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Trekking the Cadi Moixero Natural Park

Hiking in Catalonia Spain

 

The Cadi Moixero Natural Park has plenty of summits where there are stunning panoramic views over the rest of Catalonia to the south, France to the north, and the rest of the Pyrenees to the east and west.

If you like scrambling over rocks for the thrill of reaching spectacular summits but you’re not ready to tackle ropes, then this is the trek for you. Scale these amazing peaks: Gallina Pelada (2,317m), Pedraforca (2,506m), Penyes Altes de Moixero (2,279m) and Comabona (2,554m).

The Cadi Moixero Natural Park is located in a region of the Pyrenees called High Begueda.

We will be based at two lovely country inns with ‘picture postcard’ panoramic views. They are located in privileged spots opposite Pedraforca in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park. The inns are surrounded by woods and gorgeous scenery and will be our base camps for the climbs every day.

Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

This is a 4 day/4 hike trip

1st day - COMABONA peak

Early in the morning the guide picks up any guests who wish to be collected in Barcelona and later on
meets any participants who drive themselves to the Pyrenees at Baga.
After half an hour, we arrive at the inn, pick up packed lunches and 4×4-vehicle drive to the starting point of the ascent to Comabona (2.554m).

 

Cadí-Moixeró | Spanish Pyrenees

 

Comabona is easily identified by its elongated range of mountains. The relatively easy ascent and the beauty of the rock formations which can be seen from different perspectives along the way, combine to make an extremely attractive programme.
On top of that there is a surprising contrast in the landscape between the sheer north face of the Sierra and its softly rising mountain ridges where you can enjoy a walk in all directions. A brilliant walk!
After the hike, check into the hotel, and relax until dinner time.
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

2n day - SERRA D'ENSIJA

Picasso - Gósol - Berguedà
After breakfast, drive to the starting point of the hike.

Serrat Voltor (2,279m), the first of the four peaks in the Ensija range is a summit that, once reached, gives you the feeling that you are on top of the world. The next peak is Creu de Ferro (2,294m), The most gentle summit. From here, you will enjoy the best view over all of the Ensija’s crest line.
Gallina Pelada (2.317m) is the third peak and the highest point of the Ensija range.
Roca Blanca (2,289m) is the last one. This summit is linked to Gallina Pelada by a rocky, overhead crest line which is not risky and which is interesting to walk along. Roca Blanca is surrounded by steep cliffs and screes.

After the hike we will visit the Picasso museum in Gósol. Picasso spent 81 days in Gósol during the spring and summer of 1906. There he painted more than 300 works. After this trip, Picasso’s pictures evolved towards simplified shapes, towards the primitive.

Some of his most famous works painted in Gósol are “Joven de Gósol”, “Cabeza de chaval Gosolà”, “La mujer de los panes”. This activity is optional and is not included in the price.

Once back at the inn and before the dinner, the guide will talk to the group about the Cathar Tragedy (XI and XII Centuries)

Bergueda | Serra Ensija | Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday
Views of Pedraforca | Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

3rd day - PENYES ALTES DE MOIXERO

After breakfast, drive to the starting point of the ascent to Penyes Altes de Moixero (2,279m).
Penyes Altes de Moixero is the most beautiful peak in the eastern part of the Cadi Moixero Natural Park. Alpine landscape guaranteed. On the summit of Penyes Altes looking south, you stand above a sheer drop. There is a panoramic view across the valley of Llogregat and over to Comabona and Pedraforca.
While moderate southern slopes and vertical northern precipices characterise the Cadi mountain range, the reverse is true of the eastern Moixero mountains.

 

After the hike, visit to Cathar museum in Baga. Then, wine and cheese tasting at the Niu Nou, an excellent Slow Food restaurant. This activity and the previous one are optional and are not included in the price.
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

4th day - PEDRAFORCA

After breakfast, drive to the starting point of the ascent.
From the summit: one of the most beautiful views in the Pyrenees. The distinctively shaped Pedraforca is one of the most beautiful mountains of the Iberian peninsula.
For many mountain lovers Pedraforca is the perfect example of a mountain and therefore a popular summit to aim for. However, it is a strenuous ascent, with some very steep inclines and sections of scrambling in the summit area. We can choose a shorter route if necessary

After the descent, we taste home-made beer in a bar of Gósol to celebrate the conquest of Pedraforca.

End of the tour.

Participants who were collected in Barcelona will be transferred back.

Pedraforca | Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

ACCOMMODATION

Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday
Trekking in the Cadi Moixero Natural Park | Hiking in Catalonia Spain | Guided Walking Holiday

Cadí-Moixeró | Spanish PyreneesOne inn is 1,425 m above sea level. It has five en-suite rooms, a dining-room/bar, and a living room with a fireplace. It is in a quiet and comfortable setting with lots of outside space and seating. There is also indoor entertainment such as board games, T.V. and DVD.

The food is traditional home-made dishes with locally produced ingredients.
There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a small gym and sauna.

The other inn, which is bigger, also overlooks Pedraforca and is at 1256m. Its autumn cuisine is well known in the Bergueda region because it specialises in cooking with mushrooms. The inn has an outdoor swimming as well. It is our base camp for climbing Pedraforca and the Ensija range.

NOTES

  • Included:
    • Full-board en-suite accommodation
    • Meals: 3 picnic lunches, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners. Wine is included with the dinner.
    • Internal transfers
    • Transfer from Barcelona to the Pyrenees, and back
    • Accident insurance while in the wilderness
    • Certified UIMLA Mountain Guide with you throughout
    • All scheduled non-walking activities
  • Excluded:
    • Flights
    • Personal equipment
    • Travel insurance
    • Picnic lunch on first day.
    • Meals and drinks not indicated in ‘Included’
  • The guide has the right to change the itinerary at any time if deemed necessary to guarantee the security of the group
  • Walking gear & equipment – I will send you a list when you book.
  • If you arrive in Spain by car or train, contact us by completing the form at the end of this page. We can arrange a meeting at the airport.

AVAILABILITY

Available places on:

> May 19  2018

> June 2  2018

> August 4  2018 (guaranteed tour)

> September 29  2018

> October 27  2018

> November 10  2018

Bespoke trips: let me know the dates that best suit you!

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