Start: El Socorro Beach
End: El Socorro Beach
Approval status: Approved
Degree of difficulty: Very high
Type of route: Linear
Distance: 56 km
- Maximum height: 3718 m
Minimum height: 0 m
Accumulated ascent elevation: 4000 m
Accumulated descent elevation: 4000 m
Connections with other paths:
Protected Natural Areas:
Authorisation required: Yes, after La Rambleta to access
Path No. 10 Telesforo Bravo and to reach the summit of Mount Teide.
Description of the route:
Route 0.4.0 turns a dream into reality: covering, in a single day, the
distance between the sea shore and a colossus of almost four thousand
metres of altitude - Mount Teide.
Are you fit enough to take on this challenge? We encourage you to begin the
adventure: tackle the most challenging route in Spain in terms of elevation
gain, an iconic route at a national level and one of the toughest in
Europe. If you're a fan of mountain racing, Route 040 should be your next
trail running challenge in Tenerife.
It's a round trip with 27.7 kilometres of ascent, 56 kilometres in total.
It is perfect for hiking, meaning that it can be completed in an average of
12 hours, or running, reducing its duration to about 4-6 hours.
It starts at El Socorro Beach, in Los Realejos, and coincides with the
PR-TF 41. The first few kilometres cross a rural environment and the slopes
of the Los Campeches, Tigaiga and Ruiz protected landscape. A steep climb
leads to the La Corona viewpoint and, shortly after, to the El Asomadero
viewpoint. From there on, the mountain brush of the Corona Forest Natural
Park is at the fore.
Half way up our ascent, the pine forest gives way to the high mountain
scrub of Mount Teide National Park. As you approach El Cabezón Mountain,
you can opt for the PR-TF 41.1 path to Portillo Alto or the winding ascent
up La Rambleta (3555 m).
This point can be reached without needing a permit, but to climb the
last 630 metres and reach the summit of Mount Teide you will need to
have a permit, which can be requested in advance on the
Open Trail Races App
For an all-round experience, the Open Trail Races app has created the
GPX of the route.
With this OPEN TRAIL RACES smartphone app you’ll get your certification for
having covered the route, showing the time taken and your overall rating
and category rating.
You’ll find all the information about the app at opentrailraces.com.
All trail runners who complete it will automatically receive a certificate
via email when finished, which you’ll be able to share on your social media
Recommendations to take into account before venturing onto Route 040:
Route 0-4-0 is a very challenging route that requires you to adapt to the
altitude and demands great physical and mental resistance.
The climb can be very hard if you’re not used to the altitude haven't done
specific strength training to be able to reach the last few kilometres to
the summit with the necessary endurance to overcome the lack of oxygen and
the heavy muscular load. You should be clear that this is going to involve
hours of continuous ascent, with only a small respite at around 2000
metres, carrying the weight of the recommended supplies and water.
Once you reach the top, there remains what for many will be the most
difficult part, enduring a 4,000 metre descent with all the associated
impact on your joints and muscles. It is essential to have done intense
resistance training to be able to reach the finish line.
Hydration will be vital, and will require you to have arranged a
refreshment station along the way so as not to carry so much water. At the
refuge you’ll find a vending machine that works only with coins.
Bear in mind that in Mount Teide National Park there are two months of the
year when hunting is permitted - May and October - although only on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 07:00 to 17:00. On these days and times it is not possible to access the route (you
can find more information at the following link
Before you begin the route, and if you plan to stay at the refuge or simply
to replenish your water supplies in its coin-operated vending machines,
check first that it is not temporarily closed for some reason (for example,
it is currently not open due to Covid-19 prevention). You can check this
here, where the information is regularly updated:
Water vending machines are available at the upper Teide Cable Car station -
remember to bring coins if you want to use them. In any case, you should be
aware that the water may run out, depending on the demand that there has
been. This station will only be open when the cable car is operating, which
is from 09:00 to 17:00.
Calculating your energy consumption and bringing enough food to recharge
your batteries will also be essential for reaching the goal in the best
possible physical condition.
The route is very well signposted and you can cover it without the need for
GPS. Nevertheless, carrying a GPS with you will give you more peace of mind
on stretches within the park where there are fewer signs, particularly if
you are doing it at night.
Supply of water
First aid kit
Fully charged mobile phone
Fully charged external battery
GPS device to follow the track
Energy supplies (energy foods)
Supplements (salts, vitamins…)
Front and rear lights, both fully charged.
Sun protection depending on schedule (cap, sunglasses, sun cream)