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5-day trek Picos de Europa Covadonga-Western Massif

Let Ruben, an AEGM certified guide, take you to the Picos de Europa, a unique and stunning place in Europe. Discover this wonderful land on this 5-day trek.

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Cantabrian Mountains

5 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Picos de Europa is stunning massif located in the north of Spain, a land of wild nature and legends. Join me on this 5 day trek and discover one of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

Picos de Europa belongs to the Cantabrian mountain range. Even though is not as extensive as other natural regions in Spain, its closeness with the ocean makes it a unique and beautiful place. And within Picos de Europa, there’s one massif that stands out: the Cornion Massif or Western Massif.

The Cornion Massif also encompasses the Covadonga lakes, and the Covadonga sanctuary, which was the origin of the first National Park in Spain, the Picos de Europa National Park. The beautiful contrast between grasslands with intense green colors, the limestone of the Picos de Europa and the spectacular Covadonga Lakes, make this a magical trek!

During our trek, we’ll stay in some of the most iconic mountain huts in the region. Some of them are the Vegarredonda (1,410m), Vegabaño (1,320m) and the Vega de Ario (1,630m). And, we will visit the El Diablo de la Peña, a famous and charming hostel in the town of Cain.

We’ll walk across many stunning sceneries, dazzling meadows, lovely sheepfolds and amazing viewpoints. But one of the highlights is the Picos de Europa massif, its magnificent peaks are simply breathtaking. Another one is  Lagos de Covadonga (1,100m), three small lakes with their own personality. Enol and Ercina, are glacier lakes situated in the asturian part of Picos de Europa. The third lake, Bricial, has water only during glacier melting season, which makes it a unique spectacle.

So don’t miss out the chance to explore this wonderful place. Send me a request and join me on this trek through Picos de Europa. 

You can also check this trek in the Ponga Natural Park in Spain I guide too.

Prices per person

Group of 4

EUR 550 Each

Group of 5

EUR 550 Each

Group of 6

EUR 550 Each

Group of 7

EUR 550 Each

Group of 8

EUR 550 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Personal insurance

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

Groups should be at least of 4 people. Along with the guide fee, the price includes: the accomodation of four nights in huts / Four half-board meals (dinner and breakfast) in the huts / Map 1: 25,000 Cornión Massif / Collective safety equipment / Accident insurance. -- The price does not include: Transport / Any other item not mentioned as included.


Itinerary

Day 1: Lagos de Covadonga - Vegarredonda hut

We’ll depart from the Lagos de Covadonga (1,100m), to the Vegarredonda hut (1.410m), where we’ll stay on our first night. Also, we will visit iconic places of the Picos de Europa, such as the Covadonga Lakes. This day will be full of adventure as we will cross sheepfolds and walk through the western mountains until we reach our hut. And, if the weather allows it, we can head to the Mirador de Ordiales (1,750m). Here, we’ll get a spectacular view of Amieva and Ponga, a place where Pedro Pidal, Picu Urriellu mountain’s first climber, is buried. Thus, it is a place with much significance. The total distance distance will be around 14 Km. Ramp: ­ + 1.170 m.  – 610 m.

Day 2: Heights of the Picos de Europa

This will be a long and strenuous day, as we’ll head to the south where the limestone rocks and the hills create a thrilling and demanding path. Moreover, on top of the adrenaline from the hike and ascents, we might run into the rebeco. This goat-antelope is characteristic to the region. We’ll also enjoy the best views of the southern wall of Peña Santa de Castilla (2,596), the highest peak in Cornión, as well as the Central Massif. Finally, we’ll descend to the Vegabaño hut (1,320m) to spend there the night and recover our energies. By the end of the day we’d have trekked over 15 kilometers. Ramp: + 980 m.  – 1.220 m.

Day 3: Cain

We will begin our adventure this day going to the village of Cain (460m). The paths we’ll go through are brimming with meadows, forests and sheepfolds. Also, we’ll be able to reach the Tombo viewpoint in the Cordiñanes village, also known as Chorco de los lobos. Finally, we’ll end our day at the Hostel El diablo de la Peña in the town of Cain. This day the total distance will be of 18 Km. Ramp:  ­ + 410 m. – 1.240 m.

Day 4: Cornion Massif

This is the day when we’ll tackle the slopes in the Cornion Massif (460m). Then, we’ll enter the Cares Gorge by crossing stunning tunnels and bridges. After that, we’ll head to the Vega de Ario hut (1,630m) to spend there the night. Before calling the day, and if you are still up for it, we can ascend the Jultayu Peak  (1,940m) to get an incomparable view of the Cares Gorge and Cain. The total distance on this day’s trek will be of 8 kilometers. Ramp: ­ + 1.220 m. – 180 m.

Day 5: Lagos de Covadonga

Day 5, our last day, will be when we head back to Lagos de Covadonga, through charming sheepfolds in Picos de Europa, like Vega Maor and Belbin. Upon completion, a nice and cold beer will be waiting for you! Today’s distance will be of 7 kilometers. Ramp:  ­ + 150 m. – 680 m.

 

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Details

Accommodation

Mountain Huts

More info

You can purchase picnic lunches daily in the huts to avoid carrying extra weight. There are also blankets available in the huts. So a thin lead sheet sack or summer sleeping bag is enough for this trip.

Meeting point

Buferrera parking, in Covadonga Lakes.

About the guide

Hello!! My name is Rubén Cuesta Valparís and I am a Mountain Guide with official certification and AEGM-UIMLA accreditation (Member Number 913). I have extensive experience in mountain ranges around the world, from the Picos de Europa, my base and school, through the Pyrenees, the Alps, Patagonia, the Himalayas.

I love mountains and nature in general and from my experience and supported by my training, I like to enjoy them and make my clients enjoy them as much as I do, giving them the security they need to perform the activity they want, interpreting the landscape , flora, fauna, ethnography, and promoting respect for nature and the environment where activities take place. I speak Spanish and English.

From my company, Picos Outdoor, we organize activities of hiking, trekking, mountaineering, orientation, etc. and we offer introductory and specialization training courses (can be for groups and individuals) related to all the above.

Languages

English

Certificates

AEGM | UIMLA

Residence

Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain


What people are saying about this trip

Austin Wood

5.00

August, 2020

From the beginning to the end, Ruben and the Explore-Share team were fantastic. Ruben made the 4 day hike enjoyable, educational, and overall a ton of fun. He was super knowledgeable and even during the toughest part of the hikes, we felt incredibly safe. Very thankful for finding explore-share and I'll definitely use them again. I also would be sure to recommend Ruben to anyone looking to hike the Picos!




 

 

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