May 24–June 9, 2019
17-day, hiking-intensive exploration of three mountain ranges in Spain. Hike to the summit of the four highest mountains on mainland Spain. Visit Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Barcelona and Benasque (in the Pyrenees). Explore Spain’s rich cultural heritage (including the Alhambra in Granada) between hikes.
MAY 24 – Fly to Madrid. Check into the Hotel Mediodia, a few blocks from El Prado Museum. Orientation meeting.
El Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain. Main Entrance
MAY 25 – Drive to the town of Manzanares El Real, 45-minutes north of Madrid, in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. Hike to the top of El Yelmo, a 5,640-foot granite peak. Return to Madrid.
El Yelmo behind the castle of Segura de la Sierra, Spain
MAY 26 – Drive to Toledo. Walking tour of Toledo. Drive to the town of Hoyos del Espino, by the Sierra de Gredos mountains. Check into Hotel El Milano Real.
Sunset over Toledo Spain
MAY 27 – Drive to trailhead (“La Plataforma”). Hike into the Sierra de Gredos mountains to the Refugio Laguna Grande de Gredos (mountain hut)(6,400 feet). Spend the night.
MAY 28 – Climb to the top of Pico Almanzor (8,504 feet). Descend to the hut, then hike down to La Plataforma. Drive to Hoyos del Espino. Check back into Hotel El Milano Real.
Hoyos del Espino-panorama of Sierra Gredos
MAY 29 – Drive to Consuegra to visit the windmills made famous by Miguel de Cervantes in his book, Don Quixote, and a 10th-century castle. Continue driving south to Granada. Check into Hotel Casa del Pilar at the base of the Alhambra.
Windmills of Don Quijote – La Mancha (Molinos de Consuegra – Toledo) – Spain
MAY 30 – Tour the Alhambra and the palace and gardens of Generalife. Walk through El Albaicin, the oldest neighborhood in Granada, and Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter. Enjoy a flamenco show at night.
The Alhambra Granada Spain
MAY 31 – Drive to Hoya de la Mora (8,000 feet) in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hike to the summit of Pico de Veleta (11,148 feet) the third-highest peak in the Iberian peninsula. Descend to Refugio Poqueira (mountain hut) (8,200 feet). Spend the night.
Hikers ascend Pico Veleta
JUNE 1 – Hike to the summit of Mulhacen (11,413 feet), the highest peak in the Iberian peninsula (Mount Teide in the Canary Islands is Spain’s highest mountain at 12,198 feet). Descend to Refugio Poqueira for a second night.
Refugio de Poqueira to Mulhacén – panorama
JUNE 2 – Walk down to the picturesque mountain village of Capileira (4,700 feet). Return to Granada. Check back into Hotel Casa del Pilar. Explore Granada’s nightlife.
Picturesque mountain village of Capileira, Spain
JUNE 3 – Fly to Barcelona (45-minute flight). Check into the Hotel Gaudi. Walk down La Rambla, the famous pedestrian mall. Visit the church of the Sagrada Familia. Walk along San Sebastia beach by the Mediterranean. Dine in the Gothic Quarter.
Church of the Sagrada Familia by night, Barcelona
JUNE 4 – Drive to the mountain village of Benasque (3,800 feet) in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains. Hike up to Refugio Angel Orus (mountaineer’s hut)(7,000 feet). Spend the night.
Mountain village of Benasque, Spain
JUNE 5 – Hike to the summit of Pico Posets (11,060 feet), the second-highest peak in the Pyrenees. Descend to the hut, then to Benasque. Check into the Hotel Ciria.
Pico Posets from Forqueta
JUNE 6 – Hike up to Refugio de la Renclusa (mountain hut)(7,000 feet). Spend the night.
Refugio de la Renclusa Arragon Region Spain
JUNE 7 – Hike up from the hut, cross Aneto’s glacier, and navigate the final knife-edge ridge known as the “Bridge of Mohammed” to reach the summit of Aneto (11,169 feet), the highest peak in the Pyrenees and the second-highest peak in the Iberian peninsula. Descend to the hut, then hike out to Benasque. Check back into the Hotel Ciria.
Cross Aneto’s glacier, and navigate the final knife-edge ridge known as the “Bridge of Mohammed” to reach the summit of Aneto
JUNE 8 – Drive to Zaragoza. Have lunch. Continue to Madrid. Check back into the Hotel Mediodia. Farewell Dinner.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 – Fly home.
$3,200 per person (single occupancy)
$3,000 per person (double occupancy)
All airport transfers
11 nights in a hotel (single or double occupancy; breakfast included)
5 nights in a mountain hut (dormitory style, breakfast and dinner included)
All transportation (private bus)
Guided climbs of Veleta, Mulhacen, Posets and Aneto (the four highest peaks in continental Spain)
Self-guided climbs of El Yelmo and Almanzor
All food while in the mountains
Tour of Toledo
Tour of the windmills in Consuegra
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada
Flamenco Show in Granada
Flight (one-way) from Granada to Barcelona ($100 value, approximately)
Group cooler (beer, wine, soda) (later in trip, by contribution)
Bilingual Tour Leader (available 24/7)
Medical and Personal Incidental Expenses
Medical and Travel Insurance
Trip Cancellation Insurance