Picos de Europa Hut-to-Hut Trek

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Enjoy Spain's oldest national park
> Immerse yourself in beautiful nature
> Discover this hidden gem

The oldest national park in Spain is a green oasis where you'll encounter a variety of landscapes for hiking, from peaceful meadows with cows and sheep to rugged peaks and charming villages.

Here, you'll discover rugged landscapes, beautiful lakes, local culinary surprises, and untouched nature. Picos de Europa offers numerous opportunities for the most beautiful trekking and hiking experiences, ranging from short to long and from accessible to challenging.

During your Picos de Europa adventure, you will hike from hut to hut and you will be in the mountains for four days.



Sotres - Refugio Vega de Urriellu

Duration: 05:30 h
Distance: 10.1 km
Ascent: 1140 m
Descent: 170 m
Today, depart from Sotres for your first stage. After just over a kilometer, you'll pass the 'Invernales del Texu,' a kind of abandoned village built by shepherds to shelter their herds in winter. You might encounter a herd in the surrounding valleys. The path then ascends, offering a magnificent view of the Naranjo de Bulnes, one of the most distinctive peaks of the Picos de Europa. Continuing through green valleys where cows graze. Along the way, you'll pass Refugio de la Terenosa, where you can stop for a drink. After the stop, you steadily ascend further. The paths become gradually rockier, and the views become more rugged. You might spot an ibex high on the rocks! Your destination for the day is Refugio de Urriellu, located at the foot of Picu Urriellu. The current building has been in use since 1990, and due to its remote location, the construction materials were transported by Chinook helicopter from the Spanish army. During your stay, you'll likely meet Tómas Fernández López, the hut's manager since 1991, who knows the area like no other.

Refugio Vega de Urriellu

Refugio Vega de Urriellu

Refugio Vega de Urriellu - Refugio Collada Jermoso

Duration: 05:45 h
Distance: 9.1 km
Ascent: 620 m
Descent: 610 m
Today's stage takes you through overwhelming and rocky landscapes, encountering Via Ferrata along the way, with steep sections. Take time to appreciate the surroundings, including Torre de los Horcados Rojos, one of the most distinctive peaks of the Picos. It's an impressive sight to pass. Then, you gradually descend over rocky paths to finally arrive at Refugio Collada Jermoso. Situated at 2,064 meters, you can enjoy the views while savoring a good meal. Chat with your fellow hikers and retire to one of the cozy dormitories.

Refugio Collado Jermoso

Refugio Collado Jermoso

Refugio Collada Jermoso - Espinama

Duration: 07:05 h
Distance: 13.5 km
Ascent: 370 m
Descent: 1520 m
After a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast, today involves descending. You walk around Fuente Dé, amid mountains, cliffs, and channels formed in the Ice Age. Along the way, you can also enjoy expansive views, with Vega de Liordes being particularly impressive. The farther you descend, the greener the surroundings become. The stage takes you to Espinama, back to civilization. Explore the village and end your day on a beautiful terrace.

Posada Sobrevilla (Espinama)

Posada Sobrevilla (Espinama)
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  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Picos de Europa, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Hotels, Hostels or Huts

    We arrange your accommodation on the Picos de Europa in hotels, hostels or huts along the way. We have selected accommodations on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from hikers who have gone before us on the Picos de Europa.

  • Half-board

    Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.

  • Meals (where possible)

    In the mountain huts half-board (lunch and dinner) is included. Breakfast (if possible) is included in the hotel and hostels along the way.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


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