An enthralling twin-centre itinerary for the moderate walker exploring one of the gems of the Pyrenees. Includes both the Ordesa & Anisclo Canyons and one night in a high mountain refugio.
- The jaw-dropping landscapes of the Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park
- UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring spectacular canyons, pristine lakes and an exquisitely rugged mountain wilderness
- This holiday includes both airport transfers and all transport throughout the week
- Grade: Moderate
- 23 – 30 June 2019
- 7 – 14 July 2019
- 11 – 18 August 2019
- £875 per person
- Single Supplement – £125
Exploring the jewel in the crown of the Pyrenees.
Hiking at its most dramatic for intermediate walkers.
A sublime week exploring the dramatic and extensive Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park offering you a unique twin-centre holiday either side of a night in a remote mountain refugio. This itinerary showcases this UNESCO World Heritage Site in all its glory – and includes the lesser-visited but just as stunning Anisclo Canyon.
You will venture into the rugged, high mountain wilderness of both canyons where you will find a stunning landscape dotted with mountain lakes and spectacular views. Your luggage will be transferred between the two hotels leaving you free to immerse yourself in your sensational surroundings. This really is hiking in the Pyrenees at its most dramatic! The holiday price includes accommodation, breakfast, three course dinner with wine (7 nights), packed lunches (6 days), return transfers to and from Zaragoza – and all transport to and from the walks.
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A Pyrenean Walking Holiday – Ordesa & Anisclo National Park Explorer
At a glance
Grade : Moderate
Ascents : 380m to 920m each day
Walking Time : 4 ½ to 7 hours each day
Terrain : Way-marked paths which can be steep, rocky and loose underfoot. Some short sections are very steep and may be considered by some to be exposed. Previous hiking experience, surefootedness, a good head for heights and a good level of fitness are essential. If you are in any doubt whether this holiday is suitable for you, please call the office on 01799 513331 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss the route in more detail with you.
Day 1 (Sunday)
Arrive & Settle in
After being picked up from Zaragoza, you will be transferred (2 ½ hours) to the delightful 3*Hotel Palazio, our base in the remote village of Nerin for your first three nights. Settle into your room after a quick check-in. Dinner shall then be served at 8.30pm in the hotel restaurant where an informal welcome briefing will take place between courses.
Day 2 (Monday)
Walking time: 4 ½ – 5 hours, Ascent/Descent 380m – Today is spent hiking in the depths of Añisclo Canyon: a truly spectacular location with sweeping forests and immense cliffs that dominate the deep gorge, where crystal clear waters from Monte Perdido flow. The picturesque cascades have carved out deep natural pools, which are home to mesmerising waters varying from jade green to intense emerald. Overnight : Hotel Palazio, Nerin
Day 3 (Tuesday)
Walking time: 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours. Ascent/Descent 680m – After exploring the depths of the Anisclo Canyon yesterday, today we head upwards and climb the dominant peak of Mondoto, which seemingly peers over and into the 1000m canyon. Rest assured, the route is not difficult but the views will take your breath away! Overnight : Hotel Palazio, Nerin
Day 4 (Wednesday)
Cuello Arenas to Refugio Goriz
Walking time: 5 ¾ – 6 ½ hours. Ascent 920m – Today we ascend to the huge grasslands of Cuello Arenas and on to the stunning Cuello Gordo, where the jaws of the Arrazas canyon open up before us. Our route then traverses a natural balcony high above the Ordesa Canyon to Refugio Goriz nestled at the foot of Monte Perdido and Soum de Ramond.
Overnight : Refugio Goriz. You will sleep in mixed sex dormitories, and your evening dinner will be provided by the refugio – which serves a basic but nonetheless adequate three course evening meal (wine will be provided). Refugio Goriz is very remote and you will need to carry your own personal belongings for the overnight stay in the refugio.
