The Encantats, the "enchanted" mountains. Legend has it that two men skipped mass to go hunting for isard and were turned into the two needles of the Encantats! The omnipresence of water and granitic ridges shapes the beauty of this Spanish national park: more than three hundred lakes, protected like jewels by the rocky ridges which dominate them. A magnificent seven-day circuit exploring this dreamlike massif.
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Meeting point Sunday at 12:00pm in Espot, Spain. Optional return minibus transfer organised by Altitude Mont Blanc, to be booked on reservation. Meet at 9:45am infront of Saint Gaudens train station. Transfer 2 hours.
REFUGE MARIA BLANC
Meet at 12:00pm for a picnic lunch. Depart with a warm-up through the beautiful Peguera Valley to the Josep Maria Blanc refuge (2330m). 2 nights in the refuge.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m
SABURO PASS - COLOMINA
Climb to the Saburo pass (2690m) Amongst neat lawns interspersed with streams and countless lakes. Then descend into a completely different mineral landscape... dotted with huge boulders and large deep blue water lakes, taking time for a siesta at the foot of the rocky mountains. A discovery of these somewhat unusual landscapes of the Colomina region… Return to the refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-600m
LA VALLETA SECA PASS - ENCANTATS
An easy and wild path dotted with numerous ponds "estanys" leading to the Valleta Seca pass allowing us to descend to the foot of the two stone columns, that are the Encantats. 2 nights in Refuge Mallafre.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +300 -900m
Beautiful day starting with an easy path leading us to Portarro d'Espot. Picturesque viewpoint over the San Nicolau valley and easy ascent of the Pic del Portarro (2,723m) with a unique 360° panorama allowing you to appreciate the Encantats massif in its entirety! Then descend through the pine forests via small pools and return to the refuge in the heart of the forest. Night in a refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m - 850m
SOURCE OF LA GARONNE- CIRQUE OF COLOMERS
Superb day starting with a balcony path above the large blue pond, then a gradual climb to the source of the Garonne river, the Port of Ratera. Optional ascent to the Pic de Ratera for a huge panoramic view, then descend to the heart of the Cirque de Colomers dotted with beautiful sparkling lakes. Night in Colomers in a refuge (*without baggage).
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -700m
VALLON DE SABOREDO
Pass via the Sendrosa Pass to discover the wild and lake filled valley of Saboredo. Swimming is possible for the more adventurous at the foot of the Aiguilles d'Amitges before arriving at the last and luxurious refuge. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -400m
RIO ESCRITA - ESPOT
Pine forests, meandering streams and beautiful waterfalls mark our last descent to civilisation. Passing alongside the pleasant riverside of Rio Escrita before our arrival to the Catalan village of Espot.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m
End point Saturday around 2:00pm in Espot
Optional minibus transfer to St Gaudens, arrive around 5:00pm.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +/- 700m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is on stony mountain paths with some off-trail sections at an average altitude of between 1350 and 2850m.
Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.
6 nights in dormitory in refuges
All accommodation offer hot showers (included in the tour price)
For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
Meeting point Sunday at 12:00pm in Espot, Spain. Optional return minibus transfer organised by Altitude Mont Blanc, supplement 55€ per person to be booked on reservation. Meet at 9:30am infront of Saint Gaudens train station. Transfer 2 hours.
Inbound: departure from Paris-Gare de Lyon by TGV the day before at 13:47pm arrival in Toulouse at 6:13pm (supplementary night in Toulouse). Then train to St Gaudens at 8:31am arrive at 9:37am.
Night bus: departure from Paris Bercy Gare at 10:45pm, arrive in Toulouse at 8:00am, train to St Gaudens at 8:31am arrive at 9:37am.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or on the SNCF website.
Take the motorway to Toulouse, follow the A64 to St Gaudens. Then follow N125 /N230 to Viella in Spain, Baqueira and continue to Espot (approx 2 hours drive).
End point Saturday at 2:00pm in Espot. Transfer to St. Gaudens possible with your booking.
At the end of the tour the way back to the departure point in Montroc-le-Planet is easy via bus.
By request we can book a bedroom for you before and/or after your trek.
Maison à Anjali: Charming small hotel (double bed): from 62€ per person B&B.
Youth Hostel (dormitory): from 30€ per person
Hotel l’Ours Blanc Centre: from 58€ per person B&B.
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
Your baggage will be transported daily (except Day 5) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.