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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: 2k

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.