The stages

Check the whole route technical details, step by step

Torb Standard

5 day circular

The five crossing points of the Refugis del Torb crossing are Núria valley, Ulldeter, Marialles, Mantet and Carançà. The clockwise / counterclockwise direction is indifferent, although we explain it in counterclockwise sense because we have to choose one.

Torb Altitude

7 days, 7 peaks

The proposal includes all stages of Torb Standard, but extending them with ascents to its most emblematic peaks, with two additional stages to climb to the summit of Puigmal (2,910 m) and to Pica del Canigó ( 2,784 m), for a total of seven days. 7 days, 7 summits. Every stage lets us climb to the peak or avoid it, depending on the conditions. És opcional.

Torb Standard

5 day circular

Distance: 78.7 km

Minimum altitude: 940 m

Max altitude:2,795 m

Accumulated ascending difference: 4,514 m

Accumulated descending difference in level:4,514 m

1. Núria 2. Ulldeter 3. Merialles 4. Mentet 5. Carança

Stage 1

Núria – Ulldeter

The two most classic spots of Catalan mountaineering linked through the legendary Camí dels Enginyers and Coma de Vaca. Stage with exceptional panoramic views over the Valley of Ribes, crossing into the Valley of Camprodon through the Coll de la Marrana.

  • Distance: 15,8 km
  • Standard time: 6-8 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.995 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.529 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 832 m
  • Cumulative descent: 928 m

Stage 2

Ulldeter – Merialles

Considered the queen stage of the trek due to its length, it connects in one stretch Ulldeter and the Massif of Canigó. The Esquerdes de Rojà and Pla Guillem offer 360º of panoramic views: from Vallespir to the Golf de Roses, from Pic Carlit to the plain of Rosselló, from Garrotxa to Montserrat…

  • Distance: 21,8 km
  • Standard time: 7-9 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.718 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.377 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 703 m
  • Cumulative descent: 996 m

Stage 3

Merialles – Mentet

Descent into the bowels of the Pyrenees, the villages of Pi and Mentet peacefully show life at a different pace. Stage to discover the highest inhabited villages of Conflent, and the Nature Reserves of Pi and Mentet.

  • Distance: 15,1 km
  • Standard time: 6-7 h
  • Lowest elevation: 940 m
  • Highest elevation: 1.761 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 887 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.047 m

Stage 4

Mentet – Carançà

From one of the most isolated villages of the Eastern Pyrenees to a lonely valley full of charm: Vall de Carançà. From its glacial lakes at the foot of the Pic de l’Infern, to the deep Gorges de Carançà, this valley never goes unnoticed by mountaineers: it is really worth the hike.

  • Distance: 11,4 km
  • Standard time: 4,5-6 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.472 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.321 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 924 m
  • Cumulative descent: 632 m

Stage 5

Carançà – Núria

A classic hike in the Pyrenees, a journey of a lifetime. A natural border full of history, the Coll de Carançà and Coll de Noucreus have seen all kinds of traffic: pilgrims, smugglers, exiles and mountaineers.

  • Distance: 14,6 km
  • Standard time: 5,5-7 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.831 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.795 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.168 m
  • Cumulative descent: 880 m

There are options for all tastes!

 

  • Want to walk even more?

The journey can be extended adding variants, such as the descent to Les Conques between Ulldeter and Merialles, the Puigmal circle sleeping in the Corral Blanc refuge (Planoles), or the Canigó circle sleeping in Cortalets.

  • Do you have few days?

If you only have two or three days we also have some good proposals to offer you, dividing the main circle of the journey into two. Ask us!

  • Do you prefer to do shorter stages?

Some stages allow to be divided into two, sleeping in places like Coma de Vaca, Les Conques or Pi de Conflent. Ask us for advice and we’ll arrange it. We could call it the Torb Slow option.

  • Holidays after walking?

If you want to stay and relax in the area after the trek, we can offer you accommodation in Ribes de Freser (Vall de Ribes – El Ripollès) or in Setcases (Vall de Camprodon – El Ripollès), from where there are great tourism possibilities in the area. Ask us for advice!

Torb Altitude

7 days, 7 peaks

Distance: 126.2 km

Minimum altitude: 922 m

Max altitude: 2,910 m

Accumulated ascending difference: 7,557 m

Accumulated descending difference in altitude: 7,557 m

1.Núria 2.Bastiments 3.Ulldeter 4.Roca Colom 5.Merialles 6.Canigó 7.Pi 8.Pic de Tres Esteles 9.Mentet 10.Peak Ribes Blanques 11.Ras de Carançà 12.Noucreus 13.Puigmal

Stage 1

Núria – Ulldeter

Peak Bastiments (2.883 m)

The two most classic spots of Catalan mountaineering linked through the legendary Camí dels Enginyers and Coma de Vaca. Ascent to the summit that crowns Ulldeter Circus: the Pic de Bastiments or Pic del Gegant (2.883 m). Stage with exceptional panoramic views over the Valley of Ribes, crossing into the Valley of Camprodon through the Coll de la Marrana.