Day 5 (Thursday)
The Ordesa Canyon by the Fajas Petazals and Racun
Walking time: 4 ½ to 5hours. Ascent – 200m / Descent 950m – Today we leave Refugio Goriz and descend beside the Cola de Caballo waterfall before joining the Camino de las Cascadas on the canyon floor – as it meanders alongside a succession of small stepped cascades. Soon the high altitude wide and grassy pastures give way to ancient pine and beech forests. Our route then embarks on a beautiful balcony path at the foot of yet more immense cliffs, following the Faja Petazals and Los Canarellos. It then opens out into the imposing Cotatuero Cirque, the centre-piece of which is a dramatic waterfall. For those seeking a longer route, from here it is possible to extend the route by following the Faja Racun on to the Cirque de Salaron at the foot of the impressive Tozal del Mallo. Either way, the route finishes with a beautiful section of descent through pine and beech forest to the canyon floor at Pradera. You will then make the short transfer (25 mins) to the picturesque village of Torla by national park shuttle bus where you will spend the next two nights at the Hotel Bujaruelo.
Overnight : 2*Hotel Bujaruelo, Torla. Your luggage will have been transferred from Hotel Palazio to Hotel Bujaruelo
Day 6 (Friday)
Collado del Cebollar Mirador
Walking time: 6 ½ -7 hours. Ascent/Descent 960m – From Torla our walk today climbs up to the Collado del Cebollar. Whilst not in the heart of the Ordesa Canyon itself, it is nevertheless one of the most beautiful panoramic mirador lookouts there is; perfect for appreciating the depth and breadth of the canyon. Outstanding views of the secluded and picturesque Bujaruelo valley can also be enjoyed from here. Overnight : 2*Hotel Bujaruelo, Torla
Day 7 (Saturday)
Faja de Pelay and Ordesa canyon
Walking time : 7 – 8 hours. Ascent/Descent 800m – Today you will make the short journey back into the Ordesa canyon on the national park shuttle bus. The final walk of the week is a true classic. This stunning high-level walk begins with an intense ascent to a breathtaking mirador (lookout) high above the canyon floor. It then continues along a natural – at times narrow – balcony which has been formed by millions of years of erosion. Once on the faja, there unfold magnificent views of the Ordesa canyon far below, Refugio Goriz, Monte Perdido and the Brèche de Roland. After the exhilaration of the faja, you will meander back along the valley floor through delightful forests of beech, pine and fir, with time to enjoy the cascades which you bypassed on Day 5. Overnight : 2*Hotel Bujaruelo, Torla.
Day 8 (Sunday)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and time to pack.
The transfer to Zaragoza will depart at around 1pm.
Please note – whilst our aim is to follow this itinerary as closely as possible it may of course vary as a result of adverse weather or trail conditions.
Included in the price
- 3 nights in the 3* Hotel Palazio, Nerin
- 1 night in Refugio Goriz, located at 2200m
- 3 nights in 2* Hotel Bujaruelo, Torla
- Breakfast each day (buffet breakfast in the hotels; basic breakfast in Refugio Goriz)
- Packed lunch each walking day (6 days)
- 3 course evening meal, wine included (7 nights)
- Detailed route notes
- Transport to/from the trailheads each walking day
- Transfers to/from Zaragoza Airport or Zaragoza ‘Delicias’ Rail Station.
- Flights & Insurance
If you are interested in visiting Barcelona or Madrid at the start or end of your holiday with us, consider the high speed AVE train to and from Zaragoza Delicias. Journey times – approx 90 mins. See www.renfe.com for train times.
Not included in the price
At your own risk
You join our organised itineraries and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own walkers have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised walks follow, they are not qualified mountain guides.
The delightful 3* Hotel Palazio
Our base for the first 3 nights of your Ordesa National Park Explorer holiday is the perfect springboard for the Anisclo Canyon and the southern reaches of the National Park. The Hotel Palazio is stunningly located and enjoys a remote and high mountain location overlooking its spectacular surrounding peaks and valleys. Rest assured, you will escape the hustle and bustle on this holiday! It is a simple hotel, yet reassuringly modern with friendly and attentive staff, who will make you feel welcome and ensure you are comfortable. You will soon feel at home in this special location, indulging in a gloriously unspoilt wilderness perhaps unequalled elsewhere in European mountains.
