The Sierra Nevada offers an ideal venue for Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions. Jane is a Gold DofE Assessor, and we have hosted groups from England for their Gold qualifying expedition and have also worked with an international school and open Award centre for all levels of the award.
There are a range of options to use as a base, including a simple refuge at 1000m (this has capacity for 20 people in 2 bunk rooms and kitchen facilities) a campsite near Lanjarón or basic hotel.
The following gives a flavour of what might be available, though in May some of this route may need to be modified if there is still snow, which is often the case until late June.
Day 1 Walking from the refuge to a wild camp at 2800m. The route is a mixture of mountain tracks and paths.
Day 2 Heading out from the wild camp to the head of the Rio Lanjarón, to pick up a trail to the ridge at 3,100m, then following a quite tricky path to the next valley & on to a road head 3200m. At the road head there is a bivouac refuge which can be used if bad weather or an ideal camp site near small lakes further along the track. 15k
Day 3 Bivouac/camp to wild camp 2 near a stream at 2400m this is a mix of high mountain track and mountain path. 15k
Day 4 Camp to Capileira at 1300m mostly mountain and forest path, 18k
There are other route options in the area and we can advise on these if required.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain range in southern Spain boasts Spain’s largest National Park and the highest mountain in mainland Spain, Mulhacen 3482m.
Situated just south of the city of Granada and 80Km east of Malaga. There are frequent flights to Malaga from most UK airports and to Granada from Manchester and Gatwick.
Our DofE service offers hosting leaders for a recce visit, back-up support to the teams and the services of an Assessor. Contact us to discuss the opportunities.