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Multi day treks in the remote northern Sierra Nevada

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Escape the crowds and trek the Sierra Nevada northern 3000m mountains in 3 to 5 day hikes

The northern Sierra Nevada provide year round high, wild and remote trekking. These 3 and 4 day treks make use of unmanned refuges with optional wild camps.

When and for whom?

For those who like remote, quiet, dramatic mountain scenery, rough tracks and are willing to put up with basic shelter and facilities for a few nights

Seasonal notes. We run these treks year round, but from December to April inclusive the mountains will be in full winter condition. This means using ice axe, crampons, carrying more clothing and overnight gear. Subsequently they are tougher propositions than the treks in summer condition. Having said that, we give instruction in axe and crampon use and can tailor the trek somewhat to suit the group wishes.

The huts are very basic but provide adequate shelter from the elements. Some are in remote locations with incredible situations (ie Refugio Peña Partida).

Trip Report

William and Jolanda wanted to escape civilisation, people, phones and busy jobs. With plenty of snow still remaining a 4 day trek exploring the remote and quiet northerly 3000m mountains in the northern Sierra Nevada seemed as good a way as any.
They were in no rush. The requirement was for peace and quiet, spending time out relaxing in superb mountain scenery. We weren't out to break records! We had no fixed agenda and no pre planned camping places.

Read more in "Escape the rat race by high level trekking in the Sierra Nevada"

Sample Itinerary - 3 day trek Sierra Nevada

N faces of Mulhacen and Alcazaba
  • Ascend to Refugio Peña Partida via Verada de Estrella (6hrs, 1300m ascent) or option via Loma de Papeles (3hrs, 350m ascent)
  • A round of the northern peaks including Puntal de los Cuartos (3158m), La Atalaya (3135m), Pico del Cuervo (3144m) and Mojon Alto (3107m). Drop down to La Cucharacha refuge (9hrs 1000m)
  • South towards Mulhacen and Alcazaba to visit Cueva Secreta and back along Verada de Estrella to trailhead (5hrs 100m)

Sample Itinerary - 5 day trek Sierra Nevada

Sunset, Veleta and the Pena Partida refuge
  • Ascend to Refugio Peña Partida via Vereda de Estrella (6hrs, 1300m ascent) or option via Loma de Papeles (3hrs, 350m ascent)
  • The Picon de Jerez (3090m), Puntal de Juntillas (3139m)and Cerro Pelao (3181m). Return via the beautiful valley of Lavederos de la Reina to Refugio Peña Partida.(6hrs 800m)
  • A round of the northern peaks including Puntal de los Cuartos (3158m), La Atalaya (3135m) and Pico del Cuervo (3144m). Overnight at Laguna de Vacares. (8hrs 900m)
  • An ascent of Puntal de Vacares (3107m). Drop down to La Cucharacha. (5hrs 200m)
  • South towards Mulhacen and Alcazaba to visit Cueva Secreta and back along Verada de Estrella to trailhead (5hrs 100m)

Wild Camping by Rivers and Lakes in the Sierra Nevada

Between June and October the Sierra Nevada provides some superb locations for high altitude trekking and for wild camping. Water is plentiful thanks to the numerous rivers, streams and lakes. They are beautiful and peaceful situations to spend the night.

Locations: Lavaderos de la Reina, Laguna de Calderetas, upper Rio Lanjaron valley

A word about Shooting Stars viewing dates

The wonderfully clear night air of the Sierra Nevada gives superb viewing of the regular shooting stars that pass through our athmosphere. Below is a chart for 2013

N.B Meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year. Image supplied from http://www.almanac.com/content/meteor-showers-guide

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