Climb Mount Teide

Highlights

We begin at the base of the adjacent Montaña Blanca approximately 2385m above sea level. We ascend around the back of Montaña Blanca and take in some fantastic views of the north side of Las Cañadas. The first hour is quite light as we ascend to the saddle between Montaña Blanca and Teide 2700m. From here the real climb begins.

We ascend steeply towards the Mountain Hut, (3260m) where we break for lunch. By now you are enjoying stunning views of the spine of the island over the La Orotava valley towards the Anaga Peninsula. After lunch we press on taking a short detour to explore the ice-cave. A deep hollow in the side of the mountain that is frequently filled with snow and ice with giant icicles dripping from the ceiling.

The next stage of the climb is the toughest, we make slow progress over a rocky path, eventually reaching the base of the crater around 2 PM. From here we make our slow final ascent to the summit at 3718m. Fumaroles are a common sight on the final stage of our climb as are sulphur deposits staining the rocks and volcanic hot spots.

The view from the summit is amazing, it’s like being on top of the world. On a clear day you can see 4 of the neighbouring islands as well as the entire island of Tenerife.

We descend via the same route enjoying the changing colours of the landscape as the sun starts to drop lower in the sky. Alternatively we can catch the cable car down from 3555m.

Distance: 22km | Ascent/Descent: 1350m

NOTE: Teide is a tough mountain to climb involving up to 5 hours of high-altitude ascent. It is not suitable for people with heart or lung conditions or for pregnant women or young children. Whilst novice hill-walkers have made the ascent (with difficulty) good fitness and previous experience of hillwalking is strongly recommended.

NOTE: If you can spare the time, we strongly recommend an acclimatisation day before climbing Teide, Guajara (2718m) or Pico Viejo (3135m) are good options to get you used the demands of walking at high altitude.

NOTE: Whilst it is sometimes possible to organise Teide ascents at short notice (+3 days). Due to the limited number of Teide summit permits available, advance booking (2-4 weeks) is highly recommended. This is especially true during the Christmas and Easter period, where booking well in advance is essential.

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