Today we present you one of the star routes for mountain and trekking lovers: the ascent to the Veleta peak in Sierra Nevada. The Veleta, is the second highest peak of Sierra Nevada with 3.398 meters of altitude. It is only surpassed by the Mulhacén, which with its 3,482 metres is the highest point in the Iberian Peninsula.
In the following post we tell you everything you need to know about climbing the Veleta and why it is perfect for beginners in the high mountains. So you know, if you like hiking but you are not very used to high mountain trekking, this route is perfect for you. Let’s start!
Sierra Nevada – the peak Veleta and its 3,482 meters
The Veleta peak, despite not being the highest point in Sierra Nevada, is undoubtedly the star. It is probably famous for its proximity to the Sierra Nevada ski resort or for its greater accessibility compared to the Mulhacén.
Although it seems incredible for such a high point, there is a road that practically reaches the top. However, this road is cut off from traffic and only excursion buses authorised by the Junta de Andalucía are allowed to access it.
Anyway, access on foot is very easy for such a high point! You can drive up to the Hoya de la Mora, where there is a huge parking area. From there you start the walk to the top, about 9 kilometres, which usually takes about 3 hours at a normal pace.
When to do the route?
If you are not very used to trekking with snow, the best thing to do is to do it in summer. Autumn and winter of course are not suitable seasons, since at any time there can be a storm and we assure you that you would not want to see yourself in those. If you are a bit of a beginner, we do not recommend you the spring either, because with the thaw there is more ice than snow, which makes the ascent very difficult and requires specific materials.
How is the ascent route to Veleta?
The simplest and shortest route is the one that starts from the Hoya de la Mora car park. It is a very easy route for people who are not used to walking in the mountains, as it is not at all dangerous and the slope is very easy. Another advantage is that it is impossible to get lost, as you never lose sight of the pike. So you know, you just have to walk towards the peak.
As we have already pointed out, there is a paved road that goes practically to the top. When you make the ascent on foot, it is not advisable to follow the road, as with the zigzag climb you gain many unnecessary kilometres. The best thing is to go straight up. As you walk, you will see that there are small straight paths upwards formed by the passage of other people.
The first highlight of the ascent is the altar of the Virgen de las Nieves. Later, as you go up, you will see on your right the drill of the ski resort with the area of Borreguiles. It is very curious visually to see the station without a drop of snow, you will see!
The route is very easy to follow until you reach the last few metres, right at the peak positions. From this point the slope becomes important. If you are not very accustomed to mountain trekking or you have altitude sickness, you can choose to continue the road until the asphalt disappears and then follow the dirt road. If, on the contrary, you are made to walk in the mountains, you can go up in a straight line to the top. But be careful with the face of the Veleta’s corral!
Once you’re up there, you’ll enjoy some incredible views, really. Afterwards, the descent is completed in less time, about two hours, so be careful not to twist your foot on the way down!
What preparation do I need to climb the Veleta?
You don’t need a very important physical preparation to climb the Veleta. Practically anyone can go up.
As far as clothing is concerned, we recommend you always carry a jacket or a polar lining in your rucksack, even if it is summer. Bear in mind that even if it’s very hot downstairs, you’ll be climbing up to almost 3,500 metres!
It is also advisable to carry a lot of water and nuts. Ah! And it is posible to make the route with your dog. We have seen dogs on the top.
The Veleta and the Perseids
100% recommended to climb the Vane during the strong days of the Perseids. I assure you that you will never have seen a starry sky like the one you can see from there.
And this is all friends, dare to crown the Veleta with us!