Granada – Capileira – Alto del Chorrillo – Mulhacén – Poqueira Refuge
On this day we will travel from Granada to the highest point in the Sierra Nevada.
Transportation from Granada to Capileira. From there we will take the ‘servicio de interpretción de Altas Cumbres’ (SIAC) which takes us to Alto del Chorrillo with a height of 2,690 m.
From the Alto del Chorrillo we will start our hike along the path known as ‘La Loma’ (the hill) to the highest point of the whole Iberian Peninsula: Mulhacén (3,479 m).
The ascending height difference on this excursion is 820 m in a distance of 5.7 km. Our guide will explain special features about the high mountain region, the characteristics of the ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada National Park and its unique flora and fauna.
After we reach the top of Mulhacén we will rest and have a picnic at the Poqueira refuge close to the river valley. The descending height difference to the refuge is 958 m in a distance of 4.2 km. This refuge is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada at 2,500 m. In the refuge there is an authentic mountaineering atmosphere. We will have dinner and stay one night in the refuge where we will sleep in rooms with bunk beds.
The costs for dinner/breakfast and the overnight stay are not included. Let us know if you are a member of a mountaineering association because this information is necessary at the time of booking. The payment will be made in the refuge and please bring cash because credit cards are not accepted.
- Route length: 10 km
- Time: 8 h
- ascent: 820 m
- descent: 958 m
- Difficulty: High, because we will be at a high altitude and the height difference is considerable. The hike is not technically difficult
Poqueira Refuge – Valley of the river Seco – University hostel
Breakfast at 7:30 am and we will leave Poqueira refuge at 8:00 am.
On the today’s hike we will change to another mountain and we will walk south. The water in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada flows into the river Mulhacen towards the Alpujarra and towards the river Monachil which flows down to a village of the same name, near Granada. The most southern ski resort in Europe, the Sierra Nevada ski resort, is located at the top of Monachil.
We will leave the refuge and walk to the Mulhacén valley. In the valley of the River Seco which we cross, we will see lots of little waterfalls and streams. At the end of the valley, we will see the lake of the river Seco (2 h). It is a lovely spot to have a break.
From there the hike will be along an old road which crosses the Sierra Nevada. Nowadays it’s a track for walkers and cyclists.
Before we reach the ‘Carihuela del Veleta’ hill (1.5 h from the lake) we can visit ‘Cerro de los Machos’ down to the green water lake ‘la laguna de Aguas Verdes’, excellent for a picnic. Those who want to go up to the peak of Veleta can do this from here in less than one hour.
The descent from Veleta, which is about 650 m, is along a paved road. We can be picked up by the ‘servicio de interpretación de altas cumbres de la zona Norte’ (SIAC) that bring us down to the university hostel (Albergue Universitario) which is located at a height of 2,500 m.
If we decide to descend on foot we will reach the hostel in a couple of hours. During the hike, we will discover traces of glaciation, lakes and some endemic species like the endemic butterfly of the Sierra Nevada.
While we wait for the bus back to Granada we can have a beer and talk about our experiences of the trekking trip. The bus will pick us up at 5 pm and will drop us off at the bus station in Granada.
- Time: 8 h
- ascent: 909 m to ‘Carihuela del Veleta’ and 1,119 m to the summit of Veleta
- descent: 650 m from ‘Carihuela del Veleta’
- Difficulty: High, because we will be at a high altitude and the height difference is considerable. The hike is not technically difficult.