The groundhog route in Aigüestortes National Park

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  Aigüestortes National Park, Espot

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The groundhog route in Aigüestortes National Park

Come explore Aigüestortes & Lake Sant Maurici National Park and discover the groundhog route with our local guides.

Groundhogs are rodent animals, from the same family as squirrels, who live in high mountain areas. They usually hide in galleries or between rocks, and have a herbivorous diet. In addition, they achieve great communication between members of the same species through very characteristic sounds, especially to warn of dangers.

The proposed route will take us from Sant Maurici to Amitges, passing through the Ratera lakes. After spending the night in the refuge, the next day we will have the opportunity to climb one of the most emblematic peaks of the park: Ratera Peak, at more than 2800 meters high.

Itinerary and details


Our local guide will meet you in Espot in the afternoon and together you will take a 4x4 taxi to reach Lake Sant Maurici, the starting point of our route. From there, we will begin the ascent, first to Lake Ratera and later to Amitges refuge. During the journey, different stops will be made to listen and spot the groundhogs. Once in Amitges, we will regain strength with a revitalizing dinner. Accommodation will be in a shared room and shared bathrooms.


After having breakfast in the refuge, we will face the second day in the park. This time we will climb to Ratera Peak at 2862m. An ascent without many complications that will take us to the top of one of the peaks with the best views of the park, from where we will have a magnificent 360º panoramic view of the Colomers cirque, the Saboredo cirque, as well as Ratera Valley. Finally, we will return to Sant Maurci through the Obagues de Ratera, where a 4x4 taxi will return us to Espot.
*The route can be modified if you do not want to climb Ratera peak.


4x4 transfer from Espot to Sant Maurici (round trip).
Guide service during the two days of the route.
Lodging in Amitges Refuge, full board (dinner, breakfast and picnic lunch).


Transporte hasta Espot (punto de encuentro con el guía). 
Extras en el refugio (bebidas y comida fuera de la pensión completa, y duchas).

The route can be adapted. If required, we can add some extra transport, shorten the km or eliminate the ascent to Ratera Peak.
The estimated price is counted regarding a minimum group of 4 people. 

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