Trekking in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park
5 Days & 4 Nights - Self-Guided or Guided
This tour explores the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, a protected area with the greatest concentration of 3,000 meter peaks in the entire Pyrenees. Our route is a 3-day circular trekking circuit around Pico Posets, at 3375 meters, the 2nd highest peak in the Pyrenees, staying overnight en-route in 2 mountain huts in superb settings in the high valleys.
This is a classic route in some of the most spectacular and remote terrain in the entire Pyrenees, the massive natural boundary between France and Spain.
Day 1 – Arrival in Aínsa
Individual arrival in Aínsa, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the Pyrenees, Check into your charming hotel and explore the twisting streets.
Overnight: 2* (3* equivalent) hotel in Aínsa – other options available
Day 2 – Hike to Refugio de Angél Orus
Transfer to the hike start point – accessible by forestry track in 4×4 jeep taxi – in a lovely alpine setting comprising a collection of summer pastures with stone-built cabins or huts, where livestock herders spend the season with their animals. We’ll begin our trekking circuit in an anti-clockwise direction around the massive bulk of Posets, with the high point on the hike being at nearly 3,000 meters!
Approx. Distance & Elevation Gain/Loss: 10.7 km / 6.6 mi & + 1165 m / — 815 m (+3822 ft / – 2674 ft)
Overnight: mountain hut – Angél Orus
Day 3 – Hike from Refugio de Angél Orus to Refugio de Estos
A magnificent day, through wonderful alpine scenery along the southern flank of Posets, crossing into the beautiful and rarely-visited Batisielles cirque. En-route, you’ll visit a collection of glacial lakes known as “ibones” before descending into the Vall d’Estos and your overnight lodgings at the hut.
Approx. Distance & Elevation Gain/Loss: 11.3 km ( 7 mi) + 970 m / — 1180 m (+3182 ft / – 3871 ft)
Overnight: mountain hut – Refugio de Estós
Day 4 – Hike from Refugio de Estos to hike start point. Return to Aínsa
A great final day traversing along the northern slopes of Posets, ascending along the lovely Estós Valley, and crossing a high pass to enter the idyllic Valley of Añes Cruces, with the French border just a short distance to the north. A final descent brings you back to our start point and now end point of our circular trek. A pre-arranged taxi or your own private vehicle to return to your first night’s hotel for the night.
Approx. Distance & Elevation Gain/Loss: 11 km (6.8 mi) +750 / – 930 m (+ 2461 ft / – 3051 ft)
Overnight: as on Day 1
Day 5 – Departure and end of tour
Tour ends with breakfast. From Ainsa you travel back onward via your choice transport (see “The Facts”)
OPTION TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDE FOR A DAY OR MORE
Hiring a local expert mountain guide will add great value to your experience. Our guides are locally born and raised and have in-depth knowledge of local culture, fauna, flora, geology, etc. Costs range from 200 to 300 euros per day depending on your objectives. Ask us for more details.
Single room supplement: consult us €
Discounts available for groups of 3 or more.