September 20 - 24, 2024

Autumn Equinox: Long Trekking and Yoga

Long Trekking & Yoga Retreat in the late summer, following the footprints of the urogallos

“We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh

The end of summer is the time to connect with the earth element. Honor Mother Earth that provides us food, support, sustenance and stability. The earth is the structure in nature and in us that holds energy. This element connects us with ourselves. Mother Earth at this time of the year has already produced, transformed and generously gives us her fruits to nourish us.

With a long meditative trekk in nature:
  • Awaken your senses and open your heart.
  • Live a journey of deep conexion with Mother Nature and with your essence.
  • Walking, step by step, you will rediscover the true nature of your being.

Join us to spend some unforgettable days exploring the beautiful Gistain Valley and the Natural park of Posets and Maladeta.

The first day we will prepare physically and mentally for the trekking experience. We will have a yoga class followed by a check up of your backpack and we will help you organise your equipment. There will also be a brief explanation about the route and the excursion.

During the 3 days of trekking we will discover the less visited mountains and valleys of the Natural Park of Posets and Maladeta with the help of the explanations of Daniel Benito. He is a professional mountain guide, specialized in nature interpretation, as well as yoga and meditation instructor. He will offer us his holistic vision of the pilgrimage, meditative movement sessions, pranayama and the possibility of meditating in the middle of nature.

You will hear stories of life in the Pyrenees and have information about the landscape and the flora and fauna in the area. We will be hiking in rocky alpine terrains, summiting some of the higher peaks in the region, one of them the Bachimala; as well as taking time to sit and contemplate the surrounding nature and the high mountain landscapes. 

We will finish the route back at Casa Cuadrau where we will spend the last night and enjoy a Tea Ceremony on the last morning.

This long hike is suitable for people who have some experience hiking in high mountains and are in good shape.

Who is this retreat for?

For all people who love nature and want to get into the wild. The daily routes will be accessible for all those who have an acceptable physical shape.

Rates include

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.
2 nights of accommodation in Casa Cuadrau.
2 guided meditations.
2 yoga and movement classes.
1 tea ceremony.
2 satsangs.
2 nights sleeping in nature (in mountain refuges with no services) or in bivouacs.
1 guided meditative hike.
3 days and 2 nights in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.
All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.

Not included

Sleeping bag
Rates per person on a scale by room type

We propose a sliding scale, where contributions vary, according to the economic possibilities of each person. They are based on trust, solidarity and reciprocity. More information in the SLIDING SCALE tab.

Tarifas por persona
Tipo de alojamientoAsistidaEstándarGenerosa
Sin alojamiento455 €540 €625 €
Dormitorio compartido 530 €625 €720 €
Habitación doble con baño compartido- 675 €770 €
Habitación individual con baño compartido-740 €835 €
Habitación doble con baño-760 €855 €
Habitación individual con baño-887 €985 €
Habitación doble con diván y baño-780 € 875 €
Habitación individual con diván y baño-900 €995€
Suite doble con terraza-800 €895 €
Suite individual con terraza-960 €1055 €

To reserve, you will only have to make a payment of 200 euros as a deposit.


Casa Cuadrau is a Cooperative Society of Social Interest.

We want our programs to be accessible to the greatest number of people, regardless of their economic situation.

This is why we put forward a sliding scale contribution system, to adapt to the economic capabilities of each person. The sliding scale is based on trust, solidarity and reciprocity.

Rates vary depending on the type of accommodation. There is a minimum price (assisted rate*), a standard price and a maximum (generous rate).

Minimum prices are available for the shared dorms or for the “no accommodation” options (if you stay in your van).

Please consider paying the highest rate you can afford, to support others in a more difficult financial situation. You will also be supporting Casa Cuadrau to continue renewing its facilities.

To reserve, you will only have to make a payment of 200 euros as a deposit.
You can make the remaining payment at the end of the retreat by credit card or cash.

Remember that you can also make a donation here.

*If you cannot afford any of these fees, consider applying for a Karma Yoga/Volunteer program (minimum stays are of 8 weeks).

