Cerro de Caballo and the Rio Lanjaron valley from the south. #cerrodecaballo #spanishhighs #sierranevada #sierranevadaspain #mounatins #riolanjaron #perfectday via Instagram http://ift.tt/XC2OGx

Cerro de Caballo and the Rio Lanjaron valley from the south. #cerrodecaballo #spanishhighs #sierranevada #sierranevadaspain #mounatins #riolanjaron #perfectday via Instagram http://ift.tt/XC2OGx

Walking the White Villages of La Taha, Alpujarras from Spanish Highs on Vimeo.

Sleepy white villages, clear running water and stunning scenery define the area of Las Alpujarras known as La Taha. Our walks and hikes in La Taha take in the best of these quiet and quaint traditional villages, usually on good tracks,

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Music - “Flamenco Rhythm” by Sunsearcher (jamendo.com/en/artist/Sunsearcher)

Walking in the Desierto de Tabernas, Almeria from Spanish Highs on Vimeo.

The remarkable, barren badlands of Tabernas in Almeria provide rich walking and hiking opportunities in a truly unique European environment, especially during the colder winter months.

We have been walking in these desert regions for many years now. They never fail to provide excitement and interest and our enthusiasm never wanes for this spectacular walking terrain.

This area is also famous for the shooting of the “Spaghetti Westerns” and big cinema epics such as Lawrenece of Arabia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many more. Due to the nature of the terrain we “tailor” our day walks to the abilities and requirements of our guests. Long multi-day traverses require a certain amount of endurance as the going can be rough and trackless.

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“Ennio (instrumental)” by Silence Is Sexy (silenceissexy.nl/)

It was a bit warm walking in the Tabernas badlands, but still everyone enjoyed this unique place. #tabernasdesert #badlands #spanishhighs #almeria #spaghettiwesteren #tabernas via Instagram http://ift.tt/X0gESF

It was a bit warm walking in the Tabernas badlands, but still everyone enjoyed this unique place. #tabernasdesert #badlands #spanishhighs #almeria #spaghettiwesteren #tabernas via Instagram http://ift.tt/X0gESF

8am this morning and a full moon seen through a window of the Alcadima Hotel in Lanjarón #alpujarras #lanjaron #spanishhighs #moon #fullmoon via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/sxlecqsAEY/

8am this morning and a full moon seen through a window of the Alcadima Hotel in Lanjarón #alpujarras #lanjaron #spanishhighs #moon #fullmoon via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/sxlecqsAEY/

The giant Griffon Vulture can often be seen in the Sierra Nevada. With the introduction of diclofenac into Spain and Europe natures dustbins may not be with us for long. This veterinary drug wiped out 99% of India’s vultures. #vulture #griffonvulture #buitre #spain #europe #eu #diclopenac #catastrophy #nature #naturelovers #birds via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xDB70o

The giant Griffon Vulture can often be seen in the Sierra Nevada. With the introduction of diclofenac into Spain and Europe natures dustbins may not be with us for long. This veterinary drug wiped out 99% of India’s vultures. #vulture #griffonvulture #buitre #spain #europe #eu #diclopenac #catastrophy #nature #naturelovers #birds via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xDB70o

Walking in the Barranco de Poqueira, Sierra Nevada from Spanish Highs on Vimeo.

The round of the Poqueira gorge offers some beautiful, dramatic walking and hiking scenery in the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada regions of southern Spain. It is a firm favorite with our clients.

The walk shown in the video starts at Cebedilla hydro station above Capileira and heads up the valley by the main Rio Poqueira. Even in high summer this is a fast flowing river. We then trend left and come round a high trail on the western side of the valley before dropping down steeply to our start point. Always interesting scenery and wildlife abounds on this hike!

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Music “As I Figure” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Sunset over Lanjaron last night. #sunset #lanjaron #alpujarras #granada #sierranevada #spanishhighs via Instagram http://ift.tt/1pIdJEA

Sunset over Lanjaron last night. #sunset #lanjaron #alpujarras #granada #sierranevada #spanishhighs via Instagram http://ift.tt/1pIdJEA

We are all looking forward to the return of the snow. Khumbu would love to get his paws in it. #sierranevada #spanishhighs #khumbu #husky #siberianhusky #mounatins #sierranevadaspain #snow via Instagram http://ift.tt/1lHj3NF

We are all looking forward to the return of the snow. Khumbu would love to get his paws in it. #sierranevada #spanishhighs #khumbu #husky #siberianhusky #mounatins #sierranevadaspain #snow via Instagram http://ift.tt/1lHj3NF

Busy sky over Lanjaron yesterday because of wildfire. 13 aircraft all together. Well done the firemen on fighting this fire (still not officially under control). #lanjaron #wildfire #sierranevada #iflanjaron via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xkkZAA

Busy sky over Lanjaron yesterday because of wildfire. 13 aircraft all together. Well done the firemen on fighting this fire (still not officially under control). #lanjaron #wildfire #sierranevada #iflanjaron via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xkkZAA

Combining trekking on the Sulayr and Sierra Nevada

Combining the Sulayr GR240 trek with the higher regions of the Sierra Nevada can provide for a interesting walking and hiking holiday. Here is a report sent in about one such self guided trek.

The first three days of our trip we took the sulayr route (roughly stages 4 – 6). That was generally relatively easy walking, although the climb from Lanjaron to the Sulayr trail (well marked and clear trail) didn’t really allow for an easy start. Also some parts of the route included pretty challenging uphill sections and notably the stage to Trevelez is quite long (18km). We camped at Puente Palo and took hotels in Capileira and Trevelez (where we watched our national soccer team lose the semi final of the world cup).

