The Sierra Nevada allows you to recapture the solitude and sense of adventure sadly lacking among the more popular ranges of the Alps. Although lacking the spectacular peaks of the Alps, there are wonderful mountain corries filled with sparkling tarns and jagged and pinnacled ridges. Early autumn and the spring are ideal times to visit. Snow will linger on the high peaks for much of the year. This trek is quite strenuous and should be undertaken by strong hill walkers. There are very expansive and dramatic views but in general no great head for heights is necessary. A gradual rise to the 3,000-metre level ensures altitude does not become a major problem. More information on the hills and mountains can be found in the excellent guidebook, "Walking in the Sierra Nevada of Spain" by Andy Walmsley (Cicerone Press).
Day 1 - Arrive Granada/Malaga airport. Transfer to Lanjaron.
Day 2 - Walk up to a campsite near the Laguna de Caballo (2,800 meter).
Day 3 - Ascent of Cerro de Caballo (3,011 meter) and walk to Elorietta Hut via Tajos Altos. (5 hours)
Day 4 - Traverse Tajos de la Virgen, Veleta (3,398 meter) and walk down to Poqueira Hut. (5 hours)
Day 5 - Ascend Mulhacen (3,479 meter) and drop down to Siete Lagunas (Valley of the Seven Lakes) for overnight camp. (6 hours)
Day 6 - Ascend Alcazaba (3,364 meter) and walk along NE ridge. Return to campsite. (5 hours) Descend to Trevelez for wine tasting in local bodega. (3 hours) Transport back to Lanjaron.
Day 7 - Transfer to Granada/Malaga airport for flight home.