Tenerife Trekking: Sea to Summit Volcano Challenge – 7 daysfrom
Hike from the sea to the summit of Mount El Teide on this eight day Tenerife trekking trip. Wind your way up through canyons and stunning pine forests to the Las Canadas plateau and El Tiede national park. El Teide is the highest peak on Spanish soil (3,718 m) and a
UNESCO world heritage site. Click ‘reserve’ below to see available dates. If your preferred dates are not available, please contact us to enquire about alternative dates. We can also offer a shorter version in 6 days or descent by cable car from El Teide to suite the needs of the group.
Day 1 Arrival at Tenerife South and transfer to Costa Adeje
Arrival at Tenerife South and transfer to Costa Adeje where we will stay for the night close to Playa del Duque. Chance to relax, prepare for the following days adventures and relax. *** Hotel (D)
Day 2 Barranco del Inferno “Canyon of Hell” The “Barranco to Vilaflor
This day of trekking crosses several canyons (barrancos) and gives the opportunity to see the Barranco del Inferno over to our right from the start of the day. We climb past a salination plant and Ilfonce. Stunning views as we climb up to our hotel for the night in Vilaflor. We can see thorn bushes, mastic trees, dragon trees, wild jasmine and also some palm trees. Nestled within the Corona Forestal National Park, Vilaflor has maintained the essence of a rural town. Proof of this is the cultivation of their vines, from which an excellent wine is made that must be tasted during your visit.
B and B with pool or 2* Hotel with spa (B, L)
(21km, +1100m) 7 hours
Day 3 – Vila Flor to Parador del Teide via Paisaje Lunar – “Moon Landscape”
On leaving Vilaflor we walk for around an hour to reach the entrance to Paisaje Lunar. The Camino de Chasna’ which was the main route connecting the spa town of Vilaflor with Mount Teide and was used extensively by explorers, scientists and well-heeled Victorians over-wintering on Tenerife on the advice of their physicians. Climbing above the village, you ascend to the surreal rock formations of Paisaje Lunar where, over half a million years, the elements have sculpted fantastical shapes from volcanic fallout to create a unique and fascinating landscape. Our ascent continues to reach the crater wall where the magniﬁcent panorama of Mount Teide and the Las Cañadas crater opens up before you. Hotel Parador Las Canadas *** (B,L)
(11km and +1300m)
Day 4 Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide– Summit of El Teide – Plateau
We start from the Las Canadas Plateau and pass some curious sculpted rocks and then volcanic huevos to views of the perfect crater of Pico Vieja. From here you can see the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro on the horizon as well as the southern coast of the island. We then walk up to the summit from the top of the cable car station and see holes emitting sulphurous warm vapours on the way to the top of Teide. We walk down on the other side of Teide or catch the cable car back down to the plateau at 2,356m and the ride only takes 8 minutes. Transfer to Puerto de la Cruz. The National park control the number of ascents possible per day to preserve this precious environment. We will need your passport number and date of birth for reserving the summit slot. We will stay off the plateau 30 minutes away in Vilaflor if the Parador is not available on this night.
Celebratory night out. B and B with pool or 2* Hotel with spa, Vilaflor (B, L)
DAY 5 Plateau las Canadas
Today we spend a day doing an easy circular walk and resting before spending a second night in Las Cañadas Parador where there will be a couple of options. There are seven cañadas (glens) in this Martian-looking site, surrounded by peaks and little volcanoes which emerged in the shadows of the 3718 metres of altitude of El Teide. The glens form an enormous caldera of about 17 kilometres in diameter inside the National Park, with an extension of 190 square kilometres. There are perfect hiking routes through the glens to admire this astonishing landscape. (B,L)
Day 6 Relaxing in Puerto de la Cruz and optional coastal walk
Today is about unwinding the legs and enjoying the coastline in whichever way you chose. Puerto de la Cruz is known for its dark, volcanic-sand beaches and the huge Loro Parque zoo. The old harbour is home to a 17th-century customs house and Batería de Santa Bárbara, a crumbling 18th-century fort and has is a historic fishing village. On the seafront, Lago Martiánez is a saltwater pool complex designed by architect César Manrique. Celebratory dinner. Hotel Monopole*** or similar (B,L)
Day 7 Transfer to Tenerife south and departures
We make our single timed airport transfer departing in the morning. (B)
We have a reduced price for groups and the prices are as follows:
£985/person FOR 2-3 people
£925/PERSON FOR 4-5 people
£895/PERSON FOR 6-8 people
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging - Trip grade 2
Group Size Medium Group
Tenerife From Sea To Summit Volcano Challenge
Duration: 7 days – 5 days of trekking
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation – Hotels, Mountain Huts;
A spectacular sea to summit experience as we wind our way up through, canyons and stunning fire resistant pine forest to the Las Canadas plateau and El Tiede national park. El Tiede is the highest peak on Spanish soil (3,781 m) and was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007 with Tenerife being the third tallest volcanic structure in the world. But you don’t need to be a filmmaker, a scientist or even a hardcore adventurer to enjoy this unusual place. Over 30 hiking trails loop through the park, none of them overly technical.
