Traverse of the Picos de Europa
Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,255 (land only) - from $1,460 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel. A single timed airport transfer is provided. KE group services begin with evening meal.
Day 2: After a short transfer, we hike through meadows and past shepherd's cabins to Collado Gamonal and the Vegarredonda Refuge. Afternoon excursion to Pico Cotalba. Approximate total ascent for the day is 930 metres.
Day 3: We head to the Marques de Villaviciosa Refuge, from where we have a great viewpoint over the Cares Gorge and to the Central Massif. There is the option to climb of Jultayu peak, or a nearby ridge, in the afternoon. Ascent 500m (800m with Jultayu).
Day 4: We have a long and steep descent into the Cares Gorge, then we will walk along a remarkable cliffside pathway and we finally emerge at Puente Poncebos where we check into our hotel. Ascent: 100m / descent: 1000m.
Day 5: Today, we ascend the Arroyo Tejo to the ancient village of Bulnes, then onwards to the Vega Urriellu, and our refuge, beneath the spectacular Naranjo de Bulnes. Ascent: 1750m.
Day 6: Our journey continues south through a landscape of towers, spires and sheer rock faces. We traverse the abyss of 'Hou Sin Tierre' ('the hole without a bottom') and an optional ascent of Collado Horcados Rojos (2500m.). From here we descend to the valley and the refuge Aliva. Ascent: 550m / descent: 900m
Day 7: We make an ascent of Pico Valdecoro (1841m.) for a sensational view over the Picos. We then gradually descend from the high mountains, through alpine meadows and to the forests of the valley before reaching our hotel. Time to explore the village before our last night celebratory dinner. Ascent: 250m / descent: 980m.
Day 8: KE group package services end after breakfast. There will be a complimentary timed group transfer to the airport.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.