Vegabaño - Sajambre & Valdeón
This activity takes place in one of the most charming, less known and uncrowed areas of the Picos de Europa National Park. Our trekking runs through the municipalities of Sajambre and Valdeón, in León county, the first one of which is mainly forested, although with peaks where you can enjoy views that fall in love and the second one is also wooded, but more mountainous, entering in the most important heights of the Central and Western massifs of the National Park.
We will enjoy the ascent to the Jarrio Peak, awesome viewpoint towards the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrian Mountains and above all the forest, habitat for multiple species, both flora as of fauna. In addition to the ubiquitous Beech and the Oak, we'll find steal, birch, ash, chestnut, lime, yew, hazel and holly.
The fauna that lives here is abundant and varied due mainly to the high degree of conservation and the great environmental diversity existing in this space, with the presence of the most emblematic species of the Cantabrian Mountains, such as the brown bear or the Cantabrian capercaillie. The most representative mammal of these mountains is the chamois, wild boar, roe deer and deer. The wolves are also abundant, as well as the marten, the genet, the wild cat, the otter, the ermine, the fox and the badger. Among the birds, the forest species stand out, such as the black whistle, the goshawk or the sparrowhawk. In the higher areas you can find great raptors such as the royal eagle, vulture, peregrine falcon, as well as the alpine sparrow, treparriscos, choughs, ravens and crows.
Vegabaño Refuge is one of the most charming lodges in the National Park, both for the environment in which it is located and for the staff that runs it. We speak of a territory, whose spectacularity and richness, both in natural and cultural values, and his state of conservation, is a mandatory visit and difficult to forget.
Meeting point: Soto de Sajambre Parking village. Duration: 2 days.
Day 1: Soto de Sajambre village – Jario Peak – Vegabaño hut.
On our first day of trekking, we will start from one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the north of the Spain, Soto de Sajambre (900m), located in an impressive environment, at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by forest. We will walk along a dirt track that goes into the forest and heads towards the spectacular valley of Sajambre, which we can see from Los Porros viewpoint. From this point, we continue to the Refuge, when we’ll leave load to reach the summit of Jario Peak (1,912m). The views, both to the highest peaks of the Western Massif, especially to the south face of Peña Santa de Castilla, as well as to the Central Massif and the Cantabrian Mountains, are impressive. We will descend at north direction towards Vegabaño Shelter, the precious hut that will give us shelter and where we will enjoy a generous dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Day 2: Vegabaño – Dobres Pass – Frade Pass – Vegabaño – Soto de Sajambre.
We start from the hut towards the southeast, crossing a beautiful beech forest, to head Dobres Pass, from where we can see a large part of Valdeón Valley. From here, we will head towards the Abedular hill to reach the Frade Pass, point of entry to the summits of the Western Massif and from where we will enjoy beautiful views. From here, we will descend to go back into the forest and visit the Roblón de Cuesta Fría, an authentic Natural Monument, to continue through the forest and back towards Vegabaño through meadows and crossing a small river, in a fairy tale landscape. From the beautiful Vegabaño sheepfold, we only have to descend towards the beautiful forest, until we reach the beautiful village of Soto de Sajambre, where our precious adventure ends.
Mountain Guide entitled with UIMLA accreditation.
One night at the Vegabaño Hut.
One half-board (dinner + breakfast) at the Vegabaño Hut.
Collective security material.
Any other item not mentioned as included.
There are blankets in the shelter. With carrying a thin sleeping bad or a bed sheet sleeping bag, is enough.
In the refuge you can buy a picnic for the daily food and avoid carrying weight.
The route may suffer alterations depending on weather conditions, availability in the refuge and / or other types of circumstances, always thinking about the safety of the group.
Price: 200 € * (VAT included). * Price per person
Group of 4 to 8 people
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