It’s just an eight minute ride by cable car to the top of Tenerife’s Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain and one of the world’s tallest volcanoes! However, if you fancy more of a challenge, grab your hiking boots and sun-cream to take on the spectacular hike.
It takes about five hours to conquer and will earn you bragging rights for years to come. The views are spectacular and nothing like you’ll see on a hike in the UK!
Teide National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Teide National Park is a stunning UNESCO World National Heritage Site that’s centered about the 3,718 meters high Mount Teide. You can access the park free of charge from the TR-21 road which crosses the Teide National Park, however you do need a permit before you climb. At least 8 days in advance be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org and get it all organised.
Alternately a permit for the summit can be obtained from the national park office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife make sure you take a copy of your passport too.
The best time of year to climb the mountain is during Spring (April & May) or Autumn (September & October). In spring the temperature is just right for climbing and some flora that decorates the mountain is in full bloom.
During autumn the ice on the mountain is just beginning to form, covering the bushes in gorgeous sparkling frost, so make sure to bring a warm jacket just in case, it will get colder as you climb higher. From November, through to March the higher slopes will be covered in snow, think ski jackets, hats and thermal gloves if your planning on tackling the mountain at this time of year.
Summiting Mount Teide
Sharing your journey with others can really make your experience extra special. An organised trek is always a good idea. If you prefer to go solo, make sure a park ranger and a family member or friend knows where you are going, your route and that you have enough supplies to get to the top and back down again.
Trekking through the crater
Once you have reached the crater, take your time and appreciate the views, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you made it on your own. On a clear day you might be able to see other Canary Islands visible through a “sea of clouds” …. but don’t forget the return journey.
A view from the crater