A Self-Guided Trip – 7 Days & 6 Nights
This tour explores the highlights of the area with the biggest mountains and most spectacular terrain in the entire Pyrenees: The Posets-Maladeta Natural Park and the adjacent Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.
You’ll spend the first part of the trip in the Benasque Valley, in the heart of the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. This protected area is home to the greatest concentration of 3,000 meter peaks in the entire Pyrenees. High summits, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls, canyons, and fertile lands of forests and meadows, offer a fantastic contrast of colours and landscapes – nature at its finest and a superb environment for any outdoor lover
The 2nd half of the trip will be in the more well-known Parque Nacional de Cañones de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, part of a larger area designated by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site—an “outstanding mountain landscape”—spanning the contemporary national borders of France and Spain, centered around the 3rd highest mountain in the Pyrenees – Monte Perdido, a calcareous massif that rises to 3,352 m/10,997 ft, and including two of Europe’s largest and deepest canyons and three major cirque walls.
7 Days, 6 Nights
Want more or fewer days? Longer or shorter itineraries can easily be arranged as a custom trip. Contact us!
Easily accessible from Barcelona or Madrid, you can also easily travel from here to other locations of interest in northeast Spain such as Pamplona, Bilbao or San Sebastian.
This trip is designed for those who prefer to hire or rent a car and drive to the area on their own. This allows more flexibility in terms of route choice. Some hikes may require a short local taxi or national park bus to complete the route (details provided on booking the trip).
Each day our self-guided trips offer an easier/shorter option B + to C (easy to moderate), and a longer, more challenging option (C to D).
from 5 to 19 km, depending on route choice.
from 200 to 1000 m, depending on route choice.
from 2 to 7 hours, depending on route choice.
Mostly hilly terrain throughout with occasional steep and/or rocky ascents. Typical walking surfaces include medieval “paved” paths and sheep drovers’ trails, dirt forestry tracks, grassy meadows and rocky mountain paths. The challenging/longer options may involve occasional easy trackless sections marked with cairns.
3* charming hotel in Benasque.
In Aínsa area, various options include: 2* family –run traditional hotel in the heart of the old town to a 5* refurbished monastery luxury hotel.
Daily departures June to end of October.
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6 nights accommodation; daily breakfasts; 4 Picnic lunch bags.
Arrival information packet to be picked up at 1st night’s hotel, containing:
All our routes are designed to be safe and our notes and maps will enable you to enjoy them to the fullest on your own. However, you can consider hiring a local mountain guide for a day or more to add special value to your experience. A guide will provide in-depth insight to local nature, fauna, flora, geology, customs and culture as well as adding an extra measure of safety should you want to try something a big more adventurous or “off-trail” than our standard routes. Ask us for more information. Costs range from 180 – 250 euros per day for a private guide. Just enter your preferred number of days to have a guide in the trip reservation process and the new price will be automatically calculated.
Posets-Maladeta Natural Park – This protected area is home to the greatest concentration of 3,000 meter peaks in the entire Pyrenees including the 2 highest – Aneto (3404 meters / 11168 ft) and Posets (3371 m / 11060 ft) . High summits, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls, canyons, and fertile lands of forests and meadows offer a fantastic contrast of colors and landscapes – nature at its finest and a superb environment for any outdoor lover.
Parque Nacional de Cañones de Ordesa y Monte Perdido – part of a larger area designated by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site—an “outstanding mountain landscape”—spanning the contemporary national borders of France and Spain, centered around the 3rd highest mountain in the Pyrenees (and the highest limestone mountain in all of Europe) – Monte Perdido, a calcareous massif that rises to 3,352 m/10,997 ft, and including two of Europe’s largest and deepest canyons and three major cirque walls.
In both areas, France’s Pyrenees National Park is just on the other side of the ridge along the northern edge of the park. In Posets-Maladeta, you’ll have the option of crossing the border on some hikes!
Glorious views, exuberant flora and abundant fauna: a nature photographer’s dream. This part of the central Pyrenees is one of the world’s finest locations for alpine flowers, including the famed Eidelweiss. Marmots and chamoix observe us from rocky perches and myriad birds of prey soar overhead, including the Lammergeier – one of Europe’s rarest birds of prey.
Benasque – A historic stone-built village with a fabulous setting in the heart of the Benas Valley, Benasque is home to the headquarters of the Spanish Mountaineering School and gateway to the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park.
Aínsa – one of the most attractive historic towns in the Pyrenees, strategically located at the confluence of the Cinco and Ara rivers, with impressive views of the central massif. The town offers the advantage of excellent access to both the western and eastern sectors of the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.
Fine food & wine – Spain offers some of the world’s best cuisine, and the Pyrenees are no exception! Local dishes features traditional and modern recipes based on fresh produce from the region’s agriculture, and if you enjoy wine, the local Somontano and Cinca areas, although not so well-known internationally, produce some of Spain’s best wines.