The Ring of Picos de Europa Hut-to-Hut

  5 days trip

  Group trip

  Picos de Europa, Summer, Hiking trips, Challenging Level, Guided hut-to-hut trekking tours

  Trip to know Spain, Picos de Europa

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The Ring of Picos de Europa Hut-to-Hut

The purpose of this project is for the National Park to become better known. Within a historical context, the “Anillo” (Ring) of Picos de Europa covers the Montes Vindios, known today as Picos de Europa.

Everything in this route in Picos de Europa is spectacular: the rocky crests, the gorges, the valleys, the vast glacial lakes, the leafy forests. You can rest assured that you’ll be absolutely amazed at everything you see.

Every stone found on the wayside by people who wish to venture into the Ring amasses many different stories, many will be rescued from oblivion thanks to the National Park shelters and to the work of the wardens.


  • Sleep in the National Park Refuges and Talk with the wardens
  • Hike a stunning landscape affords unique views in the heart of the Picos de Europa
  • Experience a breathtaking part of the scenery of this National Park.
  • Hike through the stronghold of the last Cantabrian tribe that fought against the Roman troops.
  • See a rich and varied fauna. Among other species, there are chamois and Griffon vultures.



  • Hikers with mountain experience and fit.
  • Hikers confident walking for several days with demanding ascents and descents.
  • Terrain: Not well-marked paths, and sometimes it is necessary to do a little scramble.
  • Maximum gradient per day: 1.300 m.
  • Daily distances: 10- 17 km.
  • Walks every day for between 5 to 9 hours on mountain paths.

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Itinerary description

Anillo Picos de Europa hut to hut. The most popular Trek in the Picos de Europa. Hike a stunning landscape affords unique views in the heart of the Picos de Europa.

Day 1. FROM COVADONGA LAKES TO MIRADOR DE ORDIALES & COTALBA PEAK. Gradient: +950m -650m Distance: 13 Km

Meeting up with the leader in Cangas de Onis. Check equipment and transfer to Covadonga Lakes. This is a classic walk in the Western massif of the Picos de Europa. We start walking from Pan de Carmen (just beyond Lake Enol) until Vegarredonda Refuge, about one and a quarter hours from Pan de Carmen. Just before you reach the refuge, many of the higher peaks of the western massif become visible. From the refuge onwards, a section of this walk is slightly rockier, though the path is well-defined all the way. From here onwards, we often see chamois, and at times, they can be quite close to you. We soon come to the Ordiales refuge, and beyond this point, the path is slightly less obvious. Then, almost without realising it, we’re at the Mirador de Ordiales, where Pedro Pidal (the founder of the National Park Picos de Europa in 1918) was buried. Look over the top & marvel at the breathless views and 1,000m sheer drop down to the Angon Valley below. Now, we can start the ascent to the Cotalba peak. There’s an interesting little scramble just before we reach the top. Once on the summit, the high peaks of the western massif are almost close enough to touch, the lakes can be seen in the distance, and the Ponga Mountains look as fantastic as ever. After taking full advantage of the vistas around us, we retrace our steps until Vegarredonda Hut. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.

Day 2. FROM VEGARREDONDA REFUGE TO VEGABAÑO REFUGE. Gradient: + 1.000 m – 1.100 m Distance: 16 Km

Breakfast. Today, it’s the most challenging stage. When we leave the shelter, we go up until we reach Collado Les Merines (2.100 m). The green colour under our feet turns into grey rock in an enormous limestone world through the Pozas Jou (karstic pothole). We will rest to drink some cool water from the Prieta spring. From one “jou” to another, we will cross stony ground before we reach the enormous Vega Huerta. We will continue along the marked path that takes us southwards down the Canal del Perro to the Frade shelter. From there, we have to make the easy descent among the beech trees surrounding the Vegabaño shelter, where we will encounter some indescribable beauty spots, such as the source of the Dobra River and the thousand-year-old oak tree of Vegabaño. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.

