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Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2021-03-26

Climber: Dhruv Garg

Date:Friday, March 26, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

After taking down the big boss (Pico Viejo) on the previous level, it was time to go for the older brother. We thought about a sunrise hike but couldn't get up for it being a vacation and all. Our permit window was in the late afternoon (1-2 PM). To ensure we have some buffer to the summit, we were at the Montana Blanca trailhead by 8 AM taking the last parking spot. It only has space for 8-10 cars but along the way, there are other pull outs (starting from the cable car station) that people take advantage of during peak season.

The weather was perfect for a long hike - clear, sunny and slightly breezy (aka nature's air conditioner). The Montaña Blanca route has a 4.7 km (for us, it came out to be 4.3 km) approach which goes over a used-to-be road trail. Along the way, we saw the Huevos del Teide (Teide eggs) which are big volcanic lavaballs (akin to snowballs). At the end of the approach, there was a fork, right to Teide, left to Montaña Blanca. The climb got steeper than before. We made steady progress on the well-marked path to Altavista refuge to take a break and grab some snacks. There were a few folks napping there probably waiting for their summit window. After our long break, the climb continued to La Rambleta which stayed flat all the way to the cable car station. As there were high winds at the higher altitudes, the cable car wasn't working and there was no one to check for permits. We put on our gloves and put on our hoods to account for the wind chill. As we began our last 150m to the summit, we immediately felt the winds. There were a few times when we felt like the wind would blow us off the mountain. The faint smell of sulphur was unavoidable as well. With a few wind sheltered breaks here and there, we were atop the summit at 1 PM. Plenty of photos (and/or selfies) were haphazardly taken amid the deafening winds.

With our fingers starting to get numb, we quickly made our way down to the cable car station. With a short break there and at the Altavista refuge, the climb down to the Montaña Blanca fork was steady and scenic. As is the case with approaches, the long walk back to the starting point was unexciting and repetitive. We were back at the parking lot by 4.30 PM. Surprisingly, even though the mileage is higher, our feet were feeling much better compared to the Pico Viejo hike. That speaks of the well-marked trail due to the mountain's popularity.

Trip times (excluding stopped time for long resting breaks):

  • Car lot to Montaña Blanca fork (~374m) - 4.3 km, 1.16 hours

  • Montaña Blanca fork to Altavisa refuge (~541m) - 1.9 km, 1.36 hours

  • Altavisa refuge to La Rambleta (~262m) - 1.1 km, 54 mins

  • La Rambleta to cable car station (~11m) - 0.45 km, 17 mins

  • Cable car station to summit (~164m) - 0.54 km, 35 mins


Back to the first mountain on our trip...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4481 ft / 1365 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4481 ft / 1365 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4481 ft / 1365 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.3 km
    Route:TF21-Montaña Blanca (trail 7)
    Start Trailhead:Sendero de Montaña Blanca  7717 ft / 2352 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4481 ft / 1365 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:TF21-Montaña Blanca (trail 7)
    End Trailhead:Sendero de Montaña Blanca  7717 ft / 2352 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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