"Peric" is one of the most
nice and interesting regional peaks.
When ascending to it, one may enjoy
the view of two extraordinary lake areas.
Camporells, which we find before arriving
to the Perics, to the east. It has been
declared "site classé"
by the French government.
To the west, the not less spectacular
lakes of the valley of la Llosa, which
we will find when descending. On the
other side, it must be mentioned that
the peak is almost 3000 m, so has a
high mountain flavor. All in all it
makes this itinerary very rewarding,
eventhough the effort is substantial
to get there
in Puigcerdà, must take the french
route N-116 direction Mont-Lluis. From
the roundabout just before arriving
to this village, take the D-118 direction
Formigueres i Quillan . Just when entering
Formigueres there is a road at left
going to the ski slopes. We take it
and leave the car at the parking place
by the ski facilities.
The way this itinerary is presented
requires either to have a support car
at les Bolloses or to take a taxi back.
During part of summertime the road to
les Bolloses is closed to the private
traffic but there is a shuttle bus available.
It's also possible to walk a circular
journey, as described in the alternative
routes 1 and
m up and 800 m down.
No special difficulties but the lenght
of the journey must be considered, as
well as the significant slope and its
take enough water because any one found
throughout the journey is not drinkable.
Good mountain boots. It's mandatory
to be sure of good weather. It's advisable
to walk it on summertime.
of the route
d'esquí de Formigueres
- cim de la serra de Mauri - paratge
de Camporells - Petit Peric -
Puig Peric - vall de la Llosa
- estany de la Bollosa.
Formigueres ski station. 0:00h. 1.740
m. The chair lift operates july and
august. By taking it we save 300 m of
steep slope which happens to be the
less interesting part of the journey.
It can be done also by car, eventhough
the track is not good enough. If we
go up walking, we start from the parking
area, initially following the chairs
and then passing under them by turning
right to follow a track. We must not
take the track at left -suitable for
cars- because it forces a long detour.
Our track arrives to a ski slope which
we have to follow right up. Then we
find again the good track we did not
take before and follow it at right.
We leave another one also at our right
and we are close to the upper station
of the lift.
Upper station.0:50h. 2.095m. We go up
on the track (NW) till a barrier placed
to prevent the cars to continue. (leave
the cars here would we had choosen this
option). A few meters more and we find
signals allowing us to leave the track
and walk on a broad path, which goes
up on the right side of the Serra de
Mauri, which we are following. Afterwards
we find again the track which we leave
soon. Once we arrive to the mountain
edge, we are close to the highest point
of this range.
Top of the Serra de Mauri. 1:40h; 2.412m.
It's a small peak with a rock-pile.
It offers a very good view of the valley
of Lladura, Serra dels Alarbs, Puig
del Pam (S) and the two Peric peaks
(WSW). We continue on the path which
goes down fast towards the valley of
Camporells. We soon see a number of
lakes, in one of the most beatiful spots
of the Pyrenees. The path continues
down zigzagging to a point between the
Estany Gros and the Estany del Mig.
There is a path at left which would
take us in 5' to the Shelter of Camporells.
Estany Gros. 2:05h; 2.250m. The alternative
route nbr 1 leaves from this point.
We go up through grassy fields, to arrive
to the mountain edge NE which comes
down from the Petit Peric. Once there,
the path gets pretty steep. One has
to climb calmly. The slope turns smoother
when we are almost at the top.
Petit Peric. 3:15h; 2.690m. Ample and
beautiful view. Mainly towards Camporells
and les Bolloses. To the W we see the
peak Peric which from here seems inaccesible.
To get there we descend westwards, to
Col between the two Perics. 3:25h; 2.610m.
There is a path at left coming from
les Bolloses which could be used as
alternative route (see nbr. 2). We continue
W till the peak of Puig Peric by a very
steep blurred path.
Puig Peric. 4:00h; 2.810m. The view
broadens to the four cardinal points.
