Climbing to the top of Mount Teide is an adventure that everyone must experience at least once in their life. Unfortunately, there are many ways to reach the Teide summit and so the best way in terms of means of transport, permits, activities, points of interest, excursions to the top of Mount Teide, etc. is not always clear.
Since we receive dozens of calls every day from travellers asking about how to get up Mount Teide, we have decided to write this complete guide with everything you need to know about how to get up Mount Teide and how to fully experience one of the world’s most impressive volcanoes.
But first, here are some spots and places of interest in the National Park. Their names will come up more than once, so if you get lost or are unsure of what we are talking about, you can always go back to this map:
- Cable car base station, at an altitude of 2,356 metres.
- Cable car upper station, at 3,555 metres, also known as La Rambleta.
- Teide Peak, at 3,718 metres.
- Trail No. 10 from Telesforo Bravo to the Peak of Mount Teide.
- Trail No. 11 to the La Fortaleza viewpoint from where you can see the northern side of the island.
- Trail No. 12 to the Pico Viejo viewpoint from where you can see the southern side of the island.
- Trail No. 7 from Montaña Blanca (2,348 metres) to La Rambleta; the trail that leads to the Refuge.
- The Altavista Refuge, at 3,260 metres.
#1 How to get up Mount Teide with a permit to climb to the top
Let’s start with the most important part: permits to climb to the Mount Teide summit.
Reaching Mount Teide’s highest point is not easy, but only because you need a permit for it.
To hike to the top of Mount Teide you need to take trail No. 10, Telesforo Bravo, which starts at La Rambleta and ends at the highest point in Spain. But: the entrance to the trail is not open. You need a permit, which the National Park guards will ask for at the entrance of the trail.
So, how to get up Mount Teide with this permit? Here are your three options:
#1.1 Obtain a permit to climb to the Mount Teide peak on your own
For this option, you only need to carry out one step: visit the National Parks reservations website with sufficient time in advance.
How much is sufficient?
That depends on the season, sometimes you need more than three months. This is because only 200 permits are allocated per day and demand is very high. If you have tried and were unlucky, don’t worry, there are other options.
#1.2 Spend the night in the Altavista Refuge
You do not have to request a permit to climb to the top of Mount Teide if you spend the night in the Refuge as it is included. Spending the night in the refuge gives you access to trail No. 10, the one leading to the Teide crater, as long as you leave the trail before 9am, as 9am is the time from which you need a permit.
If you chose to hike to the top of Mount Teide this way, remember to plan ahead. The Refuge only accommodates a maximum of 54 people per day and demand is high. Try to book at least one month in advance.
#1.3 Climb to the top of Mount Teide with one of the activities offered by the Volcano Teide Experience
The third option is to join one of our activities that take you to the Teide summit. You won’t have to book in advance or carry out any boring paperwork to request a permit, freeing up precious time to plan for your trip.
We won’t go into more detail here, but if you need more information on how to get up Mount Teide with this option, you can find it here:
#2 How to get up Mount Teide
Let’s move on from the ‘legal’ side of hiking up Mount Teide to talking about how to get up Mount Teide as comfortably as possible.
There are two ways to climb Mount Teide, and by ‘climbing’ Mount Teide we mean reaching the very peak, the highest point in Spain.
You have two options again:
#2.1 The most comfortable way to climb the Teide is by cable car
The cable car links the base station with La Rambleta in a fascinating 8-minute air journey. Not only is it comfortable and fast, it is also an easy and fantastic way to visit the volcano and discover this natural treasure.
There are two ways of climbing the volcano by cable car. The first option is to go it alone; you will need a lot of planning ahead: you have to apply for a permit, and once it has been approved, you have to purchase the cable car tickets and book a time that is compatible with that permit.
But the second option is much more convenient: book our excursion to the top of Mount Teide. We will process the permit for you, include cable car tickets for just the right time and as an added bonus, the tour includes an official guide from the National Park who will be able to help you discover all the wonders of this natural paradise that you might otherwise miss.
