Los Picos de Europa, Spain Hiking Odyssey
September 10 - 18, 2020
(9 days, 8 nights; Thu - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals but one, transportation within Spain, park entrance fees, leaders, local guide, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van will transfer guests from the hotel in Bilbao to the start of the tour, and return to the hotel.
Not included: Airline service to Bilbao Airport; one dinner in Potes; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
Many people would guess that the most mountainous European country is Switzerland, but did you know the second most mountainous is Spain? Numerous mountain chains stretch across the country, creating more wilderness than in any other country in Europe. A small mountain range in the north of Spain became the country’s first national park, and this is our destination for our 2020 International Hiking Odyssey.
The mountains are rugged. Easy passage through the areas has never been found, thus development has always been restricted. Isolated valleys and steep gorges make for a jagged landscape which protects flora and fauna. Los Picos harbor the Cantabrian Bear, Iberian wolves and the majestic Chamois. Wild boar, dear, badgers, mountain cats, beech martins, red squirrels, genets, vultures and eagles are also typical of the area. The mountains are also home to a number of wild horses called Asturcones which have been around since Roman times.
Our treks will carry us through spectacular gorges, past high mountain refugios, among the snow covered peaks towering above 1500 meters, past deep mountain lakes that reflect the undeniable beauty, and across high mountain meadows where the wildlife happily plays, oblivious to their human observers. The tour spends time in all three of the massifs of the park, and features a layover day in Potes. This Cantabrian village sports 13th century buildings and a picturesque river running through the middle, making a delightful place for a relaxing day.
|Day 1||pickup at Bilbao, transfer to Comillas, hike a section of El Camino del Norte, overnight in Congas de Onis||8 km|
|Day 2||Hike to Mirador de Ordiales and Cotalba Peak at Covadonga Lakes||17 km|
|Day 3||Hike from Bulnes to Sotres||12 km|
|Day 4||Hike from Sotres into Central Massif, overnight in refugio||10 km|
|Day 5||Horcados Rojos - Fuente De – overnight Potes||16 km|
|Day 6||Layover in Potes|
|Day 7||Brez Canal South||6 km|
|Day 8||Cares Gorge||10 km|
|Day 9||Urdon Gorge, return to Bilbao||6 km|