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Autumn hikes in the Sierra Nevada 4 days

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TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Sierra Nevada is located in Andalusia, in the south of Spain and is the southernmost mountain range in Europe. It is protected as a Natural Park, a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve due to its enormous biological diversity, geological features and historical heritage.

The middle mountain areas of the Sierra Nevada are home to a wide variety of deciduous trees and fruit trees and with the arrival of autumn these forests are bursting with colours which range from yellow to ochre, with shades of orange and red in between.

Price:

From €175

€235 maximum

€100 (Reservation)
Location: Sierra Nevada National Park (Granada)
Duration: 4 days
Difficulty: Medium (REI)
  • Day 1

    Arrivale day and discovering Guejar Sierra

    From Granada we will head towards Güejar Sierra, which is a small and beautiful village located at the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada National Park.
    Depending on the available time we can walk visiting the village before reaching our accommodation. Small and whitewashed houses, narrow streets, balconies plenty of plants and good tapas bars, are some of the surprises that Guejar Sierra offer to its visitors.
    Our accommodation is an authentic rural house, in the countryside and surrounded by cherry trees.
    The owner of the house, Lea will receive in the hose, next to her own house.

  • Day 2

    La Vereda de la Estrella round trip(Güéjar Sierra)

    This track was constructed in 1890 to allow the mining of galena and pyrite from the mines called “La Estrella”. This is a classic route in the Sierra Nevada, especially in autumn, when the maples, oaks, gall oaks; wild roses and other deciduous plants offer a wide range of colors.

    While walking through this steep valley we will be meet by stunning scenery with the north faces of the three highest peaks of the mountain range in front us.
    Second night at the same acommodation.

    Route characteristics:

    Route type: Round trip

    Route length: 15 km.

    Accumulated height difference: 564 m.

    Duration: 6-7 hours

    Difficulty: Medium-High

  • Day 3

    The enchanted forest: Dehesa del Camarate

    From Granada we will head towards Güejar Sierra and we will continue by car up to the Alguacil High. The first half of the hiking route runs along the boundary of the summit of Loma Maitena and overlooks at the “three thousands” of Sierra Nevada. As we move towards the divide of the Marquesado we will be able to admire a view of Granada plateau and other ranges such us Sierra de Huétor, Castril, Baza and Cazorla in the distance.
    After passing the “Stone of Soldiers” we will enter the Alhama river basin, which is surrounded by the forests of Dehesa del Camarate. Maples, oaks, cherry trees, whitebeams, ashes, and birches are interspersed to a greater or lesser extent with holm oaks, creating a burst of colors.
    After having a snack next to the small bullring, we will take the traditional path through the meadow. This area is used as a breeding cattle and we will probably see them somewhere along the path.
    Transportation will be waiting for us at the “Cañada de los Potros” or we will take the road that goes to the Dehesa del Camarate.
    Our private Van will be waiting for us. This night we have another interesting, beautiful, and different accommodation: a cave-hotel. Caves are normal habitat in the north of Granada.
    Stay and dinner at Cuevas del Tio Tobas
    Landscape and heritage:

    History of Sierra Nevada, its uses, resources
    Dehesa del Camarate
    National Park – an ecosystem with a high degree of protection
    Research on climate change
    Centenary Yew – a peculiar tree in Andalucía
    Impressive Fall colors
    The contrast of the highlands and the semi-desert or “bad-lands” of the Marchal areas

    Route characteristics:

    Route type: linear

    Route length: 22 km.

    Accumulated height difference: 780 m.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Difficulty: Medium.

