Hiking

To France and back again

This morning we leave Hospital de Parzán behind when we start our hike along the river Barrosa. A good warm up, we could say, because what follows is a challenging trip through an high alpine area. Part of the tour follows the ridge separating Spain from France: the real heart of the Pyrenees. When we leave the path along the river, we begin the climb towards France. With the imposing rocks of Circo de Barrosa surrounding us, more than a thousand meters above our starting point, we cross the border. And we’ll cross that a few more times. Our path continues with on our left hand side France, on our right hand side Spain. We drop only under the 2,500 meters of altitude when we choose for Spain again and we start our descent from the Puerto Viejo. At the beginning of the tunnel to France we get into the car tired, but satisfied. 14 years and older.

In the shadow of the Monte Perdido

If you are standing on something, you do not see what you’re standing on, just everything around it. If you want to see the mountain itself, you rather climb the mountain next to it. The valley we explore today is the perfect alternative for the next door, more crowded Ordessa. Although we walk the less beaten paths, we still will be rewarded with beautiful views of the monumental peaks that lie within the park boundaries. From Valle de Pineta we climb steadily through La Larri, Plana es Corders and Plana Fonda to the highest point that we will reach for today: El Comodoto (2355). From here we will follow the ridge of the Sierra Espierba and gradually descend to the village of Espierba. Depending on the level of the group, the route can be made slightly longer or shorter. 14 year and older.

Agujas de Lavasar

Where everyone goes left, we go right. And then suddenly we end up in a very small part of Patagonia. The Agujas de Lavasar (agujas is Spanish for ‘needles’) let us fantasize about the Chilean Torres del Paine; for a miniature of this we do not have to travel half the world. From the Refugio de Lavasar we seek our own path towards the needles. The advantage we have today is that our starting point is over 1900 meters, with which we start relatively high. Nevertheless, we have a nice climb ahead to the Collado de la Pala del Puerto (2607m). Here we leave the high Pico Cotiella next to us, to start the descent in another valley than where we started. Once arrived at Refugio de Santa Isabella we can take our shoes off: from here we will be brought home by car. 14 years and older.

Traversing through the rocks

If you’ve been to Ainsa before, you’ve certainly seen it already: the Peña Monteñesa. The mountain has a striking shape in an apparently flatter environment. And not only from afar it is geologically an interesting sight. Our trip today leads us through the Faja del Toro, or the ‘belt of the bull’. The fajas, which you often find high in vertical rock walls, can best be described as semi-open tunnels. There many of them in this area and they offer spectacular views. The Faja del Toro takes us back to the village of Ocins: the way up we climb above the faja. Because today we don’t try to summit the Peña Montañesa, the tour remains accessible to everyone aged 12 years and older. However, do not be mistaken: we still find our challenge in a climb of well over a thousand positive altitude meters.

Frog perspective and bird’s eye view

There are also suitable trips for the little ones to get introduced to mountains. We divide the day into two short walks, so that it remains pleasant for everyone. In Tella we’ll visit historic chapels, built on the verge of a mountain from where we have beautiful views all around. Afterwards we explore the foothills of the Escuaín valley. When we look down, we see the rivers of the valley running in the great depth. If we look up, we have a great chance of discovering a bearded vulture! Both tours are almost horizontal, and in total there is only a distance of 5 kilometers, making it also a pleasant experience for the short legs. However, the views are no less…
6 years and older.

Although we do really like adventure sports like canyoning, we enjoy at least as much the great hikes that the area has to offer. Hiking provides us the opportunity to explore, to enjoy nature to the maximum and most of all an infinite sense of freedom. Either you want to visit high alpine areas, some physical challenge, learn about flora, fauna and geology, or enjoy a day out with the family: we know the area as the back of one’s hand and very willing to advise you.

During the summer months of July and August we daily offer hikes. All you have to do is choose the hike that evokes your curiousity and sign up. All our hikes are accompanied by a certified mountain guide and an appropriate mountain sports insurance is provided. And the best part is: we do not have to go back to the starting point, because we are awaited by our bus at the end of the tour.

What to bring

  • Sportive clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Daypack
  • Sun protection
  • Snacks and drinks (at least 1.5 liters per person)
  • Rain clothing
  • Walking sticks (optional)

Included

  • Guidance by certified mountain guide
  • Transport
  • Insurance assistance and rescue
  • Civil liability insurance

Not included

  • Picknick

Summary

Period:             june until november
Duration:        2-10 hours
Group:              min 4, max 12 persons
Age:                    5 years and older