High Level Walking holidays in the Sierra Nevada region

The Sierra Nevada is ideal for high level walking and trekking. Easy access from a number of trail heads allows walkers to start high and get the most out of days in the mountains. The mountains though should not be underestimated and clients will need a good levelof fitness and some walking experience to get the most from these routes

MULHACEN. Lying at the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mulhacen is the highest peak in mainland Spain. With a variety of non technical walking routes Mulhacen is popular throughout the year and achievable for walkers and trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. We offer a number of guided walks up this emblematic peak.:-

Mountain bus/south ridge, when available we can use the mountain bus up to 2,700m before starting up the south ridge for about 700m of ascent  and 15km of walking.

Hoya de Portillo/south ridge.  A tougher day, we start at 2,100m and ascend nearly 1,400m. With over about 28km of walking this day needs a higher level of fitness.

Poqueira refuge/west ridge. This two day trip is ideal for those who want to experience the best that Mulhacen has to offer.

After an easier first days walk arrive at the manned Poqueira refuge for evening meal, basic bunk style accommodation and breakfast. For the harder second day we leave the refuge at 2,500m and head up the Rio Mulhacen valley to El Caldera and a final ascent of the west ridge to the summit.

Guided walking and trekking up Mulhacen starts from 50E pp based on a group of four.


Mulhacen , Sierra Nevada guided walking


As well as Mulhacen there are many other walking and trekking routes in the Sierra Nevada. The other two main summits are Veleta an Alcazaba. Veleta at 3,327m is usualy climbed from the west and is a relatively easy walk whilst Alcazaba 3364m is usualy done from the refuge as part of an extended stay in the mountains.



Piedra de Vienta, Walking in the Sierra Nevada

High level walking. The example week shown is based on two sharing 1* hotel in Lanjaron for B&B and one night full board at Poqueira refuge. Including airport transfers (Malaga) and five days guided walking, transport and packed lunches. From 700 E per person mid season.

Day 1 Pick up from airport and transfer to Lanjaron.

Day 2 ‘Silleta de Padul’, a great acclimatisation walk to start the week with a total ascent of around 800m passing the ‘rock of the winds’ to reach a high point of 1,540m..   The inal summit is reached by a short airy ridge walk with stunning views of the western 3,000m+ peaks of Veleta and Caballo.

Day 3 ‘’Tello’’ from Lanjaron  a circuit of the mountain directly above the village to 1,600m. The route follow an old mule track  in the Rio Lanjaron valley before traversing the mountain side and descending back to the village through pine forest and olive groves.

Day 4 ‘’ Veleta’’ This walk takes us up the second highest peak in the range at 3396m. We ascend from above Granada’s ski village on what this in summer is a non technical walk with stunning views across the north faces of the big three peaks of the range, Valetta, Mulhacen and Alcazaba.

Day 5 ‘’Poqueira Refuge’’ , a short  day takes us in to this well appointed  mountain refuge which sits at 2,500m on the southern slopes of Mulhacen. We stay overnight enjoying an evening meal and bunk accommodation.

Day 6 ‘’Mulhacen’’ The true pinnacle of the week this last summit is, at 3482m the highest point in mainland Spain. Normally we follow the spectacular Rio Mulhacen valley before ascending the  steep west ridge as it soars above the north face of the mountain.

Day 7 Depart for airport.

High level weeks can be easily be adapted and run throughout the year with start and finish dates to suit your needs and availability.

Alcazaba and Siete Lagunas




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0034)696 354 824

Address: Aptd 88, Lanjaron
18420 Granada, Spain

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Martin Riley who runs The Life of Riley is a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and the first British guide to become a member of the Spanish Mountain Guides Associacion. Martin holds public liability insurance with Axa Winterthur.

Martin has long experience of working and playing in the hills and mountains. Walking and climbing in the UK and Europe for over 30 years and having lived and worked in Lanjaron since 2005 he has an extensive knowledge of the region’s mountains and wildlife. Prior to living in Spain he managed a Countryside Ranger service and an activity centre in the north of England.