|The Sierra Nevada from Hoya del Portillo|
Karen and I based ourselves in the southern part of the area, the Alpujarra. Many of the whitewashed villages here are high up on the hillsides at an altitude of over 1000m. We stayed for most of our visit in Capileira.
|Capileira in the Poqueira Valley|
|Snow down to 2000m on the long approach to Mulachen|
|Pico del Tajo de los Machos above the Poqueira Valley|
|Valeta from Loma del Tanto|
|Full snow cover above 2500m|
|Looking north from the summit of Mulachen|
|Views to Valeta (second highest peak) from Mulachen|
|Alpine Acentor accompanying us to the summit|
|Spring Crocus above 2400m|
We had a rest the following day (of course).
Next day a more leisurely and shorter walk of just 8 hours round trip of the Poqueira Valley. The Poquira is the main river that flows down to the south of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada. With a very dry climate this river is by no means big! In fact the upper reaches run dry by early summer with very little rain fall in July and August.
|The Poqueira Vally with Mulachen rising above|
|Plenty of butterflies enjoying the warmth of Spring|
|Female Ibex high above the Poqueira Valley|
It makes a nice circuit to walk up the valley floor as far as the snowline, returning via the higher level route back to Capileira. More folk around today. Plenty of wildlife too. We saw cloud by the afternoon, a little relief from the hot sun.
|Trail getting busy|
|Nick striding out into the snow|
|Mulachen & La Alcazaba from Seite Lugunas|
|Walkers descending off La Alcazaba|
|East face of Mulachen, the Luguna is under a few metres of snow!|
It was a 5 hour ascent up to the Lugunas which lie above 2900m. Karen was hoping to get a swim in the biggest one, Laguna Honderas. Not today unfortunately. Several metres of snow was covering this huge, flat, high area. We enjoyed the fine Alpine scene over lunch before heading back.
|Swallow Tail Butterfly|
|An Ocellated Lizard hiding|
Our final day in the Sierra Nevada was another leisurely one. We headed to Lanjaron to visit Richard and Kiersten and a short hike in the hills above their home town. Our walk began after a 50 minute 4 wheel drive journey in Richard's vehicle. Lanjaron is low down in the valley at 500m. His expert driving skills on dirt tracks whizzed us up to 1700 metres! Along for the ride were their husky dogs, Arko and Rita. Not only do humans love the snow but so do these guys.
|A stroll in the snow for the Huskies|
A brilliant week in the snow clad Sierra Nevada. If you haven't been, why not?