Vía Maraya – Horcados Rojos

Guided climbs in Picos de Europa – Central Massif

The spectacular south face of the Horcados Rojos (specifically the southernmost part) has witnessed the opening of a few high quality climbing routes during the 80’s and 90’s by Cantabrian climbers.

Its easy approach from the Fuente Dé cable car and the high quality of the rock have facilitated this work.

Among these routes, the Maraya and the Rojo Libanés are the most “affordable”. They have an elegant route that crosses the excellent rock that makes up this wall and that has made them become great modern-classics over the years.

Maraya was opened by Javier Sáenz and José Rubio in 1987.

It aesthetically crosses the impressive wall through systems of fissures and dihedrals. In addition to its comfortable approach and the 230 metres of climbing on exceptional rock, the particularly imposing surroundings of the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa make this activity a day of mountaineering of some difficulty, which will leave us with a good taste in our mouths and a desire to repeat another of its spectacular lines.

Technical difficulty
Physical difficulty
  • Include 21% VAT.
  • Includes RC and accident insurance.
  • Includes all the Guide's expenses.
  • It includes all the technical material for the activity (ropes, helmets, harnesses, climbing shoes, etc.).
  • Includes photographs.
  • Includes transportation to the Hotel in Aliva if necessary.
  • Does not include the cost of the cable car (17€ return trip).
  • Pablo Alonso is Guide TD 2 of Climbing, Canyoning and Mountaineering (UIMLA) MEMBER Nº 1107 of the AEGM.
  • Approach: From the top station of the Fuente Dé cable car to the foot of the track, about one hour.
  • Climbing length: Approximately 230 m of climbing
  • Difficulty: Maximum V+
  • Duration of the whole activity: 1 hour for the approach, 3 to 4 hours for the climb and 2 hours for the descent and return (total 7 to 8 hours).
  • Descent: On foot or in two rappels on the right side of the wall.

To do this activity you need to be in good physical condition, to have previously climbed classic climbing routes and to be able to do sport climbing with a grade of V+ as a first level with fluency. As well as being accustomed to high mountain routes of a minimum duration of 8 hours and 1000m of positive difference in altitude.

The guide will send a specific list of the necessary equipment per participant when booking the activity.

  • Technical trekking boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Long elastic mountain pants
  • Technical short sleeve mountain t-shirt
  • Cell phone with charged battery
  • Technical long sleeve mountain t-shirt
  • Softshell / primaloft
  • Down or fiber jacket
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Medium or light gloves (optional)
  • Headlamp with batteries (important)
  • Solarcream SPF 50
  • Mountain backpack 40L
  • Canteen or water bottle minimum 2L
  • Refreshments during activity (bars, dried fruits, etc.)

(Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, this information may vary in number and type of clothing and footwear. The guide will provide information upon reservation)

The meeting point and time will be communicated by the guide when booking the activity.

Taking as a starting point the upper station of the Fuente De cable car, we will walk towards Veronica cabin by the comfortable track with hardly any slope, passing under the great walls of Peña Olvidada and enjoying a splendid view to the North where we can see the great wall of the Torre de los Horcados Rojos, the Pico Tesorero and the Lloroza lakes at our feet.

We will reach the point known as the Vueltona, here the path becomes narrower and we begin to gain altitude until we reach the junction of the Canalona and Peña Vieja. (Up to this point approximately 1 hour and about 350 meters of positive difference in altitude).

From this point the path is more comfortable and we will see in front of us the great southern wall of Horcados Rojos and the entire Maraya route, we will have to climb up a slightly uncomfortable rocky path to the foot of the Vía.

Once at the base of the route, we will equip ourselves and review the safety and progression instructions to begin the climb.

The climb is done in 5 rope pitches, the maximum difficulty is V+ up to the summit.

Once at the top at the end of the route we will enjoy the spectacle offered by the views, after having a snack and some pictures we will descend on foot by the normal route to the summit until we reach the pass of Horcados Rojos, from here we only have to descend by the normal path to the cable car.

(We can also descend to the right and make two rappels to descend, this will depend on the weather and snow conditions depending on the time of year).

The guide, once the reservation has been made, will inform the participant of the meeting time and place, which will depend on the timetable of the Fuente De cable car and the time of the year.

Pablo Alonso – Climbing Guide in Picos de Europa
+34 657 111 194

Potes, Liébana Valley. Cantabria

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