The Sea to Summit (Mulhacen) Challenge Trek, Spain

Charity Challenge Trek from Mediterranean Sea to summit of Mulhacen

Sea to Summit Trek, Spain
Sea to Summit Trek, Spain

Are you up for the "Sea to Summit" Trekking Challenge?

A tough 3 day trek from the sea at Castell de Ferro 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 82km in total (64km to the actual summit of Mulhacen) and nearly 5000m ascent from coast to mountain summit, 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.

The descent from the summit is to the village of Capileira in the Alpujarras.

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Sea to Summit
Very Tough Linear walk

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The Sea to Summit Trek, Route Itinerary

Looking back to the Mediterranean Sea

Day 1

Crossing the Sierra de Contraviesa

  • 9 hours walking
  • Start by the sea at the coastal town of Castell de Ferro
  • Northwards along a broad ridge towards the village of Rabite
  • Cross over the crest of the Sierra de Contraviesa, down through Alcazar and onwards to Torvizcon
  • No accommodation in Torvizcon, so bus back to Lanjaron (45 mins)

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Crossing Contraviesa
Tough Linear walk

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Walking across the Contraviesa, Mulhacen ahead

Day 2

The toughest day!

  • 12 hours walking
  • Ascend up to the village of Almegijar and over the Portichuelo de Castares
  • 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)

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To Poqueira Refuge
Very Tough Linear walk

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Summit of Mulhacen

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)

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Mulhacen summit
Very Tough Linear walk

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Map of sea to summit trekking route

Route Map and Further Info

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Start: Castell de Ferro, Costa Granada

Objective: Mulhacen summit 3482m

End: Capileira, Alpujarras

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

Important! Please note that on the evening of Day 1 there is no accommodation at Torvizcon nor anywhere close. We normally bus clients back to suitable accommodation and then back again next morning.


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!

Winter on the Summit of Mulhacen

The 4 Day Winter Option

The winter option is possible, but these are high mountains and will contain snow, ice and possibly poor conditions. That's why we allow 4 days to do the Challenge.

Changes to summer itinerary:

  • A longer time - 4 days instead of 3
  • Day 2 route change - we now go from Torvizcon to Capileira so missing the steep and likely snowbound Alto de Chorrillo
  • Day 3 - we spend the night at the Refugio Poqueira (2500m) on the flanks of Mulhacen

Please note that during the winter months many hotels close so we shall have less options for you at this time of year.

Winter Itinerary

Day 1 - Castell de Ferro to Torvizcon (as summer)

Day 2 - Torvizcon to Capileira via the Taha del Pitres

Day 3 - Capileira to Refugio Poqueira via the Barranco del Poqueira. Night at refuge.

Day 4 - to Mulhacen summit and return to Capileira

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Winter itinerary
Very Tough Linear walk

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