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Climb mighty Mulhacen! This is Spain’s highest peak and the highest in Europe, outside the Alps and the Caucasus. This expertly guided hike can be attempted at any time of year; it’s non-technical, but will still get the blood pumping!
Spain’s most majestic landscape, it’s difficult to talk about the Sierra Nevada without slipping into hyperbole. Snow-clad ridges, sparkling mountain lakes and vast plateaus make this a hiking paradise, as well as one of the best places in southern Europe for birding and wildlife spotting – the biosphere reserve is home to golden eagles, wild cats and the nimble-footed Spanish Ibex. Towering over all this is Mulhacen (3,479 metres), the highest summit in the Iberian Peninsula and the third most topographically-prominent peak in Europe, after Mont Blanc and Mount Etna.
Mulhacen can be attempted at any time of year and in the summer you can tackle the summit in one day. All treks include a pre-departure overnight stay in Lanjarón. The single day trek goes via the Hoya de Portillo and involves a 1,300 metre ascent and 8-9 hours walking. Alternatively you can choose the longer trek, which begins with a 900m ascent and a 4 hour climb to Poqueira Hut, where you’ll spend the night. The hut is a guarded refuge with beds, blankets, food and, most importantly, wine! The next day you will tackle a 1,000 metre ascent along the Rio Mulhacen and up the steep western flank of the mountain to the summit, where you will stand on the highest point of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s then back down the gentle southern ridge, about 8 hours walking in all.
If you fancy something a little different you can try the ascent in winter. The route is the same as the multi-day summer trek, but you’ll be kitted out with ice-axe and crampons (you’ll be instructed on how to use these on Day One, and the team will advise you on what clothes to bring before your trip). The Sierra Nevada may lack the spectacular peaks of the Alps, but their epic sweep and the sense of solitude they engender make them one of Europe’s ultimate travel destinations.
At 3,479 metres high Mulhacen is no walk in the park. You will need to be fit enough to climb to its peak and hardy enough to withstand the mountain elements. Expect to sweat for your supper, and to pick up a few blisters on the way.
Altitude shouldn’t be a problem and there are no sheer drops, but you will be walking for up to eight hours per day. If you have the physical strength and stamina for this we definitely recommend Mulhacen. The ascent itself is non-technical, so you don’t need much actual mountaineering experience. With expert guides, comfy cabin accommodation, hot meals and local transport all organised, it’s rarely this quick and painless to scale a mountain!
If you are unsure of your ability or have no previous experience of hill walking you might like to start with a gentler trek, perhaps in the Sierra de Huetor or Alpujarras.
I found this trip a fantastic and unique trip, First, I liked the professional team who took care of everything and was always on time, secondly, it was a good chance to enjoy the mountains in Spain. I do recommend it to anyone who love adventures and enjoy a special experience.
Also the experienced staff, helped me to have the right expectations about the trip, therefore I was prepared to everything. it is unforgettable experience.
Simply, at the top, you have just reached the highest summit in Spain.
Ahmed reviewing Climb Mulhacen - the Highest Peak in Spain
I would definitely recommend this trip to others. A great challenge and fantastic views make the uphill exertion completely worthwhile!
Natasha reviewing Climb Mulhacen - the Highest Peak in Spain
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