Do I have to book?
Yes, in all cases. In addition, if you choose the central summer months or long bridges, you'd better do it well in advance.
Is it mandatory to make Cavalls del Vent with Welcome Pack?
It's not mandatory, although it is advisable. The Welcome Pack includes, in addition to merchandising, services such as wi-fi in the shelters that have it, mobile charge and shower, in addition to the possibility to book online and take out accident insurance (with mountain rescue) and/or annulment. It also includes a telephone service 24 h during the voyage.
How long does the Cavalls del Vent season last?
The official season begins on 1 June and ends on 30 September. Depending on the season, some shelters are open from mid-May to mid-October, but you'll have to check with the Reservation Center.
Can I make the off-season route?
It will always depend on the time and the state of the terrain. You will not be able to make the reservation online but you will have to contact the Reservation Center.
Can I make the route in various sections, on different dates?
Yes, but only if it's for the same season. Contact the Reservation Center and we'll tell you how to do it.
Is the route well signposted?
Yes, Cavalls del Vent is signposted with unmistakable orange markings. In addition, with the Welcome Pack you will receive the official map and track for GPS.
Is the tour easy even if you don't have experience?
It's not a technically difficult journey, but it's important that you plan the stages well based on your fitness. It's preferable to have experience on multi-day routes.
In what sense is it better to do the route?
The journey can be made in either direction. The counterclockwise is a little simpler but the differences are very small.
Is it a child-friendly route?
They must be old enough and prepared for daily tours of several hours, on half-mountain terrain. They should always be accompanied by an adult who takes responsibility for them.
Can I make the journey with a dog?
The Natural Park has its regulations on this and dogs must be tied up at all times. In none of the shelters animals are allowed and most do not have a specific space for dogs. It's better to see it with each shelter first. We can also offer you a dog residence service during the voyage. For more information contact the Reservation Center.
Can I camp or vivac?
Natural Park regulations prohibit it. For more information or to request special permits you will need to contact the management of the Natural Park.
Is there phone coverage along the route?
For the emergency phone 112 there's good coverage throughout the journey. As far as telephone companies are concerned, coverage varies by operator. Most shelters have Wi-Fi and if you make the route with Welcome Pack this service is free.
Is it easy to find water?
There are few sources but you can find some stream, although at certain times there are cattle on the mountain that can contaminate water. It is advisable to supply yourself with water in the shelters.
What shelters can I reach by car?
To the shelters of Lluís Estasen, Gresolet, Rebost and Serrat de les Esposes are reached by car. To access those of Prat d'Aguiló and Cortals de l'Ingla it is advisable an all-terrain vehicle.
Can I get there by public transport?
From Barcelona you can reach Baga by bus and then walk to the Rebost shelters (7 Km) o Sant Jordi (10 Km). You can also reach La Molina by train and from the ski resort you can climb the Niu de l'Aliga refuge by gondola, but you'll have to check the opening days and schedules with the ski resort. In addition, to all the shelters that you reach by car you can reach by taxi.
Can I hire the baggage transfer?
Cavalls del Vent does not offer this service due to the poor road or track connection between the different shelters. Anyway,, for more information on the possibility of hiring the baggage transfer you can contact the Reservation Center.
Is there a taxi service?
Cavalls del Vent provides you with a taxi service that can bring you closer or pick up at any point on the route to which motorized access is possible. You can hire this service by calling the Reservation Center.
How do I know if shelters are available?
The easiest way is to start making your reservation. For each night you will have a drop-down in which to choose the shelter in which you want to sleep, if the shelter appears on the list means you have places available.
Once the reservation is made, can I change some detail?
No, once the booking is confirmed, no details can be changed. If you've made a mistake, or it's imperative that you change something, you'll have to get in touch with the Reservation Center.
If the weather forecast is bad, can I cancel the reservation?
No, bad weather is no reason for cancellation. If the situation really is dangerous, we will contact you ourselves to find a solution, even if you're already on the road.
What should I do if I want to cancel a reservation?
If you have contracted cancellation insurance, contact the insurance company and they will tell you what to do to recover the amount you have paid.
In case you don't have cancellation insurance, you should report it to the Reservation Center. Cavalls del Vent will retain the amount of the selected Welcome Pack, shipping and contracted insurance. Shelters will retain the following percentages: The 25% if you cancel before 15 days of the booked date, The 50% if you cancel between 15 And 7 days before the booked date, and the 100% if you cancel out the last week.
Can I get to the shelters at any time?
No, shelters have their schedules. As a general rule, breakfasts are served from 7 morning and dinners from the 7 afternoon. The lights go out at 10 of the night. In case you plan to arrive outside these hours, you must indicate this when booking.
If you're already en route and you think you'll be late for the next shelter, you'll have to call the guard to warn.
I follow a specific diet or have any food allergies, can shelters offer me alternatives?
Yes, all shelters can offer special menus, but it's very important that you indicate it in your booking.
Are there blankets in the shelters?
Yes, all shelters have blankets.
Can I pay by card at the shelters?
They only accept cards at Prat d'Aguiló shelters, Lluís Estasen and Niu de l'Aliga. In all other shelters you will have to pay in cash.
Are there discounts for federated?
Some of the shelters offer discounts for EFSC federated. If that's your case, you must indicate it at the time of booking and the discount will already be reflected in the final amount. Remember to carry the license during the crossing as they will ask you at the shelters.
Are all rooms shared?
Yes, these are mountain shelters where all spaces are shared.
What should I do if I get lost?
The most important thing is to stop walking: it will be easier to find yourself the closer you are to the last place you were traceable. If you can't get in touch with anyone, call the emergency phone 112.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you can get to the nearest shelter, the guard will be able to help you. If you can't continue, call the emergency phone 112.
If you have contracted accident insurance, contact the insurance company and they will tell you what to do.