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The Refugio Poqueira in mid winter

Ascent of Mulhacén from Capileira staying at Refugio Poqueira

A classic ascent of Mulhacén from Capileira in the Alpujarras and staying overnight at a mountain refuge

Map of trekking route

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  • Access: Capileira, Alpujarras
  • Start: Cebadilla. Keep on the main road through Capileira. After 3km turn L, signposted “Cebedilla”. The road deteriorates but is normally suitable for cars if care is taken. The track drops down to reach the ruined buildings at La Cebedilla. Cars may be left here or a 400m further on at the Central Electrico de Poqueira at 1500m (8km, 20 mins).
  • End: Same as start

Route Description

Day 1 - Ascend to Refugio Poqueira (2500m) 4 hours via the Barranco de Poqueira (900m ascent). Stay the night at the hut. The Poqueira Hut is a guarded refuge and has beds, blankets, meals and wine. A great place to spend the night before ascending the peak

Day 2 - via the Rio Mulhacen to the Col del Ciervo and a superb view over the magnificent north face. West flank to the summit. Return via south ridge to refugio and retrace outward journey to Cebedilla and Capileira.

Recommended map: Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada 1:40000

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