7-Day Carros de Foc Trek From Hut to Hut

7 days
T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
500 - 1000 ascent per day

> Enjoy the Catalonian Pyrenees and walk from hut to hut
> Spend 6 nights in cozy mountain huts
> Cover over 85 kilometres and over 3,500 altitude metres

There are a lot of opportunities for hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees, but does it get any better than the Carros de Foc? To be fair, it's also one of the best-known multi-day hut-to-hut hikes in the area. Rather obvious, because with 85 kilometers, over 3,500 meters of elevation gain, and 11 welcoming huts, an epic adventure awaits you on the Carros de Foc. Hiking in, quite a mouthful, Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici doesn't get any better than this. Are you ready to discover the wild and adventurous side of Catalonia?

Carros de Foc is Catalan for Chariots of Fire and although no one knows why the trek carries this curious name, we dig it. The route was created in 1987 when the caretakers of the refuges in Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici Park decided to visit each other's huts, resulting in a beautiful circular hike, connecting all the mountain huts, "Refugi" in Catalan, in the area.

During this 7-day adventure, where you will walk from hut to hut, you'll start and finish in Espot. You will walk high into the mountains, along the way you will encounter many natural highlights. You will spend your nights in cozy mountain huts, where you will meet other hikers and can enjoy breakfast, dinner and a picnic lunch. We have selected 6 of the in total 11 mountain huts to spend the night, based on the length of the daily stage. During your daily walks, you will pass some of the other huts.



Espot - Refugi Josep Maria Blanc - Refugi Ernest Mallafré

Duration: 05:50 h
Distance: 15.7 km
Ascent: 1370 m
Descent: 750 m
It is a gentle but constant hike up to our Refugi Josep Maria Blanc. Here you can get your stamp card and a detailed Carros de Foc hiking map. Also, if you need an extra t-shirt, you will be sure to find a Carros de Foc t-shirt here as well. Enjoy a quick coffee or lunch and keep hiking uphill until you've reached about 2,700 meters. From here it will be a gentle downhill hike to Refugi Ernest Mallafré. You will see that Mallafré is a basic refugi with not too many amenities; it's an absolute classic.

Refugi Ernest Mallafré


Refugi Ernest Mallafré - Refugi d'Amitges

Duration: 05:50 h
Distance: 18.2 km
Ascent: 1470 m
Descent: 1050 m
Today is a long and beautiful hike toward Refugi d'Amitges. You hike up a path through the woods, after about 7 kilometers you can enjoy a beautiful view from the Mirador del Collado de Fogueruix. Shortly after, you'll pass Refugi Pla de La Font, enjoy a quick break here to get ready for the rest of the stage. Going onwards, you'll come across several beautiful glacial lakes, a sight to behold. After going downhill for a while, you will reach Refugi d'Amitges, one of the prettiest refuges on the Carros de Foc.

Refugi d'Amitges


Refugi d'Amitges - Refugi Colomèrs

Duration: 03:50 h
Distance: 10.6 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 800 m
The day starts by walking past Lake dels Barbs, going uphill towards beautiful Port de Ratera. Here you can enjoy stunning views over the mountains. You'll go slightly downhill next, passing refugi Saboredo on the way. Enjoy a drink or lunch here and continue uphill again towards Coll de Sendrosa, where other stunning views await you. From here it's downhill toward Refugi Colomers, situated next to Lake Colomers.

Refugi Colomèrs

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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Carros de Foc for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Carros de Foc, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Carros de Foc, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • Half-board

    Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Lunch

    Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


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