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Distance

6.66 mi

Elevation gain

2,631 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

2,631 ft

Max elevation

8,458 ft

Trailrank

53 5

Min elevation

5,887 ft

Trail type

Loop

Coordinates

477

Uploaded

July 16, 2016

Recorded

July 2016
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8,458 ft
5,887 ft
6.66 mi

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near Soldeu, Canillo (Andorra)

This track starts in Soldeu behind the hotels and goes into the Incles Valley, but high above on the hillside. It is a roundtrip which passes between two of the Siscaro lakes before it enters the pass De Les Vaques and down back to the hotels. At this pass the track takes a small sidetrip to the highest point.
The flowers on the tour are breathtaking and you will for certain be stimulated to take many pictures. The tour is surrounded by magnificient mountains.
Intersection

Cross

  • Photo of Cross
The word Soldeu is prononced with an "o" at the end. The word really means Sun of the God. The track has followed a road for some time and takes now to the right as a path.
Mountain pass

Pass De Les Vaques

  • Photo of Pass De Les Vaques
When we look back at this pass, we have a view over the Siscaro Lakes. This track now follows the ridge shortly to the top of the mountain. But it is instead possible to follow a path further down against the river Riu Gros and back to Sortenu.
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Flowers

  • Photo of Flowers
  • Photo of Flowers
  • Photo of Flowers
Already at the beginning of the track above Soldeu we meet several flowers.
Photo

Rhododendron and big Mountains

  • Photo of Rhododendron and big Mountains
  • Photo of Rhododendron and big Mountains
  • Photo of Rhododendron and big Mountains
The whole area is covered with an enormous amount of red Rhododendron ferrugineum flowers. And at the same time we see big mountains not far from us. This is quite overwhelming.
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More flowers

  • Photo of More flowers
  • Photo of More flowers
  • Photo of More flowers
Everywhere we can see many beautiful flowers.
Bridge

Riu Gros Bridge

River

Riu Gros River

  • Photo of Riu Gros River
  • Photo of Riu Gros River
  • Photo of Riu Gros River
  • Photo of Riu Gros River
Our path meets here the direct path over the pass De Les Vaques. And the many different flowers can be found almost everywhere.
Lake

Siscaro (Baix) Lakes

  • Photo of Siscaro (Baix) Lakes
  • Photo of Siscaro (Baix) Lakes
  • Photo of Siscaro (Baix) Lakes
  • Photo of Siscaro (Baix) Lakes
Here we pass some small lakes. The biggest has living fishes which can be seen at the surface. It is a nice place to take a little swim, but it is not a deep lake. The red Rhododendron flowers cover the whole area under a mountain nearby. It is possible to make this track longer with a walk to another lake on a path just north of this lake. The path is now heading against the pass De Les Vaques above us. And new plants make the trip up to the pass quite easy.
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Sola de Soldeu

  • Photo of Sola de Soldeu
This is a view point near the track.
Summit

Top of the ridge

  • Photo of Top of the ridge
This is a small top with a natural place for taking photographs. This track returns to the "Highway" over the Pass.

1 comment

  • Photo of badsyntax

    badsyntax Dec 13, 2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

    This is an excellent route, magnificent mountains and scenery. We attempted this route in winter but decided to turn back at the Pass De Les Vaques pass as we were running out of daylight. There's a steep incline to get to the ridge on the top and it is really dangerous in winter. You definitely need the right equipment if attempting this route in winter. Ice axes and crampons are suggested. I've graded this route as difficult if attempting in winter.

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