Spanish 3 Peaks Challenge| Los Tres Picos | Adventurous Ewe

Spanish 3 Peaks – Winter Trek

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  • Situated just outside Granada, the Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest natural park 
  • This range of wild snow-capped peaks boasts the highest point in mainland Spain, Mulhacén at 3482m, the third most topographically prominent peak in Western Europe, after Mont Blanc and Mount Etna
  • This winter adventure will see you standing on the summits of Mulhacen at 3482m (‘The Roof of Spain’), Veleta at 3396m and El Púlpito at 2,076m
  • Cover 50kms and ascend over 3,000 metres in 3 days
  • Recapture the solitude and sense of exploration in this less visited mountain range during the low season
  • Immerse yourself in the Andalusian mountain culture
  • Overnight in a mountain refuge located on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada
  • Small groups of 4 trekkers accompanied by an experienced Winter Guide teaching you new winter mountain skills
  • Private trips available for groups over 4 people
  • Receive a complimentary Water-To-Go bottle when you depart on this trip to minimise our plastic foot-print in Spain!


Located in the stunning Sierra Nevada National Park, Los Tres Picos, also known as the Spanish 3 Peaks, involves summiting 3 of Spain’s highest peaks.

Over a period of 3 days you will traverse the beautiful mountains in the southern Spanish region of Andalusía of the Sierra Nevada National Park summiting Veleta at 3,396m, followed by Spain’s highest mountain – Mulhacén at 3,482m and finally on to El Púlpito at 2,076m.

This less visited 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 you’ll be trekking in small groups accompanied by certified local winter mountain guides who will teach you winter mountaineering skills prior to ascending your first mountain.

This is a fantastic winter mountain wonderland adventure is just a short trip from the UK where you can Immerse yourself in the incredible Andalusian mountain culture and way of life.


Day 1

Flight from UK to Málaga Spain (approx. 2 hours 50 mins)

On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL protected Flight Agent at an additional cost. Flights are not included in your package to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Spain if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Spain.

There are direct flights from London and other major airports across the UK. Flights are operated by Easyjet, Ryan Air and British Airways cost upwards £60pp economy return depending on which flights and when you book.

Transfer from Málaga to Lanjaron (approx. 2 hours)

On your arrival into Málaga Airport on the recommended Adventurous Ewe flight time, you will be met with a private transfer to your hotel in Lanjaron. You’re then welcome to explore this mountain village, have a coffee or drink in a local restaurant, buy snacks and some lunch items in readiness for your trek the following day. That evening dinner will be provided together with a trek briefing in readiness for the mountain challenge ahead.

Transfer: Private transfer from Málaga to Lanjaron
Accommodation: Hotel (twin/multi share basis – share & save)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Trek Veleta (3,396m)

Following breakfast you’ll have a 1-hour private transfer to Hoya de la Mora at 2500m for the start of your 3 peak challenge. Once on the mountain slopes you’ll receive training session on the use of crampons and your ice axe in readiness for your trekking journey. There’s plenty of time to practice and fine tunes your skills before setting off.

Your first mountain awaits, the ‘Pico Veleta’ at 3396m. This is the second-highest peak of the Sierra Nevada range (after Mulhacén) and the third-highest mountain of Spanish mainland (after Mulhacén and Aneto).

Your route is via the north ridge as it winds its way to the summit which should be reached in approximately 3 hours. At the characteristic shaped peak with the pointed end of the mountain being a ‘sign of identity’ for Sierra Nevada, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views – especially southwards over the Mediterranean Sea towards Morocco. With soaking up the views you’ll then descend the slopes of Veleta leading you back to your waiting vehicle for your return transfer to the hotel in Lanjaron.

Trekking info
Distance: approx. 8kms
Ascent: approx. 900m
Time: approx. 6 hours

Transfers: Private vehicle transfers
Accommodation: Hotel (twin/multi share basis – share & save)  
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3

Trek Mulhacen (3,482m)

Today sees a early start with a 1-hour transfer through picturesque mountain villages dotted throughout the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to reach Hoya del Portillo. It’s then time to tackle the highest peak in mainland Spain, Mulhacen at 3,482m. The route traverses through the Rio Mulhacen Valley and up to the Laguna de Caldera, set amid a cirque of peaks. You’ll then ascend the steep, relentless west flank of Mulhacen. Although steep there is no scrambling and the pace is slow and steady to allow for the altitude. The summit is reached after approximately 4 hours of trekking. Once again you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views spanning across the 50km chain of peaks. The descent is via the long and gentle south ridge before dropping steeply south west directly to the Poqueira Refugio (2485m), your home for the night. Here you can purchase drinks and snacks and enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of the roaring fire amid the authentic mountain hut atmosphere.

