We are going on a trip to the Canary Islands and we would not like to miss accessing the Mount Teide summit, but:

Access to the summit itself is restricted; a free permit is required to climb the last 200 m (660 ft). Numbers are normally restricted to 200 per day.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teide

Reservations can be done on the Teide National Park web site. Problem is, it shows no vacancies left at the time we are going. Without any hope, I have emailed the park so that they let us know of last-minute cancellations.

Are you aware of any other way to access the summit without permit?

  • See also The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange. – gerrit Aug 4 '13 at 21:01
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    Why would you go against regulations ? – Max Dec 1 '16 at 20:46
  • As a new user asked from the locals, please respect the limits, as this is a fragile eco-system and it is very heavily taxed as it is. – Willeke Dec 9 '18 at 19:35

I just found out that I will be able to access the peak!

By booking a night at the Altavista refuge, they let us climb to the peak in the early morning (only)!

Access to the crater

It is advisable to leave the refuge at about 6 am, to reach the Teide crater before dawn.

When you stay overnight at Altavista del Teide Refuge, you are entitled to access Teide Peak without having to apply for the permit, which is otherwise required.

Source: http://www.telefericoteide.com/en/altavista/plan-your-visit

El Teide from Montana Blanca with an overnight stay at the Refugio Altavista

For the true mountain enthusiast, the only 'real' way to climb El Teide is from Montana Blanca, but to include an overnight stay at the 60-bed Altavista Hut before rising early the next morning to reach the Pico del Teide in time for sunrise. This is the one scenario where you don't need a permit, but you DO:

  1. need to be at the summit early as you must be off the Telesforo Bravo trail before 9am,
  2. need to provide evidence when you exit at the Telesforo Bravo gate that you stayed at the Refugio Altavista the night before.

Be aware that it's not cheap to stay in the Altavista refuge - €20 per night for adults at the time of writing.

Source: http://www.winstercavers.org.uk/Walk_Tenerife_El_Teide.aspx

Just booked it!

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You can also book a tour with an accredited tour guide.

For example here : https://www.volcanoteide.com/en/activities/hiking

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    But could they arrange for permits at relatively short notice when the official limit of 200/day is already used up? – mts Oct 9 '16 at 12:13
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    Yes, they have access to more permit ;) – Jean Oct 10 '16 at 7:57

You can reach the summit without the permit and even without staying at the refuge by hiking early morning with a headlight from the parking by Montana Blanca and passing by the permit check on the way from the summit before 9 am. Most guides say the route N7 Mtña. Blanca takes over 5.5 hours, but if you are fit, you can make it within 3 hours by hiking fast all the way to the summit and you can be back at the parking within next 2 hours.

We climbed in December and checked volcano Teide website which showed the route to be closed, but besides a bit of snow on the route, there was no issue whatsoever on the route. I did not find any official source suggesting this option for obvious reasons, but we met a few hikers on the way choosing the same option.

One more option would be to climb up for the sunset and pass the permit check after 5pm.

Have fun, it's worth it!

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