The Lost Pyrenees: landscape & tradition in Cardós Valley


  2 days trip

  Bespoke trip

  Guided routes, Hiking, Family holidays, Trips with friends, Spring, Summer, Autumn/Fall, Trips for couples, Alt Pirineu Natural Park

  Catalan Pyrenees, Alt Pirineu Natural Park


The Lost Pyrenees: landscape & tradition in Cardós Valley

Traditional hiking in Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the Pyrenees.


Guided hiking route through Estaon Valley, in Alt Pirineu Natural Park, wihch starts and ends in the village of Sort. Two days to discover the landscapes and traditions, as well as meet and talk to the last inhabitants of one of the most unknown and remote valleys in the Pyrenees. The tour is led by a local mountain guide who has a very good knowledge of the territory and the mountain progression techniques.

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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CARDÓS VALLEY AND FIRST HIKE
Description:

After meeting in Sort, we will go together to Estaon, the last inhabited town before entering to Vallat d'Estaon. We will start the hiking route with a smooth and continuous ascent to Campirme pass, followed by a descend to Pleta del Prat mountain activities center. Along the way you will see different ensembles of bordes, constructions traditionally used to store hay and raise cattle. We will also discover the traditional and historical functioning of high mountain extensive farming in a valley which cannot be accessed by road traffic.

Once we arrive at Corbiu viewpoint, we will be transferred to the village of Tavascan, in Cardós Valley. After checking-in at the hotel, we will go on a short visit around the village and an explanation of how its inhabitants have had to be adapted over the years and the historical changes that have determined its way of life: smuggling, exile, hydroelectric energy, tourism, etc.

Dinner based on traditional mountain cuisine included.


Day 2: CONTINUATION OF THE HIKING ROUTE IN ALT PIRINEU NATURAL PARK
Description:

After a fine mountain breakfast, we will be transferred to the village of Boldís Jussà. There, we will continue the route with a 1h30 walk to the village of Ginestarre, practically uninhabited, where we will meet some of its few neighbors as they guide us through the village to visit the church of Santa Maria and to discover the process of weaving wool with traditional looms. Along the way we will enjoy the exceptional aerial views over the valley, which will allow us to understand the difference between living at the bottom of the valley and living at higher altitudes.

A gourmet picnic lunch based on typical local products is included.
Transport to Sort and end of the adventure.

  IT INCLUDES:
  • 5-6 hour guided hiking route through Estaon Valley located in Alt Pirineu Natural Park.
  • Guided tour around the village of Tavascan.
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel, with typical high mountain dinner and breakfast included.
  • 1h30 guided hiking route to Ginestarre and guided cultural visit around this tiny and remote village.
  • Gourmet picnic lunch, with typical local products.
  • Internal transports necessary for the development of the whole program.
  DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Transportation to the Pyrenees. 
  • Accommodation previous to the start of the program.
  • Any other extra service not specified in the description. 

Optional: accommodation on the previous night of the program at the 4-star Hotel Pessets located in Sort.

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