Guided Snowshoeing Tours in the Sierra Nevada

Backcountry Snowshoeing tours into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada

Deep mid winter snows at the Refugio Cebollar
Deep mid winter snows at the Refugio Cebollar
High forest bowls above Puente Palo
High forest bowls above Puente Palo
Open snow slopes above Hoya del la Mora
Open snow slopes above Hoya del la Mora

About the Snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada

During the winter months snow is in abundance; and with great trails offering wonderful scenery, snowshoers will find this a wonderful destination. Moreover, snowshoers of every level of skill and experience will find plenty of trails to meet their desires and needs.

If you've never tried it....you should! Its good fun and very easy to learn. We take you to some gentle locations for your first steps. After a brief learning curve we can progress to longer and harder tours.

Snowshoeing.... Why do it?

Our Snowshoeing Tours

Where?

There are many great places to try out your snowshoes. Email Spanish Highs Mountain Guides for suggestions in the Sierra Nevada. Once you feel comfortable, you might like to try out a new hiking trail.

When?

Any time you want during December to May (if there are at least 4 inches snow on the ground)! Snowshoeing is a great activity by itself or combined with other outdoor pursuits like winter camping, backcountry snowboarding and skiing, sledding, or running. When you have a pair of snowshoes, there are no more excuses for not getting out and enjoying winter.

For Who?

The good news is that anyone who can walk can go snowshoeing. From young kids to senior citizens. Depending on your age and weight range there will be a shoe that will fit your specific needs.

We have snowshoes available from well know makes such as Tubbs, Salomen and Camp. Hire costs are included in the tour guided prices.

Cicerone Guidebook to the Sierra Nevada

Day Tours frequently used

  • Puente Palo - easy access from Lanjaron. Forests and some open hillsides. Some peaks can be ascended on snowshoes from here.
  • Hoya del Portillo - above the high white village of Capileira. Various excursions possible here.
  • Hoya de la Mora and Barranco de San Juan - high snowbowls in a quiet valley
  • Sierra de Huetor - we have worked out some marvellous round trip tours through the pine forests of this magnificent Natural Park. We also offer Canicross here.
  • Puerta de la Ragua - A 2000m high road pass through the eastern Sierra Nevada. Forests, open hillsides and simple peaks available.
  • Casa Forestal La Pluca and Las Alegas - a high dirt track allows access to forests and hillsides up to 2700m, with superb views to Mulhacen, Veleta and the other main Sierra Nevada peaks.
  • Cumbres Verdes - when the snow is low and access to our 4WD vehicles is possible the Cumbres Verdes gives entertaining and variable snowshoeing in dry ravines and green valleys.
  • Valley of the Rio Lanjaron - not many venture here to snowshoe in winter but we have obtained quick access from the SE. The valley is normally snowsure until end May giving late season snowshoeing.

snowshowing trail magazine video

Snowshoeing Articles from our Blog

Snowshoeing in the forests of the Alpujarras

Snowshoeing in the forests of the Alpujarras

There is no finer place to enjoy a day’s snowshoeing after recent snowfall than above Puente Palo in the pine forests of the Alpujarras. Last week we were privileged to enjoy the company of a family from the USA, as we guided them on a days snowshoeing...

Sierra Nevada Snowshoeing Tours - new routes for winter

Sierra Nevada Snowshoeing Tours - new routes for winter

For winter we have some new locations, far away from anybody else including some new forests accessible only by 4WD vehicles. These should give superb snowshoeing from mid-December until end of May. We tried them out last year and it’s now time to launch!

Snowshoeing above Capielira, Alpujarras

We are all born, we all die, it’s what you do in between that counts

Recollections of a hard snowshoeing trek to and from the Poqueira hut in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains in difficult snow conditions. At times we had blizzard conditions which made it an epic and, at times, very testing journey.

Dates & Prices

When?

Prices

Group size (per booking): (prices are per person per day)
  • 1 person - cost €130
  • 2 persons - cost €85
  • 3 persons - cost €75
  • 4 persons - cost €65

Definition of "Group" - if you are booking a trip for 2 persons the 2 person rate applies, 3 persons - 3 person rate etc (not dependent on eventual total group size!).

Price includes:
  • Guiding
  • Local transport to and from Lanjaron/trailhead
  • Backup vehicles
  • Gear hire - snowshoes
  • We have a limited number of trekking poles for the use of guests if required

Over 4 persons - Group discounts apply. Enquire via email or contact form

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