Gredos Mountains is an ideal place for lovers of trekking and hiking. In spring the roads are passable and has spectacular views. In winter it is necessary to use specific material mountain and ice axes, crampons, ...
After spending the night in the parking lot of the platform, woke up early on Saturday morning at 7 am and began the ascent of Pico Almanzor (2592m). First you must get to the Laguna Grande after 2 hours of hiking on well marked paths. If you're lucky you can observe the local wildlife Gredos goats in their natural habitat.
Once you reach the Laguna Grande, there is a refuge where to relax, take a hot drink or even spend the night (advance booking is strongly recommended through the web).
Very near the shelter and the Laguna Grande, there is a gap lower, with water from glaciers called Laguna Esmeralda. A great place to cool off and take a breather.
The second part of the trek is harder. The trail becomes much steeper with many unstable rocks that can make you slip and fall. From the Laguna Grande to the Pico Almanzor there are approximately another 2 hours of hard climb so you should avoid the hottest hours of the day to avoid fainting. The trail is well marked and there is usually enough people so it is hard to miss.
Reaching the capstone of the peak requires a last effort, a small climbing wall as no specific material and a small ravine that requires your full attention be alert and careful.
The views from the top of Pico Almanzor are spectacular on clear days. You can see all the "Circo de Gredos" in its glory including part of the Laguna Grande.
During the descent should be careful where you step, to avoid rock falls and accidents.
It should be remembered that we are talking about hiking in the mountains, so fitness is required (it took us 11 hours round trip), so as to know their own personal limitations always remembering that the mountain is stronger than us (this summer has been one fatality in this same excursion): sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, proper footwear ...
Definitely a wonderful experience for nature lovers and adventure tourism located 60 km from Avila and about 200 km from Madrid. To end the day you can enjoy the delicious cuisine that offers all the Tietar Valley.
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