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Picos de Europa

 

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The Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa

This trip offers classic mountain walking on rocky and exciting terrain with some long days. Starting and finishing in a traditional mountain village, we follow a circular route ending with a high crossing over the top of the range.

The Picos de Europa, a compact rocky limestone massif lies only 15 kms from the sea but its peaks soar dramatically to over 2500m. The range is split into three massifs separated by rivers and deep gorges where one can see soaring golden eagles, griffons, and egyptian vultures. The region is also rich in culture with a traditional style of farming and small settlements of attractive old stone buildings.

Our circuit begins along the southern fringe of the central massif, heading west through the imposing limestone landscape via a dramatically situated mountain refuge.

After 2 days we descend steeply to reach the historic village of Cain and the start of the famous Cares Gorge - the most dramatic day walk in the whole of Spain! Barely 20m wide in places, the towering vertical walls of the gorge dissect the central and western massifs offering safe passage to its northern end.

We climb up now into the heart of the massif, dominated by the jewel of the Picos: the vertical buttresses of El Naranjo de Bulnes. From a mountain refuge at its base, an exciting trail traverses around and over rocky ridges, slabs and pinnacles to reach the summit of Torre de los Horcados Rojos (2562m) and a breathtaking panorama of the highest peaks in the entire massif.

What our clients say…

"There is absolutely nothing I could fault in either the organisation of the trip or the trek itself."
Roger Barwell, Picos de Europa

"What a wonderful week we all had with you in the Picos. The whole week was absolutely perfect: the scenery, the hiking, the weather, the different places we stayed."
Laurie Keys, Picos de Europa

 

 

 


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