Join AEGM-certified mountain guide Ruben on a 3-day trekking trip in the scenic Redes Natural Park, in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, in northern Spain.
Redes Natural Park is located in the central-eastern region of the Cantabrian Mountains (2,648m), in the south of the Principality of Asturias, in the north of Spain. It stretches over 377.36 km2, within the municipalities of Caso and Sobrescobio, bounding with the Ponga Natural Park.
Recognized for its natural abundance and high state of conservation, Redes Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA). It features a great variety of landscapes: glacial formations, karstic caves and sinkholes, limestone gorges, lakes, vast fertile valleys, hills, and – mainly – forests. Dense wooded masses cover 40% of the park. While most of these are beech forests, it also comprises woods of alders, birches, ash trees, maples, oaks, yews, and holly, which host a great variety of fascinating wildlife, including all the typical species in northern Spain.
Redes Park lodges protected species of mammals, such as brown bears, otters, cave bats, and Geoffroy’s bats. Rare species such as the Iberian desman and the Iberian wolf, as well as chamois, roe deer, wild boar, martens, badgers, and foxes can be found as well. Among the birds, the park nurses the endangered Cantabrian grouse, as well as the real eagle, the alimoche, the peregrine falcon, and owls.
During our journey, we will travel a total distance of 47 kilometers, with a 2,391-meter ascent. Our meeting point will be Redes Natural Park’s Visitor Center, in the village of Campo de Caso. Departing from the small town of Bezanes (658m), during 3 days we will hike along the park’s trails, exploring its varied terrain, and climb a few prominent peaks, such as the Peña'l Vientu (2,000m) and the Cantu l'Osu (1,800m).
I will take groups of a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 on this tour. Below you will find a detailed itinerary of the program. However, please note that this can be slightly adjusted depending on the weather conditions, as well as on the mountain refuge’s availability.
Discover the beautiful Redes Natural Park in this 3-day hiking outing. Send me your booking request now!
If you are looking for other similar treks in the area, check out the 5-day program in Picos de Europa National Park and the 5-day trip in Ponga Natural Park.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Personal insurance
Please note that the price includes: VAT, full-board accommodation during 2 nights at the Brañagallones Refuge (breakfast, dinner and picnic included), accident insurance, and group safety gear. However, the price doesn’t include transportation.
We will depart from the village of Bezanes (658m), gradually ascending to the heart of the Redes Natural Park, up to the mountain meadow of Brañagallones (1,240m), where the refuge that will lodge us during these days lays.
The trail begins in a forest of chestnut trees, opening to a heathland that will lead us to the Texu la Oracion gazer. After the Grandiella gazer (1,130m), the path becomes steeper, between beech and birch trees, up to the Argayu’l Llobu pass. We will then cross the Creston Tunnel, from where we will see beech woods that cover the park. We will gradually ascend to the Brañagallones, which is the result of the natural filling of an old glacial lake.
Distance: 13km Ramp: ↑ 815m ↓ 267m
We will head south through the valley of the Monasteriu River, across a beech forest, reaching the Valdebezon area. We will then hike west, leaving on the left the sharp ridges of the Cuchilla, to climb the Peña ‘l Vientu peak (2,000m), from where we will enjoy great views over the park. We will descend along the mountain’s south slope, towards the Les Aguyes pass, reaching the Raya l’Acebal passage, and then take the Xara pass up to the Ubales glacial lake. Soon after, we will head to Mericueria and return to Brañagallones.
Distance: 13km Ramp: ↑ 950m ↓ 950m
We will trek east, across the Brañagallones and the Ferramoru meadows, from where we will ascend Cantu’l Osu peak (1,800m), which offers a panoramic view over Redes, as well as to the neighboring Picos de Europa National Park. Finally, we will descend to Bezanes, via Brañagallones.
Distance: 21km Ramp: ↑ 636m ↓ 1,174m
The refuge offers blankets. Therefore, you will only need to carry a thin sleeping bag or bed sheets.
Redes Natural Park’s Visitor Center (Campo de Caso village, Asturias, Spain)
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.
AEGM | UIMLA
Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain
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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