Refugio de Viadós (Biadós).
Viadós (sometimes spelt Biadós) Refuge at 1,760m altitude is located in the Granjas de Viadós (pastures) on the right margin of the Los Orieles river in the Valle de Añes Cruzes and within the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, Spanish Pyrenees. The hut is used for ascents of Bachimala, Culfreda, Posets (not the classic route), the Forqueta peaks in the Eriste valley among others and is also an important stop on the GR11, GR11.2 orTour de Posets.) and GR19 long distance footpath routes. Hikes from the hut include: The Ibones (Lakes) de Es Leners, Añes Cruzes, a hike to the Puerto de la Pez, Montó etc.
It is privately run and not affiliated to the Spanish Mountaineering Federation, but there are agreed rates for members of FAM – Federación Aragonesa de Montañismo. You can visit their own web site here.
Important: To stay here in summer, making a reservation well in advance is essential. Now possible by Internet but you can also phone. Camping is not permited within the Natural Park nor in the area around the hut. In winter (when the hut is closed) or in summer when the hut is full or for those who want to cook and have their own sleeping bags, a small hut of some 6 places with chimeny and area for cooking/eating is just beside the main hut.
[img:668651:alignright:medium:Viadós Refuge from above (direction Bachimala).]
MAPS: Editorial Alpina (Geo/Estel) Posets Perdiguero Valles de Benasque, Estós y Chistau. (1:25.000). Editorial PRAMES. Parque Natural Posets-Maladeta. 1:40.000.
Places: 70 beds in dormitories – some in the original main building (two floors, narrow wooden staircase), some in a newer building next door. Outside guarded periods, there is a small hut with 6 places, space to cook etc.
Opening dates: The hut is guarded and open during Easter weekend and then from July to September.
Prices: Example of prices in Summer 2011: TO BE ADDED
Drinking water - yes.
Showers - yes.
Meals Breakfast and Evening Meal are booked when you make your reservation.
Breakfasts (from 6.30am - time to be booked the night before) consist of: A hot drink (extra to be paid for), toast, biscuits, small sponge cakes, butter and jam.
Three course evening meal at about 8pm: Example:-soup or vegetable dish. Meat dish. dessert (eg yogurt), bread, water.
Beer, wine and soft drinks can be bought.
* The above information is from visits to the refuge in 2009,2010 & 2011. But details may of course change or vary.
Hire of equipment - no.
Packed lunches can be ordered.
Heating: YES. Electicity: YES.
Telephone: +34 974 50 61 63 / 974 341 613
Onwer: Joaquín Cazcarra. (Refugi VIADÓS), Moreras 6, 22367 - Gistain
GPS: x:285125 , y:4726575
A usefull addition to the Albergues & Refugios de Aragón website (reservations site) gives up-to-date snow conditions throughout the year. Look for BIADÓS.
Access: The only access by road is via the Plan-Gistaín road. From Plan, 10km. Taking the main Ainsa –Bielsa road, a turning right at Salinas de Sín directs you towards Plan and San Juan de Plan. From Plan (1,110m) some 20km from Bielsa and 38km from L’Aínsa, keep on the road (don’t turn down into the village of San Juan de Plan) and just further on you will come to the track (un-made-up road) into the River Zinqueta valley. This track is not a problem for 4x4 vehicles. For a non-4-wheel drive car, care will be needed at some places, and may be more difficult in or after wet weather (mud). Allow a good 45 minutes to reach the hut! The main problem can be meeting a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, though in summer 2011 the road appears to have been widened and tidied up in places.
This road services various small-holdings, summer camps and a campsite. At the right hand curve in the road – Camping site Virgen Blanca, with to the left, access to the Valley de la Pez (signposts to Puerto de la Pez and also to the Tabernes un-manned hut, see below). A short distance further on at a junction a clear sign takes you to the right, up to the hut. At high season you may have to park on the curve of road before entering the valley, or if you are lucky you will find spaces further up. You will need to check conditions in winter and early spring.
A service by mini-bus from the village of Plan may be available. Contact the Plan Tourist Office. Oficina de Turismo de Plan: Ctra. De Entrada a Plan, s/n, 22367 Plan (Huesca). Tel: (0034) 974 506 400. Fax: 974 506 400
From the village of Plan on foot: Ascent: 580m. Distance: 10km. Timing: Around 3 hours.
The path should be marked all the way as the GR11 (red and white markings) and includes some track and some woodland paths. Running alongside the river Zinqueta, it crosses it twice at the Puente del Molino and later at the Puente del Hospital (1,450m).
There are two un-manned huts in the area:[img:458953:alignright:small:Tabernés.]
The Tabernés refuge (1,740m) in a clearing in woodland in the Zinqueta Valley, is reached by a path signposted at the curve in the road before the campsite. (At the Virgen Blanca buildings). It has 20 places and is un-manned. It has a table, seats and a chimney.
The Puyarruego/Puyarueso Refuge. Unmanned hut that has an open section with space for up to 4 people. The other half of the hut is usually occupied by shepherds! Access via the Valley/Bal d’ Añes Cruzes. 1,920m altitude. Access is the same as for Viadós or from the Estós valley via the Col de Chistau. From Viadós the track continues past the refuge, crosses the d’Es Oriels waterfall where a track descends over pastures and between smallholdings to the River Zinqueta d’Añes Cruzes. Following the river, you will come to a turning on to a small path to the hut. Note: The hut is not visible from the track, so attention is needed to locate this small path.