A trek to the summit of the Canary Islands
Located in the centre of the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park can be visited using one of the many paths, including that which takes you to the summit of the volcano. Starting at Montaña Blanca, this highly difficult trek due to a progressive change in altitude, (from 1,367 to 3,718metres) takes about six hours to reach the Altavista shelter. You can stay the night if you get a permit and await the morning to face the final stretch of the ascent which to the very crater of the Teide.
A demanding but unique trekking route
On a good, clear trekking path, the route combines tracks and pathways in a nine kilometre long walk and goes through places of great geological interest like Montaña Rajada, Mina de Pómez, Huevos del Teide, Estancia de los Ingleses and La Rambleta. The last stretch is done on Telesforo Bravo Trail which takes you along lava canals to get to the volcano’s crater. Wear suitable clothing and footwear and take food and cold drinks. It’s a good idea to take a coat to ward off the early morning cold.
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