Hiking in the Sierra Nevada – the trail

Towering mountains, beautiful valleys and breathtaking views of Africa: Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain – a paradise for walking and climbing. However, until recently, in southern Spain, hardly anyone believed the move pastime, and as a result a fantastic tourism potential of the area was inappropriate. The great thing is that you can have mountains almost to itself, but information was hard to come, which means that the majority of visitors to stuck to relatively few, well-marked trails.

Sierra Nevada National Park – the largest national park in Spain, and if you include the adjacent natural park, it occupies nearly 175,000 hectares, making it slightly larger than Surrey. Now that tourism is gradually developing, more and more people are looking for their way here, but also makes it easier to explore the parts of this huge space that remain of this desert. However, you need to take a bit of planning and effort to get to the more remote parts of the park.

Many walkers choose a place in the beautiful white villages Alpuzharasa, and it's easy to understand why: the distinctive Moorish architecture, spectacular surroundings and local crafts markets make them colorful and atmospheric choice. Moreover, the heart of local dishes – Plato Alpuzharreno – this is exactly what you need after a long walk in the mountains: choryzo, pork loin and Moretz (blood sausage), accompanied by potatoes, onions and peppers, fried in plenty of olive oil.

Treaty is that even the highest village Alpuzharasa – Capileira and Trevelez – located at an altitude of 1400 meters, more than 2,000 meters below Malhachen that at 3479 meters – the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada. You can get to the top in one day, but you have won a lot of time to explore the mountains. In the summer a tour minibus to transport visitors from Capileira in Alto del choir at an altitude of just over 2700 meters, which makes getting to Malgahana relatively easy. Sitting on the bus, you can even get to both the highest range of mountains, Veleta and Malgahana or walk to the Alcazaba, which, although slightly lower, less accessible than the other two. But even then, you follow the most visited part of the high mountains.

So what do you have other options? Two of the most obvious of them – the presence in reazhyo – basic mountain shelter designed for tourists – or on a hike. To begin with, to see the first one. There are two types reazhya: staffed and nyavstanovleny. Three staff members: Refuzhyo Pakeyra, Refuzhya Alto de poster and Puerto de la stew. All three offer accommodation at fifteen euros per night, as well as food and other snacks. Bed with a & # 39 are basic and you need your own sleeping bag, but they are a convenient option and a good place to meet other backpackers.

The inclusion of himself in Refugio Poquiera allows you to get to Mulhac√©n, Veleta and Alcazaba per day, but since it is close to the landing point for the minibus service, you are limited to the same one as when you are traveling by bus. Pasteur Alto has just been renovated and offers access to a relatively unbridled part of the Sierra Nevada, including the lovely meadows and springs Lavaderas de la Reina. The staff also provides a transport service 4×4 to help you make the areas around the pedestrian route Sulayr. Puerto de la ragout offers a number of activities, but because it is on a main road, this is not much help if you're going to knock down the road. Always pre-book in advance decorations, especially at weekends.

The sound state of repair has six unbridled shelters, one of which – Refugio-Vivac de la Caldera – at the lake with a crater between Mulgahanam and Veleta. Like other pristine cover-up, is a small stone house with wooden bunks. It is in a great location, but there is an important caveat – unchanged refugees work on a "first coming", "primarily", and in the midst of the season, all beds are often in relatively early. Thus, it is a negligible risk to rely too much on them, even in extreme cases you can even refuge.

What about wild camping? Well, the good news is that, in principle Camping is prohibited in the entire national park based on several important limitations. The most important of them – is that you never allow the camp at an altitude of 1600 meters, and from July 1 to October 1, you do not allow the camp beneath the tree, which usually is about 2000 meters. There are also a number of areas classified as special "reserves" if you are not allowed to camp. You should contact the administrative center of the National Park of Sierra Nevada by e-mail to pn.snevada@junta-andalucia.es.

Since camping allows you to get into those parts of the national park, which would otherwise be impossible to reach, it is the best way to enjoy the incredible scenery of the Sierra Nevada in solitude and perfect silence. Fine watch as the soft light of dawn gradually gives way to the bright morning sun, or to see how the sun goes down over the rocky peaks. If you're lucky, your only companions will be a herd of ibex.

One drawback with camping & # 39 is that you have to take all the stocks, and if you are planning to go for a few days, it can make a very heavy backpack. Combining camping with a night or two on refuzhya, you can limit the amount of money you need to carry. If you spend your first night in Refugio Poquiera, you can head east to the Alcazaba and the number of vertices, that lead to the Picon de Jerez, where you can walk down to the Refugio Postero Alto. In addition, you can go on to the west of the Veleta Peak del Kabbalah, before descending back to Alpuzharasa in Lanzharone. If you're really adventurous, try to taste the famous Los shake Mils – a walk along the main ridge of the Sierra Nevada, which holds all of the top 3,000 meters. Most people take four to six days to complete the whole journey.

Remember that the high mountains can be treacherous, especially in the high summer, and you should think about conducting night only at the proper preparation. Weather & # 39; e can change quickly, even if the prognosis is good, so always bring warm and waterproof clothing, and if necessary, ready to turn back. If you lack the necessary experience and equipment to go it alone, you should take the leadership, especially if you want to try Los Tres Miles. If it is not attractive, there are many remote areas at a much lower altitude, amenable to camping. Why not try to make a few feet Sulayra newly designated route, which rotates the entire mountain range? Whatever you choose, you are sure to be fascinated by the magic of the Sierra Nevada.

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