Project Description

This is a beautiful week of trekking in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Southern Spain, climbing three of the highest mountains in mainland Spain (including the highest) which are all more than 3000m high.

Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain – Flying into Malaga
Price: £595 per person
Ratio: 1:4
Length: 5 days

Who is the trek trip suitable for?

This trip is suitable for any keen hillwalker who would like to explore the Sierra Nevada mountains and climb the highest mountains in mainland Spain. There will be no technical climbing, no glaciers and no specialist equipment required.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Sierra Nevada National Park is a paradise for walkers, with an incredible range of scenery on offer. Beautiful river valleys and pine forests give way to seemingly barren mountains with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and Granada. On a clear day, you can even see right across the Mediterranean to Morocco.

One of the most appealing aspects of walking in the Sierra Nevada is the incredible peace and quiet. Due to the huge size of the national park and the fact that few people outside Spain are aware of the excellent hiking available, you can spend the whole day in the mountains and hardly meet anyone. In fact, the Sierra Nevada National Park covers 85,883 hectares, making it the biggest national park in Spain.

The highest peaks in the park are Mulhacén (3479 metres above sea level, making it the highest mountain in mainland Spain), Veleta (3396 m) and Alcazaba (3336 m) and during our week we plan to climb all three.

The park is incredibly rich in plant and animal life, much of it unique to the area. You are likely to see lots of rare flowers, birds and lizards, as well as the occasional ibex.

The Programme:

We will meet at Malaga airport and share hire cars. Here is a sample program:

Sunday – Fly into Malaga Airport (Easyjet – Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow). Transfer 1h45 to Monachil

Monday – Climb Trevenque 2100m (6 hours 16km 1000m)

Tuesday – Climb Velta 3345m (6 hours 23km 850m ascent from ski area)

Wednesday – Transfer to hut for 2 nights 1.45hour drive. Walk into Refuge Pogueira (2.5hours, 600m)

Thursday – Climb Alcazaba 3371m (8 hours from hut to hut, 21km, 1200m)

Friday – Climb Mulhacen 3479m (Spain’s highest mainland peak)(6 hours over peak and back to car) walk out to car head to Malaga Airport (2.5 hour drive)

What is included in the course cost?

The course fee includes leadership and logisitical organisation.
You will need to pay for your own flights and transfers. You will need to book your own hotel in Monachil and we will book the mountain huts and get you to pay the hut directly when we arrive. This part of Spain is pretty cheap compared to the Alpine countries, you can get a good meal out with drinks for 20 Euros.

 

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Testimonials:

Hi Rob – 

Whilst it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was recording how much I had enjoyed joining you and Sandy in Torridon last month, I must now again convey my thanks to the pair of you for laying-on a truly magnificent weeks trekking in Sierra Nevada.

The abundant daily sunshine and cooling winds couldn’t have been better for our ascents of the three highest mountains – Mulhacén (3479m), Veleta (3398m) and Alcazaba (3371) – on the mainland of Spain from our base in Monachil. Together with the last, lower and most enjoyable ascent of Trevenque (2079m) on Friday, ensured a week to top any in the mountains anywhere. 

The assembled company of Miriam, Claire, Steve, Sarah and Stephen were personification of your ability to bring like minded, fun loving people together. 

Great to have been along with everyone. 

Bob – October 2019 – Read blog post from that trip here

 

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