Carros de Foc

Chariots of Fire

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Discover Carros de Foc, the most popular trek in the Pyrenees!

This is a high-mountain route with a circular itinerary connecting the 9 mountain refuges inside the boundaries of the Aigüestortes i Llac de Sant Maurici National Park.

Aigüestortes means twisted waters in Catalan, and for good reason. The park – its full name is the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park – is brimming with hundreds of mountain lakes, laced with braiding, cascading streams, freckled with cool clear ponds and roaring waterfalls.

Trekking through the Aigüestortes National Park. Carros de Foc, it’s called, which is Catalan for ”chariots of fire.” The trek is a beautifully judged loop that winds all through and around the magnificent Aigüestortes, where the peaks average about 7,800 feet.

The Carros de Foc trek links nine mountain refuges. At any or all of these, hikers can get drinks, eat dinner, sleep, have breakfast the next morning, then hike off, bearing a picnic lunch. No need for tents or sleeping bags, gas stoves or cooking pots.