East Face Picu Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes)




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  • Duration:  2 days


The "Martínez-Somoano" was the second route opened in the east face of Picu Urriellu in the summer of 1974. This route, was the first line to cross the huge slab of the east face, it also marked the beginning of the new era of free climbing in the Picos de Europa.

In my opinion, it´s the most beautiful route in the east face. The climbing is varied with poor equipment on a exceptional rock that looks for the weak points to free climb, and use the minimum fixed anchors.

It´s very important to have a good physical and technical condition. It´s perfect for those climbers and mountaineers who would like to do more technical routes and enjoy the exceptional limestone of the east face.

We will start with threes pitches with an unbeatable rock that we will start to win verticality. These first pitches will serve us to warm up for the second part of the climb that we will start to find a traverse of V+ where we should  be very concentrated,  the next pitch, a dihedral with many holes with perfect rock typical of this mountain. Finally  the routes ends doing the last pitches of the Cepeda route, doing the famous ¨rompetobillos¨ and then 100 meters to the summit.




Start in Pandebano col to begin the approach to the Urriellu hut. Normally this Will be our meeting point.

It´s a very easy and well marked Trail path that has around 7km and 900 meters up that Will take us over 3 hours. See description of the route


Over 7:30 in the morning we Will star the aproach to the route, it Will take us over 1h walking

Starting the climb, it Will take us over 4-5 hours to the Summit.

After eating, drinking and enjoying the fantastic views that offers the "Picu urriellu" we Will start the descent that will take us over 1h30min. With 3 rappels.

Once we finish the descent, whe will start the way back to the Urriellu hut, and after a Little rest, we will continue down to the car in Pandebano col.


It´s necesary to be used to do some mountaneering activities, around 4-5 hours long and over 700 meters up.

It´s required a level of V+º in sport climbing

The hardest level lof the route is V+ grade.

350 meters of climb.



450€ (200€/pers.)

*21% taxes included.

Fernando Zamora High Mountain Guide member of AEGMNº 546 de la AEGM.

Included civil liability and accident insurance

The guide's accommodation costs are not included in the price (35€ accommodation, dinner and breakfast)

Personal accommodation costs are not included in the price (40€/ person accommodation, dinner and breakfast)