Hiking the Pessos Lakes circuit in Andorra

The Principality of Andorra, Europe’s sixth-smallest country, lies in the Eastern Pyrenees and is bordered by Spain and France. 

Given Andorra doesn’t have its own airport, I  flew into Barcelona and was picked up by Zoneboy. Zoneboy was on a 3-month road-trip adventure through Europe and it was brilliant to join him in early September (2021) for a very small part of it.

Zoneboy had found us accommodation near the airport and we set off bright and early the following morning with the drive taking no longer than 3 hours. After picking up supplies for the day at the local supermarket in the capital, we made our way to the parking lot (called El Cubil) of one of the most famous ski resorts in Andorra, Grau Roig and were walking just after 11am.

Setting off in glorious weather to the first Lake

We were walking a route around the Pesson Lakes, a series of glacial lakes in the Encamp Valley. 

It was a glorious day and there were rocky peaks in every direction that framed the stunning lakes; some were crystal clear, others rather mossy.

 

Gorgeously clear water

 

What a day!

We climbed up the Collado de Pessons (Pessons Mountain Pass) for a majestic view and the perfect spot to eat our picnic lunch.

Views from our lunch spot

We continued on the loop with the final 2 lakes (Estany de les Fonts and Estany del Cap dels Pessons) perhaps the most beautiful we passed.

Heading back

Some 15 kms and 5.5 hours after setting off we arrived back at the car. It had been a phenomenal days walking in stunning weather 🙂

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