Reconnecting with Nature and its cycles with a Yoga & Meditative Trekking Retreat.
Includes 3 or 4 day trekking excursion through Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park.
September 23rd to 29th, 2018.
During the first two days of the retreat, we will prepare body, mind and spirit for our adventure through yoga classes, meditation and meditative walks.
On the third day, we will start our 4 day meditative trek into the mountains, where we will discover hidden places and secrets of boh the land and ourselves through every step.
Daniel Benito is a professional mountain guide and Yoga and Meditative trekking instructor. Leandro Sancholuz is also a professional mountain guide and passionate about Nature’s treassures. Together we will enjoy 4 days and three magical nights camping or bivouacing under the stars.
On the last two days, we will recover and rest deeply through restorative yoga sessions, massages and guided meditations.
This will be a fascinating journey into Nature and into the understanding that we are Nature. An adventure that will leave us feeling renewed, full of enery and vitality.
A 4 day and 3 night trekking in Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.
During this hike, we will walk along two beautiful valleys: The glacially formed Ordesa Valley and the Canyon of Añisclo, a fluvial formation. We will also ascend to one of the Pyrenees highest and most emblematic three thousand meters high peaks: El Perdido (3355m.), from where we will observe the third great valley in the national park, Pineta.
JOURNEY THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS
The trek will begin in the parking area at the entrance of Ordesa National Park. We will go up the “Senda de los Cazadores” and, gaining height, we will arrive at the “Faja de Pelay”. This belt crosses the whole valley at half height of the South wall. Walking by and over the legendary “Cola de Caballo”, until we reach the Goriz shelter, where we will set up the tents, dine and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
We will leave the big backpacks in the shelter and ascend Monte Perdido by the normal route. The leafy woods will be left behind to continue onto high mountain terrain. Once at the Ice Lake, we will gather strength to face the famous spittoon, the last section, a quarry, before reaching the 3rd highest peak in the Pyrenees. If the weather allows it, we should have a great panoramic view from both the South and the North, seeing the Valleys of Pineta, Ordesa and Añisclo. We will return to Goriz following the same path and spend the night in our camp, under the light of the stars and our dear Moon.
We will leave from Goriz heading east towards the Collado de Arrablo, from where we will begin the descent by the GR11, until reaching Fuenblanca, our stope for the night.
We will descend the Añisclo Canyon, following the natural course of the cold waters of the river Bellós, through the intrepid walls and walking among leafy forests of beech, pine and yew, reaching San Úrbez, the starting point of our trek.
- Departure from Parking area in Ordesa. (1382m)
- Senda de los cazadores and Faja Pelay.
- Camping in Goriz.(2190m)
- Distance 11.9 kms
- Cumulative elevation gain–808 m
- Departure from Góriz. (2190m).
- Ascent to the Ice Lake.
- Monte Perdido (3355m).
- Retrun to Góriz. (2190m).
- Distance – 7.2 km (go and return)
- Elevation gain – 1048m.
- Negative slope – 1048m.
- Departure from Goriz. (2190m)
- Gr 11 by Arrablo (1690m)
- Distance – 4.9 kms
- Positive elevation – 262m
- Negative Slope – 805m
- Departure from Fuenblanca. (1690m)
- Descent to the Añisclo Canyon.
- Arrival to the Tella Parking (1045m).
- Distance – 12.7 kms.
- Positive elevation – 748m
- Negative slope – 1497m
END OF THE TREK!
Note: the above itinerary may change according to the group and/or weather conditions.
SPECIFIC MATERIAL LIST FOR 3 or 4 DAY TREK:
(Including what we wear on the first day of the trek):
1 Light trekking footwear (sneakers or boots).
1 flip flops or crocks.
2 summer trekking trousers (1 short or convertible and a long 3 seasons.
3 Pairs of socks (2 trekking, 1 thick).
1 Thermal pants.
1 Thermal vest, merino or polyester.
1 Polar fleece or similar.
Windbreaker jacket with goretex membrane or similar. Down jacket or similar.
