Anillo de Picos
Anillo de Picos Vindio 4 days - Western Massif

The Massif del Cornión orWestern Massif of the Picos de Europa, was the origin of the creation of the Picos de Europa National Park, originally called the Covadonga Mountain National Park, and the first National Park in Spain. It is the one with the greatest extension and variety of landscapes of the three that make up thePicos de Europa National Park. This massif brings together the contrasts of the intense green of the pastoral meadows, with the aridity of the limestone rock characteristic of the Picos, together with the spectacular singularity of theLakes of Covadonga. It is the massif that hosts the largest wooded masses,beech treesof extraordinary beauty, and where, as in the other Massifs, the lack of water in height is a problem.

For four days, we will tour theMassif del Cornión, staying in their shelters and getting to know some of the most emblematic and beautiful places in this spectacular massif of the Picos de Europa National Park.


Meeting point: Posada de Valdeón.                  Duration: 4 days.

Day 1: We start the adventure in Posada de Valdeón, the capital of the beautiful Valdeón valley. On this day, we will overcome one of the most important slopes of the Macizo del Cornión. From Posada we will go to the Tombo viewpoint, near Cordiñanes, to descend the Monte de Corona and visiting the Chorco de los lobos, to the beautiful town of Cain (460m), from where we will enter the spectacular Cares Gorge, going through its most beautiful section, crossing bridges and tunnels built in unlikely places, to the Bolín Bridge, where the vertiginous ascent of more than 1,000 meters of unevenness in just 3 kilometers begins, through the Trea channel, towards the refuge de Vega de Ario (1,630m), where we will spend our first night of trekking. From Vega de Ario refuge we can enjoy one of the best views and sunsets in Picos de Europa.


Day 2: On our second day of trekking, we will descend towards the Lakes of Covadonga (1,100m), crossing the most beautiful Vegas of the Picos de Europa, such as Parres or Belbín. In the Lakes of Covadonga, a well-deserved picnic awaits us to ascend through vegas and enter the Heights of the Western massif, up to the Vegarredonda Refuge (1,410m), where we will spend our second night. Beautiful day that passes through symbolic places of the Picos de Europa, such as the Lagos themselves or the Pozo del Alemán, a place whose name is due to Roberto Frassinelli, exceptional character.


Day 3: During this long and hard day, we will make one of the most classic routes of the Massif, crossing east from North to South, through the characteristic karst landscape of the high altitudes of Los Picos de Europa, where the limestone rock chaos reigns between jous and cols, making orientation not easy at all. This is a favorable day to see chamois, a characteristic animal of the National Park. During this classic route, we will be accompanied by the highest heights of the Massif, passing through Vega Huerta to enjoy the impressive view of the South wall (600 meter drop) of Peña Santa de Castilla, maximum level of the Cornión with 2,596 meters of height. From this plain, from which 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: On our last trek day starting from Vegabaño Refuge we will make a long and progressive descent through forests, meadows, sheepfolds, and the most important towns of the beautiful Leonese valley of Valdeon, bordering the Cornión massif on its southernmost slope to reach our starting point and end this spectacular trek through The Picos de Europa.



It includes:

  • ServiceMountain guide with accreditation AEGM-UIMLA.

  • Four nights accommodation in shelters.

  • Four half pensions(dinner + breakfast) in the shelters.

  • Collective security material.

  • Accident insurance and RC.

  • Picos Outdoor breathable 42k t-shirt.


Does not include:

  • Transportation.

  • Any other item not mentioned as included.



  • In the shelters you can buy picnics for each day, avoiding carrying weight.

  • In the shelters there are blankets. Carrying a thin sack or a sheet sack is enough.

  • The route may be altered depending on the weather conditions, availability in the shelters and/or other types of circumstances, always keeping in mind the safety of the group.


Price: €360* (VAT included)  * Price per person

Group of 4 to 8 people

Picos Outdoor only obtains benefits from the guide service