Day 4 – Then from Trevelez we followed the stream up the valley, which turned out to correspond to a white and green marked route to ‘El Horcaje’. Lots of wet sections there, as many streams end up on the trail. Had to stay focused there. At some point the marked route ends (clearly indicated by a sign), but we had to go on until Laguna del Puente. Traversed some steep gradients on our way there, couldn’t really find a trail. We ended up camping on a beautiful spot by Laguna del Puente.

Day 5 – Then we tried to intersect the Integral de los 3000, but again we couldn’t really find a clearly marked trail, if there even was one. Navigated our way using the map and gps over the loose rocks and faced some tough winds on those first peaks. The original plan was to go as far as 7 lagunas, but because of the navigation issues and the absence of a trail we moved a lot slower than we hoped and ended up camping at Laguna de los Vacares. In hindsight this was a much better place to camp than 7 lagunas because of the crowds in the latter area.

Day 6 – Picked up the route from Laguna de los Vacares and headed towards 7 lagunas and Mulhacen. Again there was no obvious trail in all sections, but we got to 7 lagunas on our own navigation. We were surprised by the amount of people in that area. The previous 5 days we’d only seen a few local men on horses trailed by dogs and a handful of tourists on the sulayr trail. Decided to climb Mulhacen and descend on the other side to Refugio de la Caldera. Found a nice spot next to a small group of lakes nearby the refugio. That night there was a nearly full moon, so we were awoken a few times by groups of walkers that apparently did moonlight walks.

Day 7 – An easy part from La Caldera towards Veleta. No way to miss that trail… But when we got to the Refugio de carihuela, we took a path on the wrong side of the ridge. Tried to correct our error by taking the route on the ridge from pico de elorietta to the refugio the elorietta, but that turned out to be a hazardous endeavor for us. We turned back and went down to the valley and again up to the refugio de elorietta. We camped a little further down at the Laguna de Lanjaron. Definitely the most beautiful spot we camped on our entire trip. The unintended detour turned out to be a blessing. Because had we been earlier, we’d probably moved on to Caballo.

Day 8 – On our map there is a warning for a dangerous passage on Paso de Cadenas. Because we were already quite surprised by some of the sections earlier on the route, we really hoped it wouldn’t be that bad. Turned out that it indicated a passage that was fitted with chains bolted to the rocks. Didn’t really seem all that dangerous to us. The rest of this stage was a big surprise, as there is almost an entirely paved trail most of the way. We were early at the Refugio de Caballo and decided to push on and already get some downhill meters in. From the Pico the Caballo it is only downhill from there. We didn’t want to do descend from 3000 to 800 in one day. We descended until we intersected the Sulayr route again (stage 3) and picked up that trail. It turned out to be tough to find a good camping spot. We ended up camping only about 500m from the mirador de Rincon de las Niguelas (if I remember that name correctly). It appeared to be a formerly used piece of land as rocks were stacked in low walls and some areas were more or less leveled in ‘terraces’.

Day 9 – Followed stage 3 of the sulayr until we got back to the route to Lanjaron, a little further down from the ‘Casa de Tello’. We were both done, so that final descend was almost the toughest bit of the entire route. Walked through Lanjaron and got the same room of 9 days earlier in the Hotel Espana.

All in all a challenging but wonderful journey. Mixing the sulayr route with the high mountains was a good choice for us. Varied scenery and different ways of hiking and navigating. And it was really satisfying to make a loop. We found ourselves not including all the 3000 peaks that were ‘available’ along the way. The main route is already challenging enough. It would have taken extra days to do those, or a few of those, too.

We took crampons with us, but we didn’t use them. We did cross some snow patches, but those could easily be done with regular boots. It was a reassuring thought to have them on board though.

Combining trekking on the Sulayr and Sierra Nevada was originally published on Inspiring the Adventure, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Jack Daniels on the rocks. A perfect way to warm you up from a cold bivvy. #sierranevada #mounatins #sierranevadaspain #jackdaniels #spanishhighs via Instagram http://ift.tt/1pIHZoO

Jack Daniels on the rocks. A perfect way to warm you up from a cold bivvy. #sierranevada #mounatins #sierranevadaspain #jackdaniels #spanishhighs via Instagram http://ift.tt/1pIHZoO

The Bee Eater. These beautiful shy birds are gathering in big numbers now to begin their migration to Africa. #beeeater #sierranevada #alpujarras #spanishhighs #migration #birds #spain #andalucia via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rcpNTM

The Bee Eater. These beautiful shy birds are gathering in big numbers now to begin their migration to Africa. #beeeater #sierranevada #alpujarras #spanishhighs #migration #birds #spain #andalucia via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rcpNTM

Sierra Nevada Scrambling - the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera

The west to east traverse of the Puntal de la Caldera gives fine high altitude Sierra Nevada Scrambling opportunities. Here is a route description of how to do it. N.B This route description applies to summer only. Please wear a helmet as there is plenty of loose rock! No need for a rope unless you…

Sierra Nevada Scrambling – the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera was originally published on Inspiring the Adventure, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Sunset time lapse, Mulhacén, Sierra Nevada from Spanish Highs on Vimeo.

We camped on the summit of Cerro de los Machos in the Sierra Nevada to get this sunset time lapse footage over Mulhacén, highest peak in mainland Spain. Only 25 seconds. But special! A beautiful and natural part of the mountain world.