Intro to Winter Mountaineering on Pico Peñalara, Sierra de Guadarrama

AEGM certified guide Pedro offers an introductory to mountaineering ascents in Pico Peñalara. Join him and discover the natural beauty of Sierra de Guadarrama!




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Central System

People per Guide

14 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Learn the basic skills of winter mountaineering with an expert.

  • Reach the top of the beautiful Pico Peñalara.

  • Enjoy amazing views of the Sierra de Guadarrama.


Pico Peñalara is the highest peak in Sierra de Guadarrama, a subrange of the Central System mountains. This trip is your chance to reach its summit and learn the basic skills of winter mountaineering. Join me!

Surrounded by the Lozoya Valley (Madrid) and the Valsaín Valley, Peñalara (2,428m) is part of a beautiful National Park in Segovia. The area features several small lakes, lush pine forests and impressive mountains. During the winter, it turns into a perfect destination for winter ascents.

For this introductory trip we will meet in Puerto de Cotos, Madrid. After a short security briefing, we will be ready for the adventure! We will explore amazing natural spots such as the Peñalara Lagoon, and learn how to use crampons and ice axes.

This easy mountaineering route is 12km long. On our traverse we will discover a rich flora, and if we are lucky, also a varied fauna!

So, if you are up for an intro to Winter Mountaineering on Pico Pelañara, please get in touch with me. Lets reach the top of one of the most emblematic peaks of the Guadarramas!

We can also practice snowshoeing in this same area: check it out!

Price per person

Group of 5
56 USD

Group of 6
56 USD

Group of 7
56 USD

Group of 8
56 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Personal equipment
 Min. number of participants: 5 / Price for kids: 45


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Skill level required
First time
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Puerto de Cotos, Madrid
More info

Please do not forget to bring:

Waterproof mountain clothes
Warm clothing
Waterproof gloves (and other spare pair)
Waterproof hiking boots
Backpack large enough to fit all the material.
Canteen or bottle
Food (cold cuts and bread)
Sun cap and sunglasses.
Sunscreen and lip balm
Photo camera

*In case the conditions are not suitable for the use of crampons and ice axes, the activity will be done with snowshoes


About the Guide


I've been a guide for 15 years, travelling around mountains all over the world guiding and participating in expeditions.

I like guiding trekking and hiking, and I am also canyoning guide and specialist. Nowadays I teach in Madrid's guiding school.

Some of my favourites trips are Tour del Mont Blanc, Senda Camille (Pyrenees), Tour del Cervino, Tour del Monte Rosa and Tour del Aneto.

FROM 56 USD per person

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