OverviewThe normal route goes across Refugio Elola, the same of normal route of Almanzor and you must have a lot of attention in the exit of the refuge because a lot of people goes in direction to the main peak.
Note: the track for gps includes also the climb of Almanzor.
Getting ThereSee the main page.
Route DescriptionYou reach Refugio Elola (1,950m) from Plataforma de Gredos (1,780m) across Los barrerones (2,175m) and the descent to Laguna Grande (2h).
You continue behind the refuge in the same path of Almanzor but only for a few of meters (15 minutes). You can see after the first spun the cairns to left in direction to Almanzor but you must follow the cairns in right side in direction to the walls that descent from Ameal de Pablo. You walk always in parallel to the wall passing under the nice Ameal de Pablo to reach the exit of Canal de los Geógrafos in a wide plateau (2,391m) where is the small lake of Ameal (dry in summer). In front of us is the ridge between Almanzor and La Galana and you can see a small path in direction to it. You continue the small path in zig-zag to reach Col of Venteadero (2,476m).
You turn to right walking among the stones to reach the bottom of the pre-summit of La Galana. We walk in right side to discover the entry of the small gap (horcada) under the final cone of the peak. This place is the favourite of all the mountaineers to left the backpack in the ground. The descent is narrow (II-) with good rock and small space for the foot. In the gap you attack the first wall and the first block of stones (II). Just under the summit you turn to left to discover a very narrow path to entry to the summit across the other side (II-). The panorama from the summit is amazing.
Essential GearNothing special in summer.
For the beginners is useful a rope of 30m.
In winter or early spring you need the use of crampons and ice-axe and a rope is very advisable if the snow remain in the final ridge.