The Canary Islands have had 40 million years of physical isolation, leading to the evolution of unique species. The red bugloss is considered a floral treasure extending up to three meters in height and is symbolic of the exclusive wildlife of this beautiful mini-continent.
In early summer, the gravel blooms with broom, mustard-yellow flixweed, thrift-like rosalillos de cumbre and delicate Teide violets, while the rocks and crevices hide over 1,400 species of invertebrate.
The Guanches, who migrated to the Canary Islands from North Africa around 1000 BC, were right to treat Mount Teide with respect. Tenerife’s history has been packed with geothermal events since the Miocene period. The most recent eruption, in 1909, lasted nine days. Nowadays its activity is closely monitored.
Tenerife is featured in National Geographic’s best walks by Emma Gregg in 2017. For this trek we need your reservations early to ensure the summit pass or refuge reservation.
NB If you would like to request the shorter itinerary which misses the day on the plateau las Canadas and completes the trek in 6 days with an evening flight on the last day please ask. We also can offer an extension day for whale and dolphin watching at the end of your trip for groups.
- International Mountain Leader guide
- Hotel and refuge accommodation as per the programme
- 5.5 days trekking
- Meals and food in the programme
- Local transport from arrival to departure
- Flights and personal insurance
- Local guide tips
- Snacks and alcoholic beverages
Playa de las Americas or in Los Cristianos Sol Arona, Tenerife 3* or similar
Vilaflor Hotel Villalba ****
Hotel Parador del Teide *** http://www.paradores-spain.com/spain/pcanadasteide.html
Mountain Refuge Altavista https://www.volcanoteide.com/fr/refuge_altavista
Altavista del Teide Refuge consists of two buildings and is equipped with a first-aid room, dining room and kitchen. It has three dormitories with a total capacity for 54 people. The rooms are heated and beds are fully equipped with sheets and warm quilts, so you don’t have to bring a sleeping bag. It has toilets and washbasins, without showers.
The Refuge sells hot drinks, soft drinks and water and it is also possible to heat up food.
Puerto de la Cruz Hotel Monopol ***or similar
- Qualified international mountain leader
- Meals and accommodation as specified in the programme
- Local transport from the time you arrive at the airport as specified
- Personal insurance
- Drinks and mountain snacks
- Personal trekking equipment – a list will be provided for you
Each day you will carry your day trekking bag and the rest of your belongings will be transported to the next nights accommodation.
How much you are affected by altitude depends on your own body, acclimatisation and can vary from year to year. Any trekking above 2,500m needs a considered approach and please do check with your doctor to see if there is any reason why you shouldn’t join this trek. You will feel a difference in the altitude on the crator and above, especially at the summit which can be windy. See medical advice for mountain ascents on www.theuiaa.org
Yes we offer this trek with one day less on the plateau de las Canadas and possible descent to the las canadas plateau by cable car meaning we can reach Puerto de la Cruz a day earlier BUT this is for very fit trekkers only who are adept at adjusting to altitude. Remember that each time at altitude can be different. It is not guaranteed that the cable car runs, for example in windy conditions meaning a descent all the way back down to the plateau and a very long day.
Yes we do, for groups of 6 or more we can offer a reduction on the price or a group leaders discount for the whole group. We also have an add on for whale and dolphin watching which is fabulous.