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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!


Central System

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec


First Time


  • 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 includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Min. number of participants: 5 / Price for kids: 45


More info

Please do not forget to bring:

Waterproof mountain clothes Warm clothing Waterproof gloves (and other spare pair) Coats 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

Meeting point

Puerto de Cotos, Madrid

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.


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What people are saying about Pedro Gonzalez del Tanago

Yuval Barel


September, 2021

Was very good carlos was excellent guide

Folkert Haak


August, 2021

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Raquel Cerrato


April, 2019

Pedro was so knowledgeable about the area, and graciously answered all our questions, even those unrelated to the hike. He was very kind in picking us up from Madrid for a small fee. He also took a bunch of photos of my husband and I during the trek, which I really appreciated since those are our only pictures together from our trip to Spain. I'd definitely recommend Pedro to anyone traveling to Madrid and interested in experiencing nature outside the city.


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