Grade 3: Strenous
Peaks & Passes
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Grade 3: Strenuous walking
- 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas with pool
- September 2021 dates guaranteed to run
A superb week of challenging hiking on some of the best trails in the Pyrenees. We’ll venture into the rugged, higher mountains of the Pyrenees, finding a rocky wilderness dotted with mountain lakes and spectacular views.
We’ll tackle some of the most spectacular summits in the valley and will be rewarded with views that make all of the effort worthwhile. At the end of the day, you’ll return to the lovely Hotel Tierra de Biescas where you can relax in the gardens or take a dip in the pool. Evening meals are taken at different restaurants in the village which gives you a lovely flavour of the local cuisine.
Guided walking – grade 3
This is a week of reasonably strenuous hiking with some fairly long days and a good level of fitness is required. The Pyrenees are renowned for steep climbs and you should be capable of ascents of over one thousand metres.
However, we remember you are on holiday and one or two days will feature slightly less strenuous hikes. Paths are generally good but there will be some exposed sections and some easy scrambling and sure-footedness is required. You should expect days of between seven to ten hours walking.
Walks will explore the variety of The Valle de Tena and its nearby neighbors. One day will be spent in the Ordesa National Park.
This is a sample itinerary – there are many excellent routes in the area and the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.
Sunday – Arrive in Biescas
Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza late afternoon. Short briefing to talk through the week and answer any questions you have.
Monday – Punta del Pacino (1965m)
Pacino sits in the middle of the Valle de Tena and gives wonderful panoramic views over the whole area. It’s a great way to orient yourself to the summits we’ll be tackling during the week.
Tuesday – Faja de Pelay
A spectacular path high in the Ordesa Valley, the highlight of the Ordesa National Park. A steep ascent from the valley floor takes us to a wonderful balcony path amongst the cliffs that we follow around to the end of the valley. Simply stunning views down into the valley and across to the famous Breche de Roland and a string of 3000 metre peaks including Monte Perdido.
Wednesday – Ibones de Arriel
Some of the most beautiful lake landscapes in the Pyrenees can be found at Ibones de Arriel. The hike initially follows the Rio Aguas Limpias (the river of clean water). You soon leave the woodlands and meadows behind though as you hike steeply up to the Ibones de Arriel. This beautiful set of four lakes are surrounded by steep granite peaks and rocky high mountain terrain.
Thursday – Rest day
Spend a relaxing morning in Biescas. Wander around the village, take a walk from the hotel or just relax by the pool. Mountain and road bike hire is available in the village for any keen cyclists. In the evening we visit Jaca, the original capital of Aragon. We’ll take a guided walking tour of the medieval old town, followed by some free time to look around and then a tapas meal in the cathedral square.
Friday – Pico de Bacias (2760m)
This day takes us to the high, wild land above the spa resort of Baños de Panticosa. We pass a series of mountain lakes before an easy ridge scramble to the summit of Pico de Bacias where we get magnificent views across to Vignemale and the Ordesa National Park.
Saturday – Pico Anayet (2545m)
This pointy peak makes a great finale to the week. Set on a high plateau of peaty grasslands we find Ibon de Anayet. From here we have several choices. We can either relax with a picnic and take in the magnificent views. Alternatively, we can tackle the steep and exciting Pico Anayet or the slightly tamer, but with equally impressive views, Vertice de Anayet.
Sunday – morning in Biescas, transfer to Zaragoza
Either take the morning transfer to Zaragoza train station or a free morning in the village before leaving at lunchtime for the Zaragoza to London Stansted flight.
If you have any questions about our walking holidays please give us a call on +44 (0)208 123 5049 or drop us an email.
High Pyrenees Hiker
Sun 5 – 12 Sep
Sun 26 Sep – 3 Oct
Also see: Peaks & Passes 22-29 Aug
September 2021 holidays guaranteed to run
1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
99 € single supplement
This summer we are not charging any deposit and full payment is only due two weeks before your holiday. View our COVID polocies.
