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Calling all adventurous horseback riders!  Two countries - 350km - 11 riding days! The Andorra 13-Day Trail is considered one of the most challenging equestrian adventures in Europe. This pack-trip leads from the Mediterranean coast to the central Pyrenees mountains, and altitude difference of 11,000ft! Discover the varied terrain and stunning scenery while immersing yourself in history and tradition. Spend 3 nights camping and the rest in local guesthouses. Due to the difficulty of this trail, the maximum weight limit for riders is 85 kg and the age limit is 65 years. This is a horseback riding adventure is set to create lasting memories.

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Day 1
Meet at Barcelona Airport for the transfer to the accommodation for the night, a picturesque old mill set on the banks of a river. Bogi, the host, welcomes guests and after check in. After being welcomed by the host, Bogi, and settling in, relax in the pretty gardens before meeting the guide and fellow riders over a welcome dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast, gather at the ride centre to meet the team, and the horses. Riders will be paired with the perfect mount for the adventure ahead. Following old shepherds' paths, the route crosses the hilly landscape that make up the foothills of the Pyrenees. Follow the Fluvia River toward the mountains, passing the villages of Alt Empordà with its vesitages of a grand history. Stop for a packed lunch in a clearing next to the river  before continuing at a leisurely pace toward the medieval town 
of Besalú. The accommodation for the night is next to an old Romanesque bridge overlooking the river. Take a pre-dinner stroll through the streets of Besalú before enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.

Day 3
The group set off at a fast pace, following the river to canter along the mountain paths. Stop for a picnic on the sandy banks of the river where the riders can cool off with a refreshing dip. Once rested, the climb into the solitude of the Garrotxa Mountains to the campsite for the night, near a gorge surrounded by huge rocks.

Day 4
The landscape begins to change as the route heads toward old Garrotxa. Deep valleys, rugged cliffs and dense forests of Oak make up the landscape. Enjoy a saddleback picnic next to the river and freshen up with a swim before continuing at a brisk pace. Reach the accommodation for the night in the late afternoon in a picturesque medieval village. Dinner at the hotel

Day 5
Today's route takes riders deeper into the Pyrenees. Following an ancient trade route dating back to the Middle Ages, the riders reach the border region with France. Leave the foothills of the Pyrenees and ride through forests of Beech, Oak and Chestnut, with 3000m peaks towering above. Cross the lush meadows of flowers and gentians to the mountain town of Camprodón, on the banks of the River Ter. Enjoy an evening drink at one of the local bars while taking an evening stroll through the town.

Day 6
An early start to the day takes riders high into the mountains, passing the local livestock and wild Pyrenean horses. The terrain is alpine in character with carpets of flowers dotting the pastures. Cross an 1800m pass where one can see the highest peaks of Catalonia in the east, and the Mediterranean in the far distance. Stop for a rest before heading on to the accommodation for the night, a former farmhouse in the picturesque valley.

Day 7
Ride through an old mining village in the morning into the dense boxwood forests. It is a day of ascents over high alpine pastures. Riding through the herds of cattle and mountain horses, vultures and eagles circle above. On reaching the summit, riders are rewarded with a panoramic view in all four directions: to the North, the high three-thousand-metre peaks rise, to the West,the towering stone mountains of the pre-Pyrenees, to the East, the view reaches as far as the Mediterranean coast, and to the South, there is the extraordinary mountain range of Montserrat. After taking in the views, we descend into the valley to reach the overnight stop, a comfortable mountain hotel.

Day 8
Today, the route emerges from the shadows of the forest into the wide mountain meadows. If lucky riers wil spot the silhouettes of chamois jumping over the rocks with breath-taking speed. There are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering uphill until finally reaching the mountain ridge in a stunning final spurt. Tonight the riders stay in a comfortable hiker's hut. Watch the sunset over the surrounding rocky mountains before enjoying a tasty dinner prepared by the hosts by the hosts.

Day 9
Another early start, leave the camp on a trail to the Moixeró nature park . Arrive at a mountain hut for a snack and a cold drink. before descending to the impressive Cerdanya plateau and a canter to the picnic spot with views of the Sierra de Cadí. Tonight, the  accommodation ia in a natural stone village, with cozy rooms and hot showers. Enjoy dinner before a good night's rest,

Day 10
A fast ride through the lush plains of the Cerdanya, where meadows and grain fields offer the opportunity for trotting and cantering. Cross the river Ter, taking care in the fast moving current. This is the land of the Cathars. Set up camp in a valley, we where turquoise pools invite riders to swim and relax in nature. High up on a rock, the ruins of a Cathar castle remind riders of days gone by. The horses graze peacefully while riders  star watch before heading to bed.

Day 11
Today is a challenging climb to Andorra with everything needed for the next two days in the luggage! Riders are rewarded by a view over the high mountain landscapes. The riding is at high altitude (2500m). While the horses graze in a meadow by the river while riders cool off next to the stream. In the evening, the route reaches  a beautiful spot in the middle of the high Pyrenees where riders set up camp and prepare for dinner from the provisions carried in the saddle bags and settle in for the night 

Day 12
Keep a lookout for marmots this morning as the route heads  across beautiful mountain meadows river valleys. After some challenging climbs, cross the pass to reach the highest point of the journey at an altitude of 2600m! Take in the spectacular views of the Serra de Cadí, and the highest mountain in Catalonia, the Pica d'Estats. Carefully, the riders pick their way through this enchanting landscape to a mountain lake. This is the final destination, back in Catalonia. Say a fond farewell to the horses before checking into the comfortable guesthouse and enjoying a hot shower. Over the final dinner, relive the adventure of the last 12 days with fellow riders before turning in for the night.

