September 19-24, 2020

Pilgrimage to Monte Perdido

A mystical adventure in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

A unique experience of a Retreat and a Long Trekking, combining the practice of yoga, meditation and meditative hiking.

  • Immerse yourself deeply in the wild nature of the Pyrenees and recharge yourself with its energy,
  • Reconnect with nature, with your body and your natural rhythms,
  • Feel the freedom of hiking in silence, sleeping under the stars, listening to your inner voice and get rid of mental limitations and stress.

 

RESILIENT RESPONSE: RATES ACCORDING TO YOUR POSSIBILITIES

We have created a Resilient Response for all: establishing prices based on your current situation. We have decided to change the formula for all our retreats. Now, the price of each retreat includes full board accommodation, taxes and insurance coverage in case of accident, as well as civil responsibility. The teachings and activities will be asked to be paid on a donation basis. This way, we make the experience accessible for everybody who finds themselves in a challenging financial situation. This is a great opportunity to cultivate generosity and trust.

RATES INCLUDE

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.

5 nights of accommodation, 3 in Casa Cuadrau and 2 nights sleeping in nature (in tents or mountain retreat).

All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.

ACTIVITIES AND TEACHINGS OFFERED ON A DONATION BASIS

1 deep relaxation session.

Guided meditation sessions.

3 yoga and movement classes.

2 satsangs.

2 guided meditative hikes.

3 day 2 night long trekking through the valles of Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: SOON

Casa Cuadrau | Retiros de Yoga, Arte y Senderismo

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

Retreat content

We will dedicate Days 1 and 2 to physically and mentally prepare for the pilgrimage experience. We will do this in Casa Cuadrau and the surrounding areas, by practicing yoga, meditating, going on meditative walks and sharing learnings and experiences during satsangs. Also, we will go through our backpacks, we will help you organise it, as well as explain the route and details of the trip. 

On Day 3 we will embark on this exciting 3-day pilgrimage through the marvellous mountains. We will discover some of the wildest and most magical places in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, through our own experience and the facilitation of Daniel Benito and Leandro Sancholu, both professional mountain guides, specialised in nature interpretation. Daniel is also a yoga and meditation instructor, and he will offer us his holistic vision of the pilgrimage, through meditative movement sessions, pranayama and the possibility to meditate surrounded by nature.

Route Description

This route is more challenging than the Sestrales route, but it’s still accessible if you haveare in acceptable physical shape and have a minimum of experience in mountain hiking. It is a good option to deepen your experience in trekking or multiple-day excursion, sleeping in nature.

We will leave Casa Cuadrau with a backpack on our backs, filled with those things that are truly essential to satisfy our needs. During the 3 days, we will be completely self-sufficient. Sleeping, cooking and eating in nature and through our own means, i.e. without the support of facilities such as hostels or refuges. We will use that which Mother Nature has to offer to establish our camp with the things we carry with us.

Day 1:

We will leave early in the morning by van, and we will drive to the neighbouring village of Nerín, where we will take the bus to the Ordesa lookouts. Driving up through Las Cutas, the bus will drop us at the first lookout. From there, we will take our backpacks and begin our hike, walking about 3 hours until we reach a nearby area to Goriz, where we will leave our tents, sleeping bags and the rest of unnecessary weight. From there, we will ascend, through the normal route, to Monte Perdido. Once we reach the Lago Helado, we will gather energy to face the famous Escupidera, the last section, a quarry, to reach the 3rd highest peak in the Pyrenees. If the weather allows for it, we will enjoy a great panoramic view to the South and North, overlooking from there the Valle de Pineta, Ordesa and Añisclo. We will return to the Goriz Refuge through the same route we take to reach the peak. We will sleep in our camp, under the light of the stars and our dear Moon.

Day 2

We will leave Goriz walking towards the East, ascending the Collado de Arrablo, from where we will start our descent through GR11 trail, until we reach Fuenblanca. Here, we will set up our camp to spend the night.

