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Year Round Mountain Guiding in the Sierra Nevada
Year Round Mountain Guiding in the Sierra Nevada
local guides, local people, local knowledge
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Regular expeditions to the Patagonian Icecap
Regular expeditions to the Patagonian Icecap
vast knowledge gained by over 40 years experience
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Expedition professionals to remote places
Expedition professionals to remote places
Berghaus sponsored expedition to ski volcanoes in Kamchatka
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Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada
Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada
experience you can trust!

Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada Mountain Guides

Year-round Mountain Guiding in the Sierra Nevada

Local guides, local people & local knowledge. Experience you can trust!

Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada are the most experienced, active and knowledgeable mix of foreign and spanish guides operating in the Sierra Nevada. Fully insured and licensed for both guiding activities and for operating as a travel agency.

Our guiding team and philosophy

  • Qualified local guides (speaking english and spanish), living & working permanently in Spain, with vast knowledge and experience of the Sierra Nevada in all weathers
  • Accredited providers and instructors of First Aid Courses in Andalucia
  • Fully licenced, Insured and Registered for "Turismo Activo" and "Agencia de Viajes" with the Junta De Andalucia. Bases in Lanjarón & Sevilla and the UK
  • Operator of a Responsible Travel and Environment Policy

We insist that our guides have to be the best! The hundreds of comments from previous clients are testament to a way of working that is uniquely "Spanish Highs".

Read our 352 client testimonials
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Guiding team

Our Guiding Team

Reviews Sierra Nevada Mountain Guides
  • Experienced and friendly team with intimate knowledge of the Sierra Nevada in all weathers gained from 12+ years of living year round in Lanjaron
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable people committed to the mountains and environment in which they work
  • Most work closely with local people in their spare time Accion Sierra Nevada, in refuge restoration and conservation work.

Since 2002 we have set ourselves incredibly high standards. Not just in mountain competence, but in the ability to communicate, interpret and inform. It is also most important for our clients to have fun!

All our trips have state of the art satellite communicators and access to emergency services at all times, as vast areas of the Sierras and Patagonia have no mobile signal.


Founder - Richard Hartley

"@spanishhighs superb leader", "excellent guide", "testament to your skill and teaching ability", "a master at what he does"

The mountains will always be there, the trick is making sure you are too Hervey Voge

Latest from TripAdvisor

Los Tres Picos Challenge

Did this with my youngest daughters (Morag,19 and Rhona,14) as a sponsored challenge for the charity Help Refugees and organised for us by Spanish Highs. We met Richard and Kierstan met us at Hotel Espana in Lanjaron on eve of our trip where we were...

Private day hike from Granada

Andrew customised the day hike for me and my daughter to our abilities - we were picked up and dropped off in Granada and the day in the mountains was a perfect accompaniment to the Alhambra - the views were stunning coated in wild flowers...

Stunning views on Peak of Trevenque day walk

Our group of 4 had a wonderful hike to the Peak of Trevenque, in the Cumbres Verdes range near Granada on April 10. The 'Moderate' grade is very accurate making for a thoroughly satisfying day. Beautiful views throughout and nice variation while going up and...

Latest Tesimonials

Bill Innes - Tres Picos Challenge

We started out the next day for Alcazaba which was rough reaching our starting off point about midday and not being climatised. Nonetheless we made it to the summit and then over a number of passes to the Refuge pretty whacked with Felipe’s support...

Johanna wild camping on the Tres Picos

Thank you SO much for a wonderful experience! You’ve been fast and easy to communicate with, very professional and Jane was a super trooper guide. Also, amazing photos was a terrific bonus! Thanks again...

Denise, Andrew & Caroline - Mulhacen Ascent

Just wanted to say a huge thanks for facilitating a wonderful experience for Andrew and Caroline when climbing Mulhacen last week. Everything was so easy and straightforward to arrange and Jens was a great guide for the trek.