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Spring hiking holiday in Sierra Nevada

Guided hiking holidays

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Sierra Nevada in Granada (Spain) is the southernmost alpine mountain range in Europe. Its peaks, of over 3,000m, are covered in snow for more than seven months of the year. However, its Mediterranean climate makes the range habitable up to 1,700m and perfect for hiking. The middle mountain area (1,000-2,000m) is where the best forests can be found, as well as the best views of the snowy peaks and a network of traditional footpaths, which allow us to discover traditional villages and deep valleys.

HIGHLIGHTS

Walk along high mountain paths with incredible views of the line of snowy peaks.
Discover the best forests of the Sierra Nevada, with a wide variety of evergreen and deciduous trees.
Enjoy the star-filled skies from mountain refuges, where you will experience a real mountain atmosphere.
Get to know the picturesque mountain village of Güéjar Sierra, (1,000m) situated in an incredibly beautiful valley and sample its fresh, natural produce and products.

  • Day 1

    • Hikers will meet each other and share a dinner prepared with fresh produce from the farm and the village.
  • Day 2

    Calar de Güejar Sierra

    • After breakfast, we will set off on our first hike which will take us to the highest point of this area “el Calar”, at 1,880m. The views of the Sierra Nevada are incredible.
    • The area is also historically important for locals as it was a frontier area for the two sides in the Civil War. We will find a lot of perfectly preserved bunkers from this period.
    • We will have a picnic during the hike.
    • Return to our starting point to have dinner and sleep.

    Route characteristics

    • Route Type: round trip
    • Route Length: 14 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 600 m
    • Time: 6 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium
  • Day 3

    Vereda de la Estrella

    • After breakfast we will set off on our hike, walking along one of the most emblematic trails of the Sierra Nevada.
    • This track was constructed in 1890 to allow for the mining of galena and pyrite from the mines called “La Vereda de La Estrella“. This is classic Sierra Nevada, especially in autumn and spring. While walking through this steep valley you will be met by stunning scenery with the north faces of the three highest peaks of the mountain range in front of you.
    • We will have our picnic during the hike. When we finish walking, a bus will take us to the nearby Güejar Sierra and enjoy tapas for dinner in the local bars.

    Route characteristics

    • Route type: one way
    • Route Length: 21 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 700 m
    • Time: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium
  • Day 4

    Two valleys hike

    • After breakfast we will begin our hike, which will take us over the mountain range and down to the region of Marquesado.
    • We will continue to enjoy unbeatable views of the Sierra Nevada throughout the hike and also the most well preserved native forest of the National Park, in Dehesa de Camarate.
    • Moving over to the other side of the mountain range will allow us to explore different types of vegetation and we will finish the hike walking through pine forests.

    Route characteristics

    • Route Type: One way
    • Route Length: 20 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 900 m
    • Time: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium-High
  • Day 5

    After breakfast and depending on the departure time of the flights we will leave for Malaga airport.

    During our stay, we will have views of both the plains and the mountains of the region of Guadix (Granada), the magnificent Calahorra Castle (16th Century) and we will cross the Sierra de Huétor Natural Park.

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  • What’s included

    • 3 picnic lunches.
    • 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.
    • 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

    • Drinks and tapas in Güéjar Sierra.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Flights or transport that have not been previously stated.
    • Extra drinks with dinners.
    • 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.
    • 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 raincoat and wind stopper.
    • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars etc. Remember that the picnic lunches are included.
    • 5 litre water bottle or camelbak, with drinking tube if possible.
    • Small washbag. Include only the absolute necessities and in extremely small quantities.
    • Sleeping bags (5º-10ºC comfort temperature). Your own pillowcase is recommended. Lightweight clothes for sleeping.
    • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars etc. Remember that the picnic lunches are included.
    • 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

     

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

We will leave the refuge at 8am.

It is very important to stick to the timetable because it’s necessary to rest between each day’s hike. We will have 3 hours rest before dinner (in Spain 9 o’clock or later!), which, including time to stretch properly, will allow us to be in perfect condition for the following day.

Weather in Spring

In Andalusia, the weather in spring is very unpredictable. We will hike and stay in an area near 2000m height, so we can have temperatures around 10º C – 15ºC. Any storms tend to pass quickly and the majority of the days are sunny.

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.

According to our Terms and Conditions document, the guides can change any itinerary in case of bad weather or any other circumstances which could affect the safety of the group, without any refunds being given.

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 well.

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

A good level of physical fitness is required and previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty, length and accumulated height difference. 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 12 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 45 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €50 administrative fee per reservation.
  • Between 44 days and 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
  • Less than 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

In reserving our trip, you are accepting our terms and conditions and our environmental policy. Please remember that we are a company with a serious commitment to the environment.

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

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min €390

Location: Granada and Sierra Nevada National Park
Duration: 5 days / 4 Nights
Difficulty: Low-High (REI)

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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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