Altavista Mountain Refuge
Regain your energy in the Altavista del Teide Mountain Refuge and live your dream of watching the sunrise from the highest peak in Spain in the company of other hiking enthusiasts.
One night stay in the highest mountain refuge in Spain
Once you have reached the Altavista Mountain Refuge, following a difficult hike through Montaña Blanca, one of the most spectacular trails to the peak of Teide, or along the La Fortaleza trail and then the Montaña Blanca trail after having used the Teide cable car to comfortably cover the ascent, you will be closer to achieving your dream of watching the sun rise from the highest point in Spain, at an altitude of 3,718 m and with that smell of sulphur so characteristic of active volcanoes.
If you book a one night stay in the Altavista Refuge, you can forget about processing the permit to access the Teide crater because you will be able to walk up the Telesforo Bravo trail before 9.00am, after which time it is necessary to carry the corresponding access pass.
Not only will your stay in the Altavista Refuge offer you one of the most spectacular sunrises you have ever seen.
It will also give you a magic night and the impression that you can touch the stars
The location of the Refuge at an altitude of 3,260 m above sea level and the fact that the sky of Teide is one of the best skies in the world for astronomic observations, will allow you to enjoy the starry sky like never before.
Prepare for your visit in the Altavista Refuge because spending a night here is much more than just sleeping.
Sleep close to the stars in the Altavista Refuge
If what you want the most in this moment is to see the Teide crater up close when the day begins, you are in the right place.
So much so that you get goose bumps just thinking about it.
The Altavista Refuge is unique in the world.
It is situated at an altitude of 3,260 metres and will allow you to brag about having found accommodation in the highest refuge in Spain and having seen the most impressive sunset and sunrise in your whole life
Stay in the Altavista Refuge for one night and live one of the most exciting experiences that you can imagine.
From the Teide’s summit, you can watch the first of the sun’s rays inundate the landscape with vibrant colours while the volcano casts its shadow over the sea.
It is a spectacle worth seeing!
Reach the Altavista Refuge by cable car
If you prefer to reach the Altavista Refuge, or descend from it, following an alternative route to the traditional Montaña Blanca walking trail (5,5-hour ascent and approx. 4-hour descent), this is what you should do:
- Book your stay in the Altavista Mountain Refuge
- Buy your Teide Cable Car Online Ticket of the type that better suits your needs: one-way only, for the ascent or descent, or a round-trip ticket.
If you choose to go up by cable car to spend a night in the Altavista Refuge, you will only need one hour approximately to reach the Refuge, walking along the La Fortaleza trail and then the Montaña Blanca trail.
- One night stay in the Altavista Mountain Refuge
- No need for a permit to ascend to the peak (before 9.00am)
- Times of access to the facilities: from 5.00pm to 10.00pm.
- One of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in Spain, without a doubt
- Bunk beds made upon arrival
- Food and drinks
- Cable Car tickets
Prices include bed linen and use of the kitchen and toilets (without showers).
Spending the night in the Altavista Mountain Refuge gives you the right to access the Teide crater before 9.00am.
You do not need to apply for the National Park’s permit personally, because it is automatically granted when you stay at the Refuge.
If you wish to descend by cable car, do not forget to buy your Online Ticket.
Changes and cancellations:
You can change your Altavista Mountain Refuge reservation up to seven days prior to the date of arrival, the booking rate remaining unchanged.
Changes can be made exclusively by phone, by calling +34 922 010 440. Remember that buyer identification is required.
No changes will be allowed seven days prior to your arrival.
In no case shall the changes imply the refund of the amount paid and the maximum number of changes allowed is three.
Failure to use the reservation on the time and date booked implies loss of the User’s rights.
Check our Terms and conditions for information on other reasons for cancellation.
Altavista Mountain Refuge facilities
The Altavista Mountain Refuge on Teide:
- Consists of two buildings.
- Has a first-aid station, a lounge, a dining room and a kitchen.
- It has three common sleeping rooms with a total capacity for 54 visitors.
- The rooms are heated.
- The beds are completely made with sheets and warm comforters. It is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag, if you don’t want to.
- There are bathrooms, but not showers.
You will be happy to know that you can buy hot beverages, soft drinks and water in the Altavista Refuge. If you want to use the vending machines, do not forget to carry coins, as the refuge offers no change.
Furthermore, if you bring your own food, you can heat it up in the kitchen, which is fully equipped.
If you are curious about the history of the Altavista Refuge, you will be happy to know that the original refuge was built in 1892 and it was completely renovated in 2007, after the Tenerife Island Council took charge of it in 1950.
The maximum stay in the Altavista Refuge is limited to one (1) night.
Remember that you can access the Refuge between 5.00pm and 10.00pm. Upon your arrival, the personnel will provide you with bedding.
The Altavista Mountain Refuge is open year round, and only closes if there are highly adverse weather conditions.
During your stay at the Refuge, members of staff will always be available to answer any questions you may have.
Remember that the maximum stay in the Refuge is limited to one (1) night and that you may access the facilities (kitchen and bathrooms only) from 5.00pm to 10.00pm.
You must leave the Refuge before 7.30am the next day.
The Refuge closes at 8.00am and the entrance hall only opens at 11.00am.
The bedrooms open at 7.00pm.
After 10.30pm all guests are asked for quiet in order to allow other mountaineers to rest.
The Teide Cable Car base station has a free car park with 220 parking spaces, open from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
You can park your car in the cable car parking, if you wish, but you must bear in mind that if you want to walk up to the Refuge or descend on foot following the Montaña Blanca trail, you will have to walk 3 km from the car park to the starting point of the trail.
