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THE TREK

450+

24

9

5

Km to cross

Stages

Parks

Sectors

WHAT?

A LONG DISTANCE TREKKING

 

More than 450km of adventure that will take avid trekkers and mountaineers with pilgrim soul through a long-distance trekking. The trek by itself is unmarked but most of the time it passes by other marked routes. A great backpacking experience!

 

Completion of the whole trek can be done in 24 stages, grouped into five different sectors.

The trek can be combined with any other European thru-hikes, especially other sections of Pilgrimage to Santiago (Way of Saint James) resulting then an attractive and wild way to reach Santiago. See more information below.

WHERE?

CORDILLERA CANTABRICA MOUNTAIN RANGE

Starting near Reinosa (in "Collado de la Fuente del Chivo") and finishing in Balboa, along the heart of Cantabrian Mountain Range (“Cordillera Cantábrica”) in the north of Spain, through a route traversing 4 Spain communities and 9 Parks and lots of Protected Natural Areas, from East to West.

With a glacial-karst origin, this mountain range is full of sharp peaks, watercourses, and green valleys. The rural environment trying hard to preserve traditional core values will be found across the way.

Different types of accommodations can be found along the route including also the possibility to do it with a bivouac approach that would increase the toughness of the trek. Be prepared!

WHY?

A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

Either if you want to get to Santiago or if you are interested in long-distance trekkings, Trekantabrico is an excellent choice.

Its five sectors can be combined so the difficulty can be adjusted as required.

Trekantabrico represents an extraordinary opportunity to test yourself and find your own limits.

WHEN?

ALMOST 3 SEASONS 

Trekantabrico is designed/recommended to be done in late Spring, Summer, and early Autumn and always without snow zones.

 

This mountain range is exposed to constantly changing weather factors. One must be conscious!

WHO?

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

It is thought for different profiles, such as:

  • Trained mountaineers, backpackers, couples, families, and groups guided by professional guides,

  • Experienced trekkers looking for a challenge with knowledge of orienteering  (maps, compass, GPS and navigational apps), meteorology, mountain technical walk progression, scrambling, crossing wilderness, bivouac set-up, first aid, respect for wildlife and last but not least respect for rural environments and their cultures.

HOW?

WE CAN HELP YOU...

If you think Trekantabrico is for you, we can help you with our proposed kits or with tailor-made support to satisfy your needs.

Also, in order to enjoy a bigger experience, we can easily customize your trek up to some summits or extended stages in specific parks, along with the itinerary.

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SECTORS

EASTERN SECTOR - From "Collado de la Fuente del Chivo" to "Santa Marina de Valdeón":

  • Stages: 4.

  • Parks: "Parque Natural Montaña Palentina", "Parque Regional Montaña de Riaño y Mampodre" and "Parque Nacional Picos de Europa".

  • Distance: 78km.

  • Elevation gain: 3.900m+ / 4.700m-.

CENTRAL-EASTERN SECTOR - From "Santa Marina de Valdeón" to "Puerto San Isidro":

  • Stages: 5.

  • Parks: "Parque Nacional Picos de Europa", "Parque Natural de Ponga", "Parque Regional Montaña de Riaño y Mampodre" and "Parque Natural de Redes".

  • Distance: 96km.

  • Elevation gain: 5.700m+ / 5.400m-.

CENTRAL SECTOR - From "Puerto San Isidro" to "Refugio del Meicín":

  • Stages: 5.

  • Parks: "Parque Natural Babia y Luna" and "Parque Natural Ubiñas-La Mesa".

  • Distance: 85km.

  • Elevation gain: 4.900m+ / 5.100m-.

CENTRAL-WESTERN SECTOR - From "Refugio del Meicín" to "Villablino":

  • Stages: 4.

  • Parks: "Parque Natural Babia y Luna", "Parque Natural Ubiñas-La Mesa" and "Parque Natural de Somiedo".

  • Distance: 72km.

  • Elevation gain: 3.500m+ / 4.000m-.

WESTERN SECTOR - From "Villablino" to "Balboa":

  • Stages: 6.

  • Parks: "Parque Natural Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias".

  • Distance: 108km.

  • Elevation gain: 5.900m+ / 6.200m-.

WAY OF SAINT

JAMES

A WILD WAY TO REACH SANTIAGO

If you are considering a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela but you want to add some mountaineering, Trekantabrico is a good option for you since it can be easily connected to different pilgrimages routes of the Way of Saint James (aka Road to Santiago).

ACCESSING TREKANTABRICO - It can be accessed from the following pilgramage routes:

  • "Calzada de los Blendios" that passes through "Reinosa" that is close to the start of Trekantabrico ("Collado de la Fuente del Chivo").

  • "Camino Viejo de Santiago" that passes near to "Reinosa".

  • "Ruta Vadiniense - Santo Toribio" that crosses Trekantabrico in the Eastern Sector.

  • "Camino de El Salvador" that crosses Trekantabrico in the Central Sector.

LEAVING TREKANTABRICO - It can be left to continue on:

  • "Camino Francés" that passes through "Pedrafita do Cebreiro" that is close to the end of Trekantabrico ("Balboa").

AFTER A DAY'S WALK, EVERYTHING HAS TWICE ITS USUAL VALUE.

G.M. Trevelyan