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5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain

5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain
5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain
5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain
5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain
5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain

Join Hugo, AEGM certified guide, on this trekking tour across the Picos de Europa National Park. Discover this wonderful area of northern Spain with this 5-day program.


Cantabrian Mountains

5 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Discover the best spots in the Picos de Europa National Park.
  • Contemplate beautiful landscapes and natural areas.


Join me for a complete circular tour in Picos de Europa, across the Central Massif, or Urrieles. Over this 5-day trekking itinerary, I will guide you across peaks, unique geography and deep contrasts. If you are looking for the perfect trekking tour this season, this might just be it!

For this program, I prepared an itinerary that will take us to some of the best highlights of the Picos de Europa National Park. This impressive biosphere reserve in northern Spain has a lot to offer.

To begin the program, I will meet you in Arenas de Cabrales, Asturias. The proper trekking itinerary will kick-off in Puente Poncebos and cross the Cares Valley. I will also guide you as we ascent the Urrieles via Cordiñales.

Other highlights of this tour are: Jermoso Col, Puertos de Avila and Vega de Urriello. Also, we will spend the nights at different hostels and mountain huts.

You can have a look at the detailed day-by-day itinerary below.

Finally, I will take groups of between 2 and 10 guests. I hope you join one of the groups soon!

Interested in this 5-day trek in Picos de Europa, Spain? Request your booking! Check out other trekking programs I guide regularly, like this 6-day trek in Val d’ Aran, this 9-day Hike in Ordesa National Park, Spain and this Hike along the Spanish Mediterranean Coast.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

Price details

4 nights with half-board included (breakfast and dinner)


Day 1: Meeting at Arenas de Cabrales

  • Meeting at Arenas de Cabrales

  • Briefing: introduction to the journey and review of the equipment

Day 2: Puente Poncebos - Cares Route - Caín - Cordiñanes

  • Beginning of the trekking itinerary in the Cares Route

  • Trek from Puente Poncebos (218 m)

  • Trek to Caín (460 m)

  • Trek to Cordiñares (860 m)

  • Trekking distance: 13 km

  • Elevation: +600 m; – 100 m

  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 3: Cordiñanes - Jermoso Col hut

  • Ascent to Jermoso Col through the Canal de Asotín

  • Trek by the Friero Tower (2,440 m)

  • Overnight at the Jermoso Col hut (2,067 m)

  • Trekking distance: 7 km

  • Elevation: +1,200 m; – 50 m

  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 4: Jermoso Col hut - Hotel Refugio de Aliva

  • Trek towards Colladinas, Llagu Cimero, south of Madejuno Tiro Llagu, via Vega Liordes

  • Trek towards the southern Wall of Peña Olvidada and Peña Vieja

  • Overnight at Hotel Refugio de Aliva (1,666 m)

  • Trekking distance: 12 km

  • Elevation: +700 m; – 800 m

  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 5: Hotel Refugio de Aliva - Vega de Urriellu hut

  • Ascent to the Horcados Rojos

  • Trek to Vega Urriellu

  • Views of the the west and north face of the Naranjo de Bulnes

  • Potentially, we can pass through a more accessible col if there is snow in Horcajos Rojos

  • Overnight at the Vega de Urriellu hut (1,960 m)

  • Trekking distance: 11 km

  • Elevation: +800 m; – 500 m

  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 6: Vega de Urriellu hut - Bulnes - Puente Poncebos

  • Descent towards the village of Bulnes (647 m), either by foot or railway from Puente Poncebos (1,076 m)

  • End of program

  • Elevation: +50 m; – 1,300 m

  • Trekking time: 5 hours




Hostels, hotels and mountain huts

Meeting point

Arenas de Cabrales, Asturias, Spain

About the guide

Exploring Spain is part of the travel agency Muntania Outdoors S.L., (CICMA 2608) specialised in adventure trips and nature and mountain activities.

Muntania started off in 2011 and since then it has been successful in positioning itself in more than 30 countries around the world as well as getting the support of renowned sponsors. Last year more than 2000 customers chose Muntania for their trips.

Exploring Spain focuses all its activities in Spain, where its main office is located, hence the know-how, the experience and the local knowledge of Muntania´s team, necessary to create an exceptional trip to discover the most special locations. We offer a different way to get to know Spain with a great variety of trips where we combine nature and outdoor activities with the pleasures of savouring the best gastronomy and the cultural richness. We provide a multilingual service and personal attention so our customers leave with the best impressions.





What people are saying about this trip



October, 2019

This was a fantastic trip, and it exceeded all of our expectations! Our guide Alberto was amazing, as he was able to exactly pace our group as we needed. His experience and knowledge truly showed on this trip. I would highly recommend your company and Alberto as a guide to anyone wanting to see the Picos de Europa.

Heike Egberts


June, 2018

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