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Pico de Teide, also known as Mount Teide or El Teide, is a shield volcano located in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. The most recent eruption was on the northwest flank in 1909. There is still volcanic activity on top of the mountain, like the overwhelming smell of sulfur dioxide and other gasses.

The volcano dominates the whole panorama of Tenerife and the neighboring islands. The summit is easy accessible by cable car. For safety reasons the footpath up to the summit is sometimes closed.

Additional Information below provided by J. Vranjes:

El Teide (3718 m) is the highest Spanish mountain, located on Tenerife, one of Canarian Islands. The mountain is a dormant volcano and a national park, so going to the summit requires a permit that is free of charge and can be obtained through the Internet as well (see the link below for details).

El Teide can be conveniently approached from the north, from Puerto de la Cruz. It is a 40 kilometers drive up through a beautiful pine forests and then over a large flat plateau (volcanic crater) at an altitude of about 2000-2200 m. The car parking from which the route starts is at around 2350 m. Also available is a regular bus transportation from Puerto de la Cruz to hotel Parador.

The lower part of the route is a pleasant wide road through a volcanic landscape, for about 90 minutes till the altitude of 2720 m. After that it is a much steeper foot path zigzagging towards the refuge Altavista at 3260 m. After the refuge the route goes through large lava rocks, yet the path is well maintained and unproblematic. At around 3540 m the route splits into two, the one going to the right is the old route which is oficially closed, while the left one goes towards 'teleferico' (lift), passing the ranger post where the permits are checked, and then to the summit. Gear: good walking shoes. Accommodation: hotel Parador at around 2200 m, refuge Altavista.

Elevation (feet): 12,198
Elevation (meters): 3,718
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Canary Islands
Latitude: 28.272335
Longitude: -16.64257
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Most recent eruption: 1909
Nearest major airport: Tenerife South (Reina Sofia)
Convenient Center: Playa de las Americas

Thanks to Rene Sulman for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 50 trip reports for Teide.

