Day Walking Tours to mountain lakes of the high Sierra Nevada, Spain

Escape the heat! Join us for day and multi-day hiking trips to visit the beautiful, quiet summer mountain lakes of the Sierra Nevada

Walk the High Mountain Lakes

Much of the walking is above 3000m on rough but well tracked paths. Some steep sections are met but generally the trekking is relaxed and easy. We allow plenty of opportunity to relax by the lakes. 3 of our 4 walks start and end at the ski area above Granada. Pick up and drop off either in Lanjaron or Granada (Alhambra Palace area).

We have 4 tours of different grades and difficulty so that families as well as hardened trekking types can visit these lovely lakes.

Easy access to 3 walks via the ski area (chair lifts or Hoya de la Mora autobus or high trailhead) above Granada.


The walks can only be done when the snow has retreated and almost disappeared. That generally means from late May to October, inclusive each year, but you should check with us first to ensure we are able to run the trip.

Between June and October the Sierra Nevada provides some superb locations for high altitude trekking and for wild camping. Water is plentiful thanks to the numerous rivers, streams and lakes. They are beautiful and peaceful situations to spend the night. Locations: Lavaderos de la Reina, Laguna de Calderetas, upper Rio Lanjaron valley.

Escape the heat and walk to high mountain lakes on the northern flanks or secret places of the Sierra Nevada

For many local people the mountain lakes of the upper Lanjaron valley is the “Shangri-La”, a mystical place that provides year round water to the lower levels of the Alpujarras. It is almost a pilgrimage for them. Our walks are designed to take in the best these mountain lakes have to offer.


  • Dates - May to October

  • Prices - from €65 per person per day

Choose from the following graded walks:

Leisurely Moderate Challenging Tough

Months Available

Jan No
Feb No
Mar No
Apr No
May Yes
Jun Yes
Jul Yes
Aug Yes
Sept Yes
Oct Yes
Nov No
Dec No

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The Hiking!

Circular Tour Carihuela, Lagunillas, Yeguas

Circular walk visting Embalse de Las Yeguas (2900m), Lagunillas de la Virgen (2960m), Collado de Carihuela, optional ascent of Veleta (3394m).

Map of easy summer walk in the Sierra Nevada

Refugio Elorrieta and Lagunillas

Walk up to the Elorietta hut passing Embalse de la Yeguas and Lagunillas. The views of the upper Lanjaron valley are stunning! Return same way.

Map showing route to Refugio Elorrieta

Lagunas Galbata and Larga - secluded northern lakes

Walk along the northern flanks of the Sierra Nevada. Drop into Coral de Veleta and traverse the valley before rising steeply to Veta Grande.

Narrow paths lead to the secluded and rarely seen Laguna Galbata and Laguna Larga. Then up to the Col de Ciervo and back on good tracks to the start via Col de Carihuela passing Laguna Rio Seco and Laguna Aguas Verdes en route.

Map of route across Northern side of Sierra Nevada

Lakes of the Lanjarón Valley

Access from Lanjaron. 4WD transport to Mirador de Rinconada above Niguelas. Walk up to the lake at Cerro de Caballo. From the Cerro de Caballo refugio by the Laguna de Caballo we head north along the “Verada Cortada”, passing the Laguna Cuadrada before reaching the Laguna de Lanjaron.

Then its back down the valley or optional extension over the ridges back to the car. Also visits Laguna de Caballo(2850m), Laguna Cuadrada (2930m), Laguna Charca Pala (2950m), Laguna de Lanjaron (2980m).

Map of the walking hiking route in the Lanjaron valley

The company

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UK Office tel: +44 7307 690281 (by prior appointment via email)

Spanish Highs Tours Ltd
Company Number 09960909 Registered in England & Wales

Head Office: 41 Axholme Drive, Epworth, DN91EL, North Lincolnshire, UK. Registered Office: 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU, England

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