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Los Galayos 2-day alpine adventure with a guide

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Two days of pure rock climbing in the high granite needles of Los Galayos, in Sierra de Gredos. You will be in the company of the local IFMGA certified guide Raúl.

Central System

1 Day

Jan - Apr, Oct - Dec




Discover Los Galayos in this 2-day alpine adventure I bring today.

Los Galayos area is also known as El Galayar. It is a group of granite needles between 2000 and 2200 meters high located in Sierra de Gredos, in the province of Avila. Its name derives from the Arabic language and means "bare rock that rises in a mount".

In addition, these granite towers that stand in front of the Victory hut are part of the history of the Spanish mountaineering. Despite its imposing appearance, all granite spires have a weak point. I will help you find it and reach the summits of El Torreon and El Gran Galayo with ease. They are 2 of the three most emblematic peaks of El Galayar. The third one is Punta Ma Luisa which we'll also climb. Furthermore, we will enjoy these ascents through two of the most spectacular routes. They are La Gran Cresta de la Catedral and La Cresta del Torreon.

Please find the complete day-by-day program at the end of this description. And remember that the best period to come to Sierra de Gredos is from April till October. You can also seize your time in the area and ascend the Almanzor summit. It will be a unique experience of just one day!

Finally, I will share with you a list of the necessary equipment you cannot forget to enjoy this alpine trip:

  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • Equipment for abseiling and rappelling

  • Anchors

  • 3 safety carabiners

  • Waterproof and breathable jacket

  • Fleece

  • Comfortable t-shirt and pants

  • Trekking shoes

  • Backpack of 30-40 liters

  • 1 liter bottle

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking stick (recommended)

  • Sleeping bag and mat (for hut)

So now you have all the information you need to make up your mind and book your place. Contact me to plan this 2-day alpine trip together and start with the booking process!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip


Day 1: Hoyos del Espino - Cresta de la Catedral - Gran Galayo

Meeting in Hoyos del Espino at 7:30 in the morning. Approach to the area of Los Pelados (1:30 h). Climbing La Cresta de la Catedral, one of the longest and most impressive crests of the Central System, to the summit of El Gran Galayo. Descent to the Victory hut. Dinner and overnight there.

Day 2: Punta Ma Luisa - Torreon de los Galayos - Hoyos del Espino

Climbing to Punta Ma Luisa via Rivas-Acuña and continuing along the ridge that leads to the top of the Torreon de los Galayos. Rappel descent from the top of this imposing needle and return to Hoyos del Espino.



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Optional: rescue and first aid insurance (+ €4 per person per day)

Meeting point

Hoyos del Espino

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Spain

I´ve climbed the most classical peaks in my country and in the Alps, and participated in trips and expeditions to iconic mountaineering destinations, such as Patagonia, the Himalayas, Yosemite, the Andes, Caucasus, Greenland, Africa and Alaska.

I’m happy cause I achieved what I always dreamed of as a child, and thought it was impossible: to live by and for the mountains.

I like to guide clients all around the world, but also to teach and work as an instructor, offering climbing and mountaineering courses.

I’m the former Director of Studies of Benasque’s Mountaineering School, and I’m now the Technical Director of Gredos Alpine School.

Starting as Guide assistant y ended up forming professional mountaineers. And in between, many years of routes, walls, summits, and thousands of kilometers to achieve the highest mountain guide certification, and make my dream come true.





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What people are saying about Raúl



Loved it! Felt safe the entire time. Great climb and great guide.

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