At the end of the retreat we will open a space for donations. With your generosity you are supporting Casa Cuadrau (Cooperative of Social Interest) and its team. You are also enabling other fellow practitioners, who are in a more difficult financial situation, to attend our programmes.


The first hiking day we will travel by car to our starting point from where we will be traversing across mountain tops around Punta Suelza. The terrain will be rocky and challenging at times, but we will only need to carry our day packs as the rest of the equipment will be delivered to us to the Refugio de Urdiceto. We will be camping there for the first night. We will be sleeping in tents and cooking our meals outdoors. 

The second hiking day will be a little bit shorter and more relaxed. We will have time for some yoga and meditation. From this day we will carry our full backpacks to our next destination, the Refugio the Tabernés. 

On the third day, If the conditions allow us, will be our big summit day in the spectacular Natural Park of Posets and Maladeta. We aim to admire the beautiful Gistain valley and the great Pyrenean mountain range from the heights of the famous three thousand meter peak: Bachimala. 

After our long and demanding summiting adventure we will return to the Refugio de Tabernés, where we will collect the gear we didn’t need that day and finally get a ride back to Casa Cuadrau. On that evening we will enjoy a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner. On the next morning we will be joining a magical Tea Ceremony followed by an abundant brunch to finish this adventurous and mindful retreat.

Our autumn long trekking retreat will be a bit more of a demanding adventure this year. We are going to explore the beautiful Gistain valley and the Natural park of Posets and Maladeta. We will be surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees mountain range. We will walk our own path away from other crowded and more popular hiking routes. We will sleep in our tents next to some of the best open shelters in the area (refugios).

Day 1

We will have an early morning start at Casa Cuadrau and drive to the Gistain Valley. Our destination will be very close to Pico la Parda at 2000 meters above sea level. This is where we will start our adventure on foot. 

We will start straight up in the high mountain terrain. During the first kilometers we will not be gaining too much height, but as soon as we reach the ridge line that leads to Punta de Suelza, the terrain changes to become a bit more challenging and we will gain some altitude. We will reach 2972hm as we summit Punta de Suelza. Afterwards we will continue northwards and will be slowly moving downwards. There will be less than three kilometers to reach the shelter, but we will still be on demanding high mountain terrain. On the west side we will be able to admire the beautiful Ibon de Urdiceto and the Refugio Urdiceto (2370hm) which will be our destination for the night. 

Day 2

The second day will be lighter. We will have the opportunity to contemplate nature, practice some yoga and meditation. For a short while we will follow the transpyrenean hiking route GR11. Soon we will leave it and take a smaller path up beautiful green forests. We will be admiring the high peaks of the Natural Park of Posets and Maladeta in front of us. We enter the park just before we start descending down towards the high plateau of Tabernés (1700hm) and reaching our destination for the day, the Refugio de Tabernés.  

Day 3 

If weather conditions allow you, on our third day we aim to summit Bachimala, a stunning mountain top that rises up to 3177hm. This is a long and demanding hiking day and we will need to get up very early. We will do this hike with our day backpacks and leave all the unnecessary gear in the Refugio. 

We will have approximately 8km and 1400 hm upwards to reach the top. The views up from the ridge line of this mountain are just amazing. The actual summit of Bachimala is exactly on the border between Spain and France, so you can send your greetings and Bonjours to the neighbors while admiring the mountains spreading across these two countries. From here the mountain tops in the North and East belong to France and the Spanish ones spread around in the West and South. 

After summiting we will get back to Tabernés from where we will be picked up and ride 

back to Casa Cuadrau for a refreshing shower, a tasty dinner, and a good night’s sleep in a proper bed. 

The weather and other unforeseen conditions could naturally have a big impact on the possibilities and the decisions made during the trekking. Safety is always the number one priority. Daniel could therefore alter the plan up till the last moment if needed. 

Day 1 

Route Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Total distance: 9 km.

Elevation: +1,080 m. – 630m.

Total walking time: 7h.