To the S les Bolloses and behind it,
the full axis of the Pyrenees. The Puigmal
outstands. Right under us (SW) we see
the lakes of the valley of la Llosa
with the Carlit and the Andorra border
mountains in the back. To the W, very
close, the Puig de la Portella, and
farther away Pic Pedrós, Pic
d'Esquinie d'Ase and a few other. To
the N the Puig de la Portella Gran,
peak Mortiers, peak Baixullada and Roc
Blanc. Slightly at right, under our
feet, the upper lakes of Camporells.
The lower ones are hidden by the Petit
We may go down by a very steep gravel
slope (W) which goes directly to the
estany de la Llosa. But it's better
to walk a few meters on the ridge (NW),
towards the Puig de la Portella Gran
and then descend on a gravel path over
the Petit Estany Blau. There our path
joins with another one coming from the
valley of Orlu through the Portella
Estany Baix. 5:00h. 2.400m. We continue
our descent following the water course,
amidst lakes and fields, in a swampy
area. We arrive to a metallic shelter
by a small lake (2.250m) and a path
joins us from the left, which is the
alternative route 2. Then we leave the
estany de l'Esparver at our left (we
might visit it). The path goes down
to another swampy area. We are close
to the lake of les Bolloses. There we
find the path "tour du Capcir".
Footbridge. 6:00h; 2.050m. It's named
after Maurice Marty and bridges over
the river la Tet. We continue and soon
the GR 10 joins us from the right. We
continue down in order to surround the
lake of la Bollosa, which will always
see at our left till we arrive to the
hotel parking. We cross to the other
Shelter of les Bolloses. 6:45h; 2.020m.
It's the end of the road D-60, coming
route 1. Tour by Camporells.
This route enables us to come back
on a different way. We start this
alternative at the Estany Gros after
having mounted the peak Peric. It's
indicated in the map with dotted lines.
It's a long walk only advisable if
there is no possibility to use the
chairlift to descend.
Estany gros. 6:00h; 2.250m. We walk
on the left bank of the estany del
Mig till the shelter. Just in front
of it we find the route "tour
del Capcir" which we take direction
les Bolloses (S). It goes flat.
Crosspath. 6:08h; 2.250m. We leave
the "tour del Capcir" by
taking a yellow marked path at left,
just before crossing a rill. This
path is pretty bad and passes by the
cascade of Salt dels Porcs, descending
steeply at the beginning. The slope
gets smoother and just before arriving
to the estany de la Basseta we find
a track which must take to the left.
Shelter la Lladura. 7:15h; 1.770m.
It's closed. There is a picnic area.
We leave the track that goes to the
shelter and shortly after, we leave
a track at right and go slightly up
by the one at left. The track surrounds
the Pla de la Jaceta i the Pla del
Bouc (1.900m) and starts descending.
We inmediately leave at left the deviation
(if going by car we might park here)
which would take us to the upper station
of the chair lift and we are back
at the main ski station in 15'.
Formigueres ski station. 8:00h.
route 2. Tour by les Bolloses.
This route takes us up and down
the Perics from les Bolloses. The
way is indicated in the map with dotted
It's the best option in order to avoid
the total circuit. Total slope is
800m and the time required is about
Shelter of the Estany de la Bollosa.
We follow the descending path in the
reverse direction till the footbridge.
There are two alternatives from here.
Continue following the route "tour
du Capcir" direction Camporells,
which takes us to La Balmeta (horse
yard) and to the Estany de l'Ànec
(2.240m) where we leave the "tour"
and go left (NW) till the rill of
Puig Peric which drives us to the
col between the two Perics in some
2:45h. Here we find again the main
Continue right up (N) (on the path
described to go down) till the metallic
shelter (2.250m) . Here we abandon
the valley of la Llosa and go to the
right (NE) up to a small col (2.270m)
and then we walk flanking over the
estany de la Llosa. We already are
at the valley of the rill of Puig
We follow the rill up to the col between
the two Perics which we clearly see
(NNE). We get there in 2:45h and are
again on the main route.
of the path September
19, 2003, with the CMSC. The guide was Xavier
de Randonnées. Pyrénées,
nº 8: Cerdagne-Capcir. 1:50.000.
Institut Géographique National,
TOP 25 / 2249 ET. Font-Romeu. 1:25.000.
ICN. París, 1997.