The stages

Check the whole route technical details, step by step

The four crossing points of the Canigó Tour crossing are Batère, Sant Guillem, Mariailles and Cortalets. The clockwise / counterclockwise direction is indifferent, although we explain it in counterclockwise sense because we have to choose one.

Stage 1

Batère – Sant Guillem

Wonderful flank over Alt Vallespir and Alta Garrotxa, through the Natural Reserve of Prats de Molló, with great panoramic views from Comanegra to Bassegoda, and from Roc de Frausa and Albera to the flatlands of Rosselló and the sea. Departing from the old mines at Batère, we will enjoy impressive until the arrival to the Romanesque hermitage of Sant Guillem de Combret (XII Century), declared as Historical Monument by France.

  • Distance: 17,69 km
  • Standard time: 6 – 7 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.080 m
  • Highest elevation: 1.730 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.114 m
  • Cumulative descent: 1.301 m
Stage 1 profile

Stage 2

Sant Guillem – Mariailles

Stage between the south and west cardinal points of the trek, passing through the highest point of the itinerary, except for the Stage option to the peak: Pla Guillem (2.277 m). From there the views range from Carlit to Garrotxa and from Bastiments to Golf de Roses, 360º of awesome panorama in the joint between the massif of Canigó and the ridge of Rojà. The trail switches direction several times, alternating between Mediterranean bushy vegetation and shady forests of beech and fir.

  • Distance: 17,07 km
  • Standard time: 5,5 – 7 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.283 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.285 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 1.250 m
  • Cumulative descent: 815 m
Stage 2 profile

Stage 3

Mariailles – Cortalets

The ascent to the mythical mountain, main target of the whole trek, from Mariailles and climbing the Xemeneia on the south face, both exciting and entertaining. Amazing places appear during the trail, such as Vall de Cadí or Roca del Gendarme (Soldier’s Rock). Once on the summit, the same glance will reveal simultaneously the craggy cliffs of Bretxa Durier and Pic Barbet, the vast flatlands of Rosselló, and the Mediterranean Sea, 2.784 m below us. The descent will be mild and short, down the northern slope.

  • Distance: 13,5 km
  • Standard time: 6-7 h
  • Lowest elevation: 1.686 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.784 m
  • Slope + accumulated: 1.098 m
  • Slope – accumulated: 648 m
Stage 3 profile

Stage 4

Cortalets – Batère

Named The Canigó Balcony due to its panoramic views, this Stage is full of leafy northern-Pyrenean forests, with firs, beaches and birches. Amazing flank trail with views over the flatlands of Rosselló and the Sea, 1.500 m lower, unfolding the surprising contrast between the humid forests, covered with moss, and the coastal flatland. The trail runs by the British Dakota plane wreck, fallen in the autumn of 1961, 20 minutes away from Cortalets, very close to GR-10 path.

  • Distance: 16 km
  • Standard time: 5-6 h.
  • Lowest elevation: 1.479 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.198 m
  • Slope + accumulated: 302 m
  • Slope – accumulated: 952 m
Stage 4 profile
 

If for some reason you do not want to go up to Canigó, there is the option of taking this variant between Merialles and Cortalets that does not reach such a high altitude. It’s a stage which substitutes the 3rd one.

Alternative stage

Mariailles – Cortalets without sumit

If we want to avoid ascending to Pica del Canigó, there is an option to flank the north-west of the massif, to link the refuges of Mariailles and Cortalets. A stage with great views over the Shire of Conflent and the cloister of Sant Martí del Canigó. We will see the towns of Prades, Villefranche and Vernet-les-Bains, and will go deep into some forests crowded of history and old paths.

  • Distance: 16 km
  • Standard time: 6-7 h.
  • Lowest elevation: 1.686 m
  • Highest elevation: 2.270 m
  • Cumulative ascent: 993 m
  • Cumulative descent: 543 m
Profile Alternative stage

Do you want other choices?

 

If after the trip you want to stay to recharge your batteries in the area, we can offer you accommodation in Prats de Molló (South Canigó) and/or in Vernet (North Canigó), from where there are great possibilities for tourism in Canigó area. Ask us for advice!