Grade 4: Challenging
Hut to hut
GR11 hut to hut guided hiking holiday
Staying overnight in a mountain hut or ‘refugio’ allows you to reach the wildest areas of the Pyrenees. Following the GR11 you’ll explore trails out of the reach of day hikers and make the classic ascent of Monte Perdido.
Staying at three of the best-situated refugios in the Pyrenees we’ll explore both the Valle de Tena and Ordesa National Park. The highlight of the trek is an ascent of the ‘lost mountain’ – Monte Perdido. At 3355m this is the third highest peak in the Pyrenees.
Guided walking – grade 4
This is a week of demanding hiking with long days and steep ascents. A good level of fitness and some hiking experience is essential. Trails will vary with a mixture of good paths interspersed with scree and boulderfields. There are several exposed sections.
The ascents are not technical and do not require technical experience. Crampons may be required (particularly in June) but you will be instructed on all the necessary techniques during the holiday. For additional safety a qualified local guide will join us for the ascents of Tebarrai and Monte Perdido.
We’ll send you a detailed kitlist before arrival and organise hire of crampons and ice axes if required.
A two day hike in the Valle de Tena will be followed by a three day hike in the Ordesa National Park hiking the length of both the Anisclo and Ordesa canyons.
Sunday – Biescas
Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing and kit check over over a light meal and wine.
Monday – Refugio Respomuso
From Sallent de Gallego we set off along one of the region’s highlights: the GR11, we follow the Pyrenean long-distance path to Refugio Respomuso, situated among 3000-metre peaks. On the way we have the option of a side trip to the spectacular Ibones de Arriel.
Distance: 14.5 km / Ascent: 900 m
Tuesday – Circo de Piedrafita
We set off early into the wild landscape of Circo de Piedrafita. Our route takes us past mountain lakes and we have the option to climb Tebarrai (2916m). We head down past the Ibones Azules and to Refugio Bachimaña to stay another night in the mountains with fantastic views.
Distance: 11.2 km / Ascent: 1000 m
Wednesday – Rest day
Easy descent from Refugio Bachimaña taking a couple of hours. Short transfer to Hotel Tierra de Biescas. Free afternoon to relax in the village of Biescas or take a short stroll.
Distance: 3.2 km / Descent: 550 m
Thursday – The Ordesa Valley
The Faja de Pelay is the start of our three-day hike. After an initial steep climb we follow a wide ledge in the sheer cliffs of the Ordesa valley giving breathtaking views across the valley and of the border peaks. Spend the night at Refugio Goriz beneath Monte Perdido.
Distance: 12.5 km / Ascent: 900 m
Friday – Monte Perdido
Our objective today is the classic ascent of Monte Perdido (3335m), the highest peak in the area. The summit views overlooking the Ordesa, Pineta and Anisclo canyons and into France are stunning. Steep in places, the route crosses a snow field that often requires the use of crampons. Return to Refugio Goriz for the night.
Distance: 7.7 km / Ascent: 1554 m
Saturday – Añisclo Canyon
Our walk out is through the neighbouring Añisclo Canyon, another spectacular canyon carved into the limestone plateau. We pass thundering waterfalls before reaching our transport back to the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas with a sauna and a pool for a final night of luxury.
Distance: 17 km / Ascent: 300 m / Descent: 1000 m
Free morning in Biescas before leaving mid-afternoon to catch the evening flight from Zaragoza.
Sun 5 – 12 July
Sun 6 – 13 September
1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
49 € single supplement
7 nights accommodation:
3 x 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas (first night, middle Wednesday and final night)
1 x Refugio Respomuso
1 x Refugio Bachimaña
2 x Refugio Goriz
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night
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.
Refugios – Respomuso, Bachimaña and Goriz
For the hike in the Valle de Tena (Tena Valley) we will stay at Refugio de Respomuso y Refugio de Bachimaña. In the Ordesa National Park, Refugio Goriz wil be our base. Both serve three course evening meals as well snacks and drinks. We’ll sleep in large mixed dorms. The facilities at Goriz are fairly basic but Respomuso and Bachimaña are more modern with hot showers.
4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
When not in the mountains we stay in Hotel Tierra de Biescas for a bit luxury.
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 it’s 51 stylishly furnished rooms have an en-suite bathroom. It has a bar, lounge area with sofa’s, a restaurant and gardens with loungers and tables.
Each morning a breakfast buffet is served with cooked and continental options. Three course evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant with a choice of starters, main courses and dessert. Please note wine is not included.
Guests can relax in the 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 Refugio Week 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.
My second trip with Hike Pyrenees and very well organised from start to finish. Excellent walking and the hotel was very comfortable – great place to relax.
Jeremy, Refugio Week, September 2018.
Beautiful hikes with great guides! We learned new techniques and pushed ourselves and were able to do these challenges and enjoyed it!
Anne, Refugio Week, July 2018.
Fantastic hikes in truly stunning scenery. Well organised and with knowledgeable guides and support. Couldn´t have asked for more. A big thank you for a memoreble vacation.
Susane, Refugio Week, July 2018.
GR11 – hut to hut guided hiking holiday
5 – 12 July
6 – 13 September
1299 € per person
Beautiful hikes with great guides! We learned new techniques and pushed ourselves and were able to do these challenges and enjoyed it!Anne