John Taylor Hospice Spanish 3 Peaks Challenge -

John Taylor Hospice Spanish 3 Peaks Challenge

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a fantastic long weekend adventure in Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Conquer 3 iconic peaks in Spain – Mulhacén (3482m), Veleta (3394m) and Púlpito (2076m)
  • Summit the highest mountain in continental Spain – Mulhacén
  • Trek nearly 50kms and ascend over 3,000metres in just 3 days
  • Overnight in a mountain refuge located on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada
  • Only a short flight from Birmingham UK into Malaga Airport where your adventure awaits
  • Support John Taylor Hospice with your mountain adventure

Located in the stunning Sierra Nevada National Park, Los Tres Picos, also known as the Spanish 3 Peaks, involves summiting three of Spain’s iconic peaks. Over a period of 3 days trekking you will traverse the beautiful mountains in Sierra Nevada National Park, tackling Púlpito at 2076m, Veleta at 3,394m and Spain’s highest mountain – Mulhacén at 3,482m. The mountain range is the second highest in Europe after the Alps and includes 15 peaks over 3,000m. The views on the Los Tres Picos challenge are outstanding, especially southwards over the Mediterranean Sea towards Morocco. 

Traversing the Sierra Nevada is a tough challenge, however conquering the 3 highest peaks in Spain in just one long weekend will see you return home triumphant and with plenty of stories to tell and the pride of knowing you have made a difference to the valuable work of John Taylor Hospice.

Included
– Return flights from Birmingham UK to Malaga Spain
– All transfers as stated in itinerary
– Accommodation for 4 nights – 2 nights in a hotel (twin or triple share) and 2 nights in a mountain refuge (dorm rooms)
– Meals – breakfast and dinner starting from dinner day 1 through to breakfast day 5
– Professional, English speaking local trekking guide
– Adventurous Ewe leader groups of 10+
– Comprehensive medical kit for group
– Training plan
– Fundraising support from John Taylor Hospice
– Discount code for ashmei sporting apparel, Cotswold Outdoor and Snow & Rock retail (online and in store)
– All risk assessments and safety management
– International Passenger Protection cover (IPP)

Excluded
– Items on your kit list
– Lunch 
– Personal snacks and electrolytes
– Personal Travel Insurance (mandatory)
– Drinks with meals 
– Any associated costs with retiring from the trip early such as accommodation, change of flights, etc.
– Personal spending money

How to book your challenge
Simply click Date and Availability, select the number of guests you wish to book for and then click on the blue box of 23rd September 2020. Simply follow the registration process and at the end you can opt to pay for the registration fee of £175 per person.

There are two payment options available as outlined below:

Minimum sponsorship option:
Registration fee: £175 per person, payable by the participant on signing up and is non-refundable
Sponsorship: pledge to fundraise a minimum of £1750 for John Taylor Hospice and the charity will cover the costs of your trip. 80% of your sponsorship (£1400) must be received by the charity 8 weeks prior to the trek departure date. The remaining 20% (£350) must be received by the charity no later than 4 weeks after your trek return date. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly John Taylor Hospice.

Self-funder option:
Registration fee: £175 per person, payable by the participant on signing up and is non-refundable
Remaining balance: £795 per person, payable by the participant no later than 4 weeks prior to departure 
Sponsorship: please raise as much as you can for John Taylor Hospice. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to the charity.

John Taylor Hospice will provide you with fundraising ideas and support. Your fundraising will help the hospice provide specialist ‘Taylor-made’ care for people living with a terminal illness and their families at home across Birmingham and the West Midlands or in the hospice. 

Itinerary 

Day 1

Flight from Birmingham UK t to Malaga. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel (approx 2 hours) in Lanjaron. During the course of the evening you will have a group meal allowing time to get to know your fellow team-mates and receive a briefing about the challenge ahead to ensure you’re well prepared.

Day 2

Veleta (3,394m)
Travel to Hoya de la Mora (2500m). Ascend the north ridge of Veleta (3,398m), the third highest peak in mainland Spain. The going is rough and rocky but the summit is reached after a 3 hour trek. There are outstanding views in all directions – especially southwards over the Mediterranean Sea towards Morocco. Heading south from the summit you will reach the Col de Cariguela and follow good tracks past the Paso de los Machos until you reach the head of the Rio Seco Valley. The team will then descend taking trackless slopes before contouring round a headland and reaching your overnight stay at the Refugio Poqueira. The evening you’ll enjoy a well deserved dinner and rest.

Trekking information – 900m ascent, 16km trek taking approx. 8 hours

Day 3

Mulhacen (3,482m)
Traverse into the Rio Mulhacen Valley and up to the Laguna de Caldera, set amid a cirque of peaks. The team will ascend the steep, relentless west flank of Mulhacen at 3,482m, this is the highest peak in mainland Spain. With it’s steep ascent the team will take it slow and steady as the altitude may have a small effect here. The summit is reached in around 4 hours. You will be rewarded with an outstanding great viewpoint as the whole 50km chain of peaks can be seen. You will return down the long and gentle south ridge before dropping steeply south west directly down to the Poqueira Refugio. Again a well deserved dinner will be served.

