Mulhacen Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Mulhacen that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mulhacen, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
May 01, 2019
Richard from United Kingdom
I want to climb Mulhacen from the north, starting at Cueva Secreta, Lago Mosca in early May. How much snow? Do I need crampons and an ice axe?
October 25, 2018
Swapnil from Germany
Hi all hikers and mountaineers :)
I am planning to ascend Mt. Mulhacen in November this year (probably around the 20th of November). I would like to know (from your experiences) whether there would be a lot of snow in the area or near the summit at this time of the year. What equipment and clothing would you recommend me to carry?
September 23, 2018
Grant from Singapore
Anyone has experience with thunderstorm in Mulhacen? I wanted to ascend Mulhacen next week but weather forecast says heavy rain and possible thunderstorm.
Any suggestion and/or experience with bad weather at Mulhacen?
August 13, 2018
Jane from Spain
At the end of September the weather is usually still good and you should not have any snow though it can be cool and windy on the summit ridge. The route up the south ridge is straight foward and well marked with piles of stones. From the parking at Hoya del Portillo it is a long day, but if you are fit and used to the mountains you should not have any problems. Take food, lots of water and wind/waterproof clothes.
August 07, 2018
Adam from Poland
I climbed Puntal de la Caldera and Pico Mulhacen in the late October 2017 (the round trip from Capileira) with one night in Refugio Poqueira.
Regarding the snow: I found some residuals of the first snow but don't panic, there are no exposed trails except Puntal de la Caldera. Some people rented the crampons in Refugio for Mulhacen climbing but they weren't necessary at all.
Temperature was moderate: equip yourself with clothes as for hiking in Tatra Mts in August-September.
Best regards and take care!
August 05, 2018
Rafal from Poland
I wish to climb Mulhacen in the end of September. I wish to start from Parking Hoya del Portillo.
Does anybody know this way? How long it can get to climb to the top, and is there going to be snow in the end of September?
I'm quite fit. I run 20-30km / week and it will be not my first time in the mountains so I'm not worry about my stamina I'm only worry about the weather, temperature and snow.
I know Polish mountains and I know what to expect, but Spain and Andausia it's different environment. I know that in the end of September on the sea level will be hut but what about Mulhacen?
November 06, 2016
Remco from Netherlands
To everyone who is interested in hiking the Mulhacen in times of fall, winter or spring: there will be snow. Even in summer there will be places covered with snow. You need equipment and experience to do these kind of hikes. Don't go out there because you think you are in good physical condition. You need knowledge, gear and experience that fit with snow and wind conditions.
October 23, 2016
Gidon from Israel
We plan to hike Mulhacen mountain from *south to north* at the early of April 17.
We are a very fitness but a have little experience with snowy conditions (One winter trek 3000/m altitude ).
1. Will simple aluminum crampons will do the work?
2. How dangerous it is for non-experienced guys like us ?
October 06, 2016
Salvador Asencio from Spain
I have climbed Mulhacen several times.
June 14 From Hoya de Portillo 2100m to Shelter Poqueira 10,42km 2h53m (sleep in Poqueira). Next day, Poqueira to Mulhacen through Mulhacen River 4,48k 4h30m. Mulhacen Hoya Portillo 12km 3h45m.
Hoya Portillo Mulhacen (same day) 25,77km 8h15m. Easy.
I did it in February too, with snow, via Mulhacen River, but
I have not recorded this.
All the best
April 04, 2014
Jarek from Ireland
Hi there! I would like to ask about climbing in begining of May? Is weather good during this time? And is it possible to climb in 1 day for sport-active person?
December 26, 2013
Linda Caine from Spain
A bit late in replying, but for future reference: we live in the Alpujarra and go walking over 3ooom quite often, for 2 or 3 days. My partner always takes a water purifying system and we refill our bottles/platypus whenever we get the chance. Usually there are springs or lagunas at the higher levels (look out for greenery). We also 'camel-up' before setting out, by drinking a litre or so and that can last our bodies most of the day. But it is an issue to be aware of, more important than carrying lots of food.
September 24, 2013
Rafael from Spain
I'm from 80 Km west of the Mulhacen and I have been several times, with and without snow, however, snow keeps on the peaks most of the year. There is a very good conditions road that climbs until the Sky-station of Sierra Nevada (2100 mtrs above sea level), from there, trekking is between 6-14 hours 'till 'el pico Mulhacen'.
July 20, 2013
Rune from Norway
iBO; did you find a solution to the "water problem"?
I will be going in the beginning of August, and this is my remaining question also: what about the water?
I will be going from Trevelez, using 2 days total, so unable to carry all that water because of the heat :-)
Temperature should be min 0 deg Celcius at night, I have read somewhere. But no gurantees of course.
July 08, 2013
Mira from Slovakia
we want to try to hike up the Mulhacen in October 10th, from Poquiera hut.
Does please anyone know, if this is possible due to the weather conditions? Is it usual to have snow there in October or is it still snow free after summer? Do we need any equipment? Are the ways marked?
Thank you in advance for answer and any information.
June 19, 2013
iBO from Spain
I am planing go to Mulhacen next July from Guejar de la Sierra. Can anybody tell me some info on the route, how is it ? Is it possible to drink the the water you find directly or it is necessary to treated it before. We will sleep in the laguna , which temperature can we face ? Thanks for any information,
May 09, 2013
Zibi from Poland
I wonder is it possible to go to Mulhacen end of April?
[editor replies: The answer to that is that it is possible, but at the end of April there will usually be deep snow cover on the approach and sub-zero temperatures are likely above 2500m and at times even lower, so freeze-thaw means that it can be icy. If it is warm, granular spring snow will be good for ski touring. For a snow/ice-free ascent, choose July, August and September. Even in late summer, north-facing bowls can hold deep snow pockets, and below the stony scree is Europe's most southerly glacier]