We offer guided hiking as an alternative activity during our bike holidays and also on standalone hiking vacations.

Hiking La Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada

The southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range are called La Alpujarra. It is a walking paradise. There are endless trails, ranging from ancient paths between the villages to remote trails that traverse the high sierras.

You’ll take a captivating journey that blends the best of trail exploration, challenging climbs and descents and backcountry adventure, while immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of the area.

As you walk the trails, you’ll experience the diverse landscapes and also uncover the fascinating history and culture of La Alpujarra. It is known for its charming white villages which weave stories of ancient Moorish influence and the resilience of its local communities. Our guides will show you the traces of traditional farming practices such as acequias (irrigation channels), and eras (threshing circles).

En route, you’ll immerse yourself in the diverse flora and fauna of La Alpujarra and the unique ecosystems that thrive in this rugged terrain

Group Size, Routes and the Hiking Day

With a maximum of eight people per group, our guides ensure personalised attention and support throughout, making your hiking adventure an enriching cultural and natural experience.

The routes vary, depending on the make-up of the group, the weather, and the time of year. We have a huge range of altitude, from 2200 metre mountain tops to 700 metre valley floors. You’ll pass through a variety of micro-climates on the way.

We usually walk from the lodge’s doorstep (at 1650 metres) straight onto the best Sierra Nevada hiking trails. Some days we complete a loop back to the farmhouse and other days we finish our hike much lower and transfer back up to the farmhouse in the support vehicle.

Walking days run from 10.00 to around 16.00. Being a centre-based hiking vacation, unlike a point-to-point bike tour, you’re not under time pressure to get to the next place. You’ll walk at a moderate pace, giving you time to stop for a packed lunch and to appreciate the breathtaking views along the way. The average day is about 15km in length.

These hiking holidays are designed for enthusiasts who will appreciate the untamed beauty of this deserted and rugged hiking paradise. To get the most from these walks you’ll be a fit and sure-footed hiker!

What’s Included

  • Professionally qualified guiding. (Short Weeks, four days. Extra Long Weekends, three days.)
  • Accommodation at the Pure Mountains lodge. (Short Weeks, five nights. Extra Long Weekends, four nights.)
  • Delicious food. All breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals.
  • Beer and wine at the lodge, including Pure Mountains real ales.
  • Málaga airport transfers (pick up 16.00, drop off 10.00).

What’s Not Included

  • Flights/train to Málaga
  • Tips

Prices are based on two people sharing a room. If you come on your own, we may allocate you a room with another guest of the same sex. You can guarantee that you will have a room to yourself by paying a 20% single room supplement.

Discounts

If you do not need airport transfers, €40/£35 ‘no transfers’ discount per person.

For groups of six people, there is a discount of 60% on the price of the holiday for the group organiser. For a group of seven this rises to 70% and for eight to 80%.

Non-hikers and 13 to 17 year olds are welcome and pay 75% of the holiday price.

Booking

Once you’ve decided on dates, contact us to confirm availability and to ask any questions you may have. We will email you a booking form and hold your places while you book flights etc. On booking, you pay a 20% deposit. The balance is payable four weeks before arrival.

a hiker takes in the view next to a mountain hiking trail