Trekking information – 1,000m ascent, 11km trek taking approx. 7 hours

Day 4

Alcazaba (3,364m)
Today will see an early set off from the hut as it’s the toughest day! Alcazaba is located far to the north of Mulhacen. The start of the route is relatively straightforward to the Alta del Chorrillo, then up the south ridge of Mulhacen. At 3100m the team will traverse the eastern slopes to Siete Lagunas, a beautiful, tranquil spot consisting of 7 lakes amidst a dramatic mountain setting. The route then climbs to the valley head and takes on a steep gully between imposing looking cliffs. This is quite a steep ascent however the landscape is impressive. The team will arrive at the summit plateau and onto the summit of Alcazaba (The Fortress). Alcazaba is a remote peak and will require a high level of fitness to achieve. Reaching this summit is weather and fitness dependent.

With the tremendous achievement of the 3 Spanish Peaks in the bag, you will return down the south eastern flank and through a small pass to Siete Lagunas for onward decent to Trevelez. The team will be transferred back through the Alpujarras to the hotel in Lanjaron for an evening of celebration and local cuisine.

Trekking information – 1,100m ascent, 21km

Day 5

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Malaga Airport for your return flight back to Birmingham UK full of an immense send of pride having tackled the Spanish 3 Peaks in support of the John Taylor Hospice.

Essential Information 

Weather & Safety
September sees the colourful start of Autumn in Spain and generally provides stable conditions in the mountains. September lends itself to those you are wishing to experience this epic challenge under clear blue skies, the start of the Autumn colour change and warm trekking conditions. Though please note, conditions in the mountains can change quickly. What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor.  It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. 
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries at info@adventurousewe.co.uk  
Your Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Health
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies. There are no compulsory vaccinations for Spain but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness and endurance is required for this trip.

Food & drink
All breakfasts and dinners will be provided during your trip. Lunch can be purchased for around 5 – 6 euros per day before the trek in local supermarkets and during the trek from the mountain refuge.

We can cater for all dietary requirements so long as we know in advance. Please let us know if you require any specific dietary requirements or have any food allergies. During trekking days we recommend you bring your own favourite snacks such as chocolate, energy bars, fruit gums, etc.

Drinking water is also provided and we strongly recommend you refill your water bottles / camelbaks to reduce the level of plastic waste. There is also the opportunity to sample the local vino, however we strongly recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol during your trekking days. 

Altitude
This trek goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Our itinerary is designed to enable you to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Whilst you may feel some initial effects of this you are unlikely to have any serious AMS issues.  It is very important to drink plenty of water and maintain a good level of hydration.

Accommodation
The first and last night you will stay in a 3 star hotel on a twin share with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek, you will be staying in a mountain refuge in dormitory style rooms with food and vino! You will be required to bring your own sleeping bags for the mountain refuge.

Insurance
It is mandatory to have the correct travel insurance cover for joining this trek including medical, trekking at altitude and personal accident.  We will require documentary evidence of your insurance prior to departure. We also recommend that you enrol with Global Rescue prior to embarking on your trip (optional). Global Rescue is the world’s premier provider of medical & security advisory and evacuation services http://www.globalrescue.com/adventurousewe/

For any further information, please contact us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk 

Passport & Visa
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary.
The information is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their relevant embassies.

For British passport holders, if the UK leaves with a deal, travel to the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel or work in the EU during this time. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for travelling or working in Europe will change. Please monitor visa updates by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Adventurous Ewe is not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise.

Responsible Event Management
Ethical and sustainable operations are at the heart of everything we do. As part of this we are aiming to ensure all our UK challenges are free from single use plastic. You can do your part by using refillable water bottles, such as Water-to-Go Bottles, and flasks during your event.

We operate by our ‘leave no trace ethos’:

Take nothing but photos,
Leave nothing but boot-prints,
Keep nothing but memories.

We are also very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner.

Our mission: to harness the power of travel to conserve and protect the world’s precious natural spaces, one epic adventure at a time.

Our goal: to ensure rainforest communities benefit from adventure tourism, and to educate and inspire our flock to help actively support these communities across the planet.

This partnership means that just by joining the flock at Adventurous Ewe, you will not only have an incredible experience, but you can do so by knowing you are actively supporting rainforest communities across the globe. To date our partnership has contributed to the further protection of eight acres of rainforest (that’s 2,000 trees), locking up to 2,167 tonnes of CO2 and we are determined for these number to grow significantly.

As the legend himself, Sir David Attenborough, said:

“Helping Cool Earth to halt tropical deforestation makes a real difference. Perhaps the biggest difference we will make in our whole lives.”

So, we will continue to invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth and we invite you, our valuable flock, to do the same. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by simply clicking on the ‘Adventurous Ewe’ link below. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. #ewecandoit

If you wish to make a donation, please visit:

https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/28292/adventurous-ewe/

Thank-ewe

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of High
Cost
£ 175

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