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Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

He Lanchamala It is without doubt the best viewpoint of Navaluenga. This mountain for many unknown, stands at 2000 meters high in theSierra de Gredos. Located between the towns of Navaluenga and Piedralaves, is one of the best hiking trails in the area. Its incontestable hardness with the odd way to follow, makes it not very busy and positions it in an ideal setting if we seek to enjoy nature without the stress of third parties.


Ascent to Lanchamala from Navaluenga

Navaluenga It is a well-known town of Alberche Valley. Every weekend it doubles its population, especially people from the capital who make this town their second home. And it is not for less, Navaluenga is in a privileged place at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos and the Alberche river, where summers many people come to bathe under the eternal gaze of the old Bridge.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

Well, it is precisely from this bridge where we will begin the route to the Lanchamala. We will be around 800 meters high, very low compared to our destination, which indicates that the route will not be precisely smooth but quite the opposite. I expect more than 1000 meters of altitude, 1400m to be exact in about 20 kilometers.

It's 8 in the morning of a somewhat cold October month. It's 3 degrees and there is practically no one in the street. From the bridge we take the road to Piedralaves, taking a street marked by some yellow and white marks. Its beginning is everything we do not look for on a route, walk on asphalt. However, this impediment will quickly disappear until finally reaching a narrow dirt road that enters the mountain.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

After this path we find a dirt track where the vehicles of several nearby fine roads circulate and we take to our right until we reach a crossroads where indicated two different directions are indicated. They mark the circular route of the inn of the Horco. For me both options were good but I finally decided to pull towards the Muñogrande Gorge.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

We still didn't find anyone, but the truth is that I was alone. No one accompanied me on this cold and sunny day. The mountain is one of those things that if you insist on going, you will do it alone or accompanied, although your mind indicates that it is not the best idea.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

The road was enjoying it like no other day. The temperature was frankly good and the colors of the autumn landscape made the morning even happier.

He kept looking for the yellow and white signs at the beginning of the route and for the moment nothing was complicated, everything seemed simple but then things would change.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

On many occasions the leaves completely covered the road, sometimes of oaks, ferns and other times of chestnut trees, the latter being scarcer.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

Once left the Muñogrande Gorge and approaching the Oven Throat, I began to see old buildings that lived better times and that today barely serve as a shelter without a roof.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

This led me to a wall where it ended in a wooden bridge that crossed the river and from where you heard the roar of waterfalls that are a few hundred meters below.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

I continued the road for another kilometer until I reached a fork. A road was heading towards the gallows inn and another at Piedralaves harbor. I shot for the latter as it is good if we go in the direction of Lanchamala. However, from here things change a lot. Milestones are easy to follow at the beginning but later, once they get into the hateful piornos, is lost with great ease. A GPS is recommended.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

The part of the Piornos, quite steep by the way, crosses in approximately 1h and the ideal is to go pulling slightly to our right until we reach the top of the mountain and avoid approaching the port of Piedralaves with the advantage of getting as close as possible to Lanchamala. This one was still quite far.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

I've been riding and climbing one peak after another for a while. He Lanchamala It seems to never come. Worst of all, you can't see at any time. All the surrounding mountains are high enough to cover it. The loneliness is such that today I have not seen one of the many goats that live in the area. Is it because of the hunter shots that are heard in the area?


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

Until finally, in the distance I see a geodesic point that gets closer and closer as I go. I have the final prize at my fingertips and I assure you that I will not let it go.

Once conquered the top, in solitude as in the whole route, I decide to stop 15 minutes and contemplate the landscape. I eat a couple of pieces of fruit and decide not to go back the way I had traveled. My idea is to make a circular route even though there is no marked path for it.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

I advance to the next peak, a mountain that curiously measures a meter more than the Lanchamala and to which it does not pay much importance. From there I turn my head in the direction of Navaluenga and I start down the mountain along a very rocky ridge, without milestones to guide me and for more inri, observed by a pair of vultures.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

The descent begins to be eternal. You can not see any easy way to take and there is no choice but to walk where you can best. First you pass large blocks of stone that sometimes makes you use your hands. But this is the interesting part… later our friends return piornos just when we started to see a river. A river that will end up joining civilization and of course on a walkable road.


Lanchamala, the best viewpoint of Navaluenga in Gredos

I finally reached a dirt track where some curious cows were waiting for me. From here I still had 4 kilometers to Navaluenga, something that didn't matter to me since the suffering of the previous path was over. Even so, removing the piornos from my head, the route had enchanted me.

Practical data

When to go?

Personally I would only avoid this route on hot summer days. Autumn is undoubtedly the best time thanks to the colors of this season. Winter and spring can be good options, finding snow on the summit rarely.

Can I take children?

I do not recommend it given the length and unevenness of the route which passes through unmarked roads.

Where to sleep?

Navaluenga has a wide network of rural houses and hotels for all tastes. Not only here but in many surrounding villages. Some options are as follows:

  • El Hotelito: spacious hotel with pool.
  • El Molino de Gredos: rural apartment near the old bridge.
  • Casa Cucu: rural house with barcacoa.

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