Day 13
After breakfast, farewell and transfer to Barcelona.

Due to the difficulty of this trail, the maximum weight limit for riders is 85 kg and the age limit is 65 years.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The Andalusian horses have the perfect life - kept in a natural herd. The 30+ horses are selected for their temperament, each is well trained and make sure-footed and reliable companions.



The hosts ensure comfort in the saddle, using high-quality trail saddles, specially made for long distance riding in walk, trot and canter! In cooperation with a saddler, they've developed the perfect trail saddle that is very comfortable and safe for both horse and rider. Saddle cloths are also self-produced and handmade with the best materials, such as medical "anti-pressure sore fleece" which offers ideal conditions for our horses’ backs. During the trails each rider is provided with a hand-crafted saddlebag.


Rider requirements

The riding is through challenging terrain and the days are long – often with up to 9 hours in the saddle, covering up to 40 kilometres in one day. Only experienced riders are comfortable at all paces and must be able to mount and dismount on both sides
of the horse without assistance in difficult terrain. Where the route is particularly challenging, we have to dismount and lead the horses. You should therefore be fit and able to hike both up and downhill in mountainous terrain. In addition, you should not attempt this route if you are afraid of heights. Due to the difficulty of this trail, the maximum weight limit for riders is 85 kg and the age limit is 65 years.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 187 lb/85 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Double Room / Double Tent



8 nights in shared double rooms in guest houses

2 nights in double tent

2 nights in multi persons tent, refuges, etc. (multi bed rooms)



Single Room/Single Tent

8 overnights in single room (depending on demand and room availability)

3 overnights in single tent

1 overnight is only available in multi persons tent



Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room/Half Double Tent". Half double rooms for bookings 60 days prior to departure can only be booked, if at that time a same-gender customer is also waiting for a roommate. If this is not the case, we will book a single room with the regular, advertised surcharge.

Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not 

available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Climate Summary

The Summer climate in Andorra is quite warm during the day, with highs around 25 °C, but relative humidity is not high, and nights are cool. In the afternoon, thunderstorms can occur. Being in the mountains means that conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly.

Climate Chart

Mobile, WiFi and charging

There is electricity available most nights to recharge phones. When travelling in the mountains the signal may be weak in areas. If using a GoPro please get the permission of the group to be filmed

Packing List

Please limit luggage to 15kg (Travel bag or suitcase)
Riding Helmet - mandatory. Limited helmets are available at the stables if you do not have your own
Jodhpurs - jodhpurs, breeches or other comfortable trousers (jeans may rub and can also be quite hot)
Riding Boots - it is important to have correct shoes or boots for horse riding. Jodhpur or ankle boots with a rubber sole are recommended but sturdy shoes with a definite heel are acceptable (such as walking boots)
Half Chaps - these are great when worn with ankle boots and help prevent the stirrup leathers rubbing against your legs
Riding Gloves
Sleeping bag comfortable to -5 deg C
Thin foam or inflatable mattress
T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Saddle bags for personal items are provided
Plastic bags to protect electrical appliances etc during river crossings
Fleece - Although the weather is generally very warm, the evenings can be a bit cooler
Warm layers - At times the evening temperature drops significantly
Headlamp
Pocket knife
Water Bottle (insulated 1.5lt) - it's very important to drink a lot of water when it's hot, especially when doing physical activities
Raincoat - it is always a wise idea to pack a light waterproof/ windproof jacket and also light waterproof trousers in the winter!
Personal Items - toiletries, any medicines you require and please be sure to take insect repellent and plenty of sun cream
Camera and Spare Batteries/Charger - an absolute must! It is also a good idea to take a camera case you can strap around your waist or onto a belt for whilst you are riding
A copy of your passport
Swimwear

Programmes

This ride has a 13 day / 12 night / 11 days riding itinerary with fixed departures

Departure Dates

2024: 10 Jun; 1, 22 (Full) Jul: 26 Aug

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.

Single rooms and tents available

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
202413d/12n11double pp3,399
202413d/12n11Single Supplement for 8 nights in room279
202413d/12n11Single Supplement tent for whole trip66
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
202413d/12n11double pp3,889
202413d/12n11Single Supplement for 8 nights in room319
202413d/12n11Single Supplement tent for whole trip75
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
202413d/12n11double pp4,429
202413d/12n11Single Supplement for 8 nights in room349
202413d/12n11Single Supplement tent for whole trip83
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
202413d/12n11double pp46,899
202413d/12n11Single Supplement for 8 nights in room3,765
202413d/12n11Single Supplement tent for whole trip885
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Other Information

The Catalans are patriotic and disciplined, traditional yet modern. Contrasts also determine the relationship of Catalonia towards the rest of Spain, in particular towards Castile, whose dominance is sometimes regarded as oppression, even until today. The Catalans do not consider themselves Spanish and they are somewhat attracted by the French and German lifestyles. Bull fighting is not wanted here. Here, people prefer non-violent activities and encourage people’s creativity. Catalonia has raised creative minds like Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Barcelona Airport
Transfer:
2024: Transfer from Barcelona Airport €150pp return
Flight Guide:
2024: London - Barcelona return pp approx. £90.00
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