PALENTINA: Best Winter Climbs in Curavacas and Espigüete

Espigüete (2450 m.) and Curavacas (2520 m.) are two large stone masses that suddenly emerge from the Castilian-Leonese plateau. Unjustly eclipsed by its neighbours Picos de Europa, these mountains hide some magnificent winter climbs in which you can taste an almost solitary mountaineering.

We offer you several routes to climb this peaks. In Espigüete, the Northeast Corridor, East ridge or its North Couloir, and in Curavacas, The South Couloir, or its valued Diagonal route of the North-East Face are climbs that without being very difficult, have everything needed for a great mountaineering adventure: steepness, atmosphere, some exposure and magnificent views.

Climbing both peaks on consecutive days can be a great experience that we can certainly help you with. After this climbs you will ask yourself … why didn’t I come to this place earlier?

Espigüete, East Ridge, Northeast route and North Couloir to the eastern summit:

  • 1 person: 320€
  • 2 persons: 190€

Curavacas, South Couloir:

  • 1 person: 320€
  • 2 persons: 190€

Curavacas, North- East face Diagonal route:

  • 1 person: 400€
  • 2 persons: 245€

If you decide to climb both mountains or two different routes on consecutive days with us, we will give you a 10% DISCOUNT over the final price.

  • Guiding Fees.
  • English speaking AEGM certified Mountain Guide.
  • Liability and accidents insurance.
  • All gear needed for the activity.
  • Advice before the activity directly with the guide.
  • Accommodation bookings.
  • Transportation. We can help you to arrange transport to/ from Madrid.
  • Meals, drinks and accommodation.
  • Guide’s accommodation and expenses (to share)
  • Personal climbing gear. (Ask us if you need something)
  • Anything not listed in the “Includes” section.
  • Maximum 2 participants per guide.


  • All climbs are done in a day.
  • We advise hiring the climb of both summits in two days, so you make most of the trip.
  • We can leave from Madrid on Friday afternoon and return by Sunday afternoon.
  • We are also available during week days.
  • From end November till end of April.
  • It may varied depending of each year snow conditions.
  • Curavacas south Couloir.
  • Curavacas north-east diagonal route.
  • Espigüete North-east Couloir.
  • Espigüete North Face.
  • Espigüete eastern ridge.
  • Medium to high, depending of chosen route and mountain conditions.
  • Good physical condition.
  •  Previous experience using ice axes and Crampons.
  • Basic winter climb and rope management skills for the harder routes.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to listen the guide’s instructions.
  • Rigid or semi-rigid boots. Gaiters if the boot needs it.
  • Properly adjusted technical crampons.
  • Technical Ice Axes.
  • Leash to tie ice axes to the harness.
  • Climbing harness.
  • Climbing helmet.
  • Reverso type belay device.
  • Three HMS type carabiners.
  • Mountain backpack of 35 litres approx.
  • Water bottle or thermos flask.
  • Sunglasses, beanie and sunscreen.
  • Mountain clothing for winter mountaineering.
  • 2 pairs of leather palm gloves.
  • Headlamp.
  • Thermal blanket.






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