We walked up the Lanjaron Valley to the far end and came back via the spectacular Verea Corta. It was a surprisingly hot couple of days. We had some great close up encounters with wildlife including Golden Eagle, Griffon Vultures, Ibex and lots of butterflies.
The national park bus dropped us off, it was nice to feel the cooler mountain air. The clouds enveloped us on and off. A big boom of thunder decided where we would spend the night. Only a drop or two of rain fell on us, we were lucky the storm stayed to the north of us. The wind picked up, we hunkered down in our sleeping bags and awoke in the early hours to a brilliant starry sky until the full moon arrived. An early start was needed because we couldn't get to our planned bivvy site due to the storm. The next day was cloudless and perfect walking conditions. We had a brilliant two days.
It was quite humid up there which gave us some great entertainment from the clouds rolling in and out
Enjoying sunrise looking towards Laguna de la Mosca and Alcazaba
We took the national park bus up into the Sierra Nevada. Then we dropped down into the impressive Corral de Veleta and started our ascent up Cerro de los Machos. After descending we took the Paso de los Guias before descending to Lagunillas and walking back to the cars.
As always it was a spectacular day out in the high mountains.
Heading down into the spectacular Corral de Veleta
This time we did an overnight camp to enable us to do this round trip. It was a short walk on the first day to our overnight camp spot at Lavaderos de la Reina. The second day was an early start before the sun hit us to make an ascent of Picon de Jerez. Then we traversed the main ridge covering 3 more 3000m peaks. We took a good rest before a very long and hot decent back to the cars.
We had the most amazing day today, again 😉, in another of my favourite mountain areas and it didn't fail with it's beautiful display of wildflowers, many endemic, and nature. Gentians of various sorts, Violas and carnivorous plants, hundred or so Griffon Vultures and one very special Lammergeier.
It's an overload on the senses. No words can do it justice, photo's capture some of it, but it's best to be experienced first hand. Take a look through some pictures and then click on the galleries to see more pictures.