A unique journey through the Sierra Nevada mountains, with the mighty Mulhacén in view. We start in the south at the mountain village of Capileira, following the GR240 to Trevelez, then over a high mountain pass to the north of the range, with it’s rugged scenery and wonderful views of the high peaks. From here we traverse the northern slopes staying in mountain refuges before returning to the south side for a final ascent of the two highest mountains, Veleta and Mulhacén itself. A true mountain experience and we believe a worthy challenge to the popular Tour of Mont Blanc!
Mulhacén situated in The Sierra Nevada National Park near the city of Granada around two hours drive from Malaga. There are several long distance trails passing through or around the Sierra Nevada, but none that combine the villages, the highest peaks and pass through the different and varied climatic and wildlife zones in a way that can be enjoyed.
Our aim with The Tour of Mulhacén is to combine the best aspects of the Sierra Nevada National and Natural Parks, that make them such a special place, into a week long hike. This includes an ascents of the mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacén 3482m.
8th – 16th August 2019
5th – 13th September 2019
• 8 days of guided walking with a qualified International Mountain Leader
• 9 nights accommodation with a mixture of hostels and catered mountain refuges, 2 nights in bivouac refuges.
• all meals whilst on trek
• support vehicle to carry bags for 4 days
Day 1 Meet in Capileira for pre-trip briefing
Day 2 Capileira to Trevelez.
Taking the National Park bus to 2,300m with great views of Mulhacén, then following the GR240 to the highest village in Andalucia.
4 hours walking, mostly downhill.
Day 3 Trevelez to The Postero Alto Refuge.
Ascending the Rio Trevelez to Puerto Trevelez before descending to the Postero Alto Refuge. About 8 hours walking with 1500m of ascent.
Day 4 Postero Alto Refuge to The Peña Partida Refugio (shelter).
An easier day with a chance to pass the spectacular waterfalls of Los Lavaderos de la Reina. About 6 hours walking with about 650m of ascent.
Day 5 Peña Partida to Cortijo Hornillo (shelter)
A lovely walk taking in parts of the iconic Estrella de la Nieves path with great views of the northern slopes of the mountains. 13.5km 880m ascent.
Day 6 Cortijo Hornillo to the University Albergue at Hoya de la Mora
8km with 850m of ascent. About 8 hours walking.
Day 7 Hoya de la Mora to the Refugio Poqueira via Veleta (3394m)
We take the National Park bus to 3000m then and make an ascent of Veleta, before returning to the old Sierra Nevada road and the delightful Rio Seco to the Refugio Poqueira. 6hrs.
Day 8 An ascent of Mulhacén (3479m).
We ascend Mulhacén from the south, then descend via the spectacular west ridge. We end the day with a celebration in the Refugio Poqueira. 7 to 8 hours
Day 8 Refugio Poqueira to Capileira
A descent of the delightful Rio Poqueira back to Capileira. 4 to 5 hours.
Day 9 Depart.
We reserve the right to change this itinerary depending on the weather, snow conditions and needs of the group.
This is not a technically difficult trip, but you will need to have a reasonable degree of fitness and be able to carry all your own gear and some food for the week.
We do not include transport to or from Capiliera. There are buses from Granada (last bus at 4pm) or airport car hire is relatively inexpensive