September 19th-25th

The Long Trekking to Monte Perdido

A mystical adventure going all over the 3 valleys of the 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.

INCLUDED

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen (breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics during the trekking).

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

Guided meditation sessions.

4 yoga and movement classes.

1 deep relaxation session.

2 satsangs.

2 guided meditative hikes.

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

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

NOT INCLUDED

Transportation.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

Retreat content

During the first two days of the retreat, we will prepare body, mind and spirit for our adventure through yoga class, meditation and a meditative walk.

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, Meditation and Meditative trekking instructor. He is passionate about Nature’s treassures. Together we will enjoy 4 days and three magical nights camping or bivouacing under the stars.

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.

On the last day, we will recover and rest deeply through restorative yoga session, 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.

Journey through the Mountains

DAY 1
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.

DAY 2
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.

DIA 3
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.

DAY 4
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.

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • Departure from Parking area in Ordesa. (1382m)
  • Senda de los cazadores and Faja Pelay.
  • Camping in Goriz.(2190m)
  • Distance 13,27 kms
  • Cumulative elevation gain–808 m

DAY 2

  • Departure from Góriz. (2190m).
  • Ascent to the Ice Lake.
  • Monte Perdido (3355m).
  • Retrun to Góriz. (2190m).
  • Distance – 13,10km (go and return)
  • Elevation gain – 1048m.
  • Negative slope – 1048m.

DÍA 3

  • Departure from Goriz. (2190m)
  • Gr 11 by Arrablo (1690m)
  • Distance – 4.9 kms
  • Positive elevation – 262m
  • Negative Slope – 805m

DAY 4

  • 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.

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-25th 2020

PRICE: from 775 €

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

DURATION

The retreat starts on Saturday, September 19th at 16h.
The retreat finishes on Friday, September 25th at 12h, after brunch.

FACILITATORS

Katya Ríos

KATYA RÍOS
Yoga and Meditation

Daniel Benito

DANIEL BENITO
Mountain Guide and Meditation

RATES

Types of accommodation Rates per person
Shared dormitory 775 €
Chandra double occupancy 985 €
Chandra single occupancy 1160 €
Surya double occupancy 1045 €
Surya single occupancy 1220 €
Without accommodation* 735 €
*It includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.

DISCOUNTS
-10% if you have already come to one of our retreats.
-7% if you come with a group of 4 or more people.
Non-cumulative and exclusive discounts for reservations through our website.

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