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  • Log #22507 - by J. Vranjes on May 12, 2015
    This was my third climb to the highest point of Spain. This time it was different, I was not alone but in the group of 6, and we did it during the day contrary to my previous night-climbs. Great...
  • Log #22322 - by J. Vranjes on June 22, 2012
    This was my second solo night climb of El Teide, on the night between June 17-18, 2012. Started at the car parking in the big crater (Las Canadas, at around 2350 m) at 1:30 AM. I met two people below...
  • Log #21917 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    Really nice climb/hike, we choose one of the longest route to the summit: El Portillo (desert) + Montaña Blanca + Pico Teide + Montaña Mostaza. -15 grades temperature and wind around 50 miles....
  • Log #21806 - by J. Vranjes on Nov 09, 2009
    I climbed El Teide solo, on November 6, 2009. It was a night climbing because I wanted to be on the summit at sunrise. I left Puerto de la Cruz by car some time after 1 AM. It was raining and not...
  • Log #21329 - by António Aragão on July 04, 2008
    A great climb since i have bad lungs from turberculose.
  • Log #21223 - by Idar L Valkvae on Mar 14, 2008
    Easier than expected,allthough thinner air was notable. Beautiful view.
  • Log #20745 - by Ryan Youngblood on Apr 17, 2007
    Tough due to amount of volcanic rock on path. Sections of flat areas to start with. Then sections of long, steep ascents. Very dry.
  • Log #11488 - by Xabier on Apr 24, 2004
    We climbed this well known peak, at least in my country for being the highest peak in it. It was winter altough we didn't find any snow until wwe were going up and it started snowing hard. We got to...
  • Log #11487 - by Santiago Arnalich on Apr 23, 2004
    Running from sealevel. Route 0-4 from Socorro beach in 6h 04 min 35 seg Web page to be released on September with route, GPS points, mailing list etc
  • Log #11486 - by Santiago Arnalich on Apr 22, 2004
    Saludos, como no hay pocos que me han preguntado como se hace una ascension al Teide desde el mar lo he puesto todo en una pagina Gueb www.teideascension.tk . Como la idea es que fluya la...
  • Log #11489 - by Lars Holme on Apr 22, 2004
    Started at Playa del Socorro (0 meters) at 9:06 AM, reached the summit (3718 meters) at 6:52 PM. Walked all the way up following the route descrimed on this map :...
  • Log #11490 - by Ireneusz Zielony on Apr 22, 2004
    After some problems with getting a permit for the right day (hopefully we managed to get it and made an ascent in the same day), nice walk from base of volcano up to top. Nice, a little bit windy...
  • Log #11485 - by Santiago Arnalich on Apr 21, 2004
    Salutes, For a climb of mount Teide from sealevel, the routes, downloads and tips at www.teideascension.tk Santiago Arnalich
  • Log #11491 - by Ray Arndt on Apr 04, 2004
    So i'll on my way from Montana Blanca with my wife on my side of this easy way. Then it goes up and so i climb alone. Was a nice trip and i saw a lot of young men offpowered and tired. For get to the...
  • Log #11492 - by Fabian Reichelt on Apr 02, 2004
    A fine path covered with snow above Refugio Altavista. We (I was accompanied by my brother) reached the windy top at 1pm after 3:30 hours. I was a nice but freezing experience...
  • Log #11493 - by alberto arregi sustaeta on Nov 24, 2003
    If you want know how to go from the beach to the top of teide in only one walkin journay, look my page http://usuarios.lycos.es/albertoarregi
  • Log #11494 - by William Larson on Nov 09, 2003
    Monday we drove to Santa Cruz, a little more than an hour away on the north end of the island on a three part quest to get a summit permit, a hut reservation and a topo map for Teide. Although the...
  • Log #11495 - by Andrew Marr on Oct 13, 2003
    Had a rare treat there wasn`t a cloud in the sky. We were allocated a slot to summit between 11.00 hrs and 13.00hrs so we had to start in the dark.
  • Log #11496 - by Kristo on Oct 10, 2003
    A nice walk. Very windy. Wonderful rock formations along the way.
  • Log #11497 - by Willy Framnes on Oct 07, 2003
    We started the trip up to Teide on Tuesday 6 May by cycling from Santa Cruz to the bottom of the caldera, at approximately 2,400 metres above sea level. The trip went fine, even if the weather was...
  • Log #11498 - by Steve Bateson on June 24, 2003
    Climbed the peak on a glorious Friday 13th June in 7 hours, up and down. Here's some controversial thoughts, arrived at after I was almost knocked down by a Ranger belting up the Jeep track in his...
  • Log #11499 - by Paul B on May 14, 2003
    My mate at the time was in bed, drunk as usual, as it was his first 'beer holiday' abroad! I left him languishing in his pit, and took the car we had hired, and the opportunity. I drove up to...
  • Log #11500 - by G. Coolen on May 13, 2003
    I took up the challenge with my wife and kids (12 and 10 years old). Unfortunately we did't make it to the summit. We started at 11.00 am to Montana Blanca.
  • Log #11501 - by COLIN bAKER on Apr 27, 2003
    A warm clear day, it took four and a half hours to ascend with a stop at the Refugio. Low altitude clouds obscured all but the peaks of the other islands, however the whole Canadas del Teide was...
  • Log #11502 - by Coos on Apr 15, 2003
    From the parking down the mountain it takes about 4-5 hours to make it to the top. From the rifugio Altavista it's about one hour. When leaving early from the refuge you can witness the sunrise from...
  • Log #11503 - by Peter Chisholm on Nov 25, 2002
    Made the summit at 1pm after leaving the start of the walk at 8am. Cold at the start(2c) but soon got warm as the sun rose and lit up the lava flows a fantastic orange colour. The first hour or so...
