Anillo de Picos - Central Massif
The Urrielles Massif or Central Massif of the Picos de Europa, located between the valleys carved by rivers Cares and Duje is undoubtedly the most rugged, that higher slopes presents and where the highest and most representative peaks of the National Park of Picos de Europa are located, as Torrecerredo maximum altitude of these mountains and all the Cantabrian Mountains Range with 2,648 meters or Picu Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes), authentic symbol of the Asturian mountain and National Park and place where the most beautiful pages of mountaineering in the Iberian Peninsula have been written since its conquest in 1905. It is in this massif where these mountains reach its climax, with an insurmountable mountain environment, concentrating a large number of peaks in a relatively small surface, unmatched in any other mountains of the peninsula, where there are other highest mountains, but not so wild, and inaccessible.
Will travel for five days, from shelter to shelter, this impressive and demanding Massif, knowing some of the most emblematic and beautiful places of Picos de Europa National Park.
Meeting point: Arenas de Cabrales village parking. Duration: 5 days.
Day 1: On our first day of trekking, depart from Puente Poncebos (218m) to perform the famous, popular and spectacular Ruta del Cares, one of the most impressive gorges in the world, until the village of Cain (460m), where we'll stay at the Refuge Hostel "el Diablo de la Peña" where we spend our first night of trekking. This start of trekking, we will "warm up" for the slopes that await us in posteriors days.
Day 2: Beautiful and hard day in which we will enter the Central Massif, and that will take us from Cain (460m), saving a significant vertical drop, to Collado Jermoso refuge (2.046m). The route will take us going up the Cares river, valley and mountain of Corona, where we'll visit the "Chorco de los lobos", for entering in the Asotin Channel, through the beautiful beech forest of the same name that will leave us in the Asotin sheepfold, beautiful and spectacular place. From here we'll ascend to Collado Jermoso Refuge, located in one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the National Park. Located on the edge of a cliff and surrounded by the peaks of the Llambrión group, opposite the spectacular Friero Tower, and with magnificent views of the valley of Valdeón and the Cornión Massif, with Peña Santa peak always emphasizing. Despite the long day, everyone will be satisfied to stay in such a place.
Day 3: This day will pass through the heights of the Central Massif, being rarely below 2,000 meters. We'll reach the busiest refuge of the Picos de Europa, located at the base of the most emblematic of how many summit are in the National Park, the Picu Urriellu, and in its most spectacular part, impressive west wall, with over 500 meters height, authentic reference of Spanish mountaineering. An unforgettable place, both as nice as symbolic.
Day 4: We leave Urriellu shelter, to go Cabrones Refuge, mountain sector where the highest summit of the entire National Park with 2,648 meters, Torrecerredo. We'll try summit if the weather is clear. Here we go, passing another landmark summit as Cabrones, to the refuge of the same name, where we spend the night. Very close to the refuge is the Collada del Agua pass, excellent viewpoint to the Cornión Massif and from where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Day 5: On our last day, we only have a long and steep descent from the refuge of Cabrones (2.030m) to Puente Poncebos (218m). We continue down the slope of the Trave and Amuesa Channel to reach the beautiful village of Bulnes (648m), inaccessible to vehicles and only reachable by the Tejo channel or Pandébano hill, till the construction of a funicular from Poncebos. From Bulnes, we can only go down the Tejo channel to Poncebos, place where we'll finish our beautiful adventure.
Mountain Guide qualified with UIMLA accreditation.
Four nights accommodation in Refuges.
Four half-board (dinner + breakfast) in Refuges.
Map 1: 25,000 Central and Oriental Massifs.
Collective safety equipment.
Any other item not mentioned as included.
In Refuges picnics can be purchased for each day, avoiding carry weight.
There are blankets in Refuges. With a thin lead sheet sack or summer sleeping bag, its enough.
The route can be altered depending on weather conditions, availability in Refuges and/or other things, always thinking about safety group.
Price: 480€* (VAT included) * Price per person.
Group 4 to 8 people
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