Mountain Horse Trek

Ride through pine forests and alpine meadows to wooded valleys and gorges as well as almond, olive and orange groves

This is an opportunity to experience the beautiful and diverse land of the Alpujarras, ranging from pine forests and alpine meadows to wooded valleys and gorges as well as almond, olive and orange groves. A chance not only to discover spectacular landscapes and inspiring scenery, but also to experience the culture of the area.

Example itinerary

Day 1: You will transfer from Málaga or Granada airport (cost not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjarón, ‘the gateway to the Alpujarras’. Dinner will be prepared for you at a simple and beautiful Spanish farmhouse or a popular, local village hotel. Your first night will be spent there.

Day 2: You will go up to the ranch to meet your horse & guide, then begin by heading north up above the Lanjarón River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 metres of altitude, before dropping through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo. A picnic lunch will then be enjoyed in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. Views extend across the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

horse holiday olive grove
Mr G admiring the olive groves

Day 3: Today you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacén which has the loftiest and most majestic peak on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning. Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridlepath, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca. Trekking west along mountain logging tracks with a stop for a picnic lunch on the hillside. After lunch you reach the Mirador de Cañar view point before passing down through the Prado de las Liebres (Meadow of the Hares) to the ranch below. Time for some relaxation and maybe a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 4: This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjarón. High into the mountains following the river gorge towards the snowline with stunning views of the mountains as you sit under a landmark aged chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic. After lunch you will follow the old Moorish water channels, before heading down to the Ranch & to the farmhouse.

You will be wished a fond farewell and transferred to either Málaga or Granada airport (not included).

Please note the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group or the discretion of the guide.

Details

Accommodation

Usually, 2 nights are spent at the farmhouse/local hotel and 1 night in the mountain cottages.

Price

Price includes 3 nights full board accommodation, 3 days riding and a qualified English speaking guide: £528 per person

Price is indicative. Please contact us to get a total price.

Group Size

Minimum of 2. Maximum of 10. We can accommodate beginners or experienced riders.

Also

Single supplement (when available): £23 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75

Please note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions, reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Experiences

A real dream come true

Netty

We had the most amazing three day trail ride high into the mountains and a rather challenging downhill decent into the valley on the forth day ride out on the best horses we have ever ridden, so sure footed and well kept.

Thanks for the great ride

Mel

There is no better way to explore the beautiful landscape! The horses are satisfied and reliable. As a longtime rider, I felt like real experts care about horse and riders here. 

Let’s get you riding!