Grade 3: Strenous
Peaks & Passes
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Grade 3: Strenuous walking
- 2* hotel family-run Hotel Almud
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.
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.
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 – 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 – Pico Anayet (2545m)
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.
Tuesday – Faja de Pelay
A spectacular path high in the Ordesa Valley. A steep ascent from the valley floor takes us to a wonderful balcony amongst the cliffs that we follow around to the end of the valley. Fantastic views of the Breche de Roland and Monte Perdido.
Wednesday – Ibones de Arriel
Some of the most beautiful lake landscapes in the Pyrenees can be found at Ibones de Arriel. The four lakes, lying at different heights, are surrounded by steep granite peaks with Pico Palas taking pride of place.
Thursday – Rest day
Spend a relaxing day in Panticosa, go on a hike from the village or visit one of the nearby attractions such as the Parque Faunistico. Evening visit to Jaca.
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 – Garmo Negro (3066m)
Overlooking Panticosa this three thousander makes for an excellent finale to the week. Superb summit views along the Pyrenees chain. An optional side trip takes us on an excellent scramble along a ridge to the summit of Argulas (3046m).
Sunday – Sallent de Gállego
Either take the morning transfer to Zaragoza train station or a free morning in the village before leavingat 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.
Peaks & Passes
Sunday 21 – 28 July
Sunday 1 – 8 September
1599 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
149 € single supplement
7 nights accommodation:
7 x Hotel Almud
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 various excellent village restaurants
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 meals and lunch on the rest day
Getting to the Pyrenees
From the UK
There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. Flight times are as follows:
Depart Stansted 13:50, arrive Zaragoza 17:05
Depart Zaragoza 17:40, arrive Stansted 18:45
You can also fly to Barcelona or Madrid and can catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza. We pick up at 12:00 midday from Zaragoza train station. Zaragoza has regular direct trains from both Barcelona and Madrid. Trains are roughly every hour and the journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes from either.
Trains that fit well with our arrival transfer are:
Depart Barcelona Sants 10:00 am, arrive Zaragoza Delicias 11:42
or depart Madrid Atocha 10:30 am, arrive Zaragzoa Delicias 11:44
On the return journey, we drop off at the train station at 11:45 am, for the following trains:
Depart Zaragoza Delicias 12:37, arrive Barcelona Sants 14:19
or depart Zaragoza Delicias 12:26, arrive Madrid Atocha 13:45
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 various restaurants in the village which gives you a chance to try lots of the local dishes. On the rest day we will visit Jaca for a walking tour 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 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.
Peaks & Passes
Guided walking holiday
21 – 28 July
1 – 8 September
1599 € per person
Another fantastic week with Hike Pyrenees. All the walks were in stunning scenery and flexible to take into account the weather conditions and how the group felt. Our guide David was superb- kind, considerate and knowledgeable. We hope to come back.
We had a wonderful trekking holiday. David was a great guide and led our group on a number of beautiful hikes with really stunning landscapes and views. It’s our second holiday with Hike Pyrenees. Highly recommended.
Read a trip report from a previous holiday:
Last week, we had a brilliant time hiking on our Peaks & Passes guided walking holiday. It was a great set of hikes - over a thousand metres every day and we even managed the 3000-metre peak of Garmo Negro. The holiday was based in Sallent de Gallego, a lovely...