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Anillo Vindio
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Picos de Europa: Trekking Anillo Vindio
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Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Walking Trekking
price in double room from: € 439
Picos de Europa: Trekking Anillo Vindio

Picos de Europa: Trekking Anillo Vindio

Rucksack trekking in Picos de Europa

  • Rucksack trekking following the Anillo de Picos trail and La Ruta del Cares.
  • Simple but welcoming mountain huts 
  • Awesome sceneries in Spain’s oldest National Park
  • Limestone mountain range with exuberant and rare alpine flora
  • Dense beech and oak woods
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Day 1: Arrival at Lagos de Covadonga and walk to Vegarredonda (8 km / 5 mi)
Day 2: From Refugio Vegarredonda to Refugio Vegabaño (15 km / 9 mi)
Day 3: From Refugio Vegabaño to Cordiñanes (13 km / 8 mi)
Day 4: From Cain to Refugio Vega de Ario (17 km / 11 mi)
Day 5: From Refugio Vegabaño to Lago Ercina. End of Programme (8 km / 5 mi)

Day 1:    Arrival at Lagos de Covadonga and walk to Vegarredonda (8 km / 5 mi)

After having arrived by Public Transport (not included) or Private taxi (optional service) at the Lagos de Covadonga, you start your 5 day mountain trek at the National Park’s visitors centre in Bufarrera. Get used to your rugsack while you walk up past Lago Enol, through beech woods and bucolic ‘alms’ to reach the Vegarredonda refuge. Here you can leave the bulk of your luggage and walk further up to the Ordiales viewpoint, a fabulous natural balcony also burial place of the Marques de Vega de Sella; founder of the National Park Picos de Europa. 

Challenge: 8.6 km / 5.3 mi, 500 m ascent, 80 m descent, 3 hours. With extension Ordiales: +5.9 km / 3.6 mi, 300 m ascent and descent, 2.5 hours

Day 2:    From Refugio Vegarredonda to Refugio Vegabaño (15 km / 9 mi)

An early start is highly recommended as today’s route is the longest route of this 5-day mountain trek. You’ll traverse high alpine areas between huge geological depression typical of limestone mountains, the so called dolines  (or “jous” in asturiano). The terrain is very irregular and stony and there is hardly any shade before you descent to the idyllic Vegabaño refuge surrounded by an impressive beech forest. In this welcoming family-run hut you will enjoy a tasty and well-deserved dinner in good company.

Challenge: 14.8 km / 9 mi, 980 m ascent, 1150 m descent, 8 hours.

Day 3:    From Refugio Vegabaño to Cordiñanes (13 km / 8 mi)

After yesterday's effort, today's route is more relaxed and penetrates into dense beech and oak forests populated by deer, foxes, wild boar, wolves and even some (very shy) bears (Oso Cantábrico). Probably you will not see any 4-footers, but serval types of warblers, buntings and woodpeckers will provide the soundtrack. Once you arrive at the valley of Valdeón, you’ll cross several villages where you can stop for a drink or a lunch, before finishing the last track to your hotel, located in the small village of Cordiñanes.

Challenge: 13.4 km / 8.3 mi, 300 m ascent, 800 m descent, 6.5 hours.

Day 4:    From Cain to Refugio Vega de Ario (17 km / 11 mi)

If the weather is bad or you do not feel up to this last strenuous ascent, you can follow the ‘escape’ route to Poncebos; at the end of the 12km spectacular Cares gorge, and take a bus to Arenas de Cabrales where you’ll find several hotels.

IMPORTANT: In this (unforseen) case, you skip the overnight stay in the mountain hut and will not receive a refund, UNLESS you have already indicated at the time of booking that you want to do the alternative route through the Cares gorge. In that case we will book a hotel for you in Arenas de Cabrales instead of the mountain hut; including dinner and breakfast, but WITHOUT packed lunch. You will also have to take the bus yourself (from Poncebos to Arenas on day 4) and from Arenas back to Cangas on day 5)

Challenge: 17.5 km / 10.8 mi, 475 m ascent, 875 m descent, 6.5 hours.

Day 5:    From Refugio Vegabaño to Lago Ercina. End of Programme (8 km / 5 mi)

After having enjoyed again a beautiful sunrise from the refuge, you will do a short but nevertheless beautiful walk, mainly downhill and past Lake Ercina, back to the bus stop where you started your walk 5 days ago. There you will take the bus back to Cangas de Onís.

Challenge: 7.9 km / 4.9 mi , 100 m ascent, 650 m descent, 3 hours.

 Refugio Vegarredonda
Refugio Vegarredonda

The refuge has an excellent food service and a canteen. The supply of the refuge is carried out by pack animals in summer and by backpack in winter.


 Refugio Vegabaño
Refugio Vegabaño

A refuge where everyone is welcome, and where Julián and Nuria ensure that you feel like family. An unbeatable option, even for just spending a day.


Hotel El Tombo (Cordiñanes)
Hotel El Tombo (Cordiñanes)

Accommodation located in the town of Cordiñanes, within the Valdeón Valley. Surrounded by the central and western massifs of the Picos de Europa and, at the same time, within the National Park of the same name.


 Refugio Vega de Ario
Refugio Vega de Ario

The Vega de Ario refuge is in a privileged location for mountaineers undertaking long treks.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June and October 

25/07 and 08/09 starting dates when the ALSA public buses are not allowed to go to Lagos due the festivities. We advise you to book a private taxi in advance via S-cape for those particular two days. 

The nearest airports to the Picos de Europa are Oviedo - Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) and Bilbao (BIO).

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 1 night in double room with private bathroom in hotel (day 3)
  • 3 nights in bunkbeds at dormitories in mountain huts with simple and shared sanitary facilities (day 1,2 and 4)
  • 4 x breakfast
  • 4 x dinners (day 2,3,4 and 5)
  • 3 x lunch package (day 2,3 and 5)
  • Use of blankets/duvets in mountain refuges (mandatory to take your own sheets!)
  • 1 taxi transfer (day 4; from hotel to Cain) 

Not Included

  • Other meals
  • Sheets and towels mountain refuges (3 nights); they can NOT be rented nor bought locally art the hut
  • Rides by Public Transport on days 1 and 5 see Lakes of Covadonga - Alsa
  • Cost of emergency diversion to Poncebos on day 4 


  • Transfer to and from Los Lagos de Covadonga from Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao airports on days 1 and 6
  • Private Taxi transfer from Cangas de Onis to Lagos de Covadonga and v.v. on day 1 and 5 (aprox 45 euros one way)

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