HIKE TO VEGARREDONDA REFUGE AND MIRADOR DE ORDIALES

This is a classic walk in the Western massif of the Picos de Europa.

Mirador de Ordiales is the place where Pedro Pidal (the founder of the National Park Picos de Europa in 1918) was buried.

Look over the top & marvel at the breathless views and 1,000m sheer drop down to the Angon Valley below.

DEPARTURE PLACE Llanes. Ask for other places
TIMETABLE 09.00
DISTANCE AND GRADIENT  16 Km ⇑ 640 m. ⇓ 640 m.
DIFFICULTY Medium.
INCLUDED
Transportation from meeting point
English speaking and Certified Guide
Packed Lunch
Insurances and taxes
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Comfortable clothing
Fleece jacket and waterproof breathable
Backpack
Trekking shoes or Mountain boots

 

We start walking from Pan de Carmen (just beyond Lake Enol) until Vegarredonda Refuge, is about one and quarter hours from Pan de Carmen and just before you reach the refuge many of the higher peaks of the western massif become visible. From the refuge onwards, there is a section of this walk which is slightly rockier though the path is well defined all the way. From here onwards, we often see chamois and at times they can be quite close to you. We soon come to the Ordiales refuge and beyond this point the path is slightly less obvious. Then, almost without realising it, we’re at the Mirador de Ordiales where Pedro Pidal (the founder of the National Park Picos de Europa in 1918) was buried. Look over the top & marvel at the breathless views and 1,000m sheer drop down to the Angon Valley below. Now, we can be starting the ascent to the Cotalba peak. There’s an interesting little scramble just before we reach the top. Once on the summit the high peaks of the western massif are almost close enough to touch, the lakes can be seen in the distance and the Ponga Mountains look as fantastic as ever. After taking full advantage of the vistas around us, we retrace our steps. Back to Llanes.

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