7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Dual level – two guided walks offered each day
- 4* hotel with pool
The spectacular Ordesa National Park is one of the highlights of the Pyrenees. This guided walking holiday explores the incredible diversity of the park, from it’s deep canyons to it’s high alpine meadows.
We offer two guided walking options each day -a lower level (grade 1 or 2) walk and a higher level option (grade 3 or 4). Perfect if you fancy doing a couple of longer walks but don’t want to commit to a whole week of long hikes or for couples where one partner likes to walk farther than the other.
The holiday is based at the four star Hotel Ordesa which is ideally located for walkers at the entrance to the Ordesa Valley just outside Torla. The hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool and garden area.
The Ordesa Valley is Spain’s oldest protected area and was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996 due to it’s incredible diversity of flora and fauna with many rare species found there including the lammergeier and the illusive desman.
These walks explore the Ordesa National Park and it’s immediate surroundings. This is a sample itinerary and the exact routes will depend on conditions and the kind of walks the group would like to do.
Arrive in Torla from Zaragoza in the evening. On arrival we’ll have a short briefing over a snack.
Low level: Camino de Turieto
A superb introduction to the area along a quiet, ancient path from straight from the hotel into the Ordesa Valley passing through beautiful beech woods with excellent views of the cliffs of Ordesa.
High level: Faja Racon
Wonderful hike around the base of the cliffs of Ordesa. First we climb into the Circo de Corrieta before contouring around the cliffs. One of the best hikes for getting a sense of the scale of the valley.
Low level: Valle de Otal
Starting at Bujaruelo we turn into a hanging valley to discover a beautiful high alpine meadow where we find fields of alpine forget-me-nots and some of the rarer orchids and fritillaries.
High level: Ordiso/Otal circuit
This wonderful circular walk takes in two hanging valleys linked by a high pass. Great views north to Vignemale and east to the peaks of Gabieto.
Low level: The Ordesa Valley
A walk along the floor of the Ordesa Valley. We pass through ancient beech and silver pine woods, past several waterfalls, with the sheer cliffs of Ordesa rising above us on both sides. The woodland gives way to give fantastic views of the 3000m Monte Perdido at the head of the valley.
High level: Ordesa – Faja de Pelay
A steep climb leads us to a spectacular path high on the cliffs of Ordesa. Stunning views of the Breche de Roland, the string of 3000m peaks on the border and Monte Perdido.
Thursday – Rest Day
Today we’ll take a visit to the medieval town of Aínsa which is regulary voted as one of the prettiest villages in Spain. We’ll take a tour of this historical town followed by lunch in it’s beautiful 12th century square. Evening free to explore Aínsa or relax in the pool or spa.
Low level: The rim of Ordesa
A 4×4 takes us high into the meadows above the Ordesa Canyon. From there we walk along the rim of the canyon for spectacular views before catching the 4×4 back down to the hotel.
High level: Ordesa and Añisclo
Taking a 4×4 for over 1200m ascent allows us to first walk above the Ordesa Valley before crossing over alpine meadows to the Añisclo Canyon for more spectacular views. An absolutely stunning day with birds-eye views throughout.
Low level: The Añisclo Canyon
Another of the parks spectacular valleys. Waterfalls cascade down the steep cliffs that rise on each side of the canyon. We walk through woodland alongside the Rio Bellós watching overhead for griffon vultures and perhaps a lammergeier circling on the thermals.
High level: Plana Cuasta
From the hotel we climb through woods and alpine meadows to a peak with superb views into the Ordesa valley and over the string of 3000m peaks on the French border.
Sunday – Torla
Free day in Torla leaving mid-afternoon for your transfer back to Zaragoza airport.
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Sunday 12 – 19 July
Sunday 13 – 20 September
1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room)
180 € single supplement
7 nights in 4* Hotel Ordesa
5 days fully guided walking (choice of two walks each day)
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night (excluding rest day)
Transfers to and from Zaragoza train station or airport and to the walks each day
Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal and lunch and evening meal 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 Ordesa
The holiday is based in the Hotel Ordesa just outside of Torla – a superb location on the borders of the national park with views into the valley.
The four star hotel has excellent facilities including a restaurant, café bar, reading room and a comfortable lounge with card tables and a log fire.There is a mixture of twin, doubles and family rooms all with en-suite bathrooms.
The Hotel Ordesa has a spa with a steam room, jacuzzi and an on-site masseuse with a full range of treatments available (there is a charge for use of the spa facilities).
Three course meals are served in the restaurant each evening and you have a choice of starters, main course and dessert. On the evening of the rest day we visit Ainsa for tapas. Lunch and evening meal on the rest day is not included.