  • Distance: 19,728 km
  • Standard time: 8-10 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.930 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.883 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.208 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.304 m

Stage 2

Ulldeter – Merialles

Peak Roca Colom (2.506 m)

Considered the queen stage of the trek due to its length, it connects in one stretch Ulldeter and the Massif of Canigó. The Esquerdes de Rojà and Pla Guillem offer 360º of panoramic views: from Vallespir to the Golf de Roses, from Pic Carlit to the plain of Rosselló, from Garrotxa to Montserrat … The ascent to the peak Roca Colom (2506 m) is proposed, the highest point reach of this ridgeline that forks to he NW from the main one of the Pyrennees.

  • Distance: 23,294 km
  • Standard time: 7.30-9.30 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.706 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.414 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 822 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.115 m

Stage 3

Ascent Canigó

Peak Canigó (2.784 m)

The sacred mountain of the Catalans. Its 2.784 m rise above the plain of Rosselló, by the sea. For centuries locals and passers-by believed it was the highest mountain in the Pyrenees. The ascent from Marialles is frank and with the touch of excitement at the end that brings the amusing Xemeneia (Chimney).

  • Distance: 18,588 km
  • Standard time (go and return): 6 h 30 min – 8 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.700 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.784 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.154 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.154 m

Stage 4

Merialles – Mentet

Peak Tres Esteles (2.099 m)

Descent into the bowels of the Pyrenees, the villages of Pi and Mentet peacefully show life at a different pace. Stage to discover the highest inhabited villages of Conflent, and the Nature Reserves of Pi and Mentet. Apart from the charm of the villages and forests of the shady side, we recommend the ascent to Pic de Tres Esteles (2.099 m), which we can reach from Col de Mentet.

  • Distance: 22,73 km
  • Standard time: 4,5-6 h
  • Lowest elevation: 922 m
  • Highest elevation: 1.749 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.225 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.385 m

Stage 5

Mentet – Carançà

Peak Ribes Blanques (2.445 m)

From one of the most isolated villages of the Eastern Pyrenees, climb through Coll de Pal to the Puig de Ribes Blanques (2.445 m), a peak with remarkable views over a lonely valley full of charm: Vall de Carançà. From its glacial lakes at the foot of the Pic de l’Infern, to the deep Gorges de Carançà, this valley never goes unnoticed by mountaineers: it is really worth the hike.

  • Distance: 15,066 km
  • Standard time: 5 h 30 min – 7 h 30 min
  • Lowest elevation: 1.472 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.663 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.075 m
  • Cumulative descent: 783 m

Stage 6

Carançà – Núria

Peak Noucreus (2.799 m)

A classic hike in the Pyrenees, a journey of a lifetime. A natural border full of history, the Coll de Carançà and Coll de Noucreus have seen all kinds of traffic: pilgrims, smugglers, exiles and mountaineers. From the latter the Pic de Noucreus (2,799 m) can easily be reached.

  • Distance: 15,844 km
  • Standard time: 7 h – 8 h 30 min
  • Lowest elevation: 1.792 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.861 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.190 m
  • Cumulative descent: 902 m

Stage 7

Ascent Puigmal

Puigmal (2.910 m)

This 2,910 m peak, the highest in this part of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the earliest and most symbolic traditional Catalan hikes, climbed countless times for over 150 years. An unavoidable challenge for any mountaineer.

  • Distance: 10,948 km
  • Standard time (go and return): 5 – 6 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.957 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.910 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 963 m
  • Cumulative descent: 963 m

There are options for all tastes!

 

  • Want to walk even more?

The journey can be extended adding variants and peaks, such as the descent to Les Conques between Ulldeter and Merialles, the Puigmal circle sleeping in the Corral Blanc refuge (Planoles), or the Canigó circle sleeping in Cortalets.

    • Do you have few days?

    If you only have two or three days we also have some good proposals to offer you, dividing the main circle of the journey into two. Ask us!

    • Do you prefer to do shorter stages?

    Some stages allow to be divided into two, sleeping in places like Coma de Vaca, Les Conques or Pi de Conflent. Ask us for advice and we’ll arrange it. We could call it the Torb Slow option.

    • Holidays after walking?

    If you want to stay and relax in the area after the trek, we can offer you accommodation in Ribes de Freser (Vall de Ribes – El Ripollès) or in Setcases (Vall de Camprodon – El Ripollès), from where there are great tourism possibilities in the area. Ask us for advice!