Stage 1. Posada de Valdeón – Vega de Ario. 14 km 1300m.
We will begin our feat on the León side, warming up in the Cares gorge, first through the town of Cain, to continue through the impressive gorge to the entrance of the challenging Canal de Trea, the first meeting with the well-known verticality of Picos. It is arduous, but not infinite, and it ends with arguably one of the best views of the central massif. Totally worth it. You will always remember the lentils of Vega de Ario Refuge.
Stage 2. Vega de Ario – Vegarredonda. 16 km 400m+.
In this softer stage, we will make a detour to visit the wonderful Lakes of Covadonga, we will descend to 1100m of altitude and after walking through this emblematic place, we will go back to the Vegarredonda refuge, where we will spend the night.
Stage 3. Vega de Ario – Vegabaño. 16 km 1000m+.
The grand stage. We get up a little early and we will ascend to the “Col Les Merines” at more than 2000m to enter the heart of the massif in the “horcada de Santa María”, “Jou de las Pozas” and when in “Vegahuerta” we will be speechless facing the great South face of Peñasanta. From here, we descend to 1340m to the bucolic refuge of Vegabaño. The one and only.
Stage 4. Vegabaño – Posada de Valdeón.
Smooth final stage, in which you will only have to go up to the Dobres pass, crossing magical oak, beech and holly forests, to descend gently to the starting point.
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4 days / 3 nights
4 – 8 people
Waterproof jacket and outerwear: fleece, feathers or Primaloft.
2 first layer t-shirts, 2 socks, gloves, beanie.
Cap and sunglasses.
Light sleeping bag or sheet sack. (Possibility of renting in the Refuge)
Accommodation, delicious dinner and breakfast in Ario, Vegarredonda and Vegabaño Refuges.
First aid kit.
Food and drinks out of breakfast and dinner. (possibility to order picnic bag in the refuges)
Any concept not shown in “Included”
Good fitness. Endurance to walk over six hour.
Experience in mountain terrain.
350 € each.