The Altavista refuge, situated at 3270 m, consists of two buildings and it is equipped with an infirmary, storehouse, showers, kitchen and three dormitories with a capacity for some 60 mountaineers. The original refuge was built in 1892 on the initiative of an English explorer living in Tenerife.
The Island Cabildo (Island Government) took over this facility in 1950 and refurbished it completely in 1997. The maximum stay is limited to ONE night.
Users are provided with bed clothes on arrival and they can heat up liquid food in the kitchen. Reservations:
C/ San Francisco, 5-4º
38001 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel. 922 010 440 ; Fax. 922 287 837
Fee per adult: 20.00 euros.
Fee for members of a mountaineering federation and with the Canary Goverment card: 10.00 euros.
The climb starts at the base of Montaña Blanca, at an altitude of 2200 m.
Important: People spending the night in the Altavista Refuge DO NOT have to apply for a permit to climb Pico del Teide if they set out on the final ascent to the crater early to see the sunrise. All they require is a copy of the application with a stamp confirming that they have spent the previous night in the Refuge. These people must have left the Telesforo Bravo trail by nine o´clock in the morning. Anyone wishing to use the aforementioned trail after 9 a.m. will need to apply for the permit described below: To climb up from La Rambleta or the Cable Car station (3550 m) to Pico de Teide (3718 m) along the Telesforo Bravo trail, you have to apply for a permit beforehand entering www.reservasparquesnacionales.es , which will be valid for ONE given date an hour.
National Park Office
C/ Doctor Sixto Perera González, nº 25
38300 El Mayorazgo. La Orotava
Tel. 922 922 371
Office hours: from 9 to 14 h., from Monday to Friday
(It is recommended that you get your access permit for the Telesforo Bravo footpath as soon as possible because, due to the heavy demand in the summer period, the daily licences are issued very quickly. )
Access to the crater is not allowed under any circumstances. The other two paths leaving from La Rambleta to the Pico Viejo and La Fortaleza lookout spots, offering excellent views of Las Cañadas, the island and the other Canary Islands, can be used freely. At day break, Teide projects its majestic silhouette over the Atlantic Ocean, a phenomenon that is known as "la Sombra del Teide", or the Shadow of Teide