4-Xtremes – Part 55: A breath of fresh air in the mountains and an encounter with animals

Series: 4-Xtremes – The World Tour

A gem in the mountains.

With Andorra, the Kammermanns travel to the first of seven new countries on their summer/autumn tour. There they experience magnificent views, human bargain-hunters, and a rocking Axor.


After suffering greatly under the immense heat of northern Spain, we are now enjoying a pleasant 20 degrees as the Pyrenees welcome us to Andorra. The Principality is the first of seven new countries we will visit during our summer/autumn tour. At 468 square kilometres, it is the largest of Europe’s six microstates in terms of area.


Europe’s highest-altitude capital city.

Andorra is also known for its tax-free shopping. The majority of the approximately eight million visitors each year are day tourists from Spain and France, who stock up on everyday goods at significantly lower prices. We drive through Andorra le Vella, the highest capital of Europe at 1,023 metres. The fresh air breathes new life into Aimée, who now suddenly wants to explore the surroundings. We spend the first few days at Port de Cabús. At 2,302 metres, the pass marks the border with Spain – so we are practically camping on the border. The road is well developed on the Andorra side, while on the Spanish side, it continues as a narrow gravel road.


At 1,023 metres, Andorra le Vella is the highest capital of Europe.
At 1,023 metres, Andorra le Vella is the highest capital of Europe.
Unlike its Spanish counterpart, the Andorran side of the Port de Cabús pass road is well developed.
Unlike its Spanish counterpart, the Andorran side of the Port de Cabús pass road is well developed.
From afar: grazing horses on the mountain slopes.
From afar: grazing horses on the mountain slopes.
Curious, the animals come closer...
Curious, the animals come closer...
... and end up right next to the Axor.
... and end up right next to the Axor.

Curious guests.

Powerfully built horses, who carry a bell like cows in Switzerland, move freely over the mountain slopes. And now, full of curiosity towards us and the Axor, we seem to have piqued their interest. First, a foal happily pushes itself up the steps of the Axor, followed by the adults trying the same on the rear carrier, which causes the Axor to sway slightly. As beautiful as we find the animals, they are now being pushy and coming a little too close for our liking.



The Axor in climbing mode.

Our site is a good starting point though for short hikes, giving us glimpses into different valleys. After Port de Cabús, we aim for the next pass, which can only be reached by gravel road. Because of the sharp-edged stones, we reduce the tyre pressure from six to four bar. Mike engages the reduction and the Axor climbs up the mountain, slowly and under control.


With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
With four bar of air pressure in the tyres, the Axor winds its way towards the pass.
The route is lined with breathtaking views of different valleys.
The route is lined with breathtaking views of different valleys.

Stunning views at two and a half thousand metres.

We reach Pic Maià, whose peak is 2,640 metres high. Because of the view of the valley below, which is part of France, we park almost on the edge of the cliff. We enjoy our last evening in the mountains, where it is incredibly quiet and the panorama breathtakingly beautiful. Before we cross the border tomorrow, we fill our diesel tanks again.

Fuel is somewhat cheaper here than in France, but twice as high as usual. In our penultimate report, we announced that we were heading to seven new countries. Andorra is the first, France will be the second. Do you have an idea where we want to spend the rest of summer and autumn?


4-Xtremes – The World Tour.

An unparalleled journey.

Andrea and Mike Kammermann have been on tour in their Axor for three years. "4-Xtremes – The World Tour" is the motto of the journey that the two Swiss nationals embarked on in mid-2020 and which they share with the RoadStars community. Keep up to date and don't miss out on any of the stunning destinations visited by the adventurous pair.

You can find all the parts from the “4-Xtremes – The World Tour” series here.


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