Posets-Maladeta Natural Park (Huesca)
Located in Aragon and home to the highest peaks of the Pyrenees (the highest point is el Aneto at 3404m) and the most extensive glacier that still exists in the Iberian peninsula, the park extends along the valleys of Barrabés, Chistau (Gistaín) and Benasque. We'll focus our activities in the valley of Benasque, which is the most rugged and beautiful of the Pyrenean valleys and covers the largest area of the park. The valley offers a great variety of birds such as lammergeiers, yellow-billed choughs, alpine accentors and wallcreepers with their striking crimson wings. We can find a rich variety of wildflowers in abundance here, including Pyrenean orchids, edelweiss, bear's ear, iris, poet's daffodil, and we'll look out for chamois and marmots along the way.
3 days 275€ (intermediate) or 290€ (advanced).
Three day trips starting from the Llanos del Hospital ski centre. We will walk at the feet of the mighty el Aneto and visit the spectacular Forau de Aigualluts, where the waters of three glaciers disappear into a sinkhole, resurfacing at the other side of the mountain range to feed the course of the river Garona in the Aran valley. We can see sarrios (chamois of the high mountains) in the lonely valley of Lliterola and visit the much photographed tarns of Batisielles in the valley of Estós, where the capercaillie lives.
6 days 485€ (intermediate) or 520€ (advanced).
In addition to the above three day trips, we will explore the mixed forests close to Benasque, which are so dense that sunlight can barely penetrate, creating a lovely refreshing atmosphere. We can step into the past and visit the villages of Anciles and Cerler to admire the beautiful traditional buildings which have been preserved so well, some of which date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. We'll also visit the Puerto de Sahún viewpoint, which is one of the few places that can boast views of the two most popular and iconic peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees: el Aneto (3404m) and Monte Perdido (3355m). We will enter the Valle de Vallibierna to admire the striking Sierra Negra mountain range, with a possible ascent of the Pico Estibafreda (2691m) in the intermediate level trip and the Pico Aragüells (3044m) in the advanced level trip, searching for the best views of the mountain ranges of Maladeta, Posets and Perdiguero. It may also be possible to reach the summit of Posets (3375m), the second highest peak in the Pyrenean mountain range.