Lightweight trekking shorts and long pants. Thermal t-shirt (first layer)
  • A spare
  • Polar lining or similar (second layer)
  • Light and thin primaloft jacket or feathers
  • Gore-Tex type jacket (third layer). Cap for the sun. Sunglasses
  • Front (spare batteries)
  • Small, lightweight sheet and towel bag.
  • Bottle or water bag type Camelback minimum 1 liter.
  • First aid kit and personal toilet.
  • Sun cream and lip protection.
  • Camera
  • Telescopic poles

We will meet the guide in the town of Arties, at 7:00 am. From here we will organize material and cars to get to the starting point, Parking Pont deth Ressèc.