  • Day 4

    Badlands and Geopark of the quaternary

    Our first stop will be the Megalithism Interpretation Centre in Gorafe. Our local guide will explain the origin and development of the communities which built more than 240 dolmens in this area. Gorafe is one of the the regions with the highest concentration of funerary monuments in Spain and Europe.
    The megalithic tombs (dolmens) in Gorafe area are surrounded by a very special semi-desert landscape which is also known as “badlands”. We will leave the village and walk among the dolmens in “la Hoya del Conquín” (1,5 km and 57 m height difference).
    After our visits we will return directely to Granada airport. Please, take into acount to buy flights after 5:00pm

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  • What’s included

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        • Guide with expert knowledge of the area, not only in terms of hiking but also in the ecology of the ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada.
        • Spanish and English speaking guide.
        • Accident and liability insurance.
        • Equipment to maximize safety, such as walkie talkies.
        • Group field material: maps, GPS, guides to the area, binoculars.
        • Communal first aid kit
  • What isn’t included

        • Food
        • Personal travel insurance
        • Anything that has not been previously mentioned
  • Recommended equipment

        • Sunglasses, sun cream and protective lip balm. Hat or winter hat and gloves.
        • Hiking footwear; boots or shoes with ankle protection.
        • Technical mountain clothing, short- sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts made of breathable fabric (not cotton) and a fleece or warm layer. Hiking trousers and jacket made of Gore-Tex or a similar fabric to act as a wind stopper.
        • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars etc. and picnic lunch
        • 1.5 litre water bottle or camelbag, with drinking tube if possible.
        • Hiking poles.
        • Camera, mobile phone and other electronic devices and their chargers.
        • Small first aid kit and any personal medication.
        • Notebook and pencil (optional).
        • Knee bands, if necessary.
        • Personal documents, such as identity cards and  European health insurance cards.
  • Meals

    Picnics are not included in this routes. We can provide them if you want. The price of a picnic lunch is €10.

    Our picnics include handmade rolls using traditional oven baked bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cured meat or Spanish omelette, orange juice, a piece of fruit and a chocolate bar.

    These products are sourced from local shops, in order to support the economy of the local area

    If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or any other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

We will start at 8:00 every day. It is very important to stick to the timetable because it’s necessary to rest between each day’s hike.

Weather in the Sierra Nevada

The weather in the  Sierra Nevada can be severe and changeable.

The strong sun on a clear sunny day can cause sweating. In November we will frequently experience low temperatures especially in the valleys we will visit, which will require us to wear several layers and wind stoppers as well as walking trousers.

According to our terms and conditions, the guide, being the person responsible for the group, can decide to modify the route and the timetable in the case of unfavourable weather forecasts of gales or storms, public land closures, etc. which could put the activity and the safety of the group at risk. Such changes will not be subject to refunds.

Guides and Safety

All our guides have the necessary training to ensure the complete safety of the group.

We will keep the group together and in contact by using walkie talkies. Our guides have all taken first aid courses.

Medical considerations

We ask that our hikers inform us of the existence of any chronic or cardiovascular illness which could interfere with hiking activities. To this end, we will send out a form which must be completed. The personal information which is given is covered by our data protection policy and will not be used for anything other than to provide us with the information necessary for this activity to be carried out safely and successfully.

For the same reasons, we need to know about any allergies.

The high mountains are demanding. In different guidebooks, the routes which we will do are catalogued as being low or medium difficulty, but it is necessary to remember that these are mountaineering guides are written for regular mountain users.

A good level of physical fitness is required and previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty is necessary. The pace that we will follow is not a sporting one but a pace which will allow interpretation and interaction, however, experience or regular hiking is essential.

Price:

Our prices are estimated taking into account the number of participants registered on the deadline of the inscription. The deposit into the account is made in order to reserve the vacancy and also to know, in advance, the number of participants that will be realizing the activity. In case the activity is cancelled, the deposit would be returned. On the other hand, if the activity is successfully organized, a second pay would be realized with the final amount.

Group size

Minimum 4 and maximum 24

Payment

Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date.

Cancellation and refund policy

In case of cancellation, the following policy applies.

      • More than 25 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €30 administrative fee per reservation.
      • Between 24 days and 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
      • Less than 14 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Terms and conditions and environmental policy

SierraySol is an enterprise that belongs to the Asociación de la Carta Europea de Turismo Sostenible de Sierra Nevada. If you are looking forward to realize an activity truly responsible with the environment in this green space, we encourage you to use the services of the organization since all the enterprises adhered are accredit by Europarc. They also make a great effort to minimize the environmental impact and to contribute with the local development. In the next PDF you will find every enterprise of the organization. You can also find information about them in www.ecoturismosierranevada.com

Ecoturismo

Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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