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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Spanish Pyrenees. 12-21 July 2013

This summer a trip to Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees will be organised. The national park is one of the most spectacular mountain areas in the world, with dramatic valleys and canyons, beautiful waterfalls and mountains reaching over 3,000m. Near the high cliffs in the valleys Griffon Vulchers can often be spotted, while in the valleys and mountains live marmots and sarrios (chamonix). We will be travelling via Madrid and Zaragoza, and will be based in the beautiful mountain village of Torla.


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Itinerary

Friday, 12 JulyDublin - Madrid. Overnight in Madrid.
Saturday, 13 July AVE high speed train from Madrid to Zaragoza will take 75 minutes. Rent a car in Zaragoza train station and drive for two and a half hours to Torla in the Pyrenees.
Seven nights in Torla.
Saturday, 20 JulyDrive two and a half hours to Zaragoza and return car. Overnight in Zaragoza.
Sunday, 21 July AVE high speed train from Zaragoza to Madrid will take 75 minutes. There's a train or metro from Atocha train station to the Madrid Barajas Airport. Madrid - Dublin.


Torla

Base

We'll be staying in the delightful village of Torla for seven nights, which is known as the gateway to the Ordesa valley. It has lots of nice restaurants, outdoor shops, a small supermarket, cafes and a bank. Accommodation will be booked and either be a hotel or self catering. For more information visit:
www.torla.es | es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torla | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torla

Ordesa

Hiking

This area offers a wide range of hikes, from gentle rambles on the valley floor walkes to more strenous treks. Some days we'll hike all together. Other days we'll do a long and a short hike. There will be one rest day for visiting local monasteries and swimming. There'll be an option to do an more advanced hike for three days in the high mountains. This group will spend two nights in mountain refuges which I'll book. This worked well in 2012. More information:
es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parque_nacional_de_Ordesa_y_Monte_Perdido
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordesa_y_Monte_Perdido_National_Park
reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/parques/ordesa/index.htm

Weather

Madrid and Zaragoza will be hot in July, possibly in the 40's. However, we'll be mainly out and about in Madrid at night which, is cooler. In Zaragoza we can chill out in the old Moorish Palace or find a swimming pool somewhere and have some deserved rest after the hiking. In the mountains the weather will be cooler, particularly at the high altitudes. And there is more chance that it will be mild rather than hot. As ever we will be in high mountains so you'll need to prepare freezing temperatures and rain, even though this is unlikely. If it is hot then we'll deal with that by starting hiking at dawn, hiking at higher altitudes and taking siestas in the middle of the day.

To book a place or ask an enquiry please contact us - our details here and we will put you in touch with the organiser James. Please note trips away are only open to members of Out and About.