Backabush is going mountaineering in the Pyrenees!
The Pyrenees are a vast and spectacular range of soaring peaks stretching from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the east. They form a natural buffer between Spain and France offering the hiker some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe!
We will be based in the mountain village of Torla, about a 2-hour drive from Zaragoza. This small village, situated in a glacial valley of the River Ara is typical of many Aragonese villages and is a perfect base to hike and explore one of the oldest natural reserves in Spain : National Park of Ordesa.
Standing at 3355 metres right in the centre of the park is the limestone summit of Monte Perdido - the third highest peak in the Pyrenees. An ascent of this mighty mountain will be a highlight of our visit!
The Ordesa Valley is the most famous part of the Pyrenees range, with cliffs rising over eight hundred metres on each side and Monte Perdido perched majestically at the valleys end. This is a region of dramatic landscapes, spectacular views and beautiful wild flower meadows. Hikers may even spot some of the abundant wildlife - marmots, Pyrenean chamois, birds, deer, wild boar, etc.
Our plan is to take a small group on an adventurous mountaineering expedition with an ascent of Monte Perdido being a worthy goal. The best way to achieve this is to structure our trip by starting with 2 nights in a fabulous 4-star hotel followed by 2 nights high in the mountains in a mountain refuge. We will then return to the comforts of our 4-star hotel for a further 2 nights after the rigours of attaining our high summit.
This trip involves trekking in high mountain terrain with a significant summit ascent . For this reason the trip is best suited to fit hikers and the group size will be kept small.
Our intended plan is as follows:
Sunday 8 September: Arrive at Zaragoza airport in Spain and transfer to Hotel Silken Ordesa in Torla.
Monday 9 September: Day hike - Tozal de Mallo or Faja de las Flores.
Tuesday 10 September: Trek from Torla to Refugio de Goriz high on the slopes of Monte Perdido.
Wednesday 11 September: Ascend to the 3355m summit of Monte Perdido and return to Refugio de Goriz.
Thursday 12 September: Trek back to Torla via a different route (Faja de Pelay) and the comfort of our 4-star accommodation at Hotel Silken Ordesa.
Friday 13 September: Day hike - Faja Racon.
Saturday 14 September: Transfer back to Zaragoza airport.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Accommodation - Four nights at 4-star Hotel Silken Ordesa (https://www.hoteles-silken.com/en/hotel-torla-ordesa/) (twin share rooms) and two nights dormitory accommodation at the Refugio de Goriz.
Breakfasts at Hotel Ordesa.
Meals at Refugio de Goriz (2 breakfasts and 2 dinners).
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Flights - currently under £100.
Packed lunches. There are local shops to get supplies.
Meals in Torla. We can eat at the hotel or in any of the many village restaurants offering delicious local specialities.
• OUTBOUND - Sunday 8 September
Ryanair flight FR2634
Departs - 13:25 London (Stansted)
Arrives - 16:40 Zaragoza
• INBOUND - Saturday 14 September
Ryanair flight FR2635
Departs - 10:35 Zaragoza
Arrives - 11:50 London (Stansted)
To confirm your place on this trip please send payment. The account details are:
Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. It is important that you are aware of and accept these risks, you should not undertake anything beyond your own abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.
On this trip you will be a part of self guided walking group accepting responsibility for your own safety in the mountains. Our organisers will be joining the hikes and have lots of experience walking in the mountains but will not be acting as guides. All members, including our organisers, have a duty of care to look after each, just as we would on a walk with friends in the UK.