BIG TREK IN THE PICOS DE EUROPA

TREK IN THE CENTRAL MASSIF HUT TO HUT

The “Big Trek” tour is suitable for those Hill Walkers who enjoy trekking “hut to hut” and challenging walks at higher altitudes over tougher longer routes.  Ideal for experienced more top walkers.

The Central or Urrielu Massif of the Picos de Europa is with no doubt, the wildest and spectacular scenery in the National Park. The highest peaks of the National Park are in this massif, Torrecerredo (2,650 m) and its iconic mountain, Naranjo de Bulnes or Pico Urriellu.
HIGHLIGHTS
·         Sleep to the base of the iconic peak of Naranjo de Bulnes
·         Hike a stunning landscape affords unique views in the heart of the Picos de Europa
·         Experience a breath-taking part of the moon scenery of this National Park.
·         Enjoy the best sunset in Picos de Europa, sleeping in Collado Jermoso Refuge.
·         See a rich and varied fauna. Among other species, there are Chamois, Griffon vultures, Eagles, etc.

 

This tour gives you all of that; the walking is one part of it, the cultural & environmental experiences are the others.

 

DURATION 5 days 4 nights
DATES 2019 21 – 25 July

4 – 8 de August

18 – 22 August

1 – 5 September

15 – 19 September

DIFFICULTY LEVEL CHALLENGING

Hikers with mountain experience and fit.

Hikers confident walking for several days with demanding ascents and descents.

Terrain: Not well-marked paths and sometimes is necessary to do a little scramble.

ROUTES Valcabao – Collado Jermoso 8Km ⇑ 700m ⇓400 m

Collado Jermoso – Vega de Urriello 10Km ⇑800m ⇓850m

Vega de Urriello- Jou de los Cabrones 6Km ⇑750m ⇓550m

Jou de los Cabrones – Poncebos 8,5Km  ⇓1.780m

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
  • Water Bottle. Take at least a 1 litre personal water bottle.
  • Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve (Factor 15 or more)
  • Walking Boots or trekking shoes.
  • Trekking poles (recommended).
  • Waterproofs Breathable
  • Down Jacket After sunset,
  • Thick jumper/fleece jacket
  • Shorts and long trousers. Shorts are very comfortable to walk in but also you must carry long trousers.
  • Backpack 30-40 litres.
  • Light Towel &Light Sleeping Bag

 

INCLUDED
1 night in Hotel Los Lagos in Cangas de Onis 3 nights in Collado Jermoso, Naranjo de Bulnes and Jou de los Cabrones Refuges
4 breakfast and 3 dinners English speaking certified guide
Map of the routes All transports and listed activities
Insurances Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Picnic lunch. Can be purchased in the hotel or refuges.
Flights, airport transfers.

If you have around four or more people in your party, we can organise a private group departing on a date to suit you. They may all be a group of friends or just a number of individuals who wish to book a tour.

1

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Cangas de Onís. Check-in and briefing at hotel Los Lagos Nature. Dinner and accommodation.
2

Day 2: FROM VALCAVAO TO COLLADO JERMOSO REFUGE. Gradient: + 700m – 400m Distance: 8 Km Duration: 4-5 hours

Transfer to Pandetrave mountain pass and then by track to Valcabao. Today we start with a wonderful walk that goes from Valcabao to Collado Jermoso Refuge by the Canal de Pedabejo, walking near the spectacular Vega de Liordes and along the cliffs of Colladinas until arriving at Collado Jermoso Refuge, our first stop and overnight. We rest and look forward to watching the fabulous sunset with wonderful views of the Valdeón valley and the Western Massif. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.
3

Day 3: FROM COLLADO JERMOSO REFUGE TO URRIELLU REFUGE. Gradient: + 800m – 850m Distance: 10 Km Duration: 6-7 hours

We leave the Refuge to the Collada Ancha and Tiro Casares to reach the Cabaña Verónica Refuge. From here, we descend to Horcados Rojos with incredible views of Naranjo de Bulnes and descend to the Jou de Los Boches by a steep and exposed slope, not suitable for people with vertigo. We cross the moonscape of the Jou of Los Boches and Jou sin Tierre until arriving at the Urriellu Refuge. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
4

Day 4: FROM URRIELLU REFUGE TO CABRONES REFUGE. Gradient: + 700 m - 550 m Distance: 6 Km Duration: 5-6 hours

We start by leaving behind us the west face of the iconic Picu Urriellu, walking up for “Corona del Raso”. Now we have a short scramble through “Brecha de los Cazadores, which takes us closer to the “Horcada Arenera (2,283 m)”. Now we can ascend a nearby summit across complicated terrain and karstic holes, known as “Jous” in Picos de Europa. We continue until Cabrones Refuge, in one of the wildest and spectacular places of the Picos de Europa. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
5

Day 5: FROM CABRONES REFUGE TO PONCEBOS. Gradient: - 1.780 m Distance: 8,5 Km Duration: 4-5 hours

We finish this incredible Trek with a hard stage because of the huge slope of descent which is quite technical.  In the first part, you go through aerial cornices with the help of fixed ropes and delicate steps until you reach the “Cuesta del Trave”. From here a very steep descent towards the “Majada de Amuesa” to reach the town of Bulnes. After a rest and meal in the village, a final descent down the “Canal del Tejo” to Poncebos.

The Trekking is done. In Poncebos, the vehicle is waiting for us to transfer to Cangas de Onis.

DATES AND PRICES 2019

21-25 July

1-5 September

15-19 September

€ 425 Single Supplement in Cangas de Onis €30
4-8 August

18-22 August

€ 435 Single Supplement in Cangas de Onis €35

There is not a minimum number necessary to complete the tour.

If you are interested in joining this tour, ask for the dates. If you have around four or more people in your party, we can organise a private group departing on a date to suit you. They may all be from a Walking Club or a group of friends or just a number of individuals who wish to book a tour.

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 

  • 1 night at Hotel Los Lagos Nature *** in Cangas de Onis
  • 3 nights at Collado Refuge, Urriellu and Cabrones Refuges
  • 4 Breakfast
  • 4 dinners.
  • All transport and listed activities.
  • Guides – English speaking qualified/certified/approved guides
  • Insurances (walkers fully insured) and taxes 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Picnic lunch. Can be purchased in the hotel or local shops.
  • Flights. Airport transfers

Tour Reviews

October 20, 2018

We have walked in several countries both independently (couple) and using guides with larger groups over 10 years. This “Big Trek” offering from Rumbo a Picos was the best. Challenge and exhilaration experienced as we crossed the high Picos over 4 days – 3 overnights in huts, in itself a very enjoyable experience. Our guide was the very professional Ernesto who took great care of everyone in our group of 5 .. strongly supporting as required. He was also great fun. All communications prior to the trip were excellent. Transport and arrangements during the trip were also great. Muchas gracias Ernesto y Josemi .. Pat & Nuala

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