Day 1. “Gaining height”. Jerez del Marquesado - Postero Alto hut.
Jerez de Marquesado is located in the high plateau of Zenete, at 1.200m in the province of Granada. The stage starts in the village where we will follow a path, always ascending, to reach the Postero Alto hut. It is a first contact and approaching stage.
Distance: 7 km. Elevation gain + 670m - 35m Time: 2 hours
Day 2. Postero Alto hut - Poqueira hut
It is a demanding stage due to its slope and distance covered. In this stage we will test our mental endurance. We will start very early, with a firs ascent of 2-3 hours walking to puntal de Juntillas, our first 3.000 meters peak of the tour, with an elevation gain of more than 1.000m.
From here we will leave towards Alcazaba peak. The terrain is rocky and broken and the path goes up and down reaching some summits with more than 3.000 m high (Puntal de los Cuartos, El Cuervo, Puntal de Vacares....) The view over the mountain range is spectacular, with the Mediterranean Sea to the South and a north face with the view of Güejar mountain range. During the tour we will pass over some mountain lakes, remains of the ice age with popular legends about its origin, like Vacares Lake.
After 6 hours walking and reaching another 6 summits of 3.000 meters, we will detour to the lonely Stone of Yunque, at the bottom of the hill of Alcazaba. From here, we will take a comfortable path to reach the emblematic 7 lakes cirque, between the Alcazaba and Mulhacen Peaks.
From there we will make a little ascent before a long descent to Poqueira hut, where we could relax, stretch, take a shower and have a good dinner.
Variant though Basar de la Alcazaba:
It is a more alpine, demanding and exposed route, since it cross the north face and it will be chosen depending on the weather, timing and group.
Overstep the Puntal de las Calderetas and just before Goterón, we will take the north face of Alcazaba though the basar that cross it up at 3.100m. This route will take us to the col of 7 lakes between Mulhacen and Alcazaba towards the 7 lakes cirque. From here we will continue to Poqueira Hut as in the normal route.
Distance: 26 km. Elevation gain + 2.240m - 1.600m. Time: 10-11 hours
Day 3. The roof of the Peninsula. Poqueira hut - Mulhacen Peak - Albergue Universitario.
This is the day of reaching the highest summit of the Peninsula, Mulhacen Peak with 3.478m and one of the important 3.000m peaks in Sierra Nevada, Cerro de los Machos, with 3.327m
The name of Mulhacen comes from the Moorish King Mulay Hacen, and it has one of the most popular legends of Sierra Nevada.
We will walk up the Mulhacén River to reach the Caldera bivouac hut, after passing through two beautiful mountain lakes. The track goes up to the Deer Col where we will follow a less busy route to contemplate the amazing north faces of the cirque, the Valdeinfierno canyon and the village of Güejar Sierra.
After reaching the Summit we will go down to the Caldera bivouac through the normal route on the west face. We will pass over the Caldera Lake to get to Cerro Pelao where we will take a path until the entrance of the Cerro Machos ascent. This ascent is short but intense. From here we will descent to Corrales de Veleta.
From this point and considering the accumulated tiredness, we have decided to use the High Summits Interpretation Service, a transport service that will made us avoid the tiresome effort of descending more than 500m of vertical drop.
Stretching time, shower and relax in a mythical hut of Sierra Nevada where we will enjoy the good atmosphere and a good dinner.
Distance: 21 km. Elevation gain + 1.480m - 1.550m. Time: 9-10 hours
Day 4. Albergue Universitario-Veleta - Alpujarra and Arab system of Canals - Capileira.
This is a long uneven stage. We will pass from the north to the south slope of Sierra Nevada, ending at the Alpujarra area.
We will leave Albergue Universitario to ascent the Veleta Peak (3.390m) with amazing views. We will descent to Carihuela hut before starting a long descent towards Capileira through Loma Púa at 1.430m high. During the way we could see the Amoladeras Arab Canals and the New Canal.
Distance: 20 km. Elevation gain + 1.200m - 2.200m. Time: 8-9 hours
Day 5. “Touring the Alpujarra though the Sulayr”. Capileira - Trevélez.
In this stage we will make a tour the Alpujarra, we will go from the village of Capileira to the village of Trevélez at 1.470 m high and very famous for its ham. One part of the tour will be trough a very representative path in Sierra Nevada, called “The Sulayr”.
It is a comfortable and not difficult stage, but considering the distance and drops is neither a resting stage.
We will leave Capileira towards the recreation area of Hoya del Portillo, one of the parking areas to get the Mulhacen or Poqueira hut. In this section we will also pass two important canals: Acequia Alta and Acequia del Medio.
After crossing a couple of interesting canyons, we will take the Trevélez canyon to the Trevélez camping (1.530 m), located at the village entrance and where we will have another nice accommodation.
At this point of the trip the tiredness is clear, so we have chosen a comfortable rural hotel with swimming pool. A well-deserved award.
Distance: 17 km. Elevation gain + 1.050m - 1.035m. Time: 6 hours
Day 6. “From Alpujarras to Marquesado”. Trevélez - Jérez del Marquesado.
Long stage that will take us back to Jérez del Marquesado (1.200 m), closing the circular route and ending the trekking at the starting point.
We will leave the village though the Trevélez River Canyon, coinciding at some points with the New Canal and the Royal cattle Track of Trevélez. In the confluence of the canyons we will tale the Sabinar Canyon towards the Meseta farmhouse from where we will ascent to the mountain pass of Trevélez at 2.800 m.
From this mountain pass we will descent through the path we took in the second stage to the Postero Alto hut at 1.800m
By the group prior request, the guided route could finish at the Postero Alto hut, to spend the night and descent independently next day to Jérez del Marquesado so you would have the whole day for the return trip. There is also the option of accommodation at Jérez del Marquesado and start the return trip also next day.
Distance: 25 km. Elevation gain + 1.850m - 2.100m. Time: 8-10 hours
- Mountain Guide service during the trekking.
- 5 nights of half-board accommodation in the mountain huts (breakfast and dinner).
- High Summits Interpretation Transport Service.
- Trip organization and management.
- Hi Trek Sierra Nevada badge.
- Rescue and accident insurance coverage
- Flights (Muntania offer this service for an additional cost of 20€)
- Transfers to the starting point. Muntania could manage this service.
- Beverages that are not included in the accommodations´ half-board menus.
- Any change due to unexpected incidents (weather, etc.) that inquire in higher expenses than the ones budgeted for the client and the guide.