Carros de foc

6 days / 5 nights

The mythical crossing of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

Time

6 days

Technical difficulty

1/3

Physical difficulty

2/3

Max participants

10 people
From Carros de Foc official guides we encourage you to discover this spectacular high route in 6 days and 5 nights in which we will link the 9 high mountain refuges, passing through incredible necks and peaks.

Price

From € 600

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Includes

Official guide Carros de Foc UIMLA / UIAGM

5 days stay in high mountain refuges with half board (optional add PICNIC + 70€)

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.

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Program

Day 1

Planell d’aiguestortes 1.850 m – Refugi Estany Llong 1.985 m – Refugi Colomina 2.420 m

Distance

16 km

Elevation Gain

+950 m.

Elevation Loss

-380 m.

Time

6-7 h.

We will meet the guide at the Vall de Boí Taxi stand, where we will take a 4×4 taxi that will take us to the starting point of the route, the Planell d’Aigüestortes. We will climb until we find the Estany Llong Refuge 1,985m. We will continue climbing towards the Agulles de Delluí and we will crown the Coll de Delluí 2,557m. We will go down to find the railway, which are the remains of an old wagon that transported materials for hydroelectric constructions in the early twentieth century. Then we will find the Colomina Refuge 2,420m where we will spend the first night.

Day 2

Refugi Colomina 2.420 m.  –  Refugi Josep Maria Blanc 2.350 m.

Distance

10 km

Elevation Gain

+600 m.

Elevation Loss

-600 m.

Time

3-6 h.

The idea of this stage is to reach some of the characteristic peaks of the Peguera valley and finish the descent discovering the hydroelectric systems characteristic of the national park with surprise included.

We begin the spectacular climb of the Pas de l’Ós. Once passed, we will have to touch the Coll de Saburó 2,667m. At this point we can climb the Pic de Saburó 2,906 m a peak that offers spectacular views. After the summit, we will take the path we left to reach the Josep Maria Blanc refuge 2,350m where we will spend the night.

Day 3

Refugi Josep Maria Blanc 2.350m –  Ernest Mallafré 1.950 m. – Refugi d’Amitges 2.380 m.

Distance

13 km

Elevation Gain

+950 m.

Elevation Loss

-900 m.

Time

6-7 h.

The day begins with the climb to the Coll de Monastero 2,715m, here we will have the option to climb to the top of Monestero 2,877 m or Peguera 2,982m. Descend through the huge Monestero Valley to the 1,950m Ernest Mallafré Refuge, where you will soon find the famous Sant Maurici Lake. Final climb to the Amitges Refuge 2,380m where we will end the day.

Day 4

 Refugi d’Amitges 2.380m – Refugi Saboredo 2.310 m. – Refugi de Colomers 2.130 m.

Distance

12 km

Elevation Gain

+600 m.

Elevation Loss

-850 m.

Time

6 h.

Leaving the Agulles d’Amitges on our right, we will go up to the Port de Ratera 2,550m. From the pass we have the option to climb the Tuc de Ratera 2,862m. At this point we will see the Ruda Valley and descend to the Saboredo Refuge 2,310m. Final ascent to the spectacular Coll de Sendrosa 2,451m and descent to the Circ de Colomers where we will find the Colomers Refuge 2,130m.

Day 5

Refugi de Colomers 2.130m – Refugi Restanca 2.010m – Refugi Ventosa i Calvell 2.220m

Distance

15 km

Elevation Gain

+1000 m.

Elevation Loss

-960 m.

Time

6-8 h.

Today we will enter the great Circus of Colomers, we will begin the ascent to the Port of Caldes 2,567m. Then we will cross the Port de Rius 2,475m to make the descent until we reach the Restanca Refuge 2,010m. Once at the refuge we will have two options, make our way to the Port de Rius or climb the Coll de Tumeneia 2,603 m. Both to finish at the Ventosa i Calvell Refuge 2,220 m.

Day 6

Refugi Ventosa i Calvell 2.220 m – Refugi Estany Llong 1.985 m – Planell d’Aigüestortes 1.850 m

Distance

14 km

Elevation Gain

+850 m.

Elevation Loss

-1100 m.

Time

7 h.

Last day of crossing where we will meet the famous Coll de Contraix 2,747 m, the highest pass of the whole crossing. Then we will start the descent to the Estany Llong Refuge 1,985 m. Once at the refuge, all we have to do is make our way back to the Planell d’Aiguestortes 1,850 m where we will take the 4×4 taxi back to Boí.

Additional information

NECESSARY MATERIAL
  • 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
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PLACE AND TIME OF MEETING

We will meet the guide at the 4×4 Taxi stop in Boí, at 8:00 in the morning.

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