For more information, simply click here:
#2.2 The physical way: hiking up Mount Teide
If you are looking for a challenge, congratulations! You have found one of the best.
Hiking up Mount Teide is not for everyone. It is quite steep in some sections, the atmospheric conditions harden the further up you go and the wild volcano vegetation can seem torrid, although the scenic value given by a climb to the peak makes the hike well worth the effort.
The route that allows you to climb to the Mount Teide summit by foot starts at the foot of Montaña Blanca—pun intended—and ends at the peak, but the path itself has several stages. If you want to discover them all, take a look at our post that we prepared specifically for it:
Our star excursion to the Teide Peak: Ascent to the peak by cable car
Let’s take a quick break.
We have already talked about how to get the permit and how to get up Mount Teide. We also provided you with links which include very specific information for your visit.
Now it’s time to tell you about our best excursion to the Mount Teide peak. The one most sought after, even by the island’s residents. And it is simply amazing…
We are referring to the Ascent to the Teide Peak by Cable Car excursion, which also gives you the option of being picked up from your hotel.
The excursion to the Teide peak, generally speaking, allows you to:
- Reach the top of Mount Teide: And it includes the permit!
- Enjoy the company of an official guide from the National Park who will show you all the secret corners on the volcano and teach you about the natural heritage of the highest volcano in Spain.
- Climb from the base station to La Rambleta by cable car, comfortably, on an 8-minute trip over a geological treasure that will offer you postcard views.
- Hike the very popular Telesforo Bravo trail that will take you to the Mount Teide crater.
- Choose to combine your excursion to the Teide peak with other activities: As it takes place in the morning and transport is optional, after climbing to the peak of Mount Teide you can go back to the hotel pool or the beach or explore the National Park in your car.
And if you are looking for excellence and exclusivity, the VIP ascent to the Teide peak excursion includes the same activities, but with no-one else in the group: The guide is completely dedicated to you. They’ll be there with you whenever you need them, something you’ll appreciate when you set off on the amazing Telesforo Bravo trail, which reaches the peak.
No permit? No problem. The Teide is much more
Climbing Mount Teide is sooooo much more than simply reaching the peak. The volcano offers a wide range of interesting things, it would be a crime to limit yourself to simply climbing it.
For example, trail No. 11 will take you to the Mirador de La Fortaleza viewpoint. This trail crosses an, apparently chaotic, sea of lava that is testament to the tremendous forces that created it. It is the perfect trail if you want to enjoy the beautiful views of the northern slope of Tenerife or behold the spectacular sea of clouds.
Trail No. 12 to the Mirador de Pico Viejo viewpoint is also highly recommended. It is a volcanic path that will guide you across ancient lava rivers. You will pass fumaroles that will add a wild side to your excursion, and the smell of sulphur will remind you at all times that the Teide is an active volcano, even though it is dormant.
Go it alone with the cable car ticket if you want, but we recommend that you don’t miss a single thing and trust our guide to accompany you during this fascinating tour. Our guided tour also starts at La Rambleta, and at the end of the trail you will reach a viewpoint overlooking a 800-metre crater covered with every colour in the rainbow! Literally. So don’t miss it.
But wait, there’s another option for hiking up to the top of Mount Teide: the same guided tour we mentioned before is also available at dusk. You won’t ever forget this stunning sunset!
If you want more information on any of these options on how to get up Mount Teide, or if you were not able to get permit or book a trip to the Mount Teide summit, check out this post:
Mount Teide awaits you
The highest mountain in Spain receives every traveller with open arms. The third highest volcano in the world measuring from the bottom of the ocean and a National Park that extends the length and breadth of its slopes is a treasure worth discovering and an ideal place for those who love visiting the unknown.
It is an essential visit on your holidays to Tenerife; its exceptional state of conservation and surprising range of opportunities mean you won’t regret a second.
This is where we say goodbye. If you would like to review all the activities on offer by the Volcano Teide Experience, including an excursion to the top of Mount Teide, here is a weekly calendar. It will help you decide how to get up Mount Teide and plan your climb up to the peak.