Ascent to the summit of Veleta

Embarking on the ascent to the summit of Veleta from Hoya de la Mora promises an exhilarating journey through some of Spain’s most awe-inspiring alpine terrain. Situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, this trek starts at an altitude of 2,500 meters, providing a head start for those seeking to conquer the Iberian Peninsula’s second-highest peak.

The trail begins amidst a stark, high-altitude landscape, adorned with hardy vegetation and the occasional glimpse of wildlife. As hikers progress, they traverse through rocky outcrops and past crystalline alpine lakes, surrounded by the rugged grandeur of the Sierra Nevada.

The ascent is a true test of determination and stamina, with each step bringing you closer to the summit’s commanding 3,396-meter peak. Along the way, sweeping panoramic views unfold, revealing the sprawling valleys and distant mountain ranges that define this natural wonder.

Upon reaching the summit, a sense of triumph washes over, as hikers are rewarded with an unparalleled vista. The sprawling expanse stretches as far as the eye can see, encompassing the beauty of Granada, the Mediterranean coastline, and even the distant peaks of Morocco on a clear day.

Ascending Veleta from Hoya de la Mora is a testament to the allure of the Sierra Nevada and the indomitable spirit of those who seek to conquer its highest peaks. This challenging hike promises an unforgettable adventure for any avid mountaineer.

Distance: 14.54 km

Positive elevation gain: 897 m

Maximum height: 3392 m

Duration: 6 hours and 30 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

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