  • Log #11504 - by Damien Green on Nov 24, 2002
    I live on the Island of Tenerife where el Teide belongs. I climbed it once but from the cable car and in those days you didnt need a permit as now there are too many tourists who are eroding the...
  • Log #11505 - by Mark Ingram on Sep 30, 2002
    Summited Teide on 19 September 2002, a hard walk up the easily followed path to the Refuge Altavista and then, after a short stop for lunch up to the top of the cable car and on up to the crater...
  • Log #11506 - by Thue Pontoppidan on July 30, 2002
    Summitted on a clear and sunny day in januar. Snow (ice, really) line was around 3300m. I went up the standard north-east route from the small parking lot at 2200m. It was 3h to Refugio Altavista...
  • Log #11507 - by Kymm Brockhouse on July 16, 2002
    You were able to go right to the top then, there is an old metal crucifix there, about 5 feet in height, and a very strong smell of sulphur. I collected a couple of stones from the top, which I still...
  • Log #11508 - by Jose Manuel Renuncio on June 29, 2002
    Really beautiful mountain but don't try with the cable car. Bo not forget your permit or else you'll be denied access to the the top. The second time I went to Teide was in april 2000 at Easter. I...
  • Log #11509 - by Carl Hough on June 25, 2002
    Holidays are normally taken on the beach or round the pool! However this holiday was going to be different. Rucksacks packed, my wife and I set off for our start location at La Corona on the North...
  • Log #11510 - by Robin Hill on Feb 10, 2002
    It's a great but difficult climb, somewhat dangerous if you are attempting it in January when the upper part of the mountain is still covered in thick glassy ice. Part of the climb (above the refuge)...
  • Log #11511 - by Hannah Ward on Nov 02, 2001
    I'm 12 years old and i went to Mt. Teide on holiday with my family. We got to the cable car hut and found it was shut but there was great view of the mountain even from there. It's definately a must...
  • Log #11512 - by Tom Bennett on Sep 21, 2001
    First visited El Teide in May 1988 when there was unrestricted access to the summit. I remember a very exciting walk over the last few hundred metres from the cable-car station to the crater, with...
  • Log #11513 - by Sergio Perez Acosta on June 09, 2001
    Genial !! ademas vivo a 1:30 hr de el je!! je!!.
  • Log #11514 - by Andrew Roberts on Apr 04, 2001
    We got our permit the day before in Santa Cruz, with no problem. We were staying in the campsite "Nauta" near the southern airport, from where it's a drive of about 80 minutes to the...
  • Log #11515 - by Kjetil Kjernsmo on Apr 03, 2001
    I summitted along the standard route which starts at 2300 meters. While the climb is easy enough, with a carefully engineered path all the way, the peak nevertheless became somewhat of a challenge,...
  • Log #11516 - by Kjetil Kjernsmo on Apr 03, 2001
    I summitted along the standard route which starts at 2300 meters. While the climb is easy enough, with a carefully engineered path all the way, the peak nevertheless became somewhat of a challenge,...
  • Log #11517 - by Peter van der Putten on Feb 18, 2001
    Together Ilona van Meegen, a British girl and a Tsechian boy we started in the dark from Rufugio Altavista (alt. 3260 m) to see the sunrise over the Atlantic. We were too early and had to wait in the...
  • Log #11518 - by Petter Dyndahl on Jan 09, 2001
    Christmas Day was the Teleferico closed, so the magnificent mountain belonged solely to the handful who still was at the height of their power. It was a prefect day with a wonderful view from the...
  • Log #11519 - by Daniel Dietz Unzeta on Jan 08, 2001
    Teide was ascended for the first time by an english called Scory in 1582. Many routes achieve its summit. Many interesting winter climbs in the north face.
  • Log #11520 - by Mike Wood on Nov 22, 2000
    A pleasant walk up a very decent path from 2200m. No technicalities but flip-flops probably not advisable. Stunning views of the other islands from the top. Better than another 4 hours on the beach.
  • Log #11521 - by Dennis Warmenhoven on Aug 21, 2000
    One of the goals I wanted to achieve during my holiday on La Gomera and Tenerife was to climb the volcano "Pico de Teide" solo. At sunrise I started the ascend from the mountain base at...
  • Log #11523 - by Vid Pogachnik on Apr 15, 2000
    The Teide is really magnificent! But the way to the top is closed not for safety reasons but because of some bureaucratic stupidities. We (myself, my wife and three sons) were also allowed to go only...
  • Log #11524 - by Erwin Harkink on Feb 03, 2000
    We've (my girlfriend and I) been almost to the summit. Picked the last day of our holiday to do it. That day it rained and was cloudy from Montana Blanca and up. Eventualy we've been to The Refugio...
  • Log #11525 - by Ray Tibbitts on Jan 26, 2000
    A group of six of us climbed the mountain. It was one the longest summit hikes I've been on (time-wise.) It was also the coldest I think I've ever been in my life, although when I entered the caldera...
  • Log #11526 - by Paco Gonzalez on Nov 08, 1999
    We (six mountaniers) went to the top and return in the day, from 2200m to 3717m, and spend 9 hours.
  • Log #11527 - by Spotlight on Sep 17, 1999
    As a photographer I made a trip to Tenerife in order to make pictures of the Parque Nacional del Teide and climbed up El Teide as well. These pictures can be viewed on Spotlights homepage in the...
  • Log #11528 - by Rene Sulman on Sep 15, 1999
    I summited El Teide in August 1989. It was great. The sky was so clear that I could see all the Canary Islands except for Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. To everybody who is going to hike for Teides...