Backpacks and hiking in Andorra. 250 km of mountains routes

30 May 2018
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Hiking. Backpacks. Andorra

Long distance tracks

Walking is the best way to get acquainted with the landscapes of the country. During such journeys, a traveler discovers new and new secrets of nature step by step, without any hurry. Andorra offers several long-distance walking routes: far and wide of this amazing country.

LDP (Long Distance track)—is 120 km of way. The route is divided into 7 parts from 12 to 20 km each; depending on the location of specially equipped night lodgings (totally there are 29 of such places). If the tourists wish, it is possible to make overnight accommodation in the open air. Andorra GRP guide and a special map (Mapa de refugis I camins de gran recorregut d’Andorra) will help to find bearings – this is all you need to get to the furthest corners of the Pyrenees.

2LDP (2 Long Distance track)—this route presupposes multiple crossing of Andorran borders and attending the most picturesque mountainous lakes.

PHR (Pyrenean High Level Route)—the route goes over mountainous zone with altitude difference that vary from 2565m to 2770m above the sea level.

GR-7—the route with significant altitude differences: the lowest point is 850m (La Farga de Moles), the highest—2840m (Pessons Pass). The route encompasses western and southern parts of Andorra. This route is a part of Europien E-4 (Tarifa-Sparta) route, only 40 km of it goes through the territory of Andorra.

GR-11 (Great Pyrenees Route). This route is known under the name “The road over the Pyrenees” (Senda Pirenaica).  It  is really long. It consists of 47 parts and crosses the Pyrenees from the southern slopes– from the Bay of Biscay (Cape Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cape Creus). The route also encompasses picturesque valleys. It crosses over with another route that starts from Cote d’Azur in France and finishes in Spain, in Seu d’Urgell that borders with Andorra.

In case you plan a family walk, we advise you to see through the guide Camins d’Andorra, that offers 54 routes. There are the walks over 2 national parks. One of them –Madriu-Perafita-Claror is under the protection of UNESCO. Look here for their blog about the routes and the information about the cultural heritage of the valley 

The road Fontverd leads to the heart of the valley. Both in here and at Sorteny National Park one may find more than 800 species of plants, quite a number of them can be found only in the Pyrenees. Manifold wooden markings, information panels and terrain maps will help not to get lost. It is really involving to walk along ancient roads that have preserved the history of ancestors: woodsmen and shepherds. Woodsmen’s road goes through La Rabassa forest (Sant Julia de Loria) with Scotch pines. Its height makes up 1400-1500m above the sea level. Read more