Ruta Estanys Amagats
A new concept crossing between mountain shelters!
The Pyrenean Ruta dels Estanys Amagats (Hidden Lakes Route) is a circular high-mountain route between l’Alta Cerdanya (la Cerdanya-l‘Alt Urgell National Reserve) and the Vall de Madriu in Andorra. This is an area impregnated with the special atmosphere of high mountain territory. It is possible to do the route all year round, whether on foot, in summer and autumn, or on skis or snow shoes, in the snow season.
The route offers an invitation to discover the high mountains of la Cerdanya on foot. The summits along the route include Tossa Plana de Lles, 2916m, Puigpedrós, 2914m, and the upper part of the Vall de Madriu. Using the network of mountain shelters in this area, it is possible to follow a route that combines summits, ridges, forests and high mountain lakes with areas of medium-high mountains, villages, people, crop fields and pastures. This area is full of interesting cultural attractions, such as the streets and houses of the villages, picturesque chapels and a number of other interesting and historic monuments.
Along the route, it is possible to see 40 different lakes and pools! These include the Estany de Malniu, Estany de Mal, Estany Sec, Estanyol de Tartarés, Llac de l'Orri, and the Estanys de la Muga…. Are you interested in enjoying a truly unique experience in the Pyrenees?
- Cal Pere Sidro 1580 m – Malniu 2138 m. - Variation in altitude: 820 m / Distance: 07 km / Time: 4 h
- Malniu 2138 m – Illa 2480 m - Variation in altitude: 1133 m / Distance: 18 km / Time: 6 h
- Illa 2480 m – Estanys de la Pera 2335 m - Variation in altitude: 923 m / Distance: 15 km / Time: 5.15 h
- Estanys de la Pera 2335 m – Cap del Rec 1987 m - Variation in altitude: 260 m / Distance: 10 km / Time: 3.45 h
- Cap del Rec 1987 m – Cal Pere Sidro 1580 m - Variation in altitude: 463 m / Distance: 18 km / Time: 5 h
The Malniu shelter stands at the foot of Puigpedrós and the Meranges lakes. It is a staffed mountain shelter offering 32 beds and blankets, a bar and meal service, electricity, heating and toilets, etc. The shelter opens at weekends and during the winter holidays and is open daily from 15th June to 15th September. It is accessible from Meranges by motor vehicle and is a 2 hour walk from the same village..
The Cap del Rec shelter is located at the Lles de Cerdanya Nordic ski station. It is a staffed shelter with 68 beds, blankets, bar and meal services, electricity and toilets, etc.
The Cal Pere Sidro shelter is located at Talltendre and is a guarded mountain shelter with 25 beds and blankets, bar and meal services, electricity and toilets, etc.
The Illa shelter is an unmanned mountain shelter
The Estanys de la Pera shelter is located at the Aransa Nordic ski station. It is a staffed mountain shelter with 38 beds, blankets, bar and meal services, electricity and toilets, etc.
|Cal Pere Sidro||1580 m||Puigpedrós||2914 m|
|Malniu||2738 m||Pesons||2846 m|
|Illa||2480 m||Perafita||2752 m|
|Estanys de la Pera||2335 m||Tossaplana de Lles||2916 m|
|Cap del Rec||1987 m|
The crossing and the peaks
For more information: Ruta Estanys Amagats