6 Day itinerary in Spain, Europe

Trek Sierra Nevada

Welcome to the South. To the highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula. To the southernmost mountain range in Europe. And to a snow kingdom with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Sierra Nevada stands out for its great climate, although being a high-altitude route –we will be above 3000 m... Read More

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Jérez del Marquesado

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Outdoors & Nature






Cross the most alpine zones of Sierra Nevada, from East to West


Passing over more than eight 3.000m high peaks, together with the Mediterranean Sea views


Discover during the way the most famous legends about these mountains


Hit the Summit of the Mulhacen, the highest mountain in the Peninsula.


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Day 1

place Gaining height

Jerez de Marquesado is located in the high plateau of Zenete, at 1.200m in the province of Granada. The stage starts in the village where we will follow a path, always ascending, to reach the Postero Alto hut. It is a first contact and approaching stage. Distance: 7 km. Elevation gain + 670m - 35m Time: 2 hours

Meals: Dinner


  • Hostel Accommodation: Refugio Postero Alto
Day 2

place Postero Alto hut - Poqueira hut

It is a demanding stage due to the elevation and distance covered. In this stage we will test our mental endurance. We will start very early, with a firs ascent of 2-3 hours walking to Puntal de Juntillas, our first 3.000 meters peak of the tour, with an elevation gain of more than 1.000m. From here, we will leave towards Alcazaba peak. The terrain is rocky and broken and the path goes up and down reaching some summits over 3.000 m high (Puntal de los Cuartos, El Cuervo, Puntal de Vacares....) The view over the mountain range is spectacular, with the Mediterranean Sea to the South and a north face with the view of Güejar mountain range. During the tour we will pass over some mountain lakes, remains of the ice age with popular legends about its origin, like Vacares Lake. After 6 hours of walking and reaching another 6 summits of 3.000 meters, we will detour to the lonely Stone of Yunque, at the bottom of the hill of Alcazaba. From here, we will take a comfortable path to reach the emblematic 7 lakes corrie, between the Alcazaba and Mulhacen Peaks. From there we will make a little ascent before a long descent to Poqueira hut, where we could relax, stretch, have a shower and have a good dinner. Variant through Basar de la Alcazaba: It is a more alpine, demanding, and exposed route, since it crosses the north face and it will be chosen depending on the weather conditions, timing and group. Overstep the Puntal de las Calderetas and just before Goterón, we will take the north face of Alcazaba through the basar that crosses it up at 3.100m. This route will take us to the col of 7 lakes between Mulhacen and Alcazaba towards the 7 lakes corrie. From here we will continue to Poqueira Hut as in the normal route. Distance: 26 km. Elevation gain + 2.240m - 1.600m. Time: 10-11 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Hostel Accommodation: Refugio Poqueira
Day 3

place The roof of the Peninsula. Poqueira hut - Mulhacen Peak - Albergue Universitario

This is the day that we will climb the highest summit of the Peninsula, Mulhacen Peak with 3.478m and one of the important 3.000m peaks in Sierra Nevada, Cerro de los Machos, with 3.327m The name of Mulhacen comes from the Moorish King Mulay Hacen, and it has one of the most popular legends of Sierra Nevada. We will walk up the Mulhacén River to reach the Caldera bivouac hut, after passing through two beautiful mountain lakes. The track goes up to the Deer Col where we will follow a less busy route to contemplate the amazing north faces of the corrie, the Valdeinfierno canyon, and the village of Güejar Sierra. After reaching the summit we will go down to the Caldera bivouac through the normal route on the west face. We will pass over Caldera Lake to get to Cerro Pelao where we will take a path until the entrance to the path leading to Cerro Machos. This ascent is short but intense. From here we will descent to Corrales de Veleta. From this point and considering the accumulated tiredness, we have decided to use the High Summits Interpretation Service, a transport service that will save us from going down in 500m in altitude in just a few minutes. Stretching time, shower and relax in a mythical hut of Sierra Nevada where we will enjoy the good atmosphere and a good dinner. Distance: 21 km. Elevation gain + 1.480m - 1.550m. Time: 9-10 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Hostel Accommodation: Albergue Universitario de Sierra Nevada
Day 4

place Albergue Universitario-Veleta - Alpujarra and Arab system of Canals - Capileira

This is a long and uneven stage. We will pass from the north to the south slopes of Sierra Nevada, ending at the Alpujarra area. We will leave Albergue Universitario to go up the Veleta Peak (3.390m) with amazing views. We will descent to Carihuela hut before starting a long descent towards Capileira through Loma Púa at 1.430m high. During the way we could see the Amoladeras Arab Canals and the New Canal. Distance: 20 km. Elevation gain + 1.200m - 2.200m. Time: 8-9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Hostel Accommodation: Bivouac shelter Carihuela
Day 5

place “Touring the Alpujarra though the Sulayr”. Capileira - Trevélez

In this stage we will make a tour of the Alpujarra, we will go from the village of Capileira to the village of Trevélez at 1.470 m high and very famous for its ham. One part of the tour will be through a very representative path in Sierra Nevada, called “The Sulayr”. It is a comfortable and not difficult stage, but considering the distance and ups and downs, not a resting stage. We will leave Capileira towards the leisure area of Hoya del Portillo, one of the parking areas to get the Mulhacen or Poqueira hut. In this section, we will also pass two important canals: Acequia Alta and Acequia del Medio. After crossing a couple of interesting canyons, we will take the Trevélez canyon to the Trevélez camping (1.530 m), located at the village entrance and where we will have another nice accommodation. At this point of the trip, the tiredness is clear, so we have chosen a comfortable rural hotel with a swimming pool. A well-deserved treat to ourselves. Distance: 17 km. Elevation gain + 1.050m - 1.035m. Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Hostel Accommodation: Camping Trevelez
Day 6

place “From Alpujarras to Marquesado”. Trevélez - Jérez del Marquesado

A long stage that will take us back to Jérez del Marquesado (1.200 m), closing the circular route and ending the trekking at the starting point. We will leave the village through the Trevélez River Canyon, following at some points the New Canal and the Royal cattle Track of Trevélez. In the confluence of the canyons, we will take the Sabinar Canyon towards the Meseta farmhouse from where we will ascend to the mountain pass of Trevélez at 2.800 m. From this mountain pass, we will descent through the path we took in the second stage to the Postero Alto hut at 1.800m By the group ́s prior request, the guided route could finish at the Postero Alto hut, to spend the night and descent independently the next day to Jérez del Marquesado so you would have the whole day for the return trip. ** There is also the option of accommodation at Jérez del Marquesado and start the return trip also the next day.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Refugio Postero Alto
  • Refugio Poqueira
  • Albergue Universitario de Sierra Nevada
  • Bivouac shelter Carihuela
  • Camping Trevelez

Meals expand_less

  • Dinner (5)
  • Breakfast (5)

Transport expand_less

  • Hike throughout the trail with a guide

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  • Rescue and accident insurance coverage included

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  • Transfers to the starting point
  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified as included
  • Beverages
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

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