The Pyrenean crossing.
Come and walk through the only National Park in Catalonia and discover all the treasures hidden inside. The mythical Carros de Foc crossing is a circular route that links the different shelters of the National Park of Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici.
This itinerary will take you to discover wonderful places such as: Aigüestortes, the lake of Sant Maurici, the mountain of Els Encantats, the Agulles d’Amitges, the circus of Colomèrs, the massif of the Besiberris, the valley of Monestero...
The crossing will allow you to connect the 4 regions that make up the National Park: Alta Ribagorça, Val d’Aran, Pallars Sobirà and Pallars Jussà. The route will impress you because of its spectacular nature and the beauty of its landscape: high mountain lakes, great peaks, incredible sunrises and sunsets, beautiful valleys and forests, granite needles ... Each stage will become a new and grand show of nature!
BEAR IN MIND
Duration: 5 to 6 days
Languages: Catalan, spanish, english
Material: Cross-country sportswear
Season: June to September
Starting Point: Any of the shelters along the route
WHAT CAN I DO
Come and discover the spectacular beauty that is hiding in the National Park, as you walk along the routes where year after year, mountain lovers from all corners of the world are marking their steps.
The 55-kilometer crossing runs entirely through mountain terrain, where granite blocks, pediments and paths blend into each of the stages. Although there is no specific signage, the itinerary shares a path with the GR 11 with red and white paint marks, other sections are marked with yellow stakes, and most of the time with landmarks built by other mountaineers.
Carros de Foc, converted into a Pyrenees classic, is a circular mountain route that joins the 9 mountain refuges of the National Park. To do the basic tour you will need between 5 and 7 days and you can start where you prefer and in the direction that you like. All the shelters are in places of great beauty where you can recover the strength you need to keep walking. You will also get to know how life is in the high mountain refuges, establishments that, besides offering shelter, play a very important role in the conservation of this great natural protected area.
Despite the hardness of the route there is a children’s version, for children under 10 years of age.
Espot National Park House
Carrer de Sant Maurici, 5 • 25597 Espot
Tel/Fax. 973 624 036
Boí National Park House
Ca de Simamet
Carrer de les Graieres, 2 • 25528 Boí
Tel. 973 696 189
Senet Information Center
C/ del Port,10 • 25553 Senet, Alta Ribagorça
Tel. 973 698 232
Llessuí Information Center
Ecomuseu dels Pastors de la Vall de Àssua
Antigues escoles s/n • 25567 Llessui, Pallars Sobirà
Tel. 973 621 798