THE RING OF PICOS DE EUROPA TRAIL RUNNING
TRAIL RUNNING THROUGH PICOS DE EUROPA
The purpose of this project is for the National Park to become better known. Within a historical context, the “Anillo” (Ring) of Picos de Europa covers the Montes Vindios, known today as Picos de Europa.
Everything in this route in Picos de Europa is spectacular: the rocky crests, the gorges, the valleys, the vast glacial lakes, the leafy forests. You can rest assured that you’ll be absolutely amazed at everything you see.
Every stone found on the wayside by people who wish to venture into the Ring amasses many different stories, many will be rescued from oblivion thanks to the National Park shelters and to the work of the wardens.
- Sleep in the National Park Refuges and talk with the wardens
- Hike a stunning landscape affords unique views in the heart of the Picos de Europa
- Experience a breathtaking part of the scenery of this National Park.
- Hike through the stronghold of the last Cantabrian tribe that fought against the Roman troops.
- See a rich and varied fauna. Among other species, there are chamois and Griffon vultures.
Definitely, an authentic adventure only for experienced & very fit mountain savvy people. Not for the faint-hearted!!!
|DURATION||5 days 4 nights|
|DATES 2020||From 15th July to 15th October
Hikers with contrasted mountain experience and very good fitness.
Hikers confident walking and running for several days with demanding ascents and descents.
Terrain: Not well-marked paths and sometimes is necessary to do a little scramble.
|STAGES||Covadonga Lakes – Vegabaño Hut 23Km ⇑ 1.300m ⇓ 1.100m
Vegabaño Hut – Vega de Ario Hut 23Km ⇑1.600m ⇓600m
Vega de Ario Hut – Covadonga 22Km ⇓1.600m
|PRICE NOT INCLUDES||
Arrival at Cangas de Onis. Check-in and briefing at hotel Los Lagos Nature. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 2: From Covadonga Lakes to Vegabaño Hut 23Km ⇑1.300m ⇓1.100m
Breakfast. Transfer to Covadonga Lakes. We start this amazing adventure crossing “vega de enol” and walk up to Vegarredonda shelter in the wonderful scenery. Then we leave the shelter, we go up until we reach Collado Les Merines (2.100 m). The green colour under our feet turns into the grey rock in an enormous limestone world through the Pozas Jou (karstic pothole). We will take a rest to drink some cool water from the Prieta spring. From one “jou” to another, we will cross stony ground before we reach the enormous Vega Huerta. We will continue along the marked path that takes us southwards down the Canal del Perro to the Frade shelter. From there we just have to make the easy descent among the beech trees that surround the Vegabaño shelter, where we will encounter some indescribable beauty spots such as the source of the Dobra River and the thousand-year-old oak tree of Vegabaño. After a well-earned rest, we’ll talk about the stage and the next day. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
Day 3: From Vegabaño Hut to Vega de Ario Hut 23Km ⇑1.600m⇓600m
Breakfast. We leave the Vegabaño shelter behind us and enter the beech grove, and going up a gentle slope we will pass the home of the capercaillie. Continuing through the virgin woodland we will go up the Dobres rock and we will start our descent into the Valdeon valley, among brooks, until the path starts to get wider and becomes a track that will take us to the village of Caldevilla. Having reached this point, we will follow the course of the Cares River to the village of Posada de Valdeón. We have a rest in Posada de Valdeon and can buy food. Then, we continue toward the small village of Cain, 8 km walking down along the cares river. In Cain we walk into the famous Cares Gorge, crossing tunnels and bridges. Just before Bolin bridge, a sign indicates the start of the harsh Canal de Trea, a ravine that offers no respite until we reach the meadows of Vega de Ario, where we will take a well-earned rest and finish the stage. The impressive views of the central massif are a due reward for such a sacrifice. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
Day 4: From Vega de Ario Hut to Covadonga 22Km ⇓1.600m
Breakfast. After a hard day, today we have a more relaxed path. From Vega de Ario to Ercina Lake, the way is very easy, almost all the time walking down in a marked path. First, we walk a false flat to the Collado del Jito with magnificent views of the Central Massif and now, we are walking down to Ercina Lake and Enol Lake, the famous glacier lakes of the National Park, where we will take a rest to have lunch. After lunch, we take “La Senda Roberto Frassinelli” until Covadonga. The name of this route is due to Roberto Frassinelli, a German citizen who lived in the town of Corao in the mid-nineteenth century, and a great lover of nature, who frequented this route to access the high mountain of the Western Massif. The Ring is finished!!!! Transfer to Cangas de Onis. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5: Departure
Breakfast and end of services.
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