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Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide

Spain, Canary Islands
16 reviews
Available Departures: Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

8 days from

US$1,600

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Visit the the summit of Teide (3718m) and walk along fantastic trails on this Tenerife walking holiday in the Canary Islands.

Trip Code: TWW
Holiday Grades

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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide

Highlights
  • Hike to the summit of Guajara (2715m) and visit the crater of Mt Teide (3718m)

  • Walk through mountains and ancient laurel forests in the Anaga Reserve

  • Follow superb coastal trails to secret coves and stroll along deserted beaches

  • Soak up Canarian culture in colonial La Laguna and capital of Santa Cruz


At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 12
  • 5 days walking
  • Max. altitude - 3718 metres
  • Join In Tenerife

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Homestay
  • 4 Nights Hotel

The colourful Canary Island of Tenerife is home to breath-taking walking and unspoiled nature. On this much-loved island you’ll discover meandering trails, secluded beaches, volcanic mountains, fascinating culture, rich history, beautiful flora and the spectacular volcano of Teide (3718m). KE have included all these wonderful highlights and excellent coastal walking on this Canary Islands walking holiday. Starting on the dramatic west coast of Tenerife, our first hike takes us through sleepy hamlets to the lighthouse of Teno. Next, we set off on a two day trekking adventure through the heart of Teide National Park, a World Heritage. We will enjoy a stunning circular walk to the summit of Guaraja (2715m), the island’s third highest peak, and visit the crater of Mount Teide (3718m), the highest peak in Spain. After three days of hiking it’s time for a well-earned free day. Either explore the beautiful UNESCO gem of La Laguna, or hop on the local bus to Puerto de la Cruz, complete with old centre and promenade. The remainder of the holiday is spent walking in the undiscovered Anaga biosphere reserve, where you’ll discover a lush mountainous landscape and some of the best coastal walking in Europe. On our final night we enjoy the capital of Santa Cruz, complete with traditional piazzas, pavement cafes and pretty harbour.

The walks during this excellent holiday follow a mix of rural tracks between villages, small footpaths and coastal trails. The majority of the trails we use are well-maintained and occasionally we’ll encounter some loose rock and volcanic terrain which can be slippery in the wet. Although there are no real sections of exposure, some trails are quite narrow and therefore we are unable to recommend this holiday for vertigo sufferers. Walking days are typically 5 - 7 hours in duration with regular ascents and descents. We’ve graded this holiday as 5 due to the longer walk on Day 3 and the decent on Day 4, both of which include walking at a higher altitude. A mid-week free day provides the perfect opportunity to relax, recharge and explore La Laguna before the walks in Anaga. A regular public bus service runs to Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island for anyone who wishes to see the contrasting scenery on the north of the island. This holiday is suitable for regular hill walkers.

Why KE?

This Exclusive to KE holiday takes you on a spectacular walking adventure across Tenerife. Stand on the summit of volcanoes, before walking off the beaten track to secluded coves and beaches in the beautiful region of Anaga. KE takes you to Teno Lighthouse, Anaga and Teide which is exactly where Lonely Planet recommended a Hidden Tenerife

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Itinerary

Meet at Tenerife South Airport before a group transfer to Playa San Juan. Tonight, we'll have our first briefing and enjoy dinner together.

Accommodation

Homestay

Meals

D

A perfect start to the walking week as we transfer (35mins) to the area of Masca located in the foothills of the spectacular Teno Massif. One of three volcanic formations that make up Tenerife, the area of Teno is a dramatic landscape containing the spectacular high cliffs of Los Gigantes and the hidden village of Masca (650m). We'll have time to briefly explore the village of Masca dramatically perched on the mountainside and a legendary pirate hideaway. With its abandoned houses and atmospheric location, the picturesque village centre is a great place to start our walk through the Masca Gorge. Surrounded by spectacular steep walls, the walking trail follows a small stream and descends directly to the sea. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs and admire the gorge along the trail before arriving at the beach. We'll picnic on the beach and soak up the amazing scenery before making the return journey up the gorge. After a great day of walking we make our way back to our accommodation.

Please note: at times the gorge is closed due to weather on these occasions an alternative walk along the Teno Massif to Teno Lighthouse will be offered

Accommodation

Homestay

Meals

B L D

Ascent

650 M

Descent

650 M

Time

7 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

Today we enjoy a circular walk leading to the top of Tenerife's third highest peak, Guajara. We begin with a short transfer to the Parador Nacional de Las Canadas. From here we can see the impressive rock face of Guajara rising steeply before us. We follow a winding, rocky path, crossing several fields of scree on our way up to the summit plateau where we will find the ruins of the world's first observatory. We can spend some time enjoy the views over Mount Teide, the caldera and (cloud permitting) all the way to the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and La Gomera, before continuing back down to the Parador by an alternative route. Afterwards we transfer back to Playa San Juan for a third night.

