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3 Day Hike Crossing Serra da Estrela from Lisbon

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Discover the beautiful lake of Viriato, Covão de Ferro Valley, Cântaro Magro, Cântaro Raso, Cântaro Gordo, summit of Serra da Estrela, Glacial Valley of Loriga, Loriga Village. Explore the amazing mountain trails of Serra da Estrela. Marvel at the flavors of the gastronomy of Serra da Estrela: Rice of Juniper, Wild pig, Cod with cornbread and the excelent wine, the landscapes of glacial valleys and the beautiful landscapes of Serra da Estrela.

Highlights
  • Climb one of Portugal's most famous mountains, the Serra da Estrela!
  • Hike through the rocky pathways of the mountains along with a professional mountain guide to assure your safety
  • Get the ultimate opportunity of climbing the ever-popular Cântaro Magro summit
  • Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at Campsite Pião and taste the local cuisine at the Penhas da Saúde mountain village

Description

Join an adventure to discover the great beauty that is the Serra de Estrela. Set out on a 3-day hiking trip to the mountain range as well as its surrounding natural attractions such as the Lagoa of Viriato, the Covão de Ferro Valley, and so much more!

Itinerary

Day 1:

Start the trip by enjoying a comfortable hotel pickup at 15:00 from your hotel in Lisbon going to your first destination, the Penhas da Saúde mountain village. Here, you will revel in the flavors of a scrumptious dinner. After dinner, spend the night at the Pião Campsite. Participants will be accommodated at the mountaineering tents pitched at the campsite.

Day 2:

After a hearty breakfast, you and your guide will start crossing the Serra de Estrela. Take your lunch at a homey restaurant at the Penhas da Saúde mountain village which boasts of its authentic Serra da Estrela cuisine. When lunch is finished, head over to the Lagoa of Viriato or the Viriato Lake, which is named after a Lusitanian warrior who defended against the Romans in the said mountain range.

Next, come to the Covão de Ferro Valley where you may get to see the three guardians of

Serra da Estrela, the Magro e Gordo, and the Cântaro Raso. Go up to the upper plateau of the Serra da Estrela when you climb up the slopes of the mountain range. After an hour more of climbing, you will be able to reach the summit.

End the day with a victory photo up the summit. Then, depart to your overnight accommodation at the mountain refuge where a hot shower and a comfortable sleeping arrangement will greet you. Amenities such as a bathroom, a shared lounge and kitchen area, a bar, and a TV are readily available. Ski equipment rentals and storage are readily available at the mountain refuge.

Day 3:

In the morning, enjoy breakfast and begin your journey to visit the Loriga Glacial Valley. To reach the village of Loriga, you will return to the Penhas da Saúde village. Scenic views will greet you on your way to the village.

Once you've reached the village, dinner will be served. The night will end with transfers back to your hotel in Lisbon.

Inclusions

  • Mountain Guide

  • Technical monitoring

  • Individual tent

  • 2 dinners in a local restaurant in the Serra da Estrela

  • Overnight stay on campsite

  • Hot water shower

  • Breakfast (1 sandwich with juice or milk)

  • 1 Lunch (Cheese or ham sandwich with juice)

  • Liability and personal accident insurance

  • Rope

  • Helmet

  • Harness

  • Tea

  • Piolet (ice ax) and crampons (grappling hooks for boots) (available only for December to March activities)

Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Includes

  • Individual tent

  • Hot water shower

  • Rope

  • Piolet (ice ax) and crampons (grappling hooks for boots) (available only from December to March)

  • Tea

  • Meal (refer to the details in the schedule)

  • Helmet

  • Climbing harness

  • Insurance

  • Accommodation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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3 Day Hike Crossing Serra da Estrela from Lisbon

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Inclusions: Individual tent / Hot water shower / Rope / Piolet (ice ax) and crampons (grappling hooks for boots) (available only from December to March) / Tea / Meal (refer to the details in the schedule) / Helmet / Climbing harness / Insurance / Accommodation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 14:30

    Pick up from Lisbon Hotels

  • 15:00

    Depart from Lisbon

  • Penhas da Saúde

    Hop on a comfortable bus and travel to the Penhas da Saúde, a mountain village located in the heart of Serra da Estrela. Upon your arrival, enjoy a local dinner at a traditional restaurant before getting ready for your overnight stay at the Pião Campsite.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Pião Campsite

    Meal: DINNER

  • Day 2
  • Serra de Estrela

    As the sun rises, delight in an exceptional breakfast at the hotel to prepare oneself for a jam-packed day. Accompanied by a duly-certified mountain guide, you will finally hike and cross the Serra de Estrela; the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal.

  • Lagoa of Viriato (Viriato Lake)

    Enjoy an authentic Serra da Estrela cuisine for lunch at a local restaurant in Penhas da Saúde before hiking to Viriato Lake. Named after a Lusitanian warrior, the lake supplies water to the city of Covilhã.

  • Covão de Ferro Valley

    Arrive at Covão de Ferro Valley which offers scenic views straight out of a fairytale. Climb one of the slopes as you admire this beautiful piece of paradise. After an hour of hiking, reach the summit of Serra da Estrela! Make sure to capture a victory photo before returning to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: A mountain refuge

    Meals: BREAKFAST and LUNCH

  • Day 3
  • Loriga Glacial Valley

    On the last day of the excursion, visit the magnificent Glacial Valley of Loriga. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region as you travel to its quaint village. Afterwards, enjoy a local dinner in Penhas da Saúde before heading back to Lisbon.

    Meals: DINNER

  • End

    Drop off at Lisbon Hotels

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Children 10 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Participants must bring 0°C sleeping bags for their stay at the mountaineering tent at the Pião Campsite.

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Hiking shoes

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 3.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 10 business days (14:30:00 local time) to 6 business days (14:30:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 5% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 6 business days (14:30:00 local time) to 2 business days (14:30:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 15% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 2 business days (14:30:00 local time) to 1 business days (14:30:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 14:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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