Day 3. FROM VEGABAÑO REFUGE TO CAIN. Gradient: + 300 m – 1.100 m Distance: 17 Km

Breakfast. We leave the Vegabaño shelter behind us and enter the beech grove, and going up a gentle slope, we will pass the home of the capercaillie. Continuing through the virgin woodland, we will go up the Dobres rock and start our descent into the Valdeon valley, among brooks, until the path gets wider and becomes a track that will take us to the village of Caldevilla. Having reached this point, we will follow the course of the Cares River to the village of Posada de Valdeón. At Posada de Valdeon, we will stop to have lunch and continue to the small town of Cain, the gate to the famous Cares Gorge. Dinner and accommodation at Albergue Diablo La Peña.

Day 4. FROM CAIN TO VEGA DE ARIO REFUGE. Gradient: + 1.300 m Distance: 7 Km

Breakfast. We start walking into the famous Cares Gorge, crossing tunnels and bridges. Just before Bolin Bridge, a sign indicates the start of the harsh Canal de Trea, a ravine that offers no respite until we reach the meadows of Vega de Ario, where we will take a well-earned rest and finish the stage. The impressive views of the central massif are a due reward for such a sacrifice. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.


Breakfast. To finish this incredible trek, we will climb to the summit of Jultayu (1,940 m). Suppose there is another privileged place beside the Ordiales viewpoint in the Western Massif; it is the Jultayu Peak, where we will have incredible views of the entire Central Massif with its highest peaks, Torrecerredo, La Bermeja, Picos de los Cabrones, the depth of the Cares Gorge below them. We return to the plain of Ario, and from here, the route is straightforward, practically all of it downhill and along a marked path. First, a false plain to the Collado del Jito with magnificent views of the Central massif and then we cross the Jou Llaguiellu, the Bobias sheepfold, until we reach Lake Ercina, where our vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cangas de Onis. RING OVERCOME!



  • 4 nights at Vega de Ario, Vegarredonda, Vegabaño mountain huts and Diablo La Peña hostel.
  • 4 Breakfast.
  • 4 Dinners.
  • All listed hiking routes.
  • Safety equipment and logistic support.
  • English-speaking certified guide.
  • Transfers from/to Cangas de Onis.
  • Insurances and taxes.


  • Picnic lunch. Can be purchased in the refuges or local shops.
  • Cancellation Insurance.
  • Airport transfers. If you need transportation from the airport, please ask for the service.


TOUR GROUPS. The minimum number necessary to complete a tour is 6 clients.  


A deposit of 20% is required to reserve a place on the tour.  The Deposit should be paid immediately to ensure that the tour company Rumbo a Picos can confirm your reservation.


Final payment must be made not later than 30 days prior to the tour start date.


  • If the client cancels his/her booking prior to the tour start date,  to cover the tour company’s costs & administrative expenses, the company will retain for a  cancellation prior to 90days/€50, 60days/€100, 30days/€150 and will refund to the client all other payments received by the company from the client.
  • If the client cancels his/her booking within 30 days of the tour start date, the tour company will not make any refund to the client.
  • The tour company reserves the right to modify the tour program & the itinerary in the event of circumstances outside of their control, such as Force Majure, severe or unsuitable weather or any other circumstances they consider necessary to ensure the safety of the tour participants. 
  • If a participant decides to abandon the tour for whatever reason, he/she should inform the Guide in writing of their decision.  Any related expenses must be paid by the participant. 


INSURANCE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. This insurance covers exclusively the risks derived from the hiking activities foreseen in the trip. It does not cover travel insurance.  

All customers must have travel insurance. They have to bring this along with them, and the guides will collect it at the start of the trip. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and travel cancellation expenses.

You may make your arrangements regarding your travel insurance, or if you prefer, you can purchase travel insurance from us.  Ours covers specialised adventure activities, including assistance and cancellation.  Please, ask for our travel insurance with the table of benefits.


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