Accommodation

Homestay

Meals

B L D

Ascent

600 M

Descent

600 M

Time

6 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

After breakfast we transfer (90mins) to the Teide National Park to reach the lower station of the Mount Teide Cable Car (2356m) from here we ride the cable car to the upper station at 3555m. From the cable car station we ascend the last 200m on foot following the Telesforo Bravo Trail to the crater of Mt Teide (3718m). On clear days, it is possible to spot not only the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and La Gomera, but also as far as La Palma and El Hierro. After enjoying time on the top, we start the journey down through the superb landscape of the national park. Parque Nacional de las Canadas Del Teide, declared a national park in 1954 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007, offers one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world. We will walk past a wealth of unique geological treasures including volcanoes, craters, vents and lava flows. The trail descends through an amazing lunar landscape bursting with a kaleidoscope of shapes and colours.

On reaching the road, we transfer to La Laguna, one of the most beautiful towns on the island and a UNESCO world heritage site. La Laguna was the first city established on the Canary Islands in 1494 and has a beautiful old centre with pastel-coloured mansions, grand palaces, a superb cathedral and a fantastic labyrinth of winding streets. The whole town has a wonderful feel and we recommend wandering down the atmospheric streets or people watching from one of the many pavement cafes. In the evening we'll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Croquetas caseras are crispy breadcrumb coated balls with a variety of fillings including ham and white fish, chicken, tuna and even spinach. Chopitos are tiny squid and ideal for people who think squid is rubbery as they are so small you'll find them crispy with a delicious salty. Squeeze some mount of lemon juice over them and snack on them with an aperitif.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

200 M

Descent

1500 M

Time

7 hrs walking

Distance

12 KM

Today is free for you to relax after the ascent of Teide. The UNESCO World Heritage town of San Cristobal de La Laguna is described as the most beautiful town on Tenerife as it sits in the middle of the Aguere Valley. Here you'll find a real gem with narrow streets, grand mansions, beautiful architecture and a historic centre. The main street of Calle San Augustin is a pedestrian area and home to narrow streets and almost hidden from view cafes. Until 1723 it was the islands' capital, whilst today it's the cultural and religious capital. The town is home to San Fernando University and the Bishop's Palace, plus an abundance of stunning architecture. You'll discover palaces and traditional houses from the 17th and 18th century. Important buildings include La Laguna's Cathedral, Saint Dominic's Church and the Church of Our Lady. The cathedral was started in 1904 and took 9 years to complete. Today it is the most important church in the Canary Islands and the mother church of the diocese, which includes La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The History Museum of Tenerife (Tues - Sat: 9am - 6pm Entrance 5 Euros) sits in a beautiful building dating from the 16th century. Built by the wealthy Lercaro family from Genoa, the museum is dedicated to Tenerife's history from the 15th century to the present. The best way to get a feel for La Laguna is to find a pavement café and people watch before losing yourself in its back streets.

Alternatively why not visit the contrasting north coast of Tenerife. Just hop on one of the direct public buses travelling from Santa Cruz to Puerto de la Cruz. The journey takes just over an hour to Puerto de la Cruz, which has been welcoming tourists since the 19th century. Once a holiday favourite of Victorian ladies, today it's the most popular northern town but remains Canarian in character. You'll discover a charming port and harbour, pockets of traditional architecture and a dramatic Teide backdrop. There is an abundance of restaurants and bustling pavement cafes, which makes it a favourite with locals too. Due to its position, Puerto de la Cruz receives less rain and more sunshine than the rest of the north, and the result is a wide variety of lush vegetation. Plaza Charco is the heart of the community and known for its Indian laurel trees, tall Canarian palms, pavement cafes and restaurants. If you want to walk in the footsteps of Agatha Christie, Sitio Litre orchid garden is absolutely stunning. Once an 18th century mansion and garden, it is now open to the public and includes over 300 different species of orchids plus bougainvilla, hibiscus, fir and an ancient dragon tree.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

