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4-day trek Picos de Europa Covadonga-Western Massif

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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 4-day trek.

Cantabrian Mountains

4 Days

Jul - Sep




Picos de Europa is stunning massif located in the north of Spain, a land of wild nature and legends. Join me on this 4 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).

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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Personal insurance

Price details

Groups should be at least of 4 people. Along with the guide fee, the price includes: the accomodation of three nights in refuges / Three half-board meals (dinner and breakfast) in the refuges / Picos Outdoor T-shirt / Collective safety equipment / Accident insurance. -- The price does not include: Transport / Any other item not mentioned as included.


Day 1: Posada de Valdeón - Vega de Ario hut

We start our adventure in Posada de Valdeón, the capital of the beautiful valley of Valdeón. On this day, we will cross one of the most important slopes of the Cornión Massif. From Posada we will go to the Mirador del Tombo, near Cordiñanes, to descend through the Monte de Corona and visiting the Chorco de los Lobos, to the beautiful village of Caín (460m), from where we will enter the spectacular Cares gorge, crossing its most beautiful stretch, crossing bridges and tunnels built in unlikely places, to the Bolín Bridge, where the dizzying ascent of more than 1,000 metres of vertical drop in just 3 hours begins. We start the steep ascent of more than 1,000 metres in just 3 kilometres along the Canal de Trea, towards the Vega de Ario hut (1,630m), where we spend the first night of the trek. From the Vega de Ario hut we can enjoy one of the best sunsets in the Picos de Europa.

Day 2: Covadonga Lakes - Refugio de Vegarredonda

On our second day of trekking, we will descend towards the Covadonga Lakes (1.100m), crossing the most beautiful vegas of the Picos de Europa, such as Parres or Belbín. A well-deserved picnic awaits us at the Lagos de Covadonga before we ascend through vegas and into the heights of the Western Massif to the Refugio de Vegarredonda (1,410m), where we will spend our second night. A beautiful day that passes through symbolic places of the Picos de Europa, such as the lakes themselves or the Pozo del Alemán, a place whose name is due to Roberto Frassinelli, an exceptional character.

Day 3: Heights of Picos de Europa

During this long and hard day, we will follow one of the most classic routes of the massif, crossing it from north to south, through the characteristic karst landscape of the high peaks of the Picos de Europa, where the chaos of the limestone rock reigns between jous and cols, making orientation not easy at all. This is an ideal day to see chamois, a characteristic animal of the National Park. During this classic route, we will be accompanied by the highest peaks of the Massif, passing through Vega Huerta to enjoy the impressive view of the south wall (600 metres high) of Peña Santa de Castilla, the highest point of the Cornión at 2,596 metres. From this vega, from where we will also enjoy beautiful views of the Central Massif, we will descend through the Frade pass towards the Vegabaño refuge (1,320m), located in a magnificent place surrounded by beautiful forests, to enjoy a well-deserved rest after a long and hard day.

Day 4: Vegabaño Refuge - Posada de Valdeón

Starting from the Vegabaño Refuge, we will make a long and progressive descent through forests, meadows, sheepfolds and the most important villages of the beautiful valley of Valdeón, bordering the Cornión massif on its southernmost slope to reach our starting point and finish this spectacular trek through the Picos de Europa.



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

Posada de Valdeón

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

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.





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What people are saying about this trip



Excellent mountain hiker. Not a good guide. Leaving little to no time for stops and rest and provided no help when things turned bad in the 3dr day of the hike



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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