With the onset of June winter relents, snow melts and the high Sierra Nevada mountains cease to be the domain of winter mountaineers. Now trekkers and scramblers can escape the heat of the baking Granada plains and costas and head for the fresh cool air of the mountains!
This is a magic place for Trekking and Scrambling with lot’s of great mountains adventures for the experienced through to the beginner.
With 27+ 3000m tops the Sierra Nevada not only provides easy access to the major peaks of Mulhacén, (3482m, highest in mainland Spain), Veleta (3394m) and Alcazaba (3371m) but also allows you into the quiet and remote areas away from these major peaks. Superb for lovers of solitude!
Here are some ideas …..
Climb Mulhacen in the Sierra Nevada, highest mountain in Spain (1 Day)
Every Tuesday and Thursday between 1st July and 30th September. Meet in Lanjaron at 7:30am or Capileira at 8:15 and catch the 8:30 National Park bus (€10 extra) to Mirador de Trevelez. A 6 hour walk taking in the W ridge of Mulhacen and descent of E ridge to Siete Lagunas.
A superb day trip which gains not only the highest peak in mainland Spain (3382m) but also the most beautiful lakeside location in the range. Spectacular views of the N faces!
Veleta and Cerro de los Machos (1 Day)
Every Monday and Wednesday between 1st July and 30th September
We depart Lanjaron at 8am or meet at the Sierra Nevada ski area at 9am. Then we take bus or chairlift (€10 extra) to the cool air at nearly 3000m.
From the Hoya de la Mora we ascend to Posciones de Veleta. Then a steep drop into the spectacular Corral de Veleta via the Veredon Superior, cross the dramatic cirque and climb to Cerro de los Machos (3329m), one of the best viewpoints in the Sierra Nevada.
We then traverse to the Col de Carijuela via the short passage “Paso de las Guias”. From here we descend to Lagunillas a series of beautiful small lakes before traversing ast the Laguna de las Yeguas and a return to the ski area and start point.
“Los Tres Picos” 3 Day Challenge
Looking for a challenge? Something different? Is climbing 3 of the biggest peaks in Spain in 3 days tough enough? Try “Los Tres Picos” challenge in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Mulhacen (3482m), Veleta (3394m) and Alcazaba (3371m).
Prefer Guarded Mountain Hut or Wild Camping? All inclusive?
The Guarded Refuge gives you the options of travelling with less weight and staying in a mountain hostel with beds, blankets, meal service, WiFi, showers etc. After each days peak you return to the refuge. We have both basic and all inclusive options for this trek.
The** Wild Camping** option means you will have to share the weight of tent, stove and gas (we can supply foc) in additton to your food and sleeping bag. Not only cheaper, but allows you to wild camp by mountain lakes and rivers and experience the spectacular sunsets and sunrises that abound here
The All Inclusive option is a set itinerary for groups who prefer to let us do all the organisation. These tours make use of the guarded refuge.
“Los Tres Miles” 5 Day Trek - Traverse of the Sierra Nevada 3000m peaks
High Altitude Trekking, Dramatic Scenery, Wild Camping, Quiet and Remote Mountains. This is “Los Tres Miles”!
Guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada covering all the main 3000m summits including mainland Spain’s highest summit, Mulhacen. Spend a glorious five days climbing these mountains!
Lightweight Backpacking Treks with donkeys in the Sierra Nevada
Multi Day Trekking in the Sierra Nevada supported by our mules and donkeys
What a luxurious way to trek in the mountains! You travel with a light daypack and your overnight gear, food, stoves, tents, sleeping bags etc are carried to the next destination by our sturdy mules.
Leaves you free to enjoy the mountains to the full while still experiencing the amazing overnight camping locations next to high mountain lakes and streams. Between 3 and 5 day treks available of varying difficulty either taking higher or lower options as required.
Summer Scrambling in the high mountains
Tajos de la Virgen ridge. Grade 1 with a couple of exposed sections. Long “alpine” type ridge with extensive views. We have harder options available on this route (June to Oct incl).
Tozal del Cartujo - NW ridge. Great situations and not far from the Sierra Nevada ski station - Grade 3S depending on options taken (possible abseil) Great way to the summit of a magnificent peak (June to Oct incl).
Ridge traverse from Los Machos to Veleta via Salon and Fidel Fierro - tough, exposed “Cuillin” like ridge followed by Diff rock climb to the summit of Veleta.
Alcazaba - “the Fortress”. Requires a 2 day day trip but the NW Espolon makes a fantastic alpine ascent (Grade 3S). Also easier routes exist on the Gran Vasar and the northern crags of this majestic peak, including a very sneaky shortcut through cliffs on the northern side that saves about 2 hrs on “Los Tres Miles Ruta Integral” (June to Oct incl)
Raspones de Rio Seco ridge traverse. Probably the best ridge traverse in Spain. We were the first foreigners to exploit this magnificent ridge. A superb route!
Puntal de la Caldera. We have two routes on Puntal de la Caldera. The full east to west traverse is Grade 2 . Our latest addition is the NW ridge. Incredible high altitude mountain route leading to this fine and neglected summit (June to Oct incl). Grade 3S