This morning we start by driving (45mins) to Punta Del Carmen nestled in the lush area of Anaga. The contrast between the area of Teide and this coast of Tenerife is outstanding. The protected Anaga Mountains could be a scene straight out of Jurassic Park, complete with atmospheric dragon trees and beautiful areas of laurel which provide amazing canopies to walk under. Anaga is an area of outstanding natural beauty and consists of wild coastlines, deep ravines, rich forest and hamlets located on suspended such dramatic ridges that it's hard to believe anyone still lives there. Largely unexplored, this is an area famed for its beautiful laurel trees and spectacular coastal walking. Our trail today starts in the area of Punta Del Carmen before we descend through a beautiful landscape of rich vegetation which leads down to La Punta. Along the way we'll be rewarded with breath-taking coastal views, and learn about the ancient guanches. Still a great mystery, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands were rumoured to be highly beautiful, tall and muscular, but little is known of their true origins. Our walk finishes in the small port of La Punta and after having a brief look around, a short transfer (30mins) sees us head to Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife. With its brightly painted buildings, buzzing harbour, museums and traditional restaurants, Santa Cruz is a great place to spend our final two nights.

*Food for thought: Queso asado is a delicious slab of local, smoked goats' cheese lightly fried or baked. Each piece is then drizzled with either mojo rojo and mojo verde, and occasionally palm honey. Palm honey goes wonderfully with this cheese whether fried or not. Not for the calorie friendly - but you are on holiday after all! Ensaladilla rusa is one of those tapas dishes that is always available and is rarely the same from one bar to the next. Here potatoes, tuna, carrots, peas and mayonnaise are mixed with boiled eggs, olives or peppers. Carne fiesta is a spicy blend of pork marinated in garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, spicy peppers, paprika, oregano, wine vinegar and even a splash of white wine. It's sautéed in a frying pan and best enjoyed with a glass of local wine. There is one Tenerife liqueur coffee drink which looks so elegant you'll see it and find yourself saying "I'll have one of those please!" A barraquito is a layered mix of milk, condensed milk, coffee, cinnamon, lemon peel and Licor 43. Sometimes you'll find it called a barraquito and other times a zaperoco. Barraquito can be served anytime of the day but it goes extremely well after a meal as desert.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

400 M

Descent

1280 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

After breakfast we transfer (40mins) to Chamorga to enjoy a second day of spectacular walking in the area of Anaga. Today's trail takes us through amazing thermophilic forest, a superb transitional zone with laurel forests on north-facing slopes and pines on southern ones. We'll also be walking in one of the most fertile valleys on Tenerife, an area where mango, avocado and papaya all grow in abundance. After Chamorga we ascend up the valley to the old abandoned hill town of Las Casillas (600m). Located on a spectacular ridge, Las Casillas offers some lovely examples of old rural architecture and superb views of the surrounding valleys. From here we make our way down to the ravine of Antequera, where if we are lucky we may spot some Anaga goats on our way to the beach. Today we'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before boarding a boat back to Santa Cruz. This evening we'll meet up and enjoy a final dinner together and round off an unforgettable week.

*Food for thought: Tenerife has five major grape growing regions and wine is a staple on all dining tables. The island is home to the highest elevated vineyards in Europe and the largest wine producer in the seven Canary Islands. Rumour has it that there are enough grape varieties in the Canaries to keep the wine experts of the world busy for a very long time. The famed Suertes wines are made from vines planted on steep volcanic slopes. The reds are spicy peppery, whilst whites are brimming with flavours of herbs. Listan Blanco and Listan Negro are Tenerife's principal grapes and are both full bodied and definitely worth a try. When out in local restaurants don't hesitate to order the house wine. It may be stored in vats and siphoned off into an empty bottle or decanter, but don't let the rustic vessels put you off. You can order a litre, half, quarter or even just a glass to try. Ron miel or honey rum is a must try. Best served with ice, it is often enjoyed at the end of the meal. It's sweet, easy to drink and a nice way to end a meal. Due to the Canary Islands' links to South America and Cuba, a mojito is the island's favourite cocktail. Even if you wouldn't chose this at home, it's surprising how this zingy mix of rum, soda, lime juice sugar and mint is a perfect aperitif when on holiday.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

150 M

Descent

750 M

Time

4- 5 hrs walking

Distance

6 KM

Departure day. After a leisurely breakfast, there will be time to have a stroll and buy a few items for lunch to have once you arrive at the airport. Alternatively Tenerife South has good facilities including plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants. There will be a single timed transfer back to Tenerife South Airport in the early afternoon.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Single timed transfers on arrival and departure
  • All accommodation as described
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at our accommodation in Playa San Juan.

A single transfer from Tenerife South Airport is provided on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. This transfer will depart Tenerife South in the evening, meeting flights that arrive between 1730 and 1900.

