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Discover the Striking Beauty of Sierra Nevada: Lavaderos de la Reina

National Park of Sierra Nevada


Lavaderos de la reina in the Sierra Nevada. Discover an idyllic area with a landscape made up of waterfalls, flower filled fields, and small lakes.

Key facts:

Length: 17 km, Duration: full day, Highest point: 2,690 m

Accumulated height difference: 768m ascent

Difficulty: Medium-High. Requires resistance due to its long itinerary and high altitude.

Meeting point: Plaza del Triunfo, Roundabout in front of the Elvira’s Gate, Granada (see the map)

Departure time (Granada): 7:30 am

Arrival time (Granada): 7:00 pm

* The finishing time is always an estimate, it might vary depending on the group walking pace.

The trip:
Lavaderos de la Reina means ‘The Queen’s washing place’. We’ll drive to Güéjar Sierra and our starting and finishing point will be “El Corralejo” with an altitude of 2,088 m. We’ll spend two hours on the first part of the route that will lead us to Peña Partida shelter. This first stop is a natural viewpoint with a privileged view of all the Sierra Nevada peaks.
We’ll keep ascending until we reach the entrance of the headwaters of the Lavaderos de la Reina.
In this area, we’ll discover an idyllic landscape made up of waterfalls, flower-filled fields, and small lakes. We’ll stop and have lunch at the lowest part of this glacial valley. We will spend two hours in the lower part, near the lake, visiting the area, eating, chatting or simply contemplating this stunning scenery. We’ll take the Sulayr route to go back to the Peña Partida shelter and two hours more to the starting point of our hike.

Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 2l of water. Hiking sticks are essential. Sunglasses, trekking shoes or boots, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Three layers of clothes, including a windstopper and warm clothes. We’ll be at 2,600 m altitude it is necessary to bring gloves. A windstopper is useful for the hills. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream, a hat, your personal first aid kit, a small towel and a second pair of socks.

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

Price “custom dates”: €80/pp, including guiding, insurance, and transportation. 4 participants minimum. 20% off for more than 5 participants.

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 Natural park, Granada
Duration: 9h
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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