Tenerife Trekking: Sea to Summit Volcano Challenge
Hike from the sea to the summit of Mount El Tiede 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 Tiede is the highest peak on Spanish soil (3,781 m) and a UNESCO world heritage site.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCharity Challenge, Island Challenge, Peak Challenge
Activity Level Demanding
Group Size Medium Group
Tenerife From Sea To Summit Volcano Challenge
Duration: 8 days – 5 days of trekking
Accommodation: 7 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.
- International Mountain Leader guide
- Hotel and refuge accommodation as per the programme
- 7 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
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 where we will stay in the vibrant Los Cristianos. Chance to relax, prepare for the following days adventures. (D)
Barranco del Inferno “Canyon of Hell” The “Barranco to Vilaflor (1400m) via the” Day
This day of trekking crosses several canyons (barrancos) as we wind our way up through spectacular scenery above the Barranco del Inferno to Ifonche and then on 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 with a characterful central square. Proof of this is the wine cultivation and that must be tasted during your visit. (B, L)
(21km, +1100m) 7 hours
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 which we cross before dropping down into the Las Cañadas crater. (B,L)
(14.9km and +1300m)
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 cople of options. There are seven cañadas (glens) in this Martian-looking site, surrounded by peaks below 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. We see lava flows and many unusual rock formations on this day. (B,L)
Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide– view of Pico Vieja to Refuge Alta vista (3260m)
Today we climb to Refuge Altavista after visiting Pico Vieja, El Tiede and descending to the refuge altavista (3260m). To the south, the path leads to the perfect crater of Pico Viejo, the lower of the two volcanic peaks, from where 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 will reach a maximum altitude of 3555m today. If you are not feeling good today we recommend you taking the cable car from 2,356m zone up to 3,555 metres, La Rambleta and the ride only takes 8 minutes. Check-in at the refuge is possible from 11am and the dormitories open at 7pm.
(12.5km + 1566m)(B,L,D)
Refugio Altavista (3,270m) to the El Tiede and descent to El Portillo information centre
On this morning we will get up for sunrise in the refuge and climb to the summit of El Tiede. After getting back to the refuge we will descend to reach el Portillo, the northern gate to the national park and continue towards Orotava. Celebratory night out. (B,L)
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. (B,L)
Transfer to Tenerife south and departures
We make our single timed airport transfer departing in the morning. (B)
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.
Los Cristianos Sol Arona, Tenerife 3* or similar
Vilaflor 3* hotel El Tejar or similar
Puerto de la Cruz 3* hotel or similar