On the last day of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single transfer back to Tenerife South Airport. This transfer will arrive at Tenerife South Airport in time to check-in for flights departing after 1700.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group or on public transport saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost. Taxis are also available.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
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All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Many places on this holiday have drinkable water from the tap to fill your personal water bottles. Please check with the leader at the various locations. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) for days when drinking water out of the tap is not available. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Breakfasts are continental in style with tea and coffee, orange juice, muesli or cereals and bread. Occasionally you’ll come across eggs, plus jam, honey and cheese. On walking days we’ll have a packed lunch which we’ll carry with us and eat together at a suitable spot. These lunches will normally include a sandwich (meat/cheese), fruit and biscuits or cake. Occasionally during the week we may take lunch in a simple local restaurant. Evening meals are taken at the homestay in Chio and in local restaurants for the nights we are not in Chio. The Canary Islands has a great climate so it’s not unusual that ingredients grow on them taste so fresh. You’ll find tasty fruit and vegetables (potatoes, bananas, tomatoes and pumpkins) growing all year round. The tropical climate means you’ll come across papaya and mango juicy. Don’t forget the Atlantic Ocean brings a rich variety of local fish including parrotfish, grouper and corvina which is similar to seabass. If you don’t mind trying something a bit unusual then cabrito al horno is roasted goat and incredibly popular.

Tenerife is home to a wide range of restaurants for all tastes and budgets.  If you go to Puerto de la Cruz walk out of the main Plaza del Charco and along Calle San Felipe and you’ll find yourself in the old fishing area known as La Ranilla. For many years visitors and residents alike have known that the restaurants along these narrow cobbled streets offer the very best fish, seafood, Canarian and Italian food. Simple local dishes include conejo en salmorejo (rabbit stew), gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns) or cherne con papas arrugadas y mojo (grouper with wrinkled, boiled potatoes and spicy sauce). You’ll also find basa served with mango sauce or pork fillets in herb baked crust.

Vegetarians, pescatarians and special diets are still a little unknown on the Canary Islands, as this is primarily an area known for its meaty dishes. However, fish is in abundance, as are salads. You’ll come across a variety of side dishes that can be mixed and matched to make a tasty main. Champinones are mushrooms usually lightly fried in olive oil and garlic, whilst berenjenas are tasty cooked aubergines. Other good choices are menestra which is a filling vegetable stew and delicious served when served with fresh bread. Look out for pimientos de padrón which are small grilled peppers sprinkled with rock salt and, of course the famous wrinkly potatoes. Vegan diets will find it a struggle in the Canary Islands as there is a lot of dairy and cheese on menus.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

For the first three nights, we stay in a family run finca just outside of Playa San Juan. Though the rooms are simply furnished, staying here is a great way to experience a traditional way of life on Tenerife. It also adds a great cultural contrast to the colonial architecture of La Laguna and bustling capital of Santa Cruz. Rooms at the finca in Playa San Juan have shared facilities, though rooms are not en-suite, there are adequate bathrooms to ensure comfort. The final 4 nights are spent in contrasting towns, UNESCO La Laguna (2 nights) and the capital Santa Cruz (2 nights). Here we use simple tourist hotels and both properties enjoy excellent central locations. Rooms in La Laguna and Santa Cruz are ensuite.

Accommodation is based on twin share. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms (for the last four nights only) are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning to extend your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

The group will be led by a professional and qualifed tour leader.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately 200 - 250 Euros should be sufficient for miscellaneous expenses, including a reasonable amount of wine with meals, not included dinners and lunch on day 8 ATMs are available at the airport and in La Laguna and Santa Cruz. Credit cards can be used in La Laguna and Santa Cruz.

We ask you to restrict your baggage to one main bag and a day pack of approximately 25-30 litres. As you will have to carry your own bags from the vehicle to the hotels (including possibly upstairs), we recommend packing light in a bag with wheels or a rucksack for this holiday.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Tenerife South Airport. A group transfer from Tenerife South Airport to El Boilco in the Teno Mountains is included in the holiday price. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines to Tenerife. Note that there are two airports in Tenerife and you should book your flights to Tenerife South. Easyjet flights from Gatwick, Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester, Ryanair from Manchester, Thomson from Exeter and Manchester, Monarch from Birmingham, Stansted and Manchester plus Thomas Cook from Manchester work well with the arrival and departure transfer. Flights from other departure airports and with other airlines may require additional nights (at extra cost) in Tenerife. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

You should be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking 3 to 6 hours for consecutive days. Hill walking, with a good amount of ascent and descent, is the best training. Running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination with what is often described as eternal spring conditions. Tenerife has its own micro-climate with the South of the island being barren and dry, whilst the North has an abundance of lush vegetation, rich flora and beautiful forest. Tenerife is the most varied of the Canary Islands with five different climate zones – desert, scrub, pine, laurel and dragon. During the period from September to March, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 16 to 24 degrees Celsius, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height in the mountains. Daytimes will be pleasant for walking but evenings can appear chilly so remember to bring a few items of warmer clothing.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. 

