Mount Tiede (Tenerife, Spain)

Almost at Spain’s highest point – the Mount Tiede cable car station (3,555m).

A permit is required to hike to the summit (3,718m). Only 200 are issued each day.

And here, 200m up at the summit…

The Altavista del Teide Refuge, at a height of 3,260m, is a truly unique place to stay. It is located on the hike up to (or down from) the Teide summit.

We were fortunate to discover that we needed a permit to access the summit of Mount Teide before our visit to Teneriffe. The permits are free of charge. You need to print them off and take them with you as they are checked on entry.

Permit information here -

The actual booking page is here -

The day is split into 4 x 2 hour slots with a maximum of 50 people allowed up to the summit per 2 hour slot. 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm & 3pm-5pm. Mornings are usually most popular, but do allow enough time to get from where you are staying to the start of the summit trail.

Ususally it is advisable to book several months in advance.

Mount Teide summit trail map.

This tour was captured in reverse starting at the summit and walking down the trail. Unfortunately I had technical issues at the start and the camera would not connect to my phones WiFi for a while which drained some of the camera battery. Hence the blue line tour only goes about 3/4 the way down to the entrance at the end of the cable car station because the camera battery ran out.

Pico del Teide Summit view. Highest point in Spain 3718m. Looking South across the crater.

Great place for that summit selfie!

View to the North North West in the direction of Pueto de la Cruz.

Smouldering sulphurous gases from the crater.

Scientists placing seismic monitoring equipment across the crater.

The start of the decent from the summit ridge.

More seismology equipment on the crater core.

View to the South. Cable car station in the foreground. Island of Gran Canaria in the distance.

Meandering path down the constant gradient of the volcano cone.

Last image before the camera battery ran out! :frowning_face:

Not taken by me. This is the entrance to the summit trail where you need to show your permit.

Cable car view just before the last support gantry.

If you are holidaying on Tenerife, Mount Teide is a must visit. It really is worth planning ahead and booking the summit trail permit.

I just created a Guidebook that will hopefully come in useful for future Teide hikers:

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