Carros de Foc

A hike through one of the most picturesque parts of Pyrenees – the Aigüestortes National Park. We will walk from hut to hut along the Carros de Foc trail for 7 days.

August 11Transfer from Valencia
Hike Embalse Cavallers – Refugi Ventosa i Calvell (4.6km, 440m+)
Accommodation: Refugi Ventosa i Calvell
August 12Stage 1: Refugi Ventosa i Calvell – Refugi Estany Llong (10.75km, 698m+, 957m-)
Accommodation: Estany Llong
August 13Stage 2: Refugi Estany Llong – Refugi Colomina (11.63km, 678m+, 362m-)
Accommodation: Refugi Colomina
August 14Stage 3: Refugi Colomina – Refugi Ernest Mallafré (12.65km, 638m+, 1156m-)
Accommodation: Refugi Ernest Mallafré
August 15Stage 4: Refugi Ernest Mallafré – Refugi Saboredo (9.61km, 771m+, 363m-)
Accommodation: Refugi Saboredo
August 16Stage 5: Refugi Saboredo – Refugi Restanca (13.51km, 807m+, 1083m-)
Accommodation: Refugi Restanca
August 17Stage 6: Refugi Restanca – Embalse Cavallers (11.13km, 490m+, 803m-)
Night in a hotel
August 18Return to Valencia

Note that at night we are staying in mountain huts. The huts provide showers with hot water, meals and blankets. The rooms are bunk bed type, sharing the room with other hikers.


The Surroundings

Summits that exceed three thousand meters in height; rivers, ravines, waterfalls and swamps that make us feel, truly, the country of water; More than 200 ponds of different shapes and colors, and a great diversity of animal and plant species that struggle to survive in a harsh physical environment give life to this unique protected natural area in southern Europe.

If you believe that the best way to come into contact with a territory is by walking and living intensely everything that nature itself transmits, in the Vall de Boí you will find a valley prepared to be discovered on foot. From the natural wealth that the Aigüestortes National Park offers you to the spirituality that the Romanesque paths that link the churches of each of its towns transmit to you.

Aigües Tortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park


The Trail

Carros de Foc is the name given to the most emblematic mountain crossing in the Aigües Tortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, located in the heart of the Lleida Pyrenees. It is a circular thru-hike with an approximate length of 55 kilometers and the elevation gain of about 4,600 meters. It was baptized with the curious name of Carros de Foc. It is not very well known why exactly…. At the end of the eighties some of the guards of the shelters in the area, ventured to make the crossing between the different shelters in the same day. With those first crossings, the guards only intended to visit other companions, but over the years the route gained popularity and was opened to the general public. It is currently one of the most popular mountain trails in Spain and attracts many national and foreign visitors year after year.

The best route in the Spanish Pyrenees | SurfingThePlanet.com


Mountain Huts

Refugi Ventosa i Calvell

The old hut was deteriorating as years went by and the access to it became dangerous. In 1976, the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya decided to commemorate their Centenary building a new hut that they called J. Ventosa i Calvell. That year the designing plans were done and on July 21st the contract to demolish the old hut –it took place between August and September- was signed. All these changes required the installation of an annex module, the materials used and the construction system are fully adapted to technological advances and are an example of sustainability.

Refugi Ventosa i Calvell

Refugi Colomina

Refugi (Mountain Hut) Colomina, at the upper end of the Vall Fosca (Pallars Jussà), at 2400 m. of elevation, was built around 1917. In former times it was well-known as “chalet Keller”, the name of the swiss engineer who inhabited it while he designed the first hydraulic-electrical system of the Spanish state. The hut is located at the south boundary of the Encantats-Pallars-Aran range and in the peripherical zone of the national park “Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici”. It is surrounded by 24 mountain lakes in the largest lake area of the Catalan Pyrenees. It offers lodging and food to the outdoor enthusiast after a long active day, in summer as in winter.  


Sign Up

The price of the trip is 725 Euros per person (185 euros paid in advance to reserve the spot), with transportation from Valencia.
Early bird price – 675 Euros, signing up by March 31.
The price includes accommodation in mountain huts (meals included) and one night in a hotel, insurance and a professional guide.

It is possible to sign up till 22nd of July. Payments by Bizum or bank transfer are accepted.

You can use the button below to reserve your spot / get more info about the trip or contact us by e-mail to info@valenciamountainenthusiasts.com