An extensive breakfast buffet is available each day. Each evening we will enjoy a delicious (typically Spanish) three course evening meal (with wine included) in the hotel’s restaurant.
Refugio Goriz was built in 1961 and is one of the best-known huts in the Pyrenees nestled in the heart of the Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park. It is the ideal base for a stopover as part of a longer itinerary, itself lying on the well-known GR11 trans Pyrenean traverse. The facilities at Goriz are fairly basic and sleeping is in large mixed dormitories, but what it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in location – a high and exposed mountain setting with stunning views of the Ordesa Canyon and its surrounding summits – such as Cilindro, Marboré, and Taillón.
Our base for the final three nights of our Ordesa National Park Explorer is the charming 2* Hotel Bujaruelo which is situated in Torla, nestled very much at the entrance to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. Having spent three nights in the remote and peaceful Hotel Palazio, then one night in the remote Refugio Goriz, Hotel Bujaruelo offers all the vibrancy of a village, which is a strategic gem for the national park, whilst still providing a sense of being in the great outdoors. All rooms are en-suite, and have a traditional mountain style design complete with traditional wood floors. Most rooms benefit from a small balcony with superb mountain views. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Hotel Bujaruelo also offers spacious areas in which to relax, including both a cosy lounge and a café-bar with a large terrace for sunny afternoons and evenings. It is also only a stones throw from the village centre, where quaint cobbled streets and atmospheric nooks and crannies can be found hiding characterful bars and cafes where well earnt post walk drinks and tapas can be enjoyed.
Getting to the Pyrenees is easy and transfers are included in the price of your holiday.
We organise one transfer every Sunday to/from Zaragoza Airport and Delicias Rail Station. We aim to pick up any guests arriving by train at around 1615, before then picking up those guests who have arrived on the 1640 Ryanair London Stansted Flight.
At the end of your holiday, we aim to leave Panticosa at around 1300 in order to drop guests back at the airport at 1500 in good time for their 1705 return flight to London Stansted. We will then continue on to the rail station which is only 15 minutes away.
Places are limited, so please check availability before you book your flights. Exact timings will be confirmed approx three weeks before your holiday
Your ‘Ordesa National Park Explorer’ will be spent at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member of the party is responsible for their own safety and has a duty of care to their fellow walkers.
The following is an explanation of the status of our organised ‘Ordesa National Park Explorer’ – which we refer to as organised, not guided.
Our ‘Ordesa National Park Explorer’ is a series of self-guided walks which are made available to you on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you might not otherwise have undertaken if you had visited the area independently. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in the company of like-minded individuals.
It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
In these days of litigation it is important you know that you (and each member of your party) join us on this holiday at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member of that group has a duty of care to the other. This is no different from the responsibilities you have on a casually arranged weekend walk with friends or family in the UK.
Our walk organisers all have experience of the mountains, some more than others. Some may have qualifications relevant to mountain activities, but they are not qualified mountain guides. We recruit and train our walk organisers in line with a Health & Safety Policy, which is based on Risk Assessments and recognised mountain safety procedures. Not being professionally responsible for you on our organised itineraries does not mean we ignore safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to each person who joins us on an organised itinerary.
Your safety is paramount and we therefore take our own measures to maximise safety. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care. We apply codes of practice to the procedures carried out by our outdoor staff. We assess, manage and communicate risk. We try to make people aware of the importance of mountain safety and to highlight their responsibilities when part of a group.
Our codes of practice should not really be taken into consideration or relied upon by you when deciding to join this ‘Ordesa National Park Explorer’, for at the heart of our procedures are basic mountain safety measures, which should be undertaken by every individual when preparing for a day in the mountains.
Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.