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Capileira – Trevélez: the higher Alpujarras



Hiking in the Sierra Nevada National Park . This route combines the two highest villages of the Alpujarras, Capileira and Trevélez. The track will lead us through different kind of forests and landscape.

Key Facts:

Length: 18.7 km; Accumulated height difference: 916 m ascent;

Difficulty: High – long ascent and the height difference is considerable. The hike is not technically difficult but it requires a good level of fitness.

Departure time (Granada): 7:00 am

Meeting point: Roundabout at Plaza del Triunfo, Granada (see the map)

Arrival time (Granada): approximately 8:00 pm but it depends on the pace of the group

The trip:

We will start walking in the Alpujarras in Capileira. On the first part of the route we will ascend among oak and pine forests. We will cross irrigation channels, little streams and high mountain pastures until we reach la Loma del Jabalí (wild boar hill). From there we will have a great view of the Trevélez river valley and the Mediterranean Sea.
Hopefully we can spot an eagle or some mountain goats. The trail descends through an area of oak trees, plots of land with beautiful ponds and old chestnut trees. And later we will reach the highest part of Trevélez with its traditional architecture, an old washing place and an amazing viewpoint over the valley.
In Trevélez, our finishing point, we will have a refreshing drink as a reward.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Sierra Nevada National Park: Las Alpujarras
  • Diversity of ecosystems: Mediterranean forests, oak and pine trees
  • Ethnographic heritage: farmhouses, irrigation ponds and channels
  • Views and stunning scenery
  • Fauna: possibility to see mountain goats and eagles

Elevation profile: Capileira – Trevélez


Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 2l of water and hiking sticks. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Be aware of the weather forecast and take several kinds of clothes because we will reach an altitude of 2,240m.

Participants should take nuts, dried fruits, and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside.

Price of “custom date”: €75/pp. 2 people minimum. It includes the guided trip, insurance and transportation.

Purchasing Conditions:  Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance.  Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes but then leave.  In this situation, no money will be reimbursed.  All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Location: Sierra Nevada National Park
Duration: 8 hours
Difficulty: Level 3 (REI)


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Activity Level Descriptions



(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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