The hotel is in a tranquil location 15 minutes walk from the village of Torla.
Read more about Hotel Ordesa
The Ordesa National Park
The Ordesa Valley was pronounced a national park by Royal Decree on the 13 July 1918 and is the oldest protected area in Spain.
Initially the park was just 21 square kilometres.
In 1982 the parks borders were extended to include the Añisclo Canyon, the Perdido massif and the head of the Pineta Valley increasing the protected area to 156 square kilometres.
The park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 in recognition of it’s diverse flora and fauna and it’s outstanding natural beauty.
Known as the gateway to Ordesa Torla makes an ideal base from which to explore the national park.
Torla’s a pretty village with stone houses, small plazas and it’s winding streets have the cliffs of Ordesa as a backdrop. There’s a good choice of bars, restaurants, shops and a small supermarket.
The church of San Salvador is the most important historical monument in Torla. It’s origins are Romanesque with the tower and west walls dating from the 13th century. During 16th century the church was expanded to meet the demands of the growing population of the village.
Records from this time give details of rich decorations in the church such as an altarpiece dedicated to San Miguel and a large gothic cross. Unfortunately all these were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and currently the church has baroque decorations dating from the 17th and 18th century.
Alongside the church is a small ‘castle’ – now not much more than a fortified house. The castle began as a defensive tower that was built in the late 13th century to guard against attacks from France.
The tower stood to the east of the castle building and the name of Torla is derived from this tower. It was part of a defensive system in the Ara valley that includes the castle at Ainsa and the defensive towers in Oto and Fiscal.
The castle is now small ethnological museum with displays on the traditional jobs and customs of the area.
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Here’s feedback from guests on our Discover Ordesa 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.
Both walk leaders were excellent, well informed on wildlife and plants. They were careful and considerate on individual walkers’ needs and capabilities.
Kate, Discover Ordesa, July 2019
We had a wonderful time with Hike Pyrenees and the guides were some of the best we have ever had, the office staff and questions asked were answered promptly and gave us the information we needed. We are sorry we have not been in touch sooner to let you know. The hotel was super to stay in – not too fussy and a good base. We shall spread the word about Hike Pyrenees to our walking friends.
Ros & Dave, Discover Ordesa, September 2019
Hike Pyrenees guides not only are very knowledgeable in the area’s natura and history by also have great personalities, adding to the days enjoyment.
Melody, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
A very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Work hard to please.
Jim, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
Great countryside + walk. Super people. Well organised.
Michael, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
We loved our week here. Spectacular scenery – some of the most beautiful in the world. Our guides, Juanma + David were superstars – very knowledgeable + patient with slower walkers. They obviously love the Pyrenees + their jobs as guides.
Sally & Mark, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
Well organized treks with extremely knowledgeable and patient. Particularly appreciated the choice of two hikes each day.
Molly, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
We were very impressed by the overall organisation of the holiday. The guides were very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna.
Loran, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
This week in Torla / Ordesa has been so wonderful. Breathtaking scenery gently guided by kind, knowledgeable and funny guides. Stayed in great accommodation with a calm soothing vibe. Would absolutely come back.
Madeline, Discover Ordesa, September 2018.
As is often said, “go before Hike Pyrenees is fully discovered!!” A superb business and leisure model. Thanks to Phil and staff.
Terry & Kathy, Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
This is my 3rd trip with Hike Pyrenees and once again, it did not disappoint. The hotel was great, the hikes were stunning, and more importantly, Juanma, David and Hannah were excellent guides, very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and geology of the Pyrenees. I couldn’t recommend Hike Pyrenees more highly and I will hopefully book another trip next year. Thank you for a fabulous holiday!
Clare, Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
Hike Pyrenees are great (our 4th trip); wonderful walks, great locations and very caring, helpful, expert guiding. Thank you Hannah, Juanma and David.
Jim & Barbara, Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
Well led by knowledgeable & very helpful guides, who when out of their way to make sure everyone was happy! Great variety of walks in a superb area.
Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
A fabulous week of walking. The guides were all great, looking after us very well and giving us lots of internship facts. Enjoyable company.
Stephen & Gillain, Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
You get whats in the brochure plus extras.
Kevin & Lyn, Discover Ordesa, June 2018.
Guided walking holiday
12 – 19 July
13 – 20 September
1299 € per person
Wanted to come into the heart of Ordesa for last 10 years. Finally made it. Everything I thought it would be, and more. Magnificent.
Discover Ordesa, July 2019
Thank you for great leadership, good information, helpful, cheerful, motivation, thoughtful… A wonderful week well above my expectation.
Photos from our Discover Ordesa holiday: