Trekking Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada extends through the regions of Almeria and Granada. It measures 78 km from east to west and is 30km in the west and 15km in the east. This is the highest massif in Europe after the Alps, with Mulhacen being the highest peak in mainland Spain at 3482 metres.
The diversity of this region, which ranges from 500 metres in the Las Alpujarras to over 3000 metres in the Sierra Nevada gives the walker a fantastic week of varying landscapes, wildlife and climate.
The guided walking holiday is catered for people who wish to have some challenging walks and to walk at a high altitude. We walk up the highest mountain in mainland Spain, Mulhacen. At 3482 m it is the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada.
Walking Holiday Sierra Nevada
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided Tours, Hotel to Hotel, Trekking, Walking Holiday
- Activity Level Strenuous
- Group Size Small Group
This guided walking holiday is for people who want to walk up the highest mountain in mainland Spain and have some long days trekking. We start in Capileira and walk the Poqueira Gorge before making our way to the Refugio via a little used path. From here we climb Mulhacen and down to Trevelez where we spend a comfortable night. . Then we have a long days walk to the next hotel just outside Cadiar, Alqueira De Morayma. A Free day of going to Granada or just relaxing in the village From here we hike the Berchules circuit – one of our favourite walks.
We walk on average 6-8 hours a day, there are long ascents and descents on some days. The paths can sometimes be rough under foot. Most people can undertake this holiday if they walk regularly or are relatively fit.
The Route:- Capleira – Refugio De Poqueira – Mulhacen – Trevelez – Cadiar – Berchules
Airport Transfers from Malaga or Granada
6 Nights En-suite Hotel Accommodation, 1 Night in the Poqueira Refugio(dormitory)
All Evening Meals
Lunches on Walk days
5 Guided Walks
All Transport in the week
Flights, personal snacks/drinks
- Day1 Airport Pickup
Meet at Malaga airport and leave for Capileira at 14.00hrs.
Go through the week and answer any questions.
Evening meal in Hotel Finca Los Llanos.
- Day2 Poqueira Valley - 3 Villages 10km (can be extended to 18km)
Hotel –Villages of the Poquiera Gorge 5-6 hours 10km
We will walk from the hotel and descend to the river below Capileira and carry on down the river to the lowest of the villages, Pampaniera. Lunch in a bar here before we follow the Gr7 up to Bubion before carrying back to Capileira.
- Day3 Poquiera Refuigio - 16km 6-8hrs
Poquiera Refuigio – 16km 6-8hrs
Using a little used path following the hydro-electric water pipe and then following a dramatic cliff all the way around to the refugio.
- Day4 Refugio -Mulhacen(3482m) - Trevelez 8/10 hrs
Refugio -Mulhacen(3482m) – Trevelez 8/10 hrs
Walking from the highest village in Spain Trevelez (the famous ham curing centre),.we follow a good track up to Siete Lagunas, one of the most beautiful parts of the Sierra’s before we make our way to the summit of mainland Spain, Mulhacen. After a break we descend to the Siete Lagunas and then on to Trevelez for a well earned drink.
- Day5 Trevelez - Hotel Aquiera De Morayma 19km
Trevelez – Alquiera de Morayma 19km 6-8 hrs
A great walk from Trevelez all the way down into the Cadiar Valley, walking through Juviles, Timar and Lobras before finally coming to the beautiful hotel of Alquiera de Morayma. Our base for the next three nights.
- Day6 Free Day 0r Granada Excursion
Free Day Or Trip to Granada and the Alhambra(50 Euro per person min 2 people) A visit to the Alambra and then to the moorísh baths for pampering, if you wish(30 Euro extra) or just some free time in the historic city of Granada, eating, drinking and shopping.
- Day7 Berchules Circuit 15km
Transfer to Berchules 15mins
Berchules Circuit – 15km 6-8hrs
A great walk taking in another valley that sweeps down from the Sierra Nevada. Walking to the moors last stand and then on and up, climbing through a cool pine forest. Before coming out for great views of the Las Alpujarras below.
- Day8 Return to Airport
Transfer to Granada or Malaga airport
Hotel Finca Los Llanos 3 * Rural
A charming family run hotel in the lovely village of Capilerira. Rooms are large and all en-suite. There is a swimming pool open most of the year. Wi-fi in all the rooms. Evening meals in the restaurant. If busy it will be a good hot buffet.
Refugio Poqueira (Mountain Refuge)
A manned mountain hut with bar and restaurant, and amazing views if the Sierra Nevada and stars at night. Stay in dormitories in the refuge.
Hotel La Fragua 2* Rural
Situated in the top barrio of Trevelez. They have two hotels and an excellent restaurant in the middle of them. Good sized comfortable en-suite rooms with wifi. Small swimming pool available May – Sept.
Hotel Alquiera De Morayma 2* Rural
A beautiful hotel with large rooms all with fabulous views of the Sierra Nevada. Large swimming pool open May – Sept. Wifi in bar/restaurant. Excellent restaurant.
En-suite rooms based on 2 people sharing a room
If you would like to have your own room, there is a 120 Euro surcharge.
We pay this to the hotels and do not profit from it.
1 Good pair of walking boots, preferably not brandnew
2 Walking poles, if you are not confident on loose ground
3 Waterproofs- especially if you are going high
4 Warm jacket, Fleece etc
5 Sun hat
6 Sun Cream
7 Sun Glasses
8 Comfortable backpack
9 Water bottle/ camel pack
10 Travel insurance
11 Health card
12 Blister plasters
As you will be partaking in an activity holiday, it is a condition that you are adequately covered by the relevant insurance for medical and holiday cover. You will be asked to send proof of insurance when you have booked a holiday with us. We also recommend that you obtain your EHIC card which enables a citizen from the EU to health care anywhere within the EU.
Most holiday insurance companies include walking as part of their normal policy – just make sure it goes up to 3500m if you are walking Mulhacen.
All our guided itineraries have airport transfers included. We recommend Malaga to fly into and contact us and we will discuss with you the pick up options available.
Of course you can. If you are willing to share a room then there is no problem but if you want your own room there is a single supplement charge applicable.(120 Euro for 7 nights)
We keep our guided groups to 8 people. We feel the group works better in a small more personalised group.
No, the choice is yours. If you want free day then just inform us at the time and we can hopefully give you other options or if you feel a walk maybe too much for you we can usually arrange a shorter version for you.
We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.
All the hotels can cater for any diet. If you have a particularly allergy, just let us know and we will make sure the hotels are aware.