Trekking info
Distance: 11kms
Ascent: 1,000m
Time: approx. 7 hours

Transfers: Private transfers
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
A packed lunch can be purchased at the mountain refuge for the following day’s trek
Accommodation: Mountain refuge (dorm share rooms)

Day 4

Trek El Púlpito (2,978m)

Following breakfast in the mountain refuge your final mountain awaits, El Púlpito at 2978m. Todays route will lead you into a much more remote area of the Sierra Nevada where you’ll feel like you have the whole mountain range to yourself. Your summit bid will take you up steep snow on Terrazes Azules before crossing a col and following snowy corridors upwards to reach the summit at 2978m summit. The views from the peak are incredible as you’re surrounded by the neighbouring higher peaks, of Veleta, Cerro de los Machos and Raspones giving you a real sense of achievement of what you have conquered the previous days.

You’ll then return to Poqueira Refugio for lunch before continuing your descent to your awaiting vehicle at Hoya del Portillo. Arriving back at the hotel in the early evening it’s time to enjoy a shower and a celebration dinner to mark the completion of your Spanish 3 Peaks Trek.

Trekking info
Distance:  approx. 11kms
Ascent:  approx. 495m
Time:  approx. 7 hours

Transfers:  Private transfers
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel (twin/multi share basis – share & save)  

Day 5

Transfer from Lanjaron to Málaga Spain for your return flight home to the UK

After a relaxing breakfast you will be transferred back to Málaga Airport for your return flight home.

Transfer: Private vehicle transfer
Accommodation: NA
Meals: Breakfast only

Please note, if you wish to extend your stay in Spain, we can help you with plenty of recommendations of things to do and see. Simply get in touch to chat further about what you can do at or call 01492 588 069.

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Pre-trip info

On joining us for the Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to the itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on the Spanish 3 Peaks and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.


Flight from UK to Málaga Spain (approx. 2 hours 50 mins)
On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL & ABTA protected Flight Agent for an additional cost.

Flights are not included in your package to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Spain if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Spain.

There are direct flights from London and other major airports across the UK. 


All nationalities require a full passport. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. For the latest info, please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.


British nationals do not require a visa to enter Spain for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. For the latest entry requirements, please click here.

Travel Insurance & Global Rescue
Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and COVID-19 travel cover.

For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

Global Rescue Membership

For peace of mind whilst trekking in the mountains, Global Rescue provides short term membership giving access to travel, security, medical advisory and evacuation services up to $US500,000.  They’re a specialised field rescue company, and assist from the point of illness or injury by getting you to the closest and most appropriate medical facilities to get stabilised. Once fit to fly if you require additional inpatient treatment Global Rescue will further evacuate and repatriate to your home hospital on record. These services are all covered through their upfront membership fee with no claims process.  For more info, please click here

Vaccinations & allergies

There are currently no mandatory vaccination requirements for Spain however we would recommend that your tetanus jabs are up to date.

For the most up to date details on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel and check the latest health advice for Spain from the Fit for Travel website.

Apart from the recent COVID-19 pandemic there are no other health risks in Spain. We are monitoring and activating the guidelines and recommendations put in place by the respective governments and World Health Organisation as a result of COVID-19. You will receive our operational guidelines for this trek when you join the trip and hand sanitiser and face-masks will be provided for travel. Rest assured your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.

Severe allergies
If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Safety & well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.

The Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.

Winter Trekking Leaders and Crew

An Adventurous Ewe UK Leader will accompany groups of over 8 people and is an experienced high-altitude leader. Leaders have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Your Leader will be Wilderness First Aid trained too.

Your Local Leader is a key part to this trip. They are expertly trained and experienced in every field of this high-altitude trek, bilingual (English and Spanish) and qualified in first aid and/or Wilderness First responder. They also have a huge passion for what they do and have plenty of knowledge ready to share with you. They are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and fun attitude. The Leaders have radio and phone contact with base, the local office and Adventurous Ewe’s HQ.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and well-being and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for the Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek is run is 4 people and the maximum group size is 18 people.

You are most welcome to join this winter trek as a group of friends, family, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo traveller. You are also welcome to use this trip as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

If you have a group of over 4 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your team, your charity or your company.

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at or call 01492 588 069.

Level of Difficulty

The Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek is graded as ‘Tough’. The trip is designed for confident trekkers who may be new to winter hiking as well as those who have some experience of trekking on snow. It is expected that large parts of the mountainsides will be covered in snow, therefore the use of ice axe and crampons will be necessary. Although these sections are not technically difficult, they are high and can be exposed. Snow cover will of course vary, but the use of ice axes and crampons is essential when crossing steep snowy terrain. Winter walking can be dangerous and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk, we can never eradicate it altogether. The main danger is from tripping then sliding down a snow slope. Your Guide will give a full briefing and run a training session before your ascent of which there will be time to practice winter mountaineering skills during your trek. Your Guides are also well trained and experienced in handling all scenarios and safety procedures in the Sierra Nevada to ensure your safety.

Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this trek. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination will help you conquer each day.


This trip goes to an altitude of 3482m with reaching the summit of Mulhacén. There is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) however 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 hydration level.



A bespoke training programme will be provided when join this trek to help you with your preparations and make sure you reach the start line knowing that you’re ready for the journey ahead.

