Hiking route: Camí del Pla de l’Estany

HIKING ROUTE: CAMÍ DEL PLA DE L’ESTANY

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Livello

Facile

Distanza

1,12 km

Dislivello

+420 m / -420 m

This route, just over one kilometre long, is one of the easiest ways to discover one of Andorra’s protected natural areas, Comapedrosa Natural Park, in La Massana.

This family-friendly route starts at the Arinsal Dyke, located near the ski resort car park, and takes you to the Pla de l’Estany area. This is one of the most amazing nature spots in the entire protected area, as well as in Andorra itself.

The route has two variants with various levels of difficulty. The first is easier and recommended if you’re going to do it with small children. The appeal of the second one lies in the fact that it’s not as well-kept, making it a bit more complicated.

It’s signposted with the typical white and red markings for the GR hiking routes, as it coincides with one of them (GR11 and GR11.1). One part is marked with the yellow and red GRP signs.

As for the biodiversity, in the lower part there are groves of hazel trees and Scots pine, areas that are open as a result of farming activity, as well as remains of old dry stone walls, with meadows and the traditional stone farm buildings known as ‘bordes’ (the Agunes and Coruvilla Bordes). Once at Pla de l’Estany, you’ll find a lake of glacial origin and discover a large number of plant species, including the dogtooth violet, rose daphne and entire-leaved primrose, to name a few.
The manned refuge of the same name is to the north of the sheepfold. In springtime, Pla de l’Estany is a real natural wonder, full of life.

For your safety, we recommend doing all routes above 1,700 metres between the end of June and the end of September.

You’ll find more details about this and other routes in the Trails of Andorra Hiking Guide.

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