Restaurant / Café:
There is not a restaurant in the Altavista Refuge, but you can find vending machines with drinks and non-perishable food such as snacks and it also has a kitchen where you can heat up food.
Bathrooms without showers
Access for visitors with disabilities:
Prepare for your visit:
Our recommendations for your stay in the Altavista Refuge:
- Wear warm clothing and proper hiking footwear, even in summer. Only carry what you need so that your backpack is not too heavy. Keep in mind that you can buy water, soft drinks and hot beverages in the refuge (remember to carry coins for vending machines).
- Protect yourself from overexposure to the sun with sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
- Take water with you for the climb and/or descent. If you need to buy more water, please remember that you must carry coins to use the water vending machines on our premises.
- People with breathing or heart problems should consult their doctor first.
- Overnight stay is not recommended for pregnant women or children under 8.
- Descend immediately on noticing any symptoms of altitude sickness.
- If you feel indisposed, you can also call 112, the emergency telephone number.
- Before visiting consult the rules of the refuge on this website.
- Bear in mind that our facilities do not have showers, only toilets.
Access to the Teide crater after having spent the night in the Altavista Refuge:
We recommend that you leave the refuge around 6.00am to arrive at the Teide crater before sunrise.
Don’t forget to carry a torch to light the way and a camera to immortalise the moment.
- Spending the night in the Altavista Mountain Refuge gives you the right to access the Peak of Teide before 9.00am without the need to apply for a permit.
- Always walk under your own responsibility. Proceed with caution.
- Let the refuge personnel know if you wish to descend by cable car but you don’t have an Online Ticket.
- The Refuge declines all responsibility for personal belongings.
- Please take all refuse with you.
- Please do not waste the water.
- Sleeping in common areas is not permitted.
- The Refuge facilities may not be used during the night without prior booking.
- Camping is not permitted in the vicinity of the Refuge.
- When you do the climb to Teide Peak, you may leave your belongings at the Refuge and collect them on your return.
- If you decide at the last minute to descend by cable car and you don’t have your Online Ticket, remember to inform the refuge personnel and collect your belongings before going up to the Peak.
In the rooms:
- Eating is not permitted.
- Bedclothes may not be removed from the room.
- Leaving your belongings in the room after 7.30am is not permitted, but you may leave them at the Refuge if you are going to descend on foot.
If you are a federated mountaineer, you can benefit from special discounts on your Altavista Refuge reservation.
You can contact us by filling out the contact form, or by calling +34 922 010 440. Our telephone lines are open between 8.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
There are two different routes of access to the Altavista Refuge:
- On foot, via Montaña Blanca (Trail no. 7): This route starts at km 40.7 of the TF-21 motorway (28°15'34"N 16 36'12"W). Its level of difficulty is high, and the walk lasts 4 to 5 hours approximately. Plan your departure accordingly, so that you arrive at the refuge before 10.00pm. It is always safer and more fun to climb in the company of other people. Various buses will take you to the starting point of the trail. Check the Getting here section.
- Comfortably by cable car and then on foot for one hour approximately. First, take the cable car at km 43 of the TF-21 motorway. From the upper station you can reach the Refuge by following the trail No. 11 to the La Fortaleza viewpoint, which connects with the trail No. 7 to the Altavista del Teide Refuge. Its level of difficulty is medium and the walk lasts one hour.
The cable car operating times are:
- Ascent from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
- Descent from 9.00am to 4.50pm.
The Cable Car has a free car park. Also, various buses (guagua) stop at the Cable Car station.
The starting points of both access routes to the Altavista Refuge on Mount Teide are well connected by roads, and can be easily reached from any point of the island.
If you are in the northern part of Tenerife
- Take the TF-21 motorway which connects La Orotava with El Portillo de la Villa and crosses the Teide National Park. The Montaña Blanca entrance (walking trail No. 7) is located at km 40.7 and the Teide Cable Car entrance is located at km 43 (the Teide Cable Car provides free parking).
- Take the TF-23 motorway from Boca de Tauce to Chío, which connects with TF-21.
- Titsa bus (guagua), Route 348 Puerto de La Cruz – Las Cañadas del Teide (titsa.com). Departure times: 9.15am from Puerto de la Cruz, with stops in La Orotava, Montaña Blanca at km 40.7 and Teide Cable Car at km 43. Return from the stop at the Teide Cable Car at 4.00pm (Cable Car-Montaña Blanca-La Orotava-Puerto de La Cruz).
If you are in the southern part of Tenerife
- Take the TF-21 motorway from Vilaflor to Teide National Park, the route of access for the tourist areas of Playa de Américas and Los Cristianos. The access through Montaña Blanca (walking trail No. 7) is at km 40.7 and the Teide Cable Car entrance is located at km 43 (the Teide Cable Car provides free parking).
- Titsa bus (guagua), Route 342 Playa de Las Américas - Las Cañadas del Teide (titsa.com). Departure times: 9.15am from Las Américas, with stops in Los Cristianos (9.30am), Teide Cable Car and Montaña Blanca (ascent on foot to the Altavista Refuge). Return from Teide departing at 3.30pm, with stops at El Portillo-Montaña Blanca-Los Cristianos-Playa de Américas.
If you are close to Santa Cruz or La Laguna
- Take the TF-24 motorway from La Laguna to Portillo de la Villa (La Esperanza Motorway), which connects with TF-21 that will take you to the access through Montaña Blanca (walking trail No. 7) at km 40.7 and the Teide Cable Car entrance located at km 43 (the Teide Cable Car provides free parking).
- Santa Cruz: 64 km
- La Laguna: 55 km
- Puerto de la Cruz: 45 km
- Los Gigantes: 52 km
- Los Cristianos: 47 km
- El Médano: 52 km