Today we present one of the star routes for mountain and hiking 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 meters of height, is the highest point of the Iberian Peninsula.

In the following post we tell you everything you need to know about the ascent to the Veleta and why it is perfect to get started in the high mountain. So now you know, if you like hiking but you are not very used to high mountain trekking, this route is perfect for you. Let’s get started!

Sierra Nevada – the Veleta peak and its 3,482 metres

The Veleta peak, despite not being the highest point of Sierra Nevada, is undoubtedly the star. Probably the fame comes from its proximity to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada or its greater accessibility compared to the Mulhacén.

Although it may seem unbelievable for such a high point, there is a road that goes almost to the top. However, this road is closed to traffic and access is only allowed to buses authorized by the Junta de Andalucía.

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Anyway, access on foot is very easy for such a high point! You can drive up to Hoya de la Mora where there is a huge place to park. From there you start the hike to the top,
about 9 kilometers approximately.
It usually takes about 3 hours at a normal pace.

When to do the route?

If you are not very used to trekking in snow, it is best to do it in summer. Autumn and winter are of course not suitable seasons, as there could be a storm at any time and we assure you that you wouldn’t want to see yourself in those. If you are a bit of a novice, we don’t recommend spring either, since 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 the Veleta?

The easiest 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 high mountains, as it is not dangerous at all and the slope is very bearable. Another plus point is