Rain coat or poncho.
Hat or cap.
Buff, hat and gloves.
- Technical trekking backpack (55 L minimum): There should be room for the food that we supply daily.
-Light and warm sleeping bag (nights at 2,500 m altitude can be cold). Down or synthetic. Approximate temperature range recommended: 1C ° comfort, Transition -5 °, Risk: -18 ° C
-Light and insulating mat (Yoga mats are NOT appriopiate).
- Water bottle or Hydration Bladder Bag (min. 1Liter) Headlamp
- Trekking poles (optional).
-How to get here? We can provide transport from Ainsa to Vio on the first day of the retreat, and from Vio to Barbastro on the last day.
-What to bring to the retreat?
-Yoga retreats are undertaken in a toxin-free environment with no tobacco or alcohol.
Everyday from the end of the evening Satsang up until after lunch the following morning, we cultivate joyful silence in the house. This deep silence is very healing for calming the mind and being in peace with ourselves, allowing us to deeply listen to ourselves. We will have a restful sleep and the next day we will enjoy the silence with mental clarity during our asana practice, meditation and other activities. Meals will be taken mindfully and in silence. By participating in this period of joyful silence we will be supporting each other in our practice.
After lunch and throughout the afternoon we will enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, which will allow us to get to know each other in a more authentic way.
The schedule may vary slightly depening on the day.
Yoga classes(Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa) are progressive, variations for different levels of practice and particular limitations are always offered.
Meditative Hiking: The Meditative Walk on the first day will help us evaluate the conditions of each participant and carry out an evaluation before the long trek, an ideal opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the Ordesa National Park and its surroundings.
Karma Yoga: Yoga in action. May yoga support us in everything we do. We invite you to practice Karma Yoga by helping us with simple tasks of the house and, during the trekking, in simple tasks like washing the pots, setting up the tents, etc.
Satsang: In Sanskrit, Sat means truth and Sang means group or community. It is a time to share our concerns, questions, doubts and also to meditate together, to sing contemplating the stars or around a fire.
All activities are optional and can be modified to suit the group. To get the most out of your stay, we recommend that you participate in all scheduled activities.
What is the level of difficulty of the trek?
The level of difficulty is medium and may include sections with certain challenges.
People with little or no prior mountain experience, and a good physical condition, had no problem doing it.
Do you need to be well trained or is it something more relaxed?
You need to have a good physical condition and some experience in this kind of physical activity.
How many hours are we expected to walk per day?
About 8 hours per the day, including pauses for meals, interpretation of nature, etc. Approximately there will be around 6 hours of active walk.
The time of activity in the mountains can always vary depending on the conditions of the group and/or the weather.
Will the trek be very difficult and with big differences in elevation?
Technically they are not very difficult. However, you should to take into account the hours of walking and occasional steep slopes, both positive and negative.
On day 1, which will be the most intense, the accumulated positive elevation is about 1000 meters.
Where will we sleep?
In two-person tents, shepherd’s huts (without services of any kind) and, if weather is favorable, in bivouacs.
Does everyone carry their backpack (including tents) or will they be carried to the destination every day?
Everybody will carry their backpack with their personal equipment (clothes, sleeping bag, mat, etc ...) and food, which will be distributed among the whole group. The tents and collective material (stoves, pots ...) will be carried by the guides.
How much weight will we have to carry?
To a large extent, the weight you will carry depends how much you stick to the proposed “what to wear” list. If you limit yourself to this list and you carry light technical equipment, the backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kg, including the weight of the food supplied by the team.
Is the trek in silence?
In the mornings, we will try to cultivate joyful silence, especially when walking.
However, in the interpretative stops, breaks, etc., we will have time to share experiences.
Will we practice yoga daily?
Before leaving for the daily walk and at the end of the day, we will spend a few minutes practicing Sun Salutations and some yoga asanas to stretch and relax the body.
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