Sea to Summit Trek, Spain

The Sea to Summit (Mulhacen) Challenge Trek, Spain

A Charity Challenge Trek from the Mediterranean Sea to the summit of Mulhacen, Spain in 3 days

Made it to the summit of Mulhacen!

Sea to Summit Challenge Spain!

A tough 3 day trek from the sea at La Rábita to the summit of Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain

Is it for me?

Be in no doubt. This is a serious trek. A tough personal or charity challenge. A certain mental resilience will be required.

The trek takes 3 days. With 56km and over 5000m ascent involved this will challenge even the seasoned hillwalker. The route is mainly on good hill and mountain tracks. Some are rough at times with some rough sections especially above 3000m.

There is a short amount of road walking necessary to cross the Sierra de Contraviesa but our route has been designed to avoid as much of this as possible.

Looking back to the Mediterranean Sea

The Sea to Summit Trek, Route Itinerary

Day 1

Crossing the Sierra de Contraviesa

  • 8-9 hours walking
  • Start by the sea at the coastal town of La Rabita
  • Northwards to Albuñol
  • Ascend the valley north of Albuñol to cross the Sierra de Contraviesa A-345 watershed
  • Descend and cross the A-348 and onto the village of Lorbas
  • Hotel/Guest house accommodation in the village of Lobras or town of Cadiar (transport provided)
Day 2

The toughest day!

  • 8-9 hours walking
  • Ascend up to the village of Juviles
  • Join the GR7 path and follow to the town of Trevelez
  • Steep climb up to the Alto de Chorrillo (the hard bit!)
  • Drop gently down to the Refugio Poqueira at 2500m
  • Night in the Refugio Poqueira (beds, blankets, food, drinks, shop etc)
Day 3

Summit day!

  • 8 hours walking
  • Ascend alongside the Rio Mulhacen to the Collado del Ciervo (2hrs)
  • Ascend the west flank of Mulhacen to the summit at 3482m (1.5hrs)
  • Descend the south ridge of Mulhacen to the Hoya del Portillo 2150m (3hrs)
  • Transport picks you up and returns you to Lanjaron (1hr 15mins)


We operate this trek in the May, June, September, October and November each year (the summer is far too hot at lower levels).


  • Guiding cost - €85 per person per day (Min group size 4). Includes transport to/from Lanjaron to the start at La Rabita and end at Hoya de la Mora
  • Accommodation cost - allow €30 per person per night + food and drink


  • You will travel with light day packs only
  • Make sure you wear well broken in boots or approach shoes
  • Do some training beforehand!

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Walking across the Contraviesa, Mulhacen ahead

Route Map and Statistics

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Map of sea to summit trekking route

Start: La Rábita, Costa Almeria End: Mulhacen summit 3482m Notes: Remember that the summit is not the end! There is still a 3 hour walk with nearly 1300m of descent back to the trailhead at Hoya del Portillo

Summit of Mulhacen
Success! Summit of Mulhacen

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