TEJAU AND VALDOMINGUERO
3 to 4 - at least 1,100 metres ascent and descent – 10 kms –
hours for Cuetu Tejau only. Add 2 to 3 hours and 4 kms for Valdominguero.
Cuetu Tejau (2,129 metres) is the dominant peak to the south-east of
the village of Sotres (1,045m). The ascent from Sotres is 1,084 metres
in a distance of only 5 kilometres. Despite the formidable appearance
of the north-west face, there is no technical difficulty. The final
ascent to the peak involves some easy boulder scrambling. The peak itself
is exposed, with a view straight back down to Sotres. From the peak
you have several options, as Cuetu Tejau is the first top along a rocky
ridge with magnificent views.
can start and finish in Sotres (GPS
30 T 358063 4788164), or at Escarandi (1,291m)
(GPS 30 T 360437 4788571), which is 3 kms from the village
on the road to Tresviso, and saves 246 metres of ascent and descent.
Alternatively, taking a taxi to Escarandi you can ascend from there,
and descend all the way to Sotres, which makes a brilliant end to the
walk. This walk description is from Sotres to Cuetu Tejayu and back,
but information is provided about the options en route.
In Sotres, from the hotel Pena Castil, walk up the street and turn right
just before Casa Cipriano. Follow this minor road uphill, to pass a
small transmitter on the right. Fork right at a junction of tracks.
You will soon find a bench with a brilliant view over the Duje valley.
Keep going on the track. Pass a cabin on the right. Ignore a turn to
the right, and pass another cabin on the left as you cross a meadow.
About 200 metres past this cabin take a track uphill to your right (20
minutes). The track soon becomes grassy. When it takes a sharp turn
to the right, turn left across a concrete patch. The track swings right
again, passing a cabin and a rocky hillside on your left. Crossing a
grassy area, a vague path takes you uphill, south-east, towards beech
woods, to the right of a large hill. The path soon swings right (27
minutes) and crosses a small, muddy stream. It then continues uphill
following the side of the valley through trees, to reach an open area
before more trees in a valley beyond (40 minutes). It is easy to go
astray here. There is a path ahead, but the correct path is slightly
to the right hand side of the open area, marked by a small cairn (June
2012). It is a narrow path, and takes you uphill slightly to the right,
to skirt the woods on the side of the hill. In fact you need to brush
past one or two of the trees. Follow this path all the way uphill to
reach the top of a rise with an open grassy area, and a green valley
in front and to your left (Hoyo de Fuente Soles) (60 minutes).
can now see the peak of Mancondiu ahead, Pica Fuente Soles to your left,
and a ridge rising to the right towards Pico Boru. A good footpath goes
up to your right (GPS 30 T 359796 4787403) to ascend the ridge
keeping the scarp to your left. The path is vague at times, but there
are a few cairns. You move gradually across to the right hand slope
of the hill, and as you pass a rocky area over to your right you will
see moorland opening up ahead. Ascend this open hill, but keep to the
right below the crest, and make for two metal posts on the hillside
which are in fact a memorial to a plane crash in 1982 in which 4 people
died. You can still find wreckage scattered around. (112 minutes) From
here, make your way across fairly level ground, with the high rocky
peak of Cuetu Tejau ahead and to your right. Cairns will lead you into
the heart of the wide gully (Campos los Senderos), to the left of the
peak, (150 minutes) and from the gully it is an easy walk/scramble to
the peak (30 T 358943 4785664) (180 minutes).
may come back the same way, but make a note of the following:
1. When coming down the wide gully, keep Pico Boru (1,887m) over to
your right (although it gives you an easy scramble opportunity if you
2. When passing by Pico Boru, do not descend to the left too soon, but
keep to higher ground.
3. Aim for the left side of the crest of the hill ahead, where you will
find the air crash site once more.
4. Once again, don’t be in a hurry to descend to the left. Stay
on higher ground, and pass between the next two hills you can see ahead,
but still keeping over to the right.
5. Still keeping to the higher ground, you will soon start to descend
the nose of the hill. Do not descend into the valley on the right. You
will pass a big pot hole on the right, and down below to the left you
will see a green meadow, which is your next target.
6. Reaching a green ridge with a cairn, look for another cairn to the
left, which takes you down to the higher part of the green meadow (Hoyo
de Fuente Soles), from where our path back to Sotres goes directly downhill.
7. The path to Sotres is not too hard to follow, but if you lose it,
the key is to keep to the left of the hill below, cross the stream once
more, then keep left of the cabins ahead, and the tracks will take you
swiftly back to Sotres (300 minutes).
During the walk, you also have the following options:
(A) From the peak of Cuetu Tejayu, instead of returning the same way,
continue along the ridge to the south, crossing the Picas del Hou sin
Tierre (“Peaks of the Bottomless Hole”) (2,159m), and then
either descend back towards Campos los Senderos, or continue to ascend
the peak of Valdominguero (2,265m) (GPS 30 T 358996 4784666).
It is easy to approach Valdominguero, but the final part of the ridge
is exposed and not for the faint hearted. If returning to Sotres, it
is sensible to turn round here and return by the outward route. The
total distance from and back to Sotres will be about 15 kms, but with
total ascent and descent of about 1,350 metres.
(B) To begin
the walk at Escarandi, park in the ample car park on the right hand
side of the Tresviso road. Take the right hand of the two major dirt
tracks, signposted to the Caseton de Andara (a mountain refuge). After
10 minutes, pass a footpath going downhill to the left, and stay on
the main track. The Pica Fuente Soles will be above you on the right.
Below on the left you will see a group of old cabins (Majada de Jazuca)
in the valley, and having passed these cabins, 20 minutes from Escarandi,
at about GPS 30 T 360054 4787350, go across a grassy area to the right
and ascend to reach a small ridge, beyond which you will find the Hoyo
de Fuente Soles and the ridge to take you up towards Pico Boru and Cuetu
(C) If you
want to go directly to the peak of Valdominguero (the highest point
of the Eatern massif), follow the track from Escarandi to the refuge
(1 hour) and then ascend one of the loose stony paths above and to the
right of the refuge to reach a small pond (dry at times) from where
you should not go ahead into the valley, but instead look for a path
which goes along the left-hand (south-east) side of the hillside, looking
almost vertically down on to the Pozo de Andara (a lake). You will then
cross some difficult scree slopes to reach the Collado de Valdominguero,
from where there is a difficult and exposed scramble up gullies to the
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