TREKKING IN THE PICOS DE EUROPA
TREK IN THE 3 MASSIFS OF THE PICOS DE EUROPA
This Trekking takes us into the wonderful mountain scenery of Picos de Europa National Park. This tour explores the Picos de Europa National Park with walks in the wild landscapes of the western, central and eastern massifs.
The Picos is a limestone mountain range that hugs the provinces of Asturias, Cantabria & the North part of the biggest province in Spain – Castille y Leon.
It is an Eco destination- one of the first National Parks in Europe. As such, there is no mass tourism or the infrastructure that is related to that. Instead, you have a genuine natural environment where wild nature & man live harmoniously in balance with each other.
As a limestone range with peaks reaching 2,600m, deep valleys & green pastures where animals graze up to 2,000m, the area is rich in wildlife, plants, history & geology. Bears, wolves, eagles, vultures, chamois, deer & many others populate the area along with alpine plants & so much more.
Ancient man lived here as did the Romans, Celts & others. It is steeped in history & traces of it are evident throughout.
Little villages populate the valleys with some also higher up & dotted throughout the three “massifs”, giving this area, that lovely authentic experience of rural living where local culture & gastronomy are still preserved.
This tour gives you all of that, the walking is one part of it, the cultural & environmental experiences are the others.
|DATES 2020||From June to September|
|DIFFICULTY||MODERATE LEVEL |
Be active and healthy. Exercise several times per week.
Mountain experience required.
Maximum gradient per day: 800-950 m.
Daily distances: 12- 18 km.
Terrain: Trails are good and well-defined with some scree.
Walks every day for between 4.5 to 7 hours on mountain paths.
|ROUTES|| HIKE TO VEGABAÑO FOREST DOBRES MOUNTAIN PASS. 14Km ⇑ 600m ⇓ 600m|
FROM VALCAVAO TO COLLADO JERMOSO REFUGE. 8Km ⇑700m ⇓400m
FROM COLLADO JERMOSO TO FUENTE DÉ. 12Km ⇑150m ⇓1.150m
HIKE TO HORCADOS ROJOS SUMMIT AND CABAÑA VERONICA HUT.12Km ⇑800m ⇓800m
MONTE CAMBA TRAIL. NARANJO DE BULNES AND CENTRAL MASSIF PEAKS PANORAMA ROUTE. 10Km ⇓350m ⇓350m
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.
Day 1: HIKE TO VEGABAÑO FOREST AND DOBRES MOUNTAIN PASS. Circular route. Distance: 14 Km ⇑600m ⇓600m
Meeting point in Cangas de Onis. Transfer to Soto de Sajambre. The Dobres mountain pass is located in the area of Sajambre (León) which is a paradise of forests, the lower part of its route requires crossing forests of sublime beauty. The Dobres mountain pass is separated from the rest of the Massif by the large meadows and forests of Vegabaño. Its situation is, therefore, an extraordinary view of the rest of the summits, both the Western Massif of Picos de Europa and the mountains of Ponga and Redes. Transfer to Posada de Valdeon. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 2: FROM VALCAVAO TO COLLADO JERMOSO REFUGE. SINGLE ROUTE. DISTANCE: 8 Km ⇑700m ⇓400m
Breakfast. 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.
Day 3: FROM COLLADO JERMOSO TO FUENTE DÉ. SINGLE ROUTE. DISTANCE: 12 Km ⇑150m ⇓ 1.150m
Breakfast. Today we retrace our steps until Vega de Liordes and go on to Fuente Dé. This route from Vega de Liordes to Fuente Dé is a progressive transition between the valley and the high mountain, passing from the oak and beech forests in the surroundings of Fuente Dé to the alpine grasslands at the foot of the rocks of “Peñas de Cifuentes”. The route runs through one of the most ecological value areas of the National Park, with species such as the Cantabrian brown bear, wolf, deer, wild boar or chamois. The route also has important elements of human presence, such as the remains of the old mines of Liordes.
In the afternoon, we will go to Potes to visit the medieval and the main village in the Liebana Valley. Dinner and accommodation in Espinama.
Day 4: HIKE TO HORCADOS ROJOS SUMMIT AND CABAÑA VERONICA HUT. CIRCULAR ROUTE. DISTANCE: 12 KM ⇑800 m ⇓800 m
Breakfast. Today we walk the route from the Cable car to Horcados Rojos in glacier Circus Fuente Dé. The summit Horcados Rojos (2,506 m) is a magnificent balcony inside the Central Massif, accessible by its side NO. Along the way, we enjoy the essence of high mountains the Picos de Europa, vegetation adapted to the harsh climatic conditions, rocky landscape of sharp peaks, alpine birds, etc. On the way back, we will go to the singular Cabaña Veronica hut and back again to the cable car. Transfer to Arenas de Cabrales, crossing La Hermida Gorge. Dinner and accommodation in Arenas de Cabrales.
Day 5:MONTE CAMBA TRAIL. NARANJO DE BULNES AND CENTRAL MASSIF PEAKS PANORAMA ROUTE. CIRCULAR ROUTE DISTANCE: 10 KM ⇑350 m ⇓350 m
Breakfast. The walk begins directly from Sotres. After leaving the village, a forest path leads us up to the Cabin shepherds of La Caballar. We continue down where the scenery changes, crossing a beautiful beech forest. Looking skywards it is possible to spot a variety of eagles and vultures roaming the thermals. The path leads us to a viewpoint at ‘Majada Tobaos’, which rewards us with commanding views of Tielve far below and the jagged peaks of the central massif in the distance. We descend and walk to the village of Tielve. Lunch in homemade restaurant and back to Cangas de Onis. End of services.
PRICES AND DATES 2020
|Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July||Hotel – 465 €||Hostel – 435 €||Single supplement 45 €|
|Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July||Hotel – 465 €||Hostel – 435 €||Single supplement 45 €|
|Monday 27th July – Friday 31st July||Hotel – 490 €||Hostel – 445 €||Single supplement 60 €|
|Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August||Hotel – 490 €||Hostel – 445 €||Single supplement 60 €|
|Monday 24th August – Friday 28th August||Hotel – 490 €||Hostel – 445 €||Single supplement 60 €|
|Monday 7th September – Friday 11th September||Hotel – 465 €||Hostel – 435 €||Single supplement 45 €|
|Monday 21st September – Friday 25th September||Hotel – 465 €||Hostel – 435 €||Single supplement 45 €|
Option Hotel: Hotel Cumbres de Valdeón, Hotel Nevandi, Hotel Villa de Cabrales, Refugio Collado Jermoso.
Option Hoste: Albergue La Ardilla Real, Albergue de Briz, Hotel Villa de Cabrales y Refugio Collado Jermoso.
Single supplement is only possible in the Hotel option.
Accommodation in the hostel is in shared rooms.
- 3 nights in small rural Hotels or rural Hostels (Albergues).
- 1 night in Collado Jermoso Mountain hut.
- 4 Breakfast & 4 dinners.
- Ticket round trip Fuente Dé Cable car.
- All transport and listed activities.
- Guides – english speaking qualified/certified/approved guides.
- Insurances and taxes
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Picnic lunch. Can be purchased in the hotel or local shops.
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