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With this trip we want to present what calls himself, not without reason, the country in the Pyrenees, Andorra.
Just 2 hours. drive from Barcelona, it has an almost endless range possibilities to practice ski touring and snowshoe hikes, with almost guaranteed snow cover in the mountains from Christmas until the end of April. This means that if the weather is bad on the highest peaks, it is almost certain that there will always be an alternative in order to save the day.
The summits that we present are divided into two major valleys of Andorra: Ordino and Canillo. The difficulty, between easy and moderate, with altitude change between 900 and 1100 meters which can be done in a morning, makes these activity able to almost everyone with a moderate level of fitness and ski skills. The rest of the day can be used to practice rescue techniques with beacons, shovel and probe, or even to make another summit we can find in the area.
The accommodations are always the village, which offers a wide variety of prices.
Obviously, like any other proposal in high mountain terrain, this one may change somewhat depending on the weather or snow conditions of the mountain.
Arrival in Barcelona airport and transfer to the hotel. If there's enough time, a short walk in Andorra la Vella, the capital of the country. Before dinner, a short introduction from the guide about the program of the week (activities, everyday schedule, safety rules on the mountain, etc.).
In case you are already nearby, it is a trip day from your location to meeting point in Andorra
In Ordino Valley, the summits Catapedrís (2806 mts.) + Pic d’Arcalís (2776 mts.): +/- 800 mts.
Despite we climb two summits, this day can be considered the less physically demanding, because the elevation change is short and we are always close to the ski resort. It is intended to be "the warm up" for the rest of the week.
Fontblanca (2904 mts.): +/- 1050 mts. One of the most classicas ascents for ski touring of the country and maybe of all the eastern Pyrenees. It is a must is you are skiing in Andorra.
We move to the east side of the Country, the Valley of Canillo, and we climb up El Sarrera, another classic summit crowded every weekend. Nice views over the whole country, because it is almost in the middle of it.
The last one and the icing on the cake, a delightful ascension over the Pic de la Cabaneta, usually in perfect conditions for ski touring. Once in the car, drive to the airport in Barcelona and fly back home.
Price: 250€/day. Contact us for further information.