A self-guided 6 day (7 nights) route with logistic support. Beautiful free hiking. We take care of all bookings and carry the luggage from place to place. You only need to worry about walking and enjoying the beautiful mountains.
Lucien, of French origin, was also in part a true native of Aragon as testified by his works, photography, exploration and contacts with these lands. An entertaining writer and a big walker of the entire Aragon Pyrenees, especially the region of Sobrarbe, whose beauty he devoured voraciously; an admirer of the Ordesa valley, which he visited in 1891, and a year after began his great campaign to form a National Park in these mountains (so proclaimed in 1918).
Lucien Briet dedicated a large amount of his written work to the Pyrenees. Amongst these stand out the works on the Marboré Massif, Peña Montañesa, Sierra de Guara, Entremón, Vero River, Vió valley, Bielsa, as well as canyons and caves all over North Aragon.
In his book “The beauty of North Aragon”, published in Huesca in 1913, he describes his adventures in the valley of Ordesa, the Ara valley, Escuain, Bielsa, etc. The book and his attention, focused on this particular area, form part of the tradition of the French exploration pyreneism (as opposed to alpinism taking place in the Alps), scientific and cartographic, and mountaineering – activities also propelled by Ramond de Carbonniers and Schrader. His work, as well as that of many other authors and explorers, greatly contributed to the more precise knowledge of this mountainous chain and its people.
His written works and graphic material form part of a valuable testimony of the Pyrenean landscapes of that time.
This route aims to pay homage to this explorer who loved greatly these mountains.
Enjoy free hiking, a new formula allowing you to explore, on foot, many areas, valleys and mountains of the Aragon Pyrenees.
Casteret Mountain Guides designs these routes so you can enjoy the beauty of these spots without giving up the comfort of a hotel or hut at the end of each day.
All programs include accommodation, dinner, breakfast and picnic lunch, maps of the routes and transport of the luggage for each leg of the trip.
In this circular route we discover the most spectacular mountains of the Pyrenees, as well as remains of villages abandoned during the Franco era. Discover the routes of great contrast between the wild mountains and the manmade landscapes newly recovered by nature.
We will take you to the gems of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park (the Ordesa valley, Añisclo, Escuain and Pineta) and the remnants of a former life in these mountains, the villages which ended up abandoned, some due to a planned dam construction which never occurred, and others due to a lack of communications in the 50s and 60s, as a result of lame administration.
We offer an option to spend the night in hotels or B&B with full board, or if you are on a tighter budget, in huts (in which case you need to carry a cotton liner with you)
Dates (consult us for groups):
Other info: the route consists of journeys between 18 and 25km and more than 1000 vertical meters a day, which makes it a demanding route requiring a certain level of physical fitness. The hikes take between 6 and 9 hours. However, there are some days where it is possible to hire a 4×4 taxi, which will take a load off the ascents or descents, although this is not an option for all the journeys. The prices of the taxis are not included in the final price of the route, consult us for details.
The total length of the route is approximately 140km with 7000 vertical meters.