North Face Naranjo de Bulnes (Picu Urriellu)




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  • Duration:  2 days


The Pidal-Cainejo route whas the chosen one by the Marquis Pedro Pidal and Gregorio Pérez ¨the cainejo¨ to start the first climbing route in Picu Urriellu and in Spain, it happened in the summer of 1904. This feat marked the history of Spanish mountaineering.

The climb doesn´t have many difficulties but, the length of the route, the north orientation, the difficulty to withdrawal and the fantastic climbing pitches makes this climb a category ascension. It´s an ideal itinerary for people with experience in mountain classic climbs.


An easy 50 meters pitch will introduce us in the alpine route, we will arrive to the famous slab "Llambrialina" pitch. After a two easy pitches we will arrive to the north shoulder and his aerial north spur, not hard, but the difficulty of the climb is very maintened. After this, we will keep climbing to the top by the famous and fantastic chimneys of his north face. In the first meters on the chimneys we will find the hardest part of the route, the famous "Panza de Burra¨,  a small 5  meters of athletic climb, after this, the climb is very easy and the summit starts to be very close. We will start to fell tired, but the thing to make the same steps of the first ascensionist will motivate us to do the last meters to the top.  




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 Vº in sport climbing

The hardest level lof the route is V+ grade.

400 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)