Trekking Picos de Europa - Circular Route of the Central Massif

A challenging 5 day circular trek in the Picos de Europa crossing the Central Massif. A perfect way to enjoy the steep peaks, alpine meadows and stunning scenery of the region

Dates - June to October

Prices - €500 per person (4 people) including guiding and 4 nights half-board accommodation in mountain huts (breakfast and evening meal)

The trip starts in Asturias at Puente Poncebos, between the central and western Massif crossing the Cares Valley. We ascend Urrieles through Cordiñales enjoying beautiful situations such as the Jermoso Col, Puertos de Avila and Vega de Urriello. They we glimpse the famous Naranjo de Bulnes mountain. We finish the tour in the picturesque village of Bulnes.

  • Perhaps the most classic and famous trekking in northern Spain
  • Alpine landscape with spectacular views
  • Wide network of mountain huts

Grade: Challenging

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Trek Itinerary

Guided trek in the Picos de Europa

DAY 1 Puente Poncebos - Cares route - Caín (460m) - Cordiñanes (860m)

Start of the trekking. There is nothing like starting our trip in one of the most famous gorges in the Picos de Europa, the Cares. This gorge has huge limestone walls eroded by the force of the river.

Distance: 13 km. Elevation gain +600 m. - 100 m descent. Time: 5 hours

DAY 2 Cordiñanes (860m) - Refugio Jermoso Col (2067m)

We will ascend through Canal de Asotín to reach the Refugio Jermoso Col. Spending the night in this special place is something that we will always recommend. The Friero Tower (2.440 m) accompanies us in our ascent and the amazing views will more than compensate for the effort involved.

Distance: 7 km. Elevation gain +1.200 m. - 50 m descent. Time: 5 hours

DAY 3 Refugio Jermoso Col (2067m) - Hotel Refugio de Aliva (1666m)

Today we will move towards Colladinas, Llagu Cimero, south of Madejuno Tiro Llagu and passing through Vega Liordes. We will flank the top of Fuente Dé to reach the southern Wall of Peña Olvidada and Peña Vieja.

Distance: 12 km. Elevation gain + 700 m. - 800 m descent. Time: 5 hours

DAY 4 Hotel Refugio de Aliva (1666m) - Refugio Vega de Urriellu (1960m)

Leaving a landscape of green pastures we ascend towards Horcados Rojos to contemplate the rocky landscape, a desert of rocks, chasm and sumps which will guide us to Vega Urriellu.

From this point we should see the west and north face of the Naranjo de Bulnes, and enjoy the good atmosphere of hikers and climbers that flock to this emblematic place. If there is snow in Horcajos Rojos we could decide to pass through a more accessible col.

Distance: 11 km. Elevation gain +800 m. - 500 m descent. Time: 5 hours

DAY 5 Refugio Vega de Urriellu (1960m) - Bulnes (647m) - Puente Poncebos

We will finish the route descending towards the village of Bulnes, which can only be reached by foot of by a rack railway from Puente Poncebos. This is where the trek will end.

Elevation gain + 50 m. - 1.300 m descent. Time: 5 hours

N.B The last day will finish between 16-17 pm so you have time to make the return trip.

Map of the 5 day Picos de Europa circular

Further Information

Guided trek in the Picos de Europa
Not included in the prices
  • Transfers from and to the airport to the starting point (Please ask if required)
  • First night accommodation before trekking
  • Beverages not included in the half-board menu
  • Any enforced circumstance due to unexpected incidents (weather etc) that require higher expense
  • We have several departure dates each month but can also adapt the trips to your own availability if necessary. Please do not hesitate to consult us if the dates do not fit in with you and we will try to figure something out
  • One week before the start of the trek you will receive further information about the meeting of your guide, his name and phone number
  • It is important to walk in comfort so a lightweight backpack is essential. 8kg max! Recommended that you carry only the essential material and clothing
  • It is not necessary to take a sleeping bag, just a silk or cotton sheet bag for the refuges

Guided trek in the Picos de Europa

Guided trek in the Picos de Europa

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Head Office: 41 Axholme Drive, Epworth, DN91EL, North Lincolnshire, UK. Registered Office: 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU, England

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