Summit & trekking
Ordesa National Park | 6 days | Pyrenees-Spain |
Just a 4-hour drive away from Barcelona lies the spectacular Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. We would like to invite you to follow us on this unique 6-day trek where we’ll explore the spectacular beauty of the Spanish and French Pyrenees.
Established in 1918, this Spanish treasure was the first protected area in the country. Today, it is still an indisputable highlight of the Pyrenees. Famous for its four deep canyons, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as the ‘Spanish Grand Canyon’.
Located at 3,355 meters and right in the centre of this park, lies the limestone peak of Monte Perdido, which we will have the chance to climb. By following the Monte Perdido route, we’ll discover this region’s magical valleys, thundering waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery.
Our expedition will start and finish in the charming Bujaruelo Valley, nestled on the banks of the Ara River. We’ll go from hut to hut, every morning we’ll have a new place to explore and every afternoon, a new place to rest and relax. The 6-day trip covers 90 km (or 56 miles) and every day participants will walk approximately 15 km (9 miles). Consequently, it is a moderate to difficult hike which requires a good fitness level.
DAY 1: Bujaruelo - Brecha de Rolando - Refugio de Goriz
From the Bujaruelo Refuge and crossing the roman bridge, we constantly climb towards Gavarnie, until we reach the Bujaruelo Pass (Port de Boucharo). From there we will start in a moderate ascent to the Coll de Sarradets , until we reach the Sarradets Refuge. The views of the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Brecha de Rolando and the Taillón are impressive at that point. Then we will head towards the Plano de San Fertus and the Collado de Millaris, to go down to the Góriz Refuge where we will rest and have our well-deserved dinner.
Trail length : 16.2 km
Altitude+ : 1620 m.
Altitude- : 854 m.
Approximate time : 7-8 h.
DAY 2: Refugio de Goriz - Monte Perdido Summit - Refugio de Goriz
Leaving the Góriz Refuge (2,200 m) in a northeasterly direction, we will reach the Frozen Lake (2,990 m). From the lake, the route heads southeast and goes up the last slopes, first through a lateral moraine and then through the same channel that leads to the top
of Monte Perdido (3,355). Impressive views of a good part of the Pyrenees , highlighting
the neighboring and deep valley of Pineta and the Vignemale .
Trail length : 8.7 km
Altitude+ : 1160 m.
Altitude- : 1160 m.
Approximate time : 6-7 h.
DAY 3: Refugio de Goriz - Faja de las Olas - Collado de Añisclo - Refugio de Pineta
We leave Góriz following the marks of the GR 11 that go up little by little to the Collado Superior de Góriz. At this point we leave the GR 11 that goes down to the Añisclo Canyon, one of the four magical valley in the Park, then we head to the Faja de las Olas and to the Collado de Añisclo, where we also find an area of chains that help us in its progression. We carefully descend the long and demanding descent from the Collado de Añisclo to the Refugio de Pineta where we spend the night.
Trail length :12.5 km
Altitude+ : 625 m.
Altitude- : 1580 m.
Approximate time: 6-7 h.
DAY 4:Refugio de Pineta - Balcón de Pineta - Lago de Marboré - Refugio de Espuguettes
From Pineta we follow the signs for the National Park towards the Balcón de Pineta
and Lago de Marboré. We continue skirting the lake to the right towards the Tucarroya Gap and Refuge. We go up to the gap and from here we descend through a channel with a steep slope with many loose rocks that requires us to descend with caution. Once we descend from the Brecha de Rolando we head towards the Horquette d'Alans along a rising path. Descent to the Espuguettes Refuge where we will enjoy unbeatable views.
Trail length : 17 km.
Altitude+ : 1760 m.
Altitude- : 978 m.
Approximate time : 8-9 h
DAY 5: Refugio de Espuguettes - Circo de Gabarnie - Refugio de la Grange de Holle
Departure from the Espuguettes refuge towards Cirque de Gavarnie. We walk along this beautiful forest path that will leave us at the base of the imposing Cirque de Gavarnie. There we delight with the Grande Cascade de Gavarnie, the biggest in Europe, out of the Norwegian ones. Then we head to the Grange de Holle Refuge.
Trail length : 12 km.
Altitude+ : 365 m.
Altitude- : 877 m.
Approximate time: 4-5 h.
DAY 6: Refugio de la Grange de Holle- Puerto de Bujaruelo - Regugio de Bujaruelo
We leave our shelter and begin a gentle climb towards the Cirque de Gavarnie. We pass through the Serradets refuge where we can admire the Rolando gap again and from here we take the same path that the first day brought us to this point that takes us back to the Roman bridge and the Bujaruelo refuge where we finish our trekking.
Trail length: 14 km.
Altitude+ : 1050 m.
Altitude- : 890 m.
Scheduled time : 6-7 h
Ordesa-Monte Perdido National Park.
Pyrenees - Spain
From 15th June to 15 July
& from 1st to 15th September.
Up to 8 per mountain leader
Backpack, 45 l.
Technical mountain clothing.
Hiking trousers and jacket ( Gore-Tex )
Hat or winter hat and gloves
liner sleeping bag
Sun cream and protective lip balm
Head lamp and extra batery
1.5 litre water bottle or camelbak (at least)
Small first aid kit and any personal medication.
Ordesa National Park | 6 days | Pyrenees-Spain |