Type of Terrain: Rocky high mountain terrain, alpine and mountain hiking paths

Day 2 

Route Difficulty: Easy

Total distance:  10 km.

Elevation: +240 m. – 880m.

Total walking time: 4h.

Type of Terrain: Unmarked trails for most of the route with irregular terrain

Day 3

Route Difficulty: Challenging

Total distance: 16 km.

Elevation: +1,360 m. – 1,360m.

Total walking time: 11h.

Type of Terrain: Rocky high mountain terrain, alpine and mountain hiking paths

Parts of this route comprise technical terrain.

They help us to understand, through experience, our deep connection with nature. It makes us notice in each step and in each breath, that the energy that exist inside us it is just the same as the energy that exists out there.

Nature is our greatest teacher. Silence and deep listening helps us enrich the experience She offers.

What is the level of difficulty of the journey?
The level of difficulty is medium. It may include sections with certain challenges.

People with little 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.

Where will we sleep?
In mountain shelters or 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. Sleeping bags and collective material (stoves, pots…) and dinner and breakfast will be carried on the first and last day of the trekking. Only on the second day we will have to carry all the material and food, which will be distributed among the entire group. The second day is easier, with less elevation gain and distance to cover.

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 the breakfast we will have a short meditation. Before leaving for the daily walk and after arriving to our next camping spot we will spend a few minutes practicing Yoga asanas or Qigong to stretch and relax the body.

A moment of silence to connect with nature, with yourself and with the group. Sharing a bowl of “living tea” we deepen all the richness that dwells in “the way of tea” (Cha Dao).

We give ourselves the opportunity to make from something ordinary something extraordinary and full of meaning.

Including what we wear on the first day of the trek.

  • 1 Light trekking footwear (sneakers or boots)
  • 1 flip flops or crocs to rest the feet
  • 1 summer trekking trousers (1 short or convertible and a long 3 seasons)
  • 2 T-shirts (one on and a spare)
  • 1 Underpants/panties
  • 2 Pairs of socks (trekking)
  • 1 pijama (or whatever you wear to sleep)
  • 1 Thermal vest, merino or polyester
  • Windbreaker jacket with gore-tex membrane or similar. Down jacket or similar
  • Raincoat or poncho (ideal for Summer)
  • Hat or cap
  • Buff, hat and gloves
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Waterproof or plastic bag for dry clothes
  • 2 plastic bags for dirty or wet clothes
  • A pair of zip-loc bags for utensils (torch/batteries/camera)
  • Technical trekking backpack (55 L minimum.): Once you have put all your things, there must be at least 10 liters of free space for the food of the 3 days that we will supply you.
  • Light and warm sleeping bag. (nights at 2,500 m altitude can be cold) . We recommend you to bring a good sleeping bag down or synthetic. Approximate temperature range recommended: 1C ° comfort, Transition -5 °, Risk: -18 ° C


  • Light and insulating mat (Yoga mats are NOT appropriate)
  • Razor
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle or Hydration Bladder Bag (min. 1,5 litre)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking poles (optional, but very recommendable)

If you lack some of the necessary equipment, at Casa Cuadrau we have good quality sleeping bags and backpacks for rent.

  • Simond Feather Bag or similar 0*C comfort temperature: €45 for the entire trekking.
  • Trekking backpack of high quality comfortable and light: Woman 50lts.+ Man 60 lts.+: €35 for the entire trekking.

Check availability of these services by email ( or WhatsApp at: 645 830 346.

DATES: September 20 to 24, 2024
LEVELS: The difficulty level of the long trekking is medium. It is required an acceptable physical condition and a minimum of experience in hiking.


The retreat starts on Friday, September 20th at 16h. Check-in is from 15 to 16:30h. Then, there will be a yoga class and an introduction, backpacks and equipment check-up , followed by a dinner and an opening of the retreat. The retreat finishes on Tuesday, September 24th at 12h, after brunch.


Katya Ríos

Yoga and Meditation

Daniel Benito

Mountain Guide and Meditation

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