Dates: July to October
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Prices: Euro 460 per person
The booking window closes 10 days before the departure date.
You will pay a deposit of 10% to secure your spot. Once confirmed, your tour operator will charge the remaining amount.
Terrain: Not well-marked paths and sometimes is necessary to do a little scramble.
Average daily hiking distance: 10 KM
Longest hiking distance in a day: 16 KM
Group size: 8 max
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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What Level of Running is this Trip suitable for?
Hikers who are fit, have experience hiking in the mountains and are confident walking for several days with demanding ascents and descents.
Are there any Alternatives for Non-runners?
Mountain Huts. Shared rooms.
What to bring?
- Water Bottle. Take at least a 1-litre personal water bottle.
- Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve (Factor 15 or more)
- Walking Boots or trekking shoes
- Trekking poles (recommended)
- Waterproofs Breathable
- Down Jacket after sunset
- Thick jumper/fleece jacket
- Shorts and long trousers. Shorts are very comfortable to walk in, but also you must carry long pants.
- Backpack 30-40 litres
- Light Towel & Light Sleeping Bag
DAY 1. FROM COVADONGA LAKES TO MIRADOR DE ORDIALES & COTALBA PEAK
Gradient: +950m -650m
Distance: 13 Km
Duration: 6-7 hours.
We will meet up with the leader in Cangas de Onis, check equipment and transfer to Covadonga Lakes. This is a classic walk in the Western massif of the Picos de Europa. We’ll start walking from Pan de Carmen (just beyond Lake Enol) until Vegarredonda Refuge, about one and a quarter hours from Pan de Carmen. Just before you reach the refuge, many of the higher peaks of the western massif become visible.
From the refuge onwards, a section of this walk is slightly rockier though the path is well defined all the way. From here on, we often see chamois, and at times they can be pretty close to you. We soon come to the Ordiales refuge, and beyond this point, the path is slightly less noticeable. Then, almost without realising it, we’ll be at the Mirador de Ordiales where Pedro Pidal (the National Park Picos de Europa founder in 1918) was buried. Look over the top and marvel at the breathless views and 1,000m sheer drop down to the Angon Valley below.
Now, we can start the ascent to the Cotalba peak. There’s an interesting little scramble just before we reach the top. Once on the summit, the high peaks of the western massif are almost close enough to touch. You can see the lakes in the distance, and the Ponga Mountains look as fantastic as ever. After taking full advantage of the vistas around us, we retrace our steps until Vegarredonda Hut. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.
DAY 2. FROM VEGARREDONDA REFUGE TO VEGABAÑO REFUGE
Gradient: + 1,000 m – 1,100 m
Distance: 16 Km
Duration: 8-10 hours.
Today, it’s the hardest stage. When we leave the shelter, we go up until we reach Collado Les Merines (2,100 m). The green colour under our feet turns into the grey rock in an enormous limestone world through the Pozas Jou (karstic pothole). We will take a rest to drink some cool water from the Prieta spring. Then, we will cross stony ground from one “jou” to another before we reach the enormous Vega Huerta. We will continue along the marked path that takes us southwards down the Canal del Perro to the Frade shelter. From there, we just have to make the easy descent among the beech trees that surround the Vegabaño shelter, where we will encounter some indescribable beauty spots such as the source of the Dobra River and the thousand-year-old oak tree of Vegabaño. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
DAY 3. FROM VEGABAÑO REFUGE TO CAIN. Gradient: + 300 m – 1,100 m
Distance: 17 Km
Duration: 5-6 Hours
We leave the Vegabaño shelter behind us, enter the beech grove, and go up a gentle slope. We will pass the home of the capercaillie. Continuing through the virgin woodland, we will go up the Dobres rock, and we will start our descent into the Valdeon valley, among brooks, until the path starts to get wider and becomes a track that will take us to the village of Caldevilla. Having reached this point, we will follow the course of the Cares River to the village of Posada de Valdeón. At Posada de Valdeon, we stop to have lunch, and then we continue until the small village of Cain, which is the gate to the famous Cares Gorge. Dinner and accommodation at Albergue Diablo La Peña.
DAY 4. FROM CAIN TO VEGA DE ARIO REFUGE
Gradient: + 1,300 m
Distance: 7 Km
Duration: 7 hours
We start walking into the famous Cares Gorge, crossing tunnels and bridges. Just before Bolin bridge, a sign indicates the start of the harsh Canal de Trea, a ravine that offers no respite until we reach the meadows of Vega de Ario, where we will take a well-earned rest and finish the stage. The impressive views of the central massif are a due reward for such a sacrifice. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.
DAY 5. FROM VEGA DE ARIO REFUGE TO COVADONGA LAKES, INCLUDING JULTAYU SUMMIT
Gradient: + 350 m – 900 m-
Distance: 10 Km
Duration: 5-6 hours
To finish this incredible trek, we will climb to the summit of Jultayu (1,940 m). If there is another privileged place in addition to the Ordiales viewpoint in the Western Massif, it is the Jultayu Peak, where we will have incredible views of the entire Central Massif with its highest peaks, Torrecerredo, La Bermeja, Picos de los Cabrones, etc. depth of the Cares Gorge below them. We return to the plain of Ario, and from here, the route is straightforward, practically all of it downhill and along a marked path. First, a false plain to the Collado del Jito with magnificent views of the Central massif and then cross the Jou Llaguiellu, the Bobias sheepfold until we reach Lake Ercina, where our vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cangas de Onis. RING OVERCOME!
What’s Included in the Price?
- 4 nights at Vega de Ario, Vegarredonda and Vegabaño Refuges and Diablo La Peña hostel
- Daily breakfast
- Daily dinners
- All listed hiking
- Safety equipment and logistic support
- English speaking certified guide
- Transfers from/to Cangas de Onis
- Insurances and taxes
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- Picnic lunch. Can be purchased in the refuges or local shops
- Flights. Airport transfers. If you need transportation from the airport, please ask for the service