Teide Peak hike, Tenerife Island, CanaryTeide Peak hike, Tenerife Island, Canary

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    Of course the volcano is very famous Fritz. But a very singular trek!
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      Very good description. I like the tip for a unique visit Fritz.
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      Yes, and you added a plan.
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      Yes, many!
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Hiking to the top of the Teide volcano, the highest summit of Canary islands and Spain: 3718m!

My experience, Explo description: 

The Teide volcano is an active volcano. But at present, its only activity consists of a permanent degassing at the level of the top cone. The volcano spits in the atmosphere approximately 100 tons of CO2 a day and gases go out at a 85° Celcius temperature.

The last eruption took place in 1798 on the western side (Pico Viejo : 2994m).

The Teide’s "caldera" is 16 km in diameter and 45 km of circumference ; it is one of vaster of the globe. The gigantic collapse in the centre of the volcano is called ’Las Canadas’.

A National park (190km2 : the biggest of Spain) protects the the landscapes, the fauna and the endemic flora of the island.

2 plants are particularly protected : the small violet of the Teide, and especially the Tajinaste Rojo (Vipérine rouge de Tenerife in French, Tower of jewels for English, or Echium wildpretii for Latin speakers). This plant is 3m high, and is covered with red flowers 2 times per year.

The access road stops at a height of 2350m. Thus, to reach the summit, you will need to hike (1400m to climb = 5h walk) or use the cable car.

Beware ! The cable car stops at a height of 3550m. You will need to walk for the last 200m and, above all, ask for an authorisation at the National Park Office to reach the summit.

2 other trails go from “La Rambleta” to the “Pico Viejo” and “La Fortaleza” viewpoints, offering excellent panoramic views of “Las Cañadas”, the Island and other Canary islands. And these trails may be freely used !

My personal recommendations: 

Before you go up, please watch the weather forecast : indeed, as the access ticket is quite expensive, it would be better if you can enjoy a nice weather and a good sight from the summit !

How getting there: 

Take the Carretera Dorsale road (see map).

A tip to eat: 

The station counts with a Souvenir Shop (Casa de los Balcones), a Bar and a Restaurant.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Cabin Boarding for the upward trip at the Terminal Station “La Rambleta” starts at 09:00 hours and finishes at 16:00 hours, while boarding for the downward trip runs until 17:00 hours, save bad weather or strong winds that were to make boarding impossible.

Entry fees: 

Adults (residents/non residents) : 12€ /25€
Kids (residents/non residents : under 14 years) : 8€/12.5€
1 Trip (Forward or Return) (residents/non residents) : 8€/12.50 €

Contact: 

National Park Office

Opening hours : from 09:00 hours to 14:00 hours, Monday to Friday (please bring a photocopy of your ID Card)
C/ Emilio Calzadilla, nº 5 - Floor 4
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Telf. 922 290129 - 922 290183
Fax : 922 244788

Cableway Station
Telf : 922 010 445

Central Offices in Santa Cruz
Telf. 922 010 440 | Fax. 922 287 837

The Park includes 2 Reception centres for the visitors :

  • Southeast side : Canada Blanca
  • Northeast side : El Portillo

These centres supply maps and many information.

Access security: 

Beware, 3550m is kind of high and some people might suffer from the rarefaction of oxygen. Moreover, this altitude is really cold, so take some clothes consequently !