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Suggested Walking Trails

Snowshoes guided tour
Snowshoes guided tour
You can go practically anywhere in the Park on foot. Rambling and hiking are generally permitted and there is an extensive network of tracks where you can walk freely.

You should be aware that for much of the year, from around the end of November right up to the beginning of May, almost all of the Park is covered in snow, so you must have the right winter gear, and a knowledge of snow and avalanches.
There are tracks to suit all tastes in the Park: some can be covered in half an hour, while others take a few days and you need to be in shape to walk them. Some trails are for climbers and experienced hikers only.

Recommended trails

Restanca track
Restanca track

The Park offices and information centres have trail leaflets with a selection of the most recommended trails for each of the valleys in the protected natural area. You can walk all of them easily in morning or a day at the most.
As these are trails recommended by the Park itself they are normally signposted and marked and well maintained. The leaflets explain briefly the main features and difficulty of each trail.
All of the trails are on Wikiloc, from where they can be downloaded in stored in a GPS device. The site has many tracks posted by users. For your safety, we recommend you use those that we posted (our user name is PNAESM).
Don’t forget that the Park is a high-mountain area and that there may be stretches of trails with great variation in altitude. Some trails can be rocky or go through high spots that may prove too much for those afraid of heights. At certain times of the year they may be covered in snow or ice or you could have to cross a river swollen with meltwater


Other trails

"Camins vius" trail
"Camins vius" trail

There are many other hikes that are not in any leaflets. You can buy very detailed maps that tell you how to get to anywhere in the Park, or the most popular tracks up to the peaks. Thanks to new technologies you can download GPS tracks, but be careful and find out all you can about the trail before you go.
You should know that many of these trails are not signposted and very often the paths are overgrown and hard to find. A frequent form of marking on these trails are milestones, which can help us decide which way to go, although we’ll never know who put them where or why. Enquire at the Park information centres or ask a shelter keeper before you set off.
You can take other slightly more difficult trails on walks lasting several days in or around the Park. This usually implies going through high mountain passes where there could be snow until late June. These snow banks last until early summer in the highest and toughest parts, they are treacherous because it is very hard snow and easy to slip on if you don’t have the right equipment (crampons, ice axe or poles).
You can plan your own crossing, depending on how many days you have and as long as you book your stay in the mountain shelters in advance, but there are alternatives:
Camins vius (Living Paths). This is a walk around the Park through the surrounding villages, along the old valley paths that were used before the roads were built.
Carros de foc (Chariots of Fire). This is a challenge that takes you on a circuit via some of the manned mountain shelters in the area. Although during the competition version you can do the trail in 24 hours, we recommend you take at least four days.


Trails for people with reduced mobility

Adapted footbridge
Adapted footbridge

It is not easy to adapt a mountain area with such great differences in height for visitors with reduced mobility, but that does not mean we should not make every effort to do so.
The Aigüestortes Plateau and the area around Lake Sant Maurici are the best-known spots in the Park. In order to make them more accessible to everyone and remove the physical barriers posed by nature itself, wooden footbridges have been built that are suitable for wheelchairs.
The documents below, in PDF format, detail the features and location of these footbridges.
Also, in collaboration with Obra Social “la Caixa”, the National Park adapted two new paths: Roca Blanca and El Salto.
The first follows the path of the pipeline taking water from the Espot dam to the Roca Blanca waterfall, which supplies the Escaló power plant. This path runs outside the Park but is completely flat, suitable for all visitors and has interpretation panels in Braille along the way. At the end of the path, where the old pipe factory used to be, there is small recreation area with tables and benches. You can also do this trail easily by bicycle.
The second, in the village of Senet (Barravés Valley), leads to El Salto waterfall, and although it includes a few slopes, but it has a good flat surface that means it is easy to walk on, and it has interpretation panels in Braille. Near the start of the trail is a recreation area with tables and benches.

Take care about these paths, and all the other ones, in winter time (from November to May), when they can be covered of snow and ice. It is very advisable to inform yourself about how you will find these paths.

Updated date: 01.03.2014