7 days guided backpacking holiday for £595
• 15th to 22nd July
The Sierra Nevada is the third highest mountain range in Europe and boasts not only mainland Spain’s highest mountain, but over 20 peaks above 3,000 metres. Although mountain walking is becoming more popular in Spain, you can still climb many of the Sierra Nevada’s mountains and see no other people; many parts of this trip through the mountains retain that true wilderness quality.
This holiday involves 6 days of backpacking; 3 nights spent ‘wild’ camping and 3 nights in refuges. Although not technically difficult, the trip does involve some hard and committing days, but the effort is richly rewarded by dramatic views, and a real appreciation of the mountain environment.
3000 metre peaks Itinerary
We meet you at Malaga Airport and transport you to Lanjaron, gateway to the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada. We spend our first night in the Hotel Lanjaron and set about preparations for our expedition.
We depart from Lanjaron by car for Trevelez where we begin our walk. Trevelez is the highest village in Spain at 1480m. Our walk takes us up the Rio Trevelez to our first nights camp near the Lagunillo del Puerto at 2740m.
We ascend to the main Sierra Nevada ridge at Puerto Trevelez (2790m) and follow this via Puntal de Juntillas (3139m), Puntal de los Cuartos (3158m), Pico de la Justica o Atalaya (3135m) and Pico del Cuervo (3144m) before descending to the Laguna de Vacares (2790m) for our nights camp. If time and conditions permit it may be possible to bag 3 additional peaks, Picon de Jerez (3139m), Cereo Pelao (3181m) and Cerro del Mojon Alto (3167m) this will be decided by the guide on the day.
Starts with a short steep ascent back up to the ridge at 2980. We then continue our traverse over Puntal de Vacares (3136m), Puntal de las Calderetas (3066m), Puntal de El Goteron and Alcazaba (3371m), before descending to Siete Lagunas to make camp.
Today we ascend Mulhacen (3482m) the highest peak in mainland Spain. We descend down Mulhacen’s west ridge to the Caldera bivi Refuge (3040m) and descend the rio Mulhacen to the fully catered Poqueira refuge, where we will spend the night.
From the refuge we follow the Rio Seco to the old Sierra Nevada Road, which leads to the Carihuela bivy refuge, where we will spend the night. From here, an easy ascent of Veleta (3394m), mainland Spain’s 2nd highest mountain is possible.
For our final day, there is the possibility of an easy scramble along the Tajos de la Virgin or alternatively descending to the Lagunillies de la Virgin and picking up the Verea Corta which is a really nice path. Both ways bring us to the old Elorrieta Refuge (3060m). From The Elorrieta we follow the Verea Corta to the Caballo Refuge and an ascent of Cerro del Caballo (3005m) which is Europe’s most westerly 3000m peak.
All that remains is the 2 hour descent to the road head at Ventura 2100m where transport awaits to take us down a series of dirt tracks back to the hotel Lanjaron for a hotel bed and a beer!
We return you back to Malaga airport.
We reserve the right to change this itinerary depending on the weather, snow conditions and needs of the group.