Tenerife Trekking: Sea to Summit Volcano Challenge – 7 days
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.
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 Tiede to suite the needs of the group.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Demanding
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
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 Playa de las Americas. A chance to relax and prepare for the following days adventures. If you would like to experience a scientific whale and dolphin spotting trip at the end please ask us for more details. 3* hotel with pool or apartments. (D)
Playa de las Americas – Villaflor +1600m height gain
We start in Playa de las Americas and ascend up through the park of Caldera del Rey towards Arona, continuing to climb past Roque del Conde to Villaflor taking lunch en route in Ilfonce. We start trekking early just above Siam park on the edge of Playa las Americas. We can see thorn bushes, mastic trees, dragon trees, wild jasmine and also some palm trees. Nestled within the Corona Forestal National Park we climb rapidly through spectacular barranca or water course scenery towards Teide. In the afternoon we continue to gain height after lunch from Ifonche (1072m) to Vilaflor (1574km). We are on one of the most historically significant trails on the island today on the GR131 and pass through a delightful pine forest on our way up. 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. We may also see cyclists as the Tour de France teams often use the cafe in town! Proof of this is the wine cultivation and that must be tasted during your visit. A challenging climb. Villalba Hotel Spa **** (22 km, + 1500m)
Vilaflor (1574m)- Plateau las Canadas (2152m)
On leaving Vilaflor we walk for around an hour to reach the entrance to Paisaje Lunar and then on to the crater rim and Parador. 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. Today will be more relaxing as we begin climbing above the village and you will 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 up to reach the crater wall. We see the magniﬁcent panorama of Mount Teide once reaching the plateau before dropping down into the Las Cañadas crater. Today we may also climb Guajara, a beautiful mountain next to the plateau. Hotel Parador del Teide *** (B,L) (15km + 1094m)
Around Plateau Las Canadas
This morning we relax and acclimbatise while doing an easy circular walk and resting before spending a second night in Las Cañadas Parador from where there will be a couple of options. There are seven cañadas (glens) in this Martian-looking site, surrounded by peaks below El Teide. If you are an athlete there are options to trail run here and also we can visit the rock climbing area behind the parador. 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 all day and see many of the indigenous species of plant life including the fabulous Tajinaste which also has a wine named after it. Hotel Parador del Teide *** (B,L)
Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide–Pico Vieja (3135m) - Teide (3718m) - Refuge Alta vista (3260m)
Today climb the magnificent Pico Vieja (3135m) and then to the summit of Teide (3718m). To the south of the Rocks of Garcia, 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. On the way up we pass enormous volcanic huevos, large jet black rounded boulders and learn more about the volcano which last erupted in 1909 along the way. We then continue up through the lava flows and runnels to El Tiede, assuming we are fit and able. The summit is a spectacular experience but it can also be very windy and on occasion the summit path is closed for this reason. We then descend to the refuge altavista (3260m). We may descend all the way down to the plateau depending on the group. Refuge Altavista +1496m, 12.86km or 21km to the road
(12.86km + 1496m) (B,L)
Descent and relaxing in Puerto de la Cruz and optional coastal walk
After we descend to the plateau we will be picked up and transferred to Puerta de la Cruz. 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. 3* hotel, Puerto de la Cruz. (B,L)
Departure fron Tenerife North airport
We make our single timed airport transfer to Tenerife South departing in the morning. We also offer departure at Tenerife North. (B)
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.