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Pradera-Hunters'Path -Soaso Cirque - Pradera

  • Distance :Pradera de Ordesa.
  • Starting Point :Pradera de Ordesa.
  • Total climb/descent :650 m.
  • Route type :Circular.
  • Time :7 hours (there and back).
  • Difficulty :Demanding.

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Description

This route demands considerable physical effort, but you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful panoramic views to be had of the Ordesa Valley. As the peaks of the Tres Sorores and the Brecha de Roland gap appear before you, remember the tales and legends of goddesses and valiant knights.

The main path to the valley that leads up to the Soaso Cirque and Cola de Caballo begins in Pradera de Ordesa. After just three minutes, you come to the turn-off for the path that heads to the right. Cross the Arazas River by a bridge and then begin the steep, steady climb up the Hunters' Path along the north-facing side, covered in dense beech and fir forest. After an hour and 45 minutes and an ascent of 640 m, you come to Calcilarruego Vantage Point, which offers impressive views of Ordesa Valley, the rock faces of Gallinero, the Salaron, Carriata and Cotatuero cirques and the legendary Brecha de Roland gap.


The route continues eastwards along the Faja de Pelay on a path that remains at the same altitude and even drops gradually as you approach the Soaso Cirque. This kind of faja or natural terrace on dizzyingly high cliffs is characteristic of the Ordesa Valley and is the result of erosion caused by Quaternary glaciers on the limestone rock that is markedly horizontal in stratification. The Spanish pines and meadows in which edelweiss grow are constant companions along the route, as are the magnificent views of the Tres Sorores massif with Monte Perdido, the highest peak (3,355 m) in the National Park and the third highest in the Pyrenees.

After four hours and 30 minutes, you come to the Soaso Cirque and Cola de Caballo Waterfall.

You return by the main path that runs along the bottom of the valley, passing by Gradas de Soaso, waterfalls and Hayas Forest before finally reaching Pradera de Ordesa (7 hours).

Recommendations

As the Hunters' Path is extremely steep, it is advisable to do the route in such a way that you complete this climb at the beginning of the walk, not at the end. The best time of year for this route is summer and early autumn so long as there is no snow or rainfall that might make you slip or cause landslides.