Spectacular high-mountain lakes to enjoy in the summer. This is one of the great attractions of the Estanys de Tristaina route in Andorra
High-mountain lakes, a contemporary monument perfectly coexisting with nature, a summer bathing area and more. These are some of the attractions of the Estanys de Tristaina route, one of the most popular hiking routes in Ordino and the entire Principality of Andorra. Take note of the most interesting details and how to find more information.
Description of the route
The Estanys de Tristaina route in Andorra is a intermediate level trail, suitable for hikers of all levels. However, it is essential to be well-equipped, as it is a high-mountain area where weather conditions can change rapidly. The trail is circular and covers a distance of around 2.7 miles that can be completed in around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Regarding its elevation profile, there are constant changes in height, with elevations of +/- 688 feet, reaching a maximum height of 7,644 feet. The itinerary begins at the Vallnord ski resort, in the Arcalís sector beside La Coma restaurant.
The lakes and other attractions of the trail
The three high-mountain lakes are undoubtedly the most amazing part of the Estanys de Tristaina route, from which it gets its name. The first appearing on the hiker's path is Estany Primer, the smallest one of the three, but with the bluest water. The next to appear before our very eyes is Estany del Mig, surrounded by scree and hills. Then the final lake which is also the largest, Estany de Més Amunt, with its circular shape and characteristic high-mountain glacial setting, lies at the foothills of the Trisaina summit (9,442 feet). Bathing is permitted in this area in summer.
Another of the most interesting things about the Estanys de Tristaina route is found right at the start, which is the Arcalís 91 monument by the sculptor Mauro Staccioli. It is a spectacular steel ring of thirteen feet in diameter that seeks symbiosis between natural and geometric laws. Regarding flora, typical alpine dwelling species are worth mentioning, like Androsace carnea (Rock Jasmine). Regarding fauna, one of the animals that are spotted regularly are the Percheron horses that roam freely across these landscapes.
Further information about the Estanys de Tristaina route
If you are considering this route, we recommend that you download the information sheet. You will find a precise description of the itinerary, with indications on crossings, trails, geographical coordinates and approximate time frames for each leg of the trip. You can also download the track to view it on your electronic reading device (GPX format). However, this route is very well sign-posted, making it very easy to follow the proposed itinerary. For more general information, you can get a copy of the Andorra Hiking Guide or use the official Active Tourism app, which include practical information such as the entire list of manned and unmanned refuges in the Ordino parish and the entire Principality.
Download Alpify, the safety application that in the event of emergency allows users to send their exact location to the rescue teams.