The programme includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme & app which is ideal for strength and endurance training for those short on time. Plus it has great nutritional tips. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is:

Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

Training Weekends

We have a variety of tailored training weekends available to ensure you’re fully prepared for your winter trek. These training weekends are the perfect way to help you gauge your fitness and training progress under the careful guidance of our experienced leaders. Plus the leaders will chat through your specific trip and also provide guidance and tips relating to clothing and equipment, health and well-being, packing, trekking skills (use of crampons), teamwork and much more to ensure you are fully prepared and ready for your adventure ahead. We predominantly host our training weekends in Snowdonia given the wide variety of terrain available to practice and where Chief Ewe’s, Jim or Sue, can meet you too. It’s a great way for you to meet fellow members of the flock and ask any questions, no matter how big or small. We’re here to make sure you’re ready. For further info, please email or call 01492 588 069.

Kit & equipment

A full kit list will be provided when you book onto this trip or you can simply download the ‘Trip Notes’ for this trek. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers.

An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this winter trek.

Hire equipment
Crampons and ice axe hire available for £35 per set. All our hire equipment is hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and will not be used for the next 72 hours afterwards.

Exclusive kit discount codes

To help you get the very best from your Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei, sustainable performance apparel, both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you.


During the winter months the daytime temperature typically ranges from 2°C to 8°C. As you trek above 2000m the daytime temperature range will be from -5°C to 4°C, however, conditions can change very quickly. The Sierra Nevada receives most of its precipitation in the winter, normally falling as snow. However you can expect mostly clear and sunny days with the odd day of cloud or snowfall. It should be noted that mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and stormy weather cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

Please note, the 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.

The week leading up to your trip we recommend visiting the mountain weather forecast here. Up to date weather forecasts will also be available via your mobile travel app.



3 nights in a local 3 star hotel based on twin share with en-suite washing facilities. Single rooms are available on request for an additional cost. Please let us know on booking if you require a single room.

Whilst on trek, you will spend one night in an authentic mountain refuge (hut) in dormitory style rooms with food and vino a plenty! You will need to provide your own sleeping bag.

Food & drinks

All breakfasts and dinners are included during your trip. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know. You will be able to purchase items for your packed lunches whilst in the mountain village of Lanjaron and also whilst staying at the mountain refuge. This allows you to purchase items that you wish and also helps support local businesses.

Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and refill to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.

Water-to-Go Bottle

Adventurous Ewe has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – for more info please click here.

Adventurous Ewe trekkers will receive a free Water-to-Go bottle when departing on our Spanish 3 Peaks trek, and better still, 15% of the purchase value for replacement filters will be donated to our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth. Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes. Please help us reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine environment.

Payment Info

Deposit of £175 per person is required on booking.

Remaining balance of £545 per person is due for payment no later than 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date.

A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email or call 01492 588 069.

Please note, if you need to change your booking 60 days or more before your trip departure date you can make flexible date change, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you have already booked your flights, we recommend you check with your airline prior to making any changes to your trip booking. If you need to cancel your booking 60 days or more before your trip departure date, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another overseas adventure of your choice, subject to availability. 

Stay connected

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Your Adventurous Ewe Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones and radios communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required. Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on +44(0)7747 346 588.

Our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth

Cool Earth
We are 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. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. 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. Thank-ewe

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What's Included?


  • Personalised trip support in the lead up to your trek from Adventurous Ewe
  • Trek training guide
  • Discount on personal kit from independent specalist outdoor retailers both in shop and online
  • Trip info supplied via our free mobile travel platform
  • Public liability insurance
  • Financial Protection for your booking
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning

During your trip:

  • Adventurous Ewe Leader (for groups over 8 people)
  • Local Mountain Guide
  • All ground crew per your
  • Road transfers within Spain per your itinerary
  • Accommodation – 4 nights. 3 nights in a hotel (twin or triple share) and 1 night in a mountain refuge (dorm rooms)
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary (all breakfasts and dinners)
  • Medical kit and supplies
  • All logistical and safety management whilst in Spain
  • All trip management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trek.

What's Not Included?

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Return flights to Malaga Spain. These can be arranged for you at an additional cost through our Flight Agent who is ATOL protected
  • Crampons and ice axe (essential). These are available for hire at £35 per set which includes transport to and from Spain and hire. To reserve your set please email
  • Vaccinations
  • Any entry/exit requirements per the UK and Spain Governments 
  • Personal spending money and drinks
  • Meals not listed in your itinerary (packed lunch x 3)
  • Snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets
  • Kit and equipment as listed on your kit list and medication
  • Tips for local crew
  • Single room supplement where available
  • Any associated costs with leaving the trek early.



If you wish to extend your stay in Spain, we can help you with plenty of recommendations of things to do and see. For more information, please contact us at

Thoughtful and Responsible Tourism

Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the ethical features embedded in our Spanish 3 Peaks Winter Trek are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified Guides, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
  • Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
  • Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
  • Free Water-to-Go Bottle given to each trekker to help eliminate our plastic footprint
  • Careful management of limited energy and water resources
  • Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
  • Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.

As 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.”

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 here. 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.


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