This experience is a camp on the snow, in the mountains, to look for the rock ptarmigan: a polar adventure in the heart of the Pyrenees.
It is seven AM and the thermometer reads minus 20 Celsius degrees. The camp where we have slept is completely frozen. It is difficult to put on your hiking boots but it is even more difficult to go out of the sleeping bag. Lucky we are because Marc is making hot coffee for us. The dog is ready to guide us during this cool winter morning. We want to move and get warm; the ptarmigan is waiting for us.
It could be a story set in Scandinavia, but no, it is an adventure offered by Pirenalia, unique and unrepeatable. Spend with us two days at the mountains, an experience after the ptarmigan. In the most extreme conditions is where the rock ptarmigan lives; white during the winter season, is the king of the mountain.
Quite difficult to be seen with the naked eye, we will go after them with a specialized dog , trained for the tracking of high mountains birds. The excursion is a trekking path with snow rackets and an overall elevation of seven hundred meters that will take us to our camp set at 2.500 meters; from this point we will be alone with the mountain and other tiny inhabitants. It is a unique experience in extreme conditions after the mythical animal.
|Destination:||Andorran pyrenees (Andorra)|
|Dates:||between 10 January and 15 April|
|Available places per day:||4 persons (minimum 2 persons)|
|Duration:||a day and a half (one night)|
|Place of departure / arrival||Andorra|
|Price:||400 € per person|
Although the experience is something magical itself, in Pirenalia we will work hard to make our guests take photos of one of the most emblematic species in the Pyrenees. It is not easy at all; the terrain is difficult to walk through, the conditions are extreme; and you must be very fast and keep your senses awake to take the desired photography.
Our guides recommend a monkey foot, essential to support the objective; cameras prepared to shoot in low light conditions; long distance lens; spare battery and memory cards. If available, a waterproof protection in case it snows. You must bear in mind that you will have to climb up with your equipment on your back! It would be interesting to carry all the equipment in the same backpack as it becomes very uncomfortable to come up with two backpacks.
At early morning hours, we will wake up and have an energetic breakfast. We will continue with the search for the lagopod. We will come back to our vehicles between 12PM and 1PM, and we will farewell in the hotel.