Anillo de Picos - Central Massif
The Urrielles Massif or Central Massif of the Picos de Europa, located between the valleys excavated by the Cares and Duje rivers, is undoubtedly the most rugged, the one with the greatest unevenness and where the highest and most representative peaks of the Picos de Europa National Park are located, such as Torrecerredo, maximum altitude of these mountains and of the entire Cantabrian Mountains with 2,648 meters or the Picu Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes), authentic symbol of the Asturian mountain and the National Park and place where, since its conquest in 1905, the most beautiful pages of mountaineering in the Iberian Peninsula have been written. It is in this massif where these mountains reach their maximum expression, with a unbeatable high mountain environment, concentrating a large number of peaks in a relatively small area, unmatched in any other mountain range on the peninsula, where there are other higher mountains, but not so wild, wild and inaccessible.
For five days we will travel, from refuge to refuge, this impressive and demanding Massif, knowing some of the most emblematic and beautiful places in the Picos de Europa.
Meeting point: Arenas de Cabrales car park. Duration: 5 days.
Day 1:On our first day of trekking, we will start from Puente Poncebos(218m), to carry out the famous, popular and spectacular Cares Route, one of the most impressive gorges in the world, to the Leonese town of Cain(460m). We will continue going up the Cares River, to the plain and Mount Corona, where we will visit the Chorco de los lobos, to continue to the beautiful town of Cordiñanes, where we will stay at the Hotel Tombo, where we will spend our first night of the trekking. This beginning of trekking, will serve as a "warm-up" for the unevenness that awaits us in later days.
Day 2:A beautiful day, in which we will enter the Massif Central, and which will take us from Cordiñanes (880m), saving an important unevenness, until the Collado Jermoso refuge (2,046m). The route begins by rapidly ascending towards the exit walls of the via ferrata, where we will walk along a narrow terrace to reach the beautiful Asotín beech forest, which will leave us at the Vega de Asotín. From here we will ascend to the Collado Jermoso refuge, located in one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the entire National Park. Located on the edge of a precipice and surrounded by the steep peaks of the group ofllembrio, in front of the spectacular Friero's Tower, and with magnificent views of the Valdeon Valley and the Cornión Massif, with Peña Santa standing out. Despite the hard day, everyone will feel satisfied to stay in such a place, especially after enjoying its spectacular sunset.
Day 3: This day will run through the high levels of the Massif Central, rarely being below 2,000 meters high. We will go to the busiest refuge in the Picos de Europa, located at the base of the most emblematic peak of all those that make up the National Park, the Picu Urriellu, and in its most spectacular part, its impressive west wall, more than 500 meters high, a true reference of Spanish mountaineering. An unforgettable place, both for its beauty and its symbolism.
Day 4:we left the Urriellu refuge, to go to Cabrones refuge, base of the mountain sector where the highest summit of the entire National Park is located with 2,648 meters, Torrecerredo. Next, we will go, passing in front of another emblematic summit such as Cabrones, towards the refuge of the same name, where we will get supplies to make a long and pronounced descent from the Cabrones refuge (2,030m) along the slope of Trave and the Canal de Amuesa to reach the beautiful town of Bulnes(648m), inaccessible with vehicles and where we will spend our last night.
Day 5: On our last day, we only have to descend until Puente Poncebos (218m). From Bulnes, we only have to go down the Texu channel to Poncebos, place of completion of our beautiful adventure.
TOTAL MEASURED INFO
ServiceMountain guidecertified and licensedAEGM-UIMLA.
Four nights of accommodationin shelters.
Four half boards (dinner+breakfast)in the shelters.
Collective security material.
Accident insurance and RC.
Picos Outdoor breathable 42k t-shirt.
Does not include:
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 weather conditions,availability in shelters and/or other circumstances, always thinking about the safety of the group.
Price: €480* (VAT included).* Price per person.
Group of 4 to 8 people
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