Intermediate Winter Climber, Sierra Nevada, Spain

A short Winter Climbing Break based at the Refugio Postero Alto in Spains Sierra Nevada. Intermediate Climbing and Mountaineering in the Barranco del Alhorí

A 3 or 4 day Course for Intermediate Winter Climbers and Mountaineers

The Barranco del Alhori winter mountaineering area is relatively unknown outside of Andalucia, yet local climbers realise the potential in this particular area of the Sierra Nevada. It is snow-sure from December until end of April with plenty of good mountainerering routes available.

Suitable for those who have already acquired basic winter mountaineering skills and wish to progress to experience winter climbing routes.


  • 3 days winter climbing - icefalls, snow gullies and mixed routes
  • Season - normally December to April inclusive
  • Maximum group size - 2 to a guide
  • 2 nights at the Refugio Postero Alto - €18 per night (€12 with alpine card)
  • Meet guide in Guadix - 2hrs 15min Malaga, 1hr Granada. 1hr Almeria
  • Guiding Price - 1 person €170 per day, 2 persons €110 per person per day
  • Transport from airport to Guadix can be arranged but the cheapest option is if clients hire a car and drive
Location of the refuge and climbing

Location and Suggested Itinerary

Suggested 4 Day Itinerary
  • Day 1 - Arrive Granada/Malaga or Granada. Transfer to Guadix. Hotel
  • Day 2 - Meet guide, drive to Refuge (1hr). Afternoon climbing waterfall ice or simple snow climbs. Night in refuge
  • Day 3 - Corredor Central del Alhorí. Night in refuge
  • Day 4 - Corredor Diagonal del Alhorí. Return to Guadix. Transfer to airport

N.B The suggested hotel we use in Guadix is the Cuervas de Rolondo, a unique “Cave Hotel” close to the motorway.

Icefalls location

Day by Day Mountaineering Itinerary

Icefalls location

Day 2 - Icefalls in the Barranco del Alhori

  • Ice climbing techniques in an easy icefall
  • Approach time (from the refuge): 35/50 minutes
  • Icefall length: 120m
  • Icefall height difference: 90m
  • Difficulty: WI 1/2
Central Couloir location

Day 3 - Corredor Central del Alhori

  • Alpine Climbing
  • Approach time (from the refuge): 2/3 hours
  • Climbing time: 2/4 hours
  • Couloir length: 250m
  • Couloir height difference: 220m
  • Difficulty: PD-,45-50º

Day 4 - Corredor diagonal del Alhorí

  • Alpine Climbing
  • Approach time (from the refuge): 2/3 hours
  • Climbing time: 2/4 hours
  • Couloir length: 150m
  • Couloir height difference: 210m
  • Difficulty: PD, 50º

The company

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