Day 3

We will hike down the magical Añisclo Gorge, following the natural course of the cold waters of the Bellos River, in between the intrepid walls of the gorge, while walking through rich forests full of beech, pine and yew trees. We will reach the San Urbez hermitage, from where we will hike back up home, finalising this beautiful pilgrimage.

Technical details and Route Plan

DAY 1

  • Route difficulty: Moderate
  • Total distance: 12 Kms.
  • Elevation gain/drop: +1.352 m. -1.055 m.
  • Total time walking: 10h
  • Terrain: Marked trails for the most part, with irregular terrain and even the need to use hands at times.

Schedule:

  • 6:30 h. Drive to Nerín
  • 7:00 h. Bus to Ordesa lookout
  • 8:00 h. Departure from the lookout
  • 10:30 h. Lunch at base camp
  • 14:00 h. Snack and ascent to Monte Perdido
  • 19:00 h. Dinner, set up camp and rest.

DAY 2

  • Route difficulty: Moderate
  • Total distance: 5 Kms.
  • Elevation gain/drop: +382 m. -805 m.
  • Total time walking: 6h
  • Terrain: Marked trails for the most part, with irregular terrain.

Schedule:

  • 8:00 h. Departure from camp
  • 10:30 h. Lunch
  • 14:00 h. Rest and snack
  • 19:00 h. Dinner, set up camp at Fuenblanca and rest.

DAY 3

  • Route difficulty: Moderate
  • Total distance: 17 Kms.
  • Elevation gain/drop: +430 m. -1.280 m.
  • Total time walking: 8h
  • Terrain: Marked trails for the most part, with irregular terrain and even the need to use hands at times.

Schedule:

  • 7:30 h. Departure from Fuenblanca
  • 10:30 h. Lunch
  • 14:00 h. Snack and rest
  • 17:00 h. Planned arrival to Casa Cuadrau

Note: the proposed route and schedule are subject to changes depending on the group and/or weather conditions.

FAQ

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.

Joyful Silence

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.

During the hike, we will be in silence, but there will be stop for some explanations or rest. We will have also plenty of time throughout the retreat to enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, which will allow us to get to know each other in a more authentic way.

SPECIFIC MATERIAL LIST FOR TREKKING

Clothes for 3-4 days

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.
  • 2 T-Shirts.
  • 2 Underpants/panties.
  • 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.
  • Swimsuit.

Equipment

  • 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).

Others

  • Razor.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle or Hydration Bladder Bag (min. 1Liter).
  • Headlamp.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Trekking poles (optional).

DATES: September 19th-22th 2020

FULL BOARD ACCOMMODATION: from 395€

ACTIVITIES: by donation

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

DURATION

The retreat starts on Saturday, September 19th at 16h. There will be an introduction and yoga class, followed by a dinner and a meditation.
The retreat finishes on Thursday, September 24th at 12h, after brunch.

FACILITATORS

Daniel Benito

DANIEL BENITO
Mountain Guide and Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Lean Sancholuz | Equipo Casa Cuadrau

LEAN SANCHOLUZ
Mountain Guide

FULL BOARD ACCOMMODATION RATES

Note: these rates do not include the activities and teachings offered.
Types of accommodation Rates per person
Shared dorm (3-5 p.) 395 €
Shared attic (double) 420 €
Chandra double occupancy 510 €
Bhumi double occupancy 510 €
Bhumi single occupancy 650 €
Surya double occupancy 560 €
Without accommodation* 290 €
*Shared dorm is from 3 to 5 people depending on whether they are living together of they are a group that come together.
*Without accommodation: it includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.

DONATIONS

Offering all activities in our retreat on a voluntary donation basis doesn’t mean they are free. Our effort and dedication needs to be rewarded to be able to continue doing the work that we love.

HOW MUCH AND HOW TO DONATE?

At the end of your stay you will be able to value what you received and offer a donation, in cash or credit card, according to your possibilities.

In ashrams and monasteries, it is tradition that the dana or donation is in line with your income. We like this idea because it makes it accessible to more people and according to each person’s possibilities. It also allows those in a more favorable situation to help those in a more difficult situation.

Your intention with which you donate is more important than the amount you donate. Your donation will allow us to keep the project alive.

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