Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2011-08-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, August 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this climb the easy way (no choice), the summit moderately/steep trail from the top Teleferico Station ..... 2km, 1 hour RT.

This is our 12th day of our 19 day Hiking Trip to Tenerife, the primary reason being Teide.
I learned that to summit Teide a special free "Permit" is required from Teide Parque National (through its web site) months before the summit date. I didn't do my proper homework, I came here without a "Permit" but as luck would have it I was able to procure one through Carlos.

We first came to Teide on August 22 with the hope of getting a "Permit" on site at the Teleferico Station .... no luck, they simply refer you to the Parks web site which says "no vacancies".
Luck as always been my savior and on this day it was no different. We were in-line for the Teleferico tickets (25 Euro per person) where we learned that the 3 people ahead of us also arrived here without "Permits", but were able to get one through Carlos (who was there with them) ..... how lucky can one get ..... I made arrangements with Carlos to be added to the group that he was bringing here on Thursday (today).

Carlos, a free-lancer tour operator from La Laguna, has a special Government License and is one of a few people on the Island with this License ..... he can get the free summit "Permit" with a 24-36 hour notice, all he needs is your name and Passport Number. He has to escort you to the summit, no choice here. It goes without saying that he charges a fee for this service.
Carlos speaks 4 languages and is working on his 5th, Russian, a real nice guy. I provide his full contact information at the end of this TR in case your are stuck or want to use him.
I took the Teleferico to the top (Rose didn't want to come up) and stayed a good hour by walking to the east and west lookouts at the 3555 meter level. I read somewhere where one can cheat/sneak on the summit trail, I agree that it is doable however I didn't want to try it.
After Teide we drove to the east end of the Park to climb Observatorio Astronomico del Teide located a super mountain .... not possible as it is a military facility and was off limits to us.
On the drive back across the caldera to the west end of the Park we stopped/climbed Montana Mostaza, just beside hwy TF21 at "35.5km Marker" (see its TR).

This morning, our 12th day of our 19 day Hiking Trip to Tenerife, we waited for Carlos and his group to arrive at 10h00 hours, after which we lined-up/purchased our teleferico tickets and got to the top station an hour later. We all followed Carlos to the "Gated Summit Trail" where Carlos had to provide the "Permits" and we had to show our "Passports" to the attendant at the "Gated Summit Trail".
Apparently in the summer busy season they have 1200-1500 people that take the teleferico to the top, of which 200 have "Permits" for the summit.
All the trails (because of erosion) are man-made/lava-rock surface with walls on both sides. The moderately graded Summit Trail is about 1km, it took me less than 25 minutes with a few granny stops, no signs of altitude, I descended in 15 minutes.
The summit of Teide has a small crater with a number of steam holes (a strong sulphur smell), one of which is beside the trail where you feel the heat.
The panorama from the summit is outstanding, you see the Island in all directions, on this day however we were above the clouds and therefore not fully able to see its coast line.

The Bottom Teleferico Station (open 9h00-16h00 hours with a restaurant and gift shop) is one busy place, so try and get there early. Lot of bus loads of people, parking completely full and the line ups are long. We had coffee and sweets before deciding to go back down to sea level.
On the drive down we decided to take in Sombrero de Chasna (see its TR).

TEIDE TOUR GUIDE (Free lancer)
Juan Carlos Melian Gallan,
phone number: 0034 630 33 2663,
La Laguna, Isla de Tenerife, Spain.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:535 ft / 163 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:summit trail from top teleferico station
    Trailhead:teleferico station  11663 ft / 3554 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
aclear day is a must for this summit
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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