Join AEGM-UIMLA-certified guide Fran in a 3-day hiking expedition to the stunning Central Massif in the Spanish Cantabrian Mountains.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
The Picos de Europa National Park is a natural reserve located in the Picos de Europa, a mountain range in the center of the Cantabrian Mountains (2,648 m), which stretches over 300 kilometers across northern Spain, parallel to the Cantabrian Sea. The National Park covers a total area of 67,455 hectares, shared by the autonomous communities of Cantabria, Asturias, and Castile and Leon.
The Picos de Europa range consists of three major massifs: the Central (also known as Urrieles), the Eastern (or Andara) and the Western (or Picos de Cornion) Massifs. These limestone mountains have suffered the effects of glacial erosion throughout the years, which has made them extremely attractive for climbers.
During our 3-day trip we will hike to the Central Massif, located between the valleys dug by the Cares and Duje rivers. This is the wildest, steepest and highest of the three Picos de Europa, with a maximum elevation of 2,648 meters reached by the Torrecerredo peak.
Our tour will depart from and return to the small town of Poncebos (215 m), in Asturias. We will hike for about 50 kilometers along remote mountain trails, with a total cumulative elevation gain of 3,000 meters. We will spend the nights in comfortable mountain refuges along the way.
This program has an intermediate level of difficulty. The level would rise to high in case participants wish to climb the Torrecerredo or the Llambrion (2,642 m), the Central Massif’s second highest peak.
Don’t miss this beautiful journey in the heart of the Picos de Europa. Book your trip now!
If you are looking for other adventures in the area, check out the 3-day sport climbing trip in the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pico Madejuno (2,513 m) guided ascent.
- Guiding fee
- Personal insurance
Price also includes booking of accommodation. However, please note that the price does not include cost of accommodation, transfer to meeting point, any meals for participants and guide, nor cableway fee (if required).
You need to bring: • Medium size backpack (30/40 liters) • 2 thermic T-shirts • Waterproof jacket • Fleece pullover • Mountain long pants • Trekking shoes • Sunglasses • Cap, beanie hat and gloves • Extra pair of socks • Sleeping bag • Water bottle and energy food • Personal first aid kit • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
AEGM-UIMLA Guide from Spain
I did my first steps as a mountaineer as a teenager in Madrid. But the desire to enjoy all the possibilities given by the mountains convinced me to move to Benasque valley, at the heart of the Pyrenees.
Along the years I did several winter and summer activities not only in the Pyrenees, but also in Picos de Europa, Sierra Nevada, Sistema Central...
One of my passions is to travel and discover new places and cultures, so I did climbing trips to other European countries, USA, Canada, Morocco, India, Nepal, Kirguistán... This trips gave me a priceless experience that made me grow as a climber, and set the stone to my formation as professional mountain guide.
I now live in Cantabria, and usually guide both in summer and winter in the Cantabrian range.
My guide, Fran, was top-notch. Super friendly and really knew his stuff. He was fantastic at tailoring our climb based on my expectations and what I could handle and - he nailed it. Also, he communicated in English really well. On the second day we chatted away like old friends. I had an awesome time and would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a personalised climbing experience.
What a fantastic experience - the booking process, answering out questions and the expertise and good company of guide made this, our first ascent to the top of a mountain a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Thank you.
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