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Pyrenees mountain hiking Puigmal Summit From Núria Resort

10 Km walk from Núria resort to Puigmal summit via cattle grazing hills, pine forests and a mountain river to the summit. Spectacular panoramic views

Updated: Aug 2, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.8k

About Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

Puigmal summit is is one of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees at just under 3000 metres above sea level (2913m) and is on the French border giving fantastic 360 panoramic views of both the Spanish and French Pyrenees mountains.

I have two routes for this walk.

  1. Short 9Km circular route starting and finishing in Vall de Núria Winter Ski and Summer resort climbing up to the Puigmal summit and returning via the same route. This route follows the Torrent de la Coma de l'Embut river valley through cattle grazing meadows and pine forests with the last section being a steap climb to the summit. A MEDIUM level of fitness is required because of the 941m elevation gain. Allow takes 5-7 hours to complete.
  2. longer 19km linear route starting at Vall de Núria Winter Ski and Summer resort and ascending to Puigmal summit via the Torrent de la Coma de l'Embut then returning via the Serra del Burrut ridgeline and Collada de Fontalba down to Queralbs on the Cremallera racked railway. This route requires more physical endurance with an elevation gain (ascent) of 950m and an elevation loss (descent) of 1734m. Allow 6-8 hours to complete.

Núria is a valley with a hotel complex, ski resort and lake at an altitude of 1965 metres above sea level with Ribes de Freser being 899 metres above sea level.

Visiting Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

About 2 minutes walk from the Renfe Train station is Bar Gusi which serves snacks and drinks all day, including vegan options.

I recommend completing this route from June to August to enjoy the wild flowers in the meadows, full leafy green forests and to swim in Núria Lake.

Note: In the summer there will be no snow on this route but in winter the summit will have snow. Normally between January and March there is Snow in the Núria resort.

It is very important not to loose track of time on both routes and miss the Cremallera before the last train.

What to take with you for Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

I pack for wind and rain when doing this hike because it is in the high Pyrenees mountains.

I recommend 2-3 litres of water.

If doing this as a winter snow hike, I recommend crampons and snow shoes.

Small 30L Hiking Rucksack

Small 30L Hiking Rucksack

Includes high visibility fog and rain waterproof cover in zip compartment at bottom of rucksack.

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Gore-Tex Hiking boots

Gore-Tex Hiking boots

I prefer ankle high boots on mountain trails for the ankle support and increased stability over rocky trails.

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Full length Running leggings

Full length Running leggings

For running in the hills around Barcelona or as a base layer for high mountain trails.

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Compact First Aid Kit

Compact First Aid Kit

Small lightweight first aid kit

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Phone Case for watersports

Phone Case for watersports

IPX8 waterproof floating and submersible case & Lanyard. Permits photos and touchscreen use.

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warm Wool socks

warm Wool socks

With toe and heel reinforcements that give good padding.

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Convertible Trousers

Convertible Trousers

Lightweight convertible trousers that zip down to shorts

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Base layer short sleve

Base layer short sleve

Thermal short sleve skin tight top

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Mid layer Top

Mid layer Top

Light weight cotton quick dry T-shirt

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Fleece jacket or Jersey

Fleece jacket or Jersey

Light weight warm fleece

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Windproof & Waterproof shell

Windproof & Waterproof shell

Waterproof jacket and windbreaker

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warm winter gloves

warm winter gloves

For snow activities and winter hiking

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Crampons for Snow & Ice

Crampons for Snow & Ice

When hiking in the Pyrenees and high mountains in winter I use Crampons for added traction on snow and ice patches.

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Snowshoes Raquetas de nieve

Snowshoes Raquetas de nieve

For walking over snow covered mountains.

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Adjustable Ski Poles

Adjustable Ski Poles

For Cross country skiing and Snow shoe hiking

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Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 33.50 FREE Child € 33.50 FREE Group/Family Ticket? See vall de Nuria website for child fares.Notes Walk is free, Return train tickets costs 33.50 Euros.

Getting to Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

Address: Estacio de Muntanya, Vall de Nuria. 17534

Take the Renfe R3 Rodalies train to Ribes de Freser and use the Vall de Núria Cremallera to get to Núria Resort. The route starts at Núria Resort.

Train fares and times for the Cremallera racked railway can be found on the Vall de Núria website. A combined Renfe + Cremallera ticket is available, TreNatura which is considerably cheaper than buying the tickets individually.

The combined Renfe + Cremallera return ticket called TreNatura can be purchased from any Renfe Rodalies ticket machines or purchased online. Note that the combined return ticket will print out two tickets. One is for the Renfe segment and one for the cremallera segment. When you get to Ribes de Freser you have to swap the Cremallera ticket at the Cremallera de Núria ticket office for a barcode ticket that can be used on the Cremallera turnstiles machines.

Documents for Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

Click on any one of the 6 PDFs to view in full screen and download.

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Ribes de Freser to Nuria Resort Train Map

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Nuria Rodalies Map

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Nuria Resort map

Author: www.valldenuria.cat

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Nuria Cremallera Information

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Nuria Cremalera Timetable

Author: www.valldenuria.cat

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Nuria Resort Facilities Map

Author: www.valldenuria.cat

Wikiloc Trail for Puigmal Summit From Vall De Núria

A0212a - Puigmal sumit from Vall de Nuria

A circular route starting in the pyrenees resort of Nuria to the top of the world (Puigmal summit) via forest paths, montain grazing hills and rocky peek.

Distance: 9.03 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 33.50 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Rodalies & Cremallera

A0212b - Nuria Resort to Puigmal to Queralbs

A hard linear route starting in Nuria to the top of the world (Puigmal summit) via forest paths, montain grazing hills and rocky peek returning via queralbs.

Distance: 18.7 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 33.50 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Rodalies & Cremallera

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