The Lost Pyrenees
Traditional hiking in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, Pyrenees, Catalonia, Spain.
Guided walking route through the Vallat d’Estaon, in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, starting and ending in the municipality of Sort. Two days discovering landscapes and tradition, where you can meet and speak with the last inhabitants of one of the least-known and most inaccessible valleys of the Pyrenees. We provide a hazel shepherd’s crook for walking exactly as the shepherds used to do. In the same traditional fashion home-cooked meals, mountain picnic and tasting of local products will take place on this tour which is accompanied by a local qualified mountain guide with extremely good knowledge of the region and mountain walking technique.
Possibility of collecting and transferring customers from anywhere in Spain and returning them to their place of origin.
The programme can be adapted to the customer’s needs.
Meet the group in Sort and transfer to Estaon, the last inhabited place before entering Vallat d’Estaon.
Begin the walking route with a gentle, continuous climb to the Campirme pass (Finestres) and descent to the Pleta del Prat mountain activities centre.
Along the way, various groups of huts can be seen, traditionally used to store grass and stable livestock. You will discover the traditional forms of extensive high mountain livestock farming in a valley inaccessible to wheeled traffic.
Arrive at the Corbiu viewpoint.
Transfer to the village of Tavascan in the Cardós valley.
Brief visit to the municipality and explanation of how its inhabitants have adapted to the passage of time and the historical changes that have determined the way of life of the residents of this Pyrenean village: smuggling, exile, hydroelectric power, tourism, etc.
Traditional mountain cuisine dinner.
Accommodation in 3*** hotel with Jacuzzi.
Transfer to the village of Boldís Jussà.
An hour-and-half-long walk to the practically uninhabited village of Ginestarre to spend time with its few residents while they guide us through the village to discover the church of Santa Maria and the process of recovering wool weaving with traditional looms. Along the route, you will enjoy exceptional views over the valley, allowing you to discover the difference between life in the villages of on the valley floor and those higher up.
Picnic lunch, tasting typical products from the area.
Transfer to Sort – end of the route.
- 5-6 hour guided hiking route through the Vallat d’Estaon, in the Cardós valley, in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park.
- Guided visit to the town of Tavascan.
- Accommodation in a 3*** Hotel, with typical mountain dinner and breakfast.
- 1:30h. guided hiking route and guided cultural visit in the small and unknown village of Ginestarre.
- Picnic lunch with tasting of local typical products.
- Internal transfers needed to carry out the entire programme.
Trip available on request for private groups during the months of:
June*, July, August, September, October.
(*Depending on the amount of snow present)
The excitement of discovering the little-known Vallat d’Estaon and, particularly, the last inhabitants of the villages of the Cardós valley and their way of life.
The Pyrenean charm of the Cardós valley and the village of Tavascan.
Discovering the tough paths that led to exile after the Spanish Civil War, local agriculture, and stock rearing, smuggling and the traditional high mountain economy.
Savouring the variety of the flavours and products of traditional Pallars cuisine.
The Lost Pyrenees
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“We were impressed with the landscape in this little-known part of the world. A unique experience! Two days to discover the traditional customs of the people living in these mountains.”
“The best was the visit to the little town of Ginestarre. Authentic and found in a remote lost and surprising place that left us literally with our mouths open!”