The Pyrenees Mountain Trail is one of the most well-known trails in Spain that runs from east to west (from the Mediterranean to the Cantabrian Sea). It serves as a natural border between France and Spain. A small country called Andorra is placed in the heart of these mountains. If you are looking for a new challenge, or following the traces of the history, or if you like architecture or gastronomy… the nymph Pyrene’s mountains will be waiting for you.

 Pyrenees Mountain Trail

pyreneesMTWhat to Know

The Start: The trail starts in Roses, a small town located on the eastern side of Spain off of the Medterrian Sea, on the northern end of the Gulf of Roses.  Other versions of the trail start more to the north, in Llança. Girona (36 miles) or  Barcelona (97 miles). These big cities have international airports that are close to Roses. The Trail: In general, the trail is rough, dirty, dusty and rocky with very technical sections in several occasions. Hiking is a must, not all days, but frequently, so bring your HAB shoes.  There are three different zones along the route: The first one is called the Eastern Pyrenees. They are hotter, with short, hard, continuous climbs and descents. The Central Pyrenees are higher and colder. The climbs are longer (up to 20 miles) and steep (from 8% to 20% grade). The maximum height is reached in this section. The last zone, called the Atlantic or Western Pyrenees, is a mixture of the previous – but much more wet than the first due to the presence of the Cantabrian Sea. Camping: There are no shortage of spots to put down for the night. Wether it be a nice campsite or mountain shelters. Here are a list of towns on route that provide camping; Roses, Figueres, Besalú, Olot, Ripoll, Puigcerda, Cap De Rec, Sant Juliá de Loría, Llavorsí, Pont de suert, Castejón de Sos, Fiscal, Sabiñánigo, Castiello de Jaca, Echo, Ochagavía and Les Aldudes. Please note, free camping is generally not allowed in Spain but with discretion and common sense you will be able to spent the night on your own in every place. Weather: Late summer or first autumn is the best time to ride the trail. The weather is dry and you will have still enough hours of light. Summer is hot and strong electric storms will hit your bones every evening. In spring you will have to deal with the thaw and muddy conditions.  In winter you will find high mountain conditions: cold rain in the lower zones, snow, low temperatures, wind on the higher zones, as well as closed trails and danger of avalanches in several places. Resupply: To get clean water is not a problem along the most of the trail, and the longest time you have to carry food between towns is for two days or so. Towns are scattered about the trail, or just off the trail.

Resources

Robertos Garcia Lima – Profile  Weather Guide Book

5 Comments

  1. Hi 🙂
    Looks realy great – is it posible to download the gpx-track somewhere ?
    Greetings

    Soren

  2. Hi. Great write up. I have ridden the Camino de Santiago a few years ago as well as the GR5 Geneva to Nice and would like to ride this route too.
    I do not speak much Spanish so the guide book would not be of much use to me, but a GPS file would be a great help.
    Where can I get the GPS file?
    Thanks
    Andy

  3. Hi !
    You can get the gps file, KML file and for your smartphone apps and trail for free in http://www.wikiloc.com . Just write “transpirenaica” in the search window and select
    + 100 Km. trails . You will notice that there a few but because this trail has variants.

    Cheers!

    Martxel

  4. It´s an amazing route.
    We did it last august.
    Here one video showing each day with distances and elevation gain:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35_-99X9M8
    Greetings
    Daniel

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