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5-day hike in Spain’s Picos de Europa National Park

Join Eduardo, an UIMLA mountain leader, for an incredible hiking experience in Picos de Europa National Park in Spain. Hike on an impressive mountainous terrain and walk through lush beech forest on this trip.

Mountain RangeCantabrian Mountains
Duration5 days
Offer periodSep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Witness an amazing landscape of towering peaks, forests and snowfields.

  • See Jou Negro, the only glacial rest in Picos.

  • Walk through a diverse beech forest.

Description

Located in northern Spain, the Picos de Europa National Park is a part of the Picos de Europa mountain range. Undoubtedly one of the best mountain ranges of the Iberian Peninsula, these peaks offer an impressive hiking experience. Join me as I take you on a 5-day hike in this beautiful region in Spain.

Divided into three big massifs, separated by rivers that have dug spectacular gorges, these mountains rise to an impressive 2600 m in a chaotic rock kingdom.

On this trek, you’ll find yourself surrounded by towers, peaks, spires, and snowfields. By the end, you’ll appreciate the rich biodiversity of the area as you’ll walk through one of the best beech forests in northern Spain.

We’ll begin from Fuente Dé cableway station and hike on a rocky terrain to reach the base of the iconic Urriellu Peak. The trail leads through incredible places, in an authentic mountain atmosphere. You’ll come across the only glacial rest of Picos, Jou Negro on the way. It will be delightful to sleep in traditional refuges, sharing these mountains with other hikers.

Picos is a surprising mountain range, so close to the sea. You’ll be rewarded not only by stunning vistas of the soaring peaks but unforgettable sunsets as well. Given the height, sometimes the mist gets trapped between the peaks giving an impression that we are walking on an island in the sky.

Regarding difficulty, it is a medium level hike. Previous experience is welcome but even if you don’t have it but have a good motivation and a fit physique, you’ll be just fine.

So, strap your boots and get in touch now for an unforgettable experience in the diverse Picos de Europa National Park in Spain. Looking for some more adventures in Spain? Check out these easy hiking day trips in Sierra de Guadarrama.

Accommodation

Mountain Refuge

More info

Please don't forget to bring along enough water as Picos can be extremely dry.

Meeting point

9.30 AM, Teleferico Fuente Dé, Cantabria

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Itinerary

Day 1: Fuente Dé cable way station to mountain shelter at Urriellu Peak

We will meet in the morning at 9.30 AM at the Fuente Dé cableway station. Thereafter, we’ll begin our hike on an incredible landscape of rocky mountains. Crossing different passes, we will finish the day under the most iconic mountain of Spain, the Urriellu Peak.
Distance: 9.5 km
Up: 840 m
Down: 520 m

Day 2: Hike to Jou Negro

Today we’ll hike on a difficult terrain which offers fantastic views. The first stop will be at Corona del Raso from where we’ll see the magnificent west face of Urriellu. Next, we’ll walk towards Jou Negro, a glacial rest and continue towards the Cabrones shelter. The day ends at Urriellu refuge.
Distance: 9.5 km
Up: 740 m
Down: 740 m

Day 3: Head towards Collado Jermoso

We’ll continue towards Horcados Rojos, with the help of a cable. Later, we will reach Cabaña Verónica, a little shelter for only 6 people. After crossing more and more mountains, we will arrive at “Collado Jermoso”, a refuge perched over the mountain falls. If the day is clear, you’ll witness an unforgettable sunset.
Distance: 10 km
Up: 810 m
Down: 710 m

Day 4: Exit to the Central Massif

A long easy walk takes us to the exit to the Central Massif. Treading on a striking landscape, we’ll finally reach the quiet refuge in the village.
Distance: 11 km
Up: 430 m
Down. 1360 m

Day 5: Walk through the beech forest

The last day is reserved for a quiet walk through the beech forest.  This forest is home to wolfs, bears, deers and capercaillies. It is a delightful way to end our trip.
Distance: 14 km
Up: 360 m
Down: 870 m


Equipment you will need to bring

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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Really, I don´t know why I go to the mountains, what is the mighty influence that catch me... peace, challenge, beauty, overcoming, friendship, self-knowledge... so many things that it would be never ending. But I know that my life would be much worse without the mountains.

These are the reasons that led me to be a mountain guide, to share my passion, my world with all the people who want to enjoy on the mountain and to be a little happier.

I got my title as UIMLA guide in 2009 and since that time I have worked in Spain, my home, and a lots of differents mountains ranges along the world: Alps, Atlas, Pyrinees, Patagonia, Scotland, Norway, Rocky Mountains, Tatras...

We will be delighted to welcome you and show you our favourites places so that they get inside yours hearts.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1485 each

Group of 2

EUR 856 each

Group of 3

EUR 763 each

Group of 4

EUR 743 each

Group of 5

EUR 696 each

Group of 6

EUR 696 each

Group of 7

EUR 696 each

Group of 8

EUR 696 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person. Includes: Insurance


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