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Friday, 9 November 2012

Three Peaks Challenge – in The Sierra Nevada

Three Peaks Challenge – in The Sierra Nevada

Following on from the success of earlier challenges, Mountain House is now offering fund raising groups the opportunity of an even bigger and better Three Peaks Challenge.  The Sierra Nevada boasts the highest mountain in mainland Spain, Mulhacen 3482m which together with Alcazaba 3371m and Veleta 3394m provides the perfect format for a Three Peaks Challenge.
Charity Challenge on the Summit of Mulhacen, Sierra Nevada Spain
Success on the summit of Mulhacen
There are various ways of undertaking this, a fit team could undertake the challenge spending just 2 nights in Spain, arriving on an early flight day 1 and departing on a late flight day 3. However to ensure complete success, detailed below is a possible itinerary for fit challengers. For a more leisurely approach you can add a second night at the Poqueira Refuge before tackling Mulhacen and Alcazaba.

Day 1. 
We meet you at Malaga Airport and take you to Hoya de la Mora where you spend the night at the University Albergue 2500m above sea leval.

Day 2.
Mulhacen, from Veletta, Sierra Nevada Mountains Spain
Mulhacen and Alcazaba from Velet
Departing at 8am on the National Park bus to “Posiciones del Veleta” at 3000m we now begin The Three Peaks Challenge.  It is about an hour to the summit of Veleta and a further 40 minutes in descent to the Carihuela Refuge 3200m.

From Carihuela to the Caldera Refuge 3020m although only 6Km along an old dirt track road will take 2.5 hours.  The effects of altitude and sun will prevent most people from completing this section particularly fast.

A hard hour of ascent from The Caldera will see you on top of Mulhacen.

Descent from Mulhacen to Siete Laguna’s (2800m) is a punishing hour where if your boots are too small your toes will hurt!
Mulhacen from Alcazaba
If you are “fresh” then the circuit from Siete Laguna’s to Alcazaba and back normally takes three hours.  However at this stage of the challenge it is likely to take 4 hours.

Starting to slow even more our way out from Siete Laguna’s to the Poqueira Refuge 2500m where we spend the night will take around 3 hours.

In total 12 to 14 hours.  A long hard day completing your Three Peaks Challenge.

Day 3.
We leave the hut around 9.30am and walk out to the road head (3 hours) where transport awaits to take us to the Spa town of Lanjaron where we enjoy the chance to recover!

Day 4.
We return you to Malaga Airport for your flight home.

Why choose Mountain House?
There are several good reasons to choose Mountain House to support your challenge.

Mountain House operate in Spain as “Sierra Nevada Guides” who are the only company of qualified British International Mountain Leaders operating in the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra. 

Mountain House has the appropriate liability insurance for taking people into the mountains.

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