7 nights accommodation at 4* Tierra de Biescas
Breakfast buffet each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night apart from the rest day when we visit Jaca for tapas
Meals taken at local restaurants – all only a short walk from the hotel
5 days fully guided walking with small groups of 8 maximum.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day.
Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal and lunch on the rest day
Getting to the Pyrenees
From the UK
There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. You can also fly to Barcelona or Madrid and can catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza. We pick up at both the train station and the airport.
From outside Europe
Most of our guests from outside of Europe fly via Barcelona or Madrid, combing a stay in one of these two excellent cities with their walking holiday. From either city there are excellent rail links to Zaragoza.
See more travel options and details on our getting here page.
4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
The four-star Hotel Tierra de Biescas is in the heart of the old village, set in lovely grounds with an indoor and outdoor pool.
Each of its 51 stylishly furnished rooms has an en-suite bathroom. It has a bar, lounge area with sofa’s, a restaurant and gardens with loungers and tables.
Evening meals are taking at various restaurants in the village, they are three-course with a choice of starter, main course and dessert, most evenings wine is included. The meals are wonderful and a definite highlight of the holiday.
Guests can relax in the hotel’s spa facilities which include a small indoor swimming pool and sauna. A full range of massage treatments are available. In July and August the outdoor swimming pool is open.
Read more about Hotel Tierra de Biescas.
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Here’s feedback from guests on our Valle de Tena Explorer guided walking holiday. Thanks to everyone that has sent feedback – if you’ve not mailed us any comments yet please do and we’ll add them.
Hike Pyrenees have all the right ingredients for a great walking holiday. Their leaders know their flora and fauna, geology and history as well as the routes up and around the many mountains in this area. This is a friendly and happy outfit that is committed to promoting this beautiful region. Keep up the good work guys and hope to see you again soon.
Mike, Peak & Passes, September 2019
This holiday was an excellent reintroduction to the Pyrenees for us. All the staff were very helpful. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, professional and accommodating.
John & Jane, Peaks & Passes, September 2019
Another good experience with Phil and his team at Hike Pyrenees. See you next year to explore Ordesa.
David, Peaks & Passes, July 2019
This was our second holiday with Hike Pyrenees and it did not disappoint. Highly recommended for those who enjoy hiking and want to do some peaks in the Pyrenees.
Jenny, Peaks & Passes, July 2019
Owner Phil, staff and guides all so very helpful, friendly and caring. My holiday was an excellent package with a variety of thoughtful extras. All I hoped for will go again as soon as possible.
Pippa, Peaks & Passes, September 2018.
What a spectacular week! Incredible views, knowledgeable and caring guides, and thoughtfully planned itinerary to whet our appetite for more time in the Pyrenees.
Melora, Peaks & Passes, September 2018.
Our guide David was wonderful and the hikes were amazing with really nice variety. I hope to do another Hike Pyrenees tour! Great value and great adventure.
Holly, Peaks & Passes, September 2018.
High Pyrenees Hiker
Guided walking holiday
5 – 12 September
26 September – 3 October
Holidays guaranteed to run
1299 € per person
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Hike Pyrenees have all the right ingredients for a great walking holiday. Their leaders know the flora and fauna, geology and history as well as the routes up and around the many mountains in this area. This is a friendly and happy outfit that is committed to promoting this beautiful region. Keep up the good work guys and hope to see you again soon.
2021 Guided holiday dates
22 – 29 August: Peaks & Passes
29 Aug – 5 Sep: Lakes & Valleys
5 – 12 Sep: High Pyrenees Hiker
12 – 19 Sep: Discover Ordesa
19 – 26 Sep: Lakes & Valleys
26 Sep – 3 Oct: High Pyrenees Hiker
3 – 10 Oct: Lakes & Valleys
Self guided holidays available all summer
All holidays guaranteed to run
unless COVID restrictions here don’t allow us to
Photos taken on our High Pyrenees Hiker holiday: