Andorra

Hiking and trekking

hiking and trekking
Pic de Coma Pedrosa 2,942m
42°35′26″N 1°26′41.21″E

4h30, climb 1,370m, medium until the lake, difficult on the ridge. the highest mountain in andorra. mountain hut half way up, lakes. beautiful view of the surrounding summits, the valley of arinsal and to the west, the maladeta and ecantats massifs. parking at torrent ribal 1580m.

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If you would like more information on the mountain huts in Andorra, go to Mountain huts in Andorra (http://www.hola-andorra.c...). If you are afraid of sleeping in a tent because of wild animals and night sounds "demons", a good place to stay while hiking and trekking in Andorra is the Himàlaia Hotel in Soldeu (http://www.himalaiahotels.com), which has its own team of hiking guides who go every day with their guests to walk and discover a lot of interesting hiking routes around the country. Be sure to bring something other than sandals for your feet and a purse for your cellphone.

Andorra is a great place for hiking. The point of departure is the town of Arinsal at the foot of the Coma Pedrosa 2,942m 9,652 ft and the Pic de Médécourbe 2,914m 9,560 ft.

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Treks from Arinsal (1,500m)

Pic de sanfons 2,888 m/9,475 ft, 4h45, climb 1,310 m/4,298 ft, medium until the hut, difficult on the ridge. view on the coma pedrosa, the valley of tor, the lakes of baiau in spain as well as on the pallars mountains. mountain hut and lake on the way. parking at torrent ribal 1,580 m 5,184 ft.

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Pic de Médécourbe 2,914m

4h30, climb 1,335m/4,380 ft, medium until the hut increasing to difficult on the ridge. a classic! mountain hut half-way up, lakes and a breathtaking view over the valley of arinsal, boet and vicdessos france. parking at torrent ribal 1,580m 5,184 ft. the peak is the western tripoint international boundary of andorra, france, and spain.

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Montmantell lakes and the Pic del Pla de l'Estany 2,859m

4h20, climb 1,280m, medium. mountain hut half-way up, lakes, magnificient view over the ariège mountains in france and over andorra. parking at torrent ribal 1580 m.

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Arinsal - Percanela - les Fonts - Pla de l'Estany - Arinsal circuit 2,055m

4h30, climb 670m, medium 2 mountain huts. very pleasant circuit which one can do either way. lovely views of coma pedrosa via the imposing natural amphitheatre of les fonts. a few bordas farm houses on the way, some renovated, some in ruins. parking at arinsal 1,466m.

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Camí del coll de les Cases 1,950m

1h40, climb 490m, medium panoramic view over the ordino mountains and la massana. ideal picnic and meditation site. one can continue along the gr11 to arans parking at mas de ribafeta 1466m but transport back to arinsal must be provided.

To work in Andorra you are supposed to have a work permit issued by the government. If you are on business for only a few days then this would not apply.

ski resorts

Most of these resorts were once small mountain villages which have grown in recent years because of the skiing industry.

The resorts have all joined together so that your ski pass covers neighboring areas. As a result, there are two large alpine skiing areas known as Vallnord and Grandvalira.

Vallnord covers Arcalis and the Arinsal-Pal ski area. Despite the considerable distance between Arcalis and Arinsal-Pal, the two ski areas have been connected by cable car in recent years. The Arisnal-Pal ski area is directly accessible from La Massana the middle of the town. 93km 58 mi of pistes.

Arcalis -- ski area located at the head of the valley from El Serrat

Arinsal -- skiing resort part of the Arinsal Pal ski area. Also known as Vallnord, which means "Valley North" in English

Pal -- skiing resort part of the Arinsal Pal ski area

Grandvalira covers Soldeu and Pas de la Casa. The Soldeu ski area is also accessible from El Tarter, Encamp and Canillo. This quite cleverly has opened up these areas to cope with the influence of visitors without putting all the strain on Soldeu. It has 210km of ski slopes between 1710-2640m. The area of Grandvalira is about 1,926 hectares, and it's divided into 6 different sectors. These are from left to right on their piste map:

Pas de la Casa -- skiing resort located right on the French border with a good sized town that has plenty of duty free shops, hotels and restaurants.

Grau Roig -- skiing resort only with a large car park and a hotel

Soldeu -- skiing resort in a small town with hotels, restaurants and shops

El Tarter -- skiing resort in a small town with hotels, restaurants and shops

Canillo-- skiing resort accessed by gondola from a medium sized town with hotels, restaurants and shops

Encamp -- a large town with hotels, restaurants and shops connected to the Grandvalira ski slopes by the 6.1km Funicamp gondola - was the longest in Europe but maybe surpassed now.

La Rabassa is a cross-country Nordic skiing area in southern Andorra above the town of Sant Julia de Loria.