Trekking the Sierra Nevada: Mulhacen and Veleta

Join us in the summer of 2019 on this unforgettable walking experience in the Sierra Nevada, southern Spain. We have an experience of more than 15 years with this hiking tour and only offer it in the middle of the summer, when most of the snow has disappeared and the chances of bad weather are minimal. Due to the altitude the temperatures and walking conditions here are generally excellent in this time of the year.

You are led by a qualified English speaking guide as you cross this tremendous mountain range and climbing the 2 highest mountains of the Sierra Nevada. This hiking tour is suitable for everyone with a good health and sufficient walking experience. It is mountainwalking and not mountainclimbing.

As a starter we will walk on the 3rd day to the top of the Maroma (with an altitude 2067 metres/6782 feet the highest mountain of the province of Málaga). We don’t start from sea-level and we will make use of our Landrovers to the starting/ending point. The ascent/descent of this walk is 470 metres/1542 feet.

On the 4th day we will climb the Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain (3482 metres/11424 feet). The ascent of this walk is 800 metres/2625 feet, the descent is 1000 metres/3281 feet.

On the 5th day we will climb the Veleta, the second highest mountain in mainland Spain (3392 metres/11129 feet). The ascent of this walk is 900 metres/2953 feet, the descent is 1200 metres/3937 feet.

The last 2 days of this holiday are reserved for culture, you will stay 2 nights in Granada and may visit the world famous Alhambra.
This guided holiday week costs € 578,- (Euros) p.p. half board.

2019 DATES: We are running this walk twice during 2019. The holiday starts on each of the following dates:
2 July & 20 August. (max. number of participants per tour: 12).

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Mulhacen, Veleta and the Alhambra

You will stay the first 3 nights in Cómpeta for acclimatisation, from where we will do walks to an altitude of more than 2000 metres under the guidance of an experienced mountain guide. On day 4 we will drive to Capileira. A microbus will bring us from Capileira to an altitude of 2700 metres from where we will climb to the top of the Mulhacén (3483 m) together with our guide. We will stay one night in the mountain hut Refugio Poqueira (2500 m) and the next day, after climbing to the top of the Veleta (3394 m), we will walk with our guide to the ski village Pradollano (2100 m) on the other side of the mountain range. There we will stay in a luxury apartment. The last 2 nights we will stay in the centre of Granada. Upon arrival in Granada we will do a walk with our guide in the nature reserve above Granada along the irrigation system of the Alhambra and the next day you may visit the Alhambra itself.

Sierra Nevada Snow

We offer trekking the Sierra Nevada only in the months of July and August. Then the mountains are largely snowfree, the chance of bad weather in those months is minimal and even though it is very hot in the rest of Spain, here it is generally pleasant walking weather because of the high altitudes. Both the Mulhacen as the Veleta can be reached without tools, so it is mountainwalking and not mountainclimbing.

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1st day
Arrival in Cómpeta, dinner and night in comfortable apartment.

2nd day
Breakfast, walk with guide from Cómpeta (± 4 hours), dinner and night Cómpeta.

3rd day
Breakfast, transfer to Llanadas de Sedella (altitude 1600 m). First peak: Walk with guide to an altitude of 2067 metres (top La Maroma). Duration of the walk ± 5 hours, dinner and night Cómpeta.

4th day
Breakfast, transfer to Capileira. Second peak: Transfer by microbus to Alto del Chorillo (2700 m). From there unforgettable guided walk to the top of the Mulhacén (3482 m) and descent through the valley of Rio Mulhacén to the mountain hut Refugio Poqueira (± 14 km/7 hours/ difference in altitude 980 m). Dinner and night in mountain hut (bunkbeds and communal bathroom). You will have to carry your necessary things for 1 night in a rucksack. The rest of your baggage will be transported directly to the ski village Pradollano.

5th day
Breakfast in Refugio del Poqueira. Third peak: Walk with guide from the Refugio Poqueira climbing via the savage valley of the Rio Seco to the top of the Veleta (3392 m) and descent on the other side of the mountain range to the ski village Pradollano (± 16 km/8 hours/difference in altitude 1200 m). Dinner and night in comfortable apartment.

6th day
Breakfast in Pradollano. Transfer to Granada (± 30 km). Guided walk above the Alhambra along the acequia real (± 8 km/2 hours/difference in altitude 150 m). Overnight in Hotel Salvador, a good 2 star hotel in a quiet street in the centre of Granada.

7th day
Day of rest. Optional visit to the Alhambra. Overnight in Hotel Salvador Granada.

8th day
End of the hiking tour, by bus from Granada to the airport of Málaga (± 1½ hours).

Included in the price are: All local transfers around Cómpeta, transfer from Cómpeta to Capileira, transfer from Capileira by microbus on day 4 to Alto del Chorillo, transfer from the ski village Pradollano to Granada, 7 nights in the mentioned accommodations in a double or twinbed room (except in the mountain hut) on the basis of half board (breakfast and dinner, except in Granada), personal assistance on all walking days by an English speaking qualified guide, transport on day 4 of your heavy baggage from Capileira directly to Pradollano.

Not included in the price are: The airfares from the UK (or elsewhere) to and from airport Málaga, bustransfer public bus airport Málaga – Cómpeta (€ 7,50), bustransfer public bus Granada – airport Málaga (€ 12,-, we will give you extensive instructions), meals in Granada, lunches and drinks. There are several supermarkets in Cómpeta, Capileira and many in Granada, for lunch costs reckon with € 3,- to € 5,- per day. Single room supplement € 124,-.

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