Discover the Alpine Ridges of Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains

Discover the year round mountaineering and scrambling potential of the Spanish Sierra Nevada's alpine ridges. Big routes, big faces and incredible situations!

The 4 classic alpine ridges of the Sierra Nevada in 5 days!

From the end of April until the end November we offer a 5 day high mountain tour that takes in some of the finest ridges of the Sierra Nevada. Wild camping or unguarded refuges. In early or late season the exact route will depend on prevailing snow and weather condtions.

Some of the best scrambles in the Sierra Nevada mountains for those in search of adventure or an adrenaline rush. We take you on the five high mountain scrambles as detailed in Richard Hartley's Cicerone Guide to the Sierra Nevada. In all, three on ridges and two up buttresses.

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Helmet, harness and rope are essential for security on all of these scrambles and all become major winter mountaineering routes under snow and ice (PD+ to AD+).

We can supply equipment to those who don't have or wish to save weight on the airlines

Helpful, professional, good fun!

Along with 9 other friends I spent a week with these guys. Take it from me Richard and his team are excellent. If you want adventure in Sierra Nevada then go with these guys. Helpful, professional, good fun.


  • Day 1 - Ascend to Refugio Poqueira (guarded)

  • Day 2 - Los Raspones de Rio Seco or Espolon de Alcazaba. Winter Alpine AD+. Summer Diff. Rock 3. Camp Laguna Galbata or Laguna Mosca.

  • Day 3 - NW Espolon Puntal de la Caldera/Traverse of Puntal de la Caldera. Winter Alpine PD+. Summer grade 3S scramble. Camp Rio Seco

  • Day 4 - Arista de las Campanitas - Cerro de los Machos to Veleta. Winter Alpine AD. Summer Diff. Rock 3. Camp Laguna Misterioso

  • Day 5 - NW ridge of Tozal de Cartujo. Winter Alpine AD. Summer grade 2 scramble (1 abseil and 1 section rock 3). Out to Capileira

Months Available

Jan No
Feb No
Mar No
Apr No
May Yes
Jun Yes
Jul Yes
Aug Yes
Sept Yes
Oct Yes
Nov Yes
Dec No

Seasonal Notes and Variations

Winter Alpine Ridges

Seasonal Notes - Winter

From January to May each year. Minimum 2 persons. Full on multi-day winter climbing and as such a certain amount of hardship will have to be be endured and weight carried.

Participants must have been on our Winter Skills or Alpine Courses or at least a course of similar standard

Evening Day 1 - Refugio Poqueira (guarded)

Evening Day 2, 3 - Refugio Villavientos (unguarded)

Evening Day 4 - Refugio Carihuela (unguarded)

Alternatives include - Tajos de la Virgen ridge. Grade Alpine PD+ with a couple of exposed sections. Long “alpine” type ridge with extensive views

Summer Alpine Ridges

Seasonal Notes - Summer

From June to October each year. Minimum 2 persons. Most days you will travel lightweight, returning to base camp overnight. Generally high quality scrambling with long exposed sections. Maybe some simple abseils.

Participants must be able to feel confident rope handling while moving together and essential to have a good head for heights! Our summer scrambling courses are an ideal to learn the basics

Evening Day 1, 2 ,3 - Wild camp in upper valley Rio Seco

Evening Day 4 - Wild camp Laguna Misterioso

Alternatives include - Tajos de la Virgen ridge. Grade 1 with a couple of exposed sections. Long “alpine” type ridge with extensive views

Routes and itineraries may have to change (especially in winter) should snow, ice or weather conditions dictate!

The company

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UK Office tel: +44 7307 690281 (by prior appointment via email)

Spanish Highs Tours Ltd
Company Number 09960909 Registered in England & Wales

Head Office: 41 Axholme Drive, Epworth, DN91EL, North Lincolnshire, UK. Registered Office: 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU, England

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