The 3 Great Peaks of Sierra Nevada

A thrilling 5-day mountain adventure, covering the three highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

5 Days (land only)

from Malaga to Malaga


from $815


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Roam the top of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, visiting its three highest and most spectacular peaks, including the highest point in continental Spain. See for yourself why this incredible piece of geography is one of the most-loved corners of Spain - and take to the heights to see some of the country’s most breathtaking views. Trek through remote villages, sleep in a mountain Refuge (hut), and summit the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus and Alps.

Welcome to Andalusia. You start your adventure in the city of Malaga. Dating back 2,800 years, it’s one of the oldest cities in the world - and it is currently enjoying an artistic revival. Once you transfer from the airport (we’ll arrange this with you), you’ll meet the group at your accommodation for the evening, and depending on the time of arrival, you’ll have the chance to get out and see a little of this lively, exciting city.

Night: Hotel in Alpujarras

After a short ride from Malaga, you’ll start the day’s trek in Trevélez or Capileira. They’re both beautiful settlement of whitewashed buildings in the traditional Alpujarras style. Trevélez is one of Europe’s highest towns above sea level (1,486 metres), famous for the quality of its air-cured hams - and Capileira is the highest village accessible by road in the Sierra Nevada. The day’s walk will take you across these green, fertile hills, skirting natural springs and enjoying stunning views of the Andalusian landscape below.

You’ll finish your walk at the Poqueira Refuge, 2,500 metres high, tucked under Mulhacén, the highest peak in Spain - and your destination the next day.

Hiking: 6 hours
Night: Poqueira Refuge

You’ll start the day early and climb the slopes of Mulhacén, Spain’s highest mountain at 3.482 m above sea level, before descending through Siete Lagunas, a region of pastures and lakes spreading out at the base of Mulhacén, with a view of Alcazaba (this is the nearest we’ll get, as the mountain is difficult to reach in a round trip from our mountain hut).

Once you’ve seen all the sights, you’ll make our way back to the Poqueira Refuge, where you’ll be spending your second night.

Hiking: 9 hours
Night: Poqueira Refuge

Today you climb Veleta, the second highest peak in the Sierra Nevada (3,396 metres above sea level) and, with its famous ‘frozen wave’ shape, the most iconic. From the imposingly rugged summit, you’ll look across over the whole mountain range (on a clear day Granada is visible in the distance), and down upon the highest paved road in Europe, the Pico de Veleta, connecting with the Sierra Nevada Ski Station.

After a long day of climbing you’ll get to your lodge and collapse gratefully for the night!

Hiking: 6 hours
Night: Hostel in Sierra Nevada

Barring a little opportunistic sightseeing in Malaga, you’re done! We’ll be arranging for transfers to Malaga airport for your flight home - but depending on your time of flight, you could visit the city’s port, the shopping precinct, the cathedral, Gibralfaro Castle or the Alcazaba, and take a last meal in Andalusia with some of the best seafood you’ll find in Spain.

See you again soon!

  • Climb to the summit of continental Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacén, and look out across Andalucia and the Sierra Nevada from one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Trek through the mountain villages, gorges, terraces and bounteous greenery of the Alpujarra, an area of remarkable natural beauty.
  • Spend two nights at the Poqueira mountain hut, an 84-person capacity Refuge high on the mountain slopes offering warm rooms, good food and friendly faces.
  • Explore the slopes of Alcabaza, one of the most isolated peaks in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Walk on the summit of Veleta with its iconic ship’s-bow shape, and look down upon the highest paved road in Europe.
  • Enjoy expert guidance from experienced mountain guides who also know how to bring the stories of this region alive in your imagination.
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What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners.
  • 1 night in hostel in Sierra Nevada, 2 nights in a refuge, 1 night hotel in the Alpujarras
  • Local English-speaking certified mountain guide for treks.
  • All transports from/to airport and between destinations in a Rug&Rock minibus/4x4 with air-con.
  • Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals other than stated
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Allow £8-10 for each meal not included.


06 Jun - 10 Jun
12 Sep - 16 Sep
...or check with us for any other dates and tell us about your group size - most of our departures are bespoke!

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