Grade 1: Relaxed
Lakes & Valleys
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Grade 1: relaxed walking
- 2* family-run Hotel Almud
Discover stunning secluded spots among the mountain lakes and green valleys of the Pyrenees. Expect spectacular views of high peaks, clear mountain streams and the valleys to ourselves as we show you some of the regions hidden treasures.
Our Lakes & Valleys holiday is ideal for those that prefer more relaxed days in the mountains with the emphasis on finding quiet beautiful spots with breathtaking scenery rather than scaling high peaks.
The holiday is based in the family-run Hotel Almud in Sallent de Gállego – an ideal base from which to reach the higher reaches of the Valle de Tena.
An ideal holiday for nature lovers with walks passing through meadows full of orchids, gentians, lilies and alpine flora. A number of the walks will pass through sites of historic interest such as the tenth century monastery of San Juan de la Peña.
Sunday – Sallent de Gállego
Arrive in Sallent de Gállego from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing to talk about throught the week and answer any questions you have.
Monday – Ibon de Piedrafita
Nestled in the meadows under the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua lies the Ibon de Piedrafita. A gentle climb takes us out of the woodland for superb views across the Valle de Tena.
Tuesday – San Juan de la Peña
The cliffs around San Juan de la Peña are home to colonies of griffon vultures. A beautiful ridge walk above the cliffs gives us a great opportunity to see these huge birds up close and enjoy superb vistas across the Pyrenees. This walk can be combined with a visit to the fascinating medieval monastery complex of San Juan de la Peña.
Wednesday – Valle de Ordesa
The sheer cliffs of the Valle de Ordesa are an undisputable highlight of the Pyrenees. As you follow the Río Arazas you’ll pass waterfalls and rock pools before the woodland gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs and the 3000m peak of Monte Perdido towering above you.
Thursday – Rest day
Spend a relaxing day in Sallent de Gállego, or visit one of the nearby attractions such as the Parque Faunistico that has native fauna such as wolves, lynx and bison. In the evening we’ll visit the local town of Jaca for vino and tapas.
Friday – Villages of the Serrablo
A walk linking the medieval villages of the Serrablo. These pretty villages are famous for their 11th century romanesque churches. We walk through gentle woodland with views up the Valle de Tena and have a picnic lunch at the semi abandoned village of Susín which has just one remaining inhabitant!
Saturday – Punta del Pacino
A beautiful ascent through woodland and meadows to the peak of Punta del Pacino. Its position at the centre of the valley gives fabulous panoramic views of the Valle De Tena and surrounding peaks.
Free morning in Sallent de Gállego before leaving mid-afternoon to catch the evening flight from Zaragoza.
Lakes & Valleys
Sun 26 May – 2 June
Sun 14 – 21 July
Sun 1 – 8 September
1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
129 € single supplement.
7 nights accommodation:
7 x Hotel Almud
Breakfast 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 the hotel and on the final night at a local restaurants in Biescas.
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.
You will stay in the family-run Hotel Almud in Sallent de Gállego – an ideal base from which to reach the higher reaches of the Valle de Tena. A small hotel with just 11 rooms all beautifully converted with en-suite bathrooms. Three course evening meals are taken at restaurant Casa Jaimico which is just 100 metres from the hotel each night apart from the rest day when we will visit Jaca and eat at one of the excellent restaurants or tapas bars. Read more about Hotel Almud.
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Here’s feedback from guests on our Lakes & Valleys 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.
We went on an early season guided hike tour with dairly hikes from Biescas. Our expectations were definitely exceeded. We had lots of rain during the week, but Hike Pyrenees adjusted each day’s activity to find the best weather and to meet our interests and abilities. Our guide for the week – Olatz – was outstanding. This is a first-class operation in a beautiful part of Spain. Highly recommended.
Peter & Lisa, Lakes & Valleys, May 2018.
The most amazing experience! A breathtaking setting, knowledgeable staff and personal attention combine to make this an unbeatable hiking holiday.
Richard, Lakes & Valleys, September 2017.
We had a great week hiking in the Pyrenees with very knowledgeable guides.
Chris, Lakes & Valleys, September 2017.
We thoroughly enjoyed our “Lakes and Valleys” week with Hike Pyrenees. This was our first real hiking holiday and we were very impressed with the helpful and patient way the guides – Hannah, Ken and David treated us. Special thanks to Hannah on our first day for preparing us for the week and organising our rucksacks! The guides were very flexible and chose the right hikes for us after initially assessing our capabilities. Our evening with Phil in Jaca was another highlight of the week – tour and historical talk followed by vino and tapas in a festive atmosphere. Our holiday was organised in a very professional manner from the initial booking to the final drive back to Zaragoza airport. We hope to visit the spectacular Pyrenees again with Hike Pyrenees.
Christine & Colin, Lakes & Valleys, July 2017.
Helen and I had an excellent time in the Tena and Ordesa valleys on the guided Lakes and Valleys flowers week. Our guides, Hannah, Orlatz and Ken, made the trip most enjoyable with their knowledge and enthusiasm for the local flora. Thank you to all of you, including Rosa, Teresa and Anna back in the office in Biescas, for making everything work so smoothly. The weather was a little cooler and occasionally rainier than is perhaps usual for this time of year – but it made for excellent hiking – and the orchids were beautiful.
Helen & Steve, Lakes & Valleys, May 2017.
Our Wild Flower Walking holiday was extremely enjoyable.The specialist guide was extremely knowledgable and the Hike Pyrenees guides were also very knowledgable about the wild flowers, other wild life and geology.
David & Ann, Lakes & Valleys, May 2017.
A wonderful holiday! Stunning scenery and wildlife. Hike Pyrenees´ planning and attention to detail outstanding. Guides knowledge of the area invaluable. Thank you! Would love to come back again.
Sue, Lakes & Valleys, May 2017.
I have had such an amazing time. The scenery is stunning, the guides Phil and Hannah were knowledgeable and great leaders, making the whole trip fun. The organisation is first class. Thank you!
Penny, Lakes & Valleys, May 2017.
Lakes & Valleys
Guided walking holiday
26 May – 2 June
14 – 21 July
1 – 8 September
1299 € per person
Great holiday, great group. Well organized, friendly and knowledgeable. Very good at organizing walks to suit people at all levels. Well done!Peter & Joy
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