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!
We do "Classic Traverse" of "Los Tres Miles" from north to south
The Sierra Nevada allows us to recapture the solitude and sense of adventure sadly lacking among the more popular ranges of the Alps. The striking thing about the high Sierras is the sense of space and the impression of vast scale. Although lacking the spectacular peaks of the Alps, there are wonderful mountain corries filled with sparkling lakes and jagged and pinnacled ridges.
We have a superb itinerary that we have been running since 2002. The only difference from the "Classic Integral" route from Jerez de Marsquedaso, is that we find an approach to the first peak "Picon de Jerez" is aesthetically nicer from Loma de los Cuartos and including the delightful valley of Lavaderos de la Reina. In reverse an extra day is possible to allow a drop down east to the Puerto de la Ragua
Late spring, summer and autumn are ideal times to visit. Generally settled weather and pleasant temperatures. Normally we can run these trips after the snow melt in June until the end of October. We aim to cover all the main 3,000 metre peaks of the Sierra Nevada in one week.
Transport support is provided to ensure we are able to traverse the main sections of the range. The walking is quiet and unspoilt but a certain amount of resilience is required as it is remote and rough. This tour is quite strenuous and should be undertaken by strong hill walkers. Accommodation is either in secluded lakeside campsites in the mountains or in unguarded mountain huts.
The short (3 min) video above gives a good indication of what to expect from this trek. We do normally try to keep groups small and have a maximum of 4 to a guide. That way you can better experience the solitude and remoteness of these wonderful mountains. The trek can be tailored somewhat to the wishes of the group. Scrambling sections may be included or omitted as required.
There are very expansive and dramatic views, but in general no great head for heights is necessary. A gradual rise to the 3,000-metre level ensures altitude does not become a major problem. We traverse the range in 5 days and take in the highest peaks and most dramatic scenery in mainland Spain.
Day 1 - 4WD transport to 2100m on the Loma de los Cuartos. Fairly gentle first day walk with 500m ascent to overnight camp in beautiful green and pleasant valley of Lavaderos de la Reina (4 hours)
Day 2 - Ascend all the northern peaks including Pico de Jerez (3090m), Puntal de Juntillas (3139m), Puntal de los Cuartos (3158m), Atalaya (3135m) and Puntal de Vacares (3136). Camp by lakes at Lagunillas de Calderetas (8 hours)
Day 3 - Ascent of Alcazaba (3371m) then drop down to Siete Lagunas. We camp by the higher lake of Laguna Altera (6 hours)
Day 4 - Ascent of highest peak in Spain, Mulhacen (3481m), walk over Loma Pelada (3178m), ascend Veleta (3398m) and then traverse Tajos de la Virgen ridge. Camp at Elorrieta or Laguna de Lanjaron (8 hours)
Day 5 - High level trek to Cerro de Caballo (3009m) via Pico del Cartujo (3152m) and Tajos Altos (3105). Descend ridge of Tres Mojones to waiting 4WD transport (5hrs)
If you prefer a more leisurely traverse and more time to "chill out" after a days trekking, we can add an extra day to the itinerary taking 3 days to complete days 4 and 5 (above).