Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Walking in The Sierra Nevada with Mountain House Holidays

Walking in The Sierra Nevada with Mountain House Holidays

Mike and Jane bought their Mountain House - Finca Montaña in 2002 and started to explore the Alpujarra and mountains of The Sierra Nevada. As Mountain House Holidays, they started organising walking holidays based from the Alpujarran Spa Town of Lanjaron in 2003.
Mulhacen 3482m from The Caldera Refuge 3060m
In the ten years since they started, they believe that they have refined their holidays into a genuine quality product. Most holidays are now based at the stunning Hotel Alcadima which is a holiday experience in itself. “Somedays it’s hard to get our guests out walking as the restful gardens and pool are so appealing!”

The Star of the Snows -Estrella de las Nieves and Gentians
The Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest national park and is home to over 60 endemic species giving it perhaps the widest bio-diversity in Europe. The mountain walking here is stunning whether you want to scale mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen 3482m or enjoy the array of alpine flowers and wildlife. There is something to suit everyone’s ability and taste. Some of the holidays organised by Mountain House Holidays spend a night or two up at the Refugio Poqueira 2500m, nestling under the south west flank of Mulhacen and with great views of both the mountains and out over the Mediterranean sometimes with glimpses of the mountains of North Africa.

Iberian Ibex
Mike and Jane supported by their friend and neighbour Martin, lead all of the holidays themselves so there is a real connection with your holiday company and genuine local knowledge often lacking with the larger companies who bring staff into the area. Additionally, Mike, Jane and Martin are all qualified International Mountain Leaders which is the qualification required in Spain to take people into the mountains.

In addition to organising holidays for individuals or even large groups, Mike, Jane and Martin have established “Sierra Nevada Guides” who undertake a range of mountain guiding throughout the year.  Sierra Nevada Guides are the only qualified British guides (IML’s) operating in the Sierra Nevada.

Starting the ascent of Trevenque

The range of holidays and activities provided by Mountain House Holidays includes:  Walking in The Alpujarra;  Walking in The Sierra Nevada; Snowshoeing;  Rock Scrambling;  and Rock Climbing.

For those wanting to experience living in a remote mountain cortio, it is possible to stay with Mike and Jane at Finca Montaña who do B & B and full board packages.