Information before starting
Everything you should know before doing the route and what you’ll need to get started
Before you begin the Coronallacs trail, you should go to the Escaldes-Engordany Tourist Office to pick up your pass. The pass is free and contains:
- Map of the route (download it here)
- Route passport. You’ll have to get it stamped at each of the 4 mountain shelters.
- Optionally, you can get a solar charger for your mobile phone which you’ll have to return after you finish it. You’ll have to leave a deposit for it.
As a Coronallacs user, you can park your car in any locked parking of the village during 5 days. Ask for your subscription in the tourism office for a 30€ cost. This subscription will be activated when the user will get into the parking.
Now that you have the pass you’re ready to start the Coronallacs route! It starts in Escaldes-Engordany, heading in the direction of the Madriu Valley. The entire hike takes minimum 5 days.
Practically the entire route is signposted with GRP (which stands for Gran Recorrido del País in Spanish) yellow and red marks. Additionally, you’ll find black and light blue signs with the Coronallacs logo along the path that indicate which way to go.
When you have finished it, present your passport with the stamps from the 4 mountain shelters to the Escaldes-Engordany Tourist Office and you’ll receive a free gift of a Coronallacs Buff headband and a certificate for having successfully completed the trail. If you've taken a solar phone charger you can return it and get your deposit back.
In addition, once the route is finished, you will have access and free use of the bathrooms and showers of the Prat Gran Pavilion in Escaldes-Engordany. You just have to say that you are a Coronallacs user and show the passport of the route at the entrance.
Pavelló del Prat Gran
C/ Prat Gran 2-4,
Phone: +376 890 878
Open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a. to 11:00 p.m.
Book your spot at the staffed mountain shelters
Don’t forget to get your passport stamped at the mountain shelters for being a real Coronallacs!
Each mountain shelter sets its own rates. They generally have lodging and meal services, though we recommend confirming with them individually. Lodging and other services are paid in cash.
The staffed mountain shelters are normally open from June to October, depending on the weather and access conditions.
Finally, and most importantly: Don’t forget? to get your passport stamped when staying at each of the mountain shelters along the trail, so you can receive your certificate for being a real Coronallacs!
Keep in mind that the route passes by 9 other unstaffed mountain shelters where you can also sleep. You also have the option of camping outdoors whenever you are above 2,000 metres of altitude and only at night (Bivouac).
Contact the mountain shelters now!
Illa Refuge : (+376) 801 044 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Juclà Refuge: (+376) 678 145 / email@example.com
Borda de Sorteny Refuge: (+376) 846 446 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Comapedrosa Refuge: (+376) 850 656 / email@example.com
Recommendations for the hike
Everything you need to do before and during the hike
- Plan out your hike based on the difficulty of the route and the physical condition of each person. The route's difficulty level is medium-high, so it helps to be fit.
- Prepare your trail using the Coronallacs map and always keep it on hand. If you are planning on bringing a GPS device, download the full track beforehand.
- Stay abreast of weather conditions and developments during the days you are planning on doing it. The weather is very unsteady in the mountains and can change quickly. It's best to start out early in the morning.
- If possible, do not hike alone and always tell someone about your planned circuit and schedule.
- Carefully select the materials and gear you’ll take with you, remembering that the weather may vary from one day to the next (head torch, water, warm clothes, etc.). Choose clothing that is breathable, comfortable and water-resistant, as well as hiking shoes or boots.
- Don’t bring more than you need in your backpack. If it’s too heavy, you’ll tire sooner.
- Apply sun cream at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Both temperature and solar radiation are more intense in the mountains.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential, as is eating regularly. Avoid drinking from fountains if you’re not sure that the water is drinkable.
In the event of emergency
What to do if you need help
Make the victim comfortable and put them where they’ll be visible to emergency services. Remember that raising both arms means you need help and raising just one arm means that everything is OK.
It’s important to know that the emergency helicopter cannot take anything other than the victim.
We recommend downloading the Alpify app onto your mobile device to ensure your safety in the mountains.
Having fun while protecting the environment
- Take all your rubbish with you so as not to harm the environment.
- Respect the silence and peacefulness of the place. Remember that you are in the habitat made up of many local plant and animal species.
- Do not approach or feed any livestock you `come across. They are instinctive animals and may become dangerous if they feel attacked.
Coronallacs with a guide
Hiring the services of an experienced guide for your route
Mountain conditions are unpredictable and setbacks may occur that only a professional would know how to resolve. Furthermore, along the route you can contemplate the flora and fauna, learn interesting facts about the area and enjoy detailed explanations.
See the directory of mountain guides provided by VisitAndorra and the Andorra Association of Mountain Guides.