You can request the credential on this website (you will have to pay the postal costs of sending it to your home address) or you can pick it up directly at the places indicated in the "Indiketa Credential" section.
If when downloading the tracks of a stage you cannot see it on a map, it is because you do not have any application to see maps. So you should download an application to be able to see maps. We recommend Wikiloc or Komoot, but it can be any other.
Once you have an application to view maps on your mobile or computer, you must follow these steps:
1.- Download the Track of the stage you want.
2.- Then click on "open file".
3.- And finally you have to click on "open with Wikiloc” – or the name of your application, which when you have downloaded it will automatically appear.
Note: When you have Wikiloc installed, in step number 2 you may get two options: "open with Wikiloc" and "Download". First you have to click "Download" and then do step 3.
It can be stamped at any establishment where you stay (hostel, guesthouse, guest house, hotel) and also at any restaurant where you have eaten or shop where you have shopped.
Any commercial stamp works. Preferable if the stamp contains the name of the town (in order to better accredit the passage through this town).
Another possibility is to ask for the stamp at the Tourist Offices or Town Halls of the different municipalities.
To get the "Indiketa" you must bring your stamped pass credential proving that you have done a minimum of 100 km on foot or 200 km by bike.
The Indiketes Route is divided into 22 stages of one day each. Therefore, completing the 476 kilometres of the route on foot would take you 22 days. However, you may be in very good physical shape and be able to complete the route in fewer stages. It may also be the case that you want to do it by bike, so you will need much less time.
On the other hand, many people tend to do it in two or three sections, taking advantage of different holiday periods. They also take advantage of the weekends to do 2/3 day trips.
The best way to determine your fitness level is to load up your backpack and hit the trail in your home country. Start with a short walk and work your way up to the average mileage you would like to achieve on the route (for most people, this is between 20 and 30 kilometres per day). The most common injuries on this route are blisters (which are painful and can become infected), leg cramps, stress fractures and joint pain. Proper footwear, a light backpack (10 kg or less) and conservative daily distances help protect joints, bones and muscles from injury and fatigue. As a general rule, try to carry a bag that weighs 10% or less of your body weight.
Yes it is true, since the Ruta dels Indiketes is 7 times longer in terms of kilometers and has 2.3 times more accumulated unevenness.
On average, each of the stages of the Ruta dels Indiketes doubles the distance of those of Carros de Foc.
Those who do not want to do very long stages can choose to do them in 2 days. On the other hand, there are some easy stages with little accumulated unevenness.
A distinction must be made between camping and overnight stays. If you wish to pitch a tent at night along the route through the area indicated, it is not necessary to ask for any kind of permit/authorisation. However, if you wish to camp, i.e. occupy a camping area during daylight hours, you must take into account the area in which you intend to camp, as long as it is not a national park or an integral nature reserve (in which you cannot stay overnight).
Free camping is not allowed within 1 km of a population centre, crowded places or a campsite, nor within 100 m of any road.
Leave no trace of the overnight stay: removing all rubbish, removing all traces of the tent pitch and any campfires.
Sometimes the distance of the route and the accumulated difference in altitude in each stage do not make this route recommendable for children. However, this depends on the endurance, physical preparation and motivation of each individual case.
On the other hand, it is always possible to lengthen the stages (split a stage into two days) and in some difficult sections use the bicycle route instead of the hiking route, which is usually easier.
Yes, but they must be restrained by the person carrying them. Some places do not allow dogs (call and ask to be prepared) but you can ask if there is an area with a porch where the dog can be accommodated.
Yes! Some people feel a great deal of loneliness when undertaking the hike on their own, but you will no doubt also make new friends along the way. Most people tend to divide the route into similar sections, so you often meet the same people every day.
You can download the GPX tracks of the different stages to your navigator or mobile phone, which will show you the way to follow. However, we recommend that you take a map with you to help you with navigation if necessary. You can even print out the explanations we offer for each stage.
The route can be walked at any time of the year, but spring and autumn are particularly beautiful.
Yes, it is advisable to book accommodation prior to arrival at the destination of each stage to ensure a place to stay, especially in small towns, as, given the fact that the Indiketes Route is in its initial testing period this year 2023, there are some municipalities in which there are no public or private hostels.
People of all ages can do the Ruta dels Indiketes! The average age of walkers is probably closer to 60 than 20! If you are in generally good health and can walk on uneven surfaces, you will most likely be able to do the Route, or at least most of the stages.
While many hikers average 20 to 30 kilometres per day, you can always do shorter stages and take rest days to do the Indiketes at a pace suited to your physical strength, especially in the mountain area. It's a great idea to have a check-up with your doctor before setting out on the trail to be aware of any health problems that may arise later on.
On the other hand, the Indiketes route is very versatile and you will find easy, normal or more difficult stages and you can start with the first ones.
This depends mainly on how much time you have and whether you want to complete the whole route. A good starting point would be any town on the coast and leave the northern part (the Les Salines and Les Alberes massifs) for the end (when you are fitter).
Whenever you walk in the summer months (the busiest period), you are guaranteed to have other people to walk with. In general, the Ruta dels Indiketes should be safe for a woman travelling alone, however always be aware of your surroundings and keep within earshot of other walkers. Carry a whistle that you can use to alert other walkers in an emergency situation. Three shrill whistles is a universal distress symbol.
Carrying a mobile phone can help increase confidence in the event of an incident. If you are unfortunate enough to experience any inappropriate behaviour, report the incident to the authorities. Tourism is an important industry in Catalonia, and local authorities are keen to keep tourists safe and happy.
The Route dels Indiketes is very versatile with easy, normal or more difficult stages. You can get the "Indiketa" diploma by going through the stages that best suit your physical level.
Complete the entire Route dels Indiketes is not a difficult feat for someone used to walking in the bush. There are, however, two stages where there can be some difficulty in finding your way around and on another stage of the trail you have to hold on to metal chains to climb, although there is an alternative route for hikers who feel uncomfortable tackling this section. There are also some hard stages in terms of distance and accumulated unevenness.
Absolutely not. You can start at any point along the route.
No, absolutely not. Most hikers choose to walk the route in a clockwise direction as the tracks for the different stages are provided in this direction.
But it is perfectly possible to walk in the opposite direction, which will provide a much quieter trail experience in the mornings, while in the afternoons you will see more people coming towards you.
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