You should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (with a strong sole and ankle support)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Thermal / base layer
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack 25 - 30 litres
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear and a small towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your luggage)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Shorts
  • Camera and batteries
  • Penknife (for picnic lunches)
  • Microspikes (eg Kahtoola or Grivel Spiders). These are recommended for departures from November to March to cross sections of hard snow and ice that may be encountered on Mount Teide.  
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 from 16 reviews

A wonderful week of walking. ★★★★★

This was a quickly arranged replacement for a Lebanese Mountain Trails trip and it certainly didn't disappoint. Each days walk was well planned to provide variety of both terrain and flora showcasing the best of Tenerife. Cao proved an excellent guide and host and has great enthusiasm in sharing his local knowledge. La Laguna proved a great location for a relaxing free day in this World Heritage site. Accommodation was excellent and well placed throughout the trip.

By John Lincoln | 12 December 2023

Excellent hiking and beautiful island ★★★★★

We had a fantastic trip. Every walk was different and each was planned with care to show us the huge wealth and variety of landscape and vegetation in the different regions of Tenerife. Cao is an excellent guide. He is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing his island with visitors and his skill leading the group and planning the walks was much appreciated. His choice of accommodation was also very good and gave us yet more variety during the week - all good! We enjoyed meeting like-minded hi kers and had lots of fun together during the week. I would thoroughly recommend the trip.
By Ruth CHELTENHAM | 12 December 2023

A great break from the British winter, walking off the Xmas excesses! ★★★★★

Following our superb back-to-back trips to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in 2022, we decided to back-to-back Tenerife and La Gomera in January this year. The switch to La Gomera is extremely straightforward, made even easier by Cao, our excellent guide on Tenerife, and the holidays really complement each other. Accommodation on the island was varied and excellent; the hotels in La Laguna and Santa Cruz were absolutely superb. Tenerife offers very scenic hiking with plenty of ups and downs. Teide i s the “main attraction”, but January is a tricky month weather wise and we weren’t able to do it. There are, however lots of alternatives. My favourite part of Tenerife is Anaga, with trails that have been used by locals for centuries, exquisitely cut out of the hillside. Sea swimming is possible in January - a bit chilly, but manageable. This holiday has a rest day in the interesting town of La Laguna, the old capital, with many historic buildings, bars and cafes. Our guide, Cao was excellent company and a good leader. He has my particular thanks for nursing me through the week with both a lingering chest infection and a very sore knee. Advice to future travellers - bring gear for every weather eventuality. Even on the same day it can be hot, cold, wet or dry - Teide has snowfall in winter, so boot spikes may also be useful. Eating out is extremely good value, and wine and beer are cheap.
By Andrew AMBLESIDE | 16 February 2023

Another Canarian gem! ★★★★★

After a fantastic first visit to the Canaries in March 2022, I decided to check out another island for a bit of winter sun, walking and culture. This trip did the job and didn’t disappoint. The walking was varied from the heights of the Teide National Park, the beauty of the Masca Gorge and the lushness of the Anaga Peninsula. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the top of Mt Teide due to restrictions following recent snowfall, but our excellent guide Cao quickly identified an alternative ou ting in the national park for more stunning views of this impressive volcano. You do need to be prepared for all conditions; walking at heights of around 3000m is cold even on the sunniest days at this time of year and Anaga is green and verdant for good reason, so bringing rain gear is also essential. It was not all hard work. It was great to have some downtime on our free day to visit some of the cultural sites in the north of this diverse island. Laguna is a gem and rightly deserves its World Heritage status and, with our hotel located in a historic town house on the main street (my favourite accommodation of the trip), we were right in the centre of the action. There are plenty of bars and restaurants and it was great to check these out independently on the nights when dinner was not included. Public transport is extremely efficient and it proved easy to catch the local bus to Puerto de la Cruz for further sightseeing opportunities. Our guide Cao was great and a pleasure to travel with. His enthusiasm for Tenerife was infectious and it was sad that this excellent one-week holiday was over all too quickly. It leaves me with the difficult to decision as to which of the Canary Islands to explore next – Hasta la vista!
By Jonathan Nottingham | 17 January 2023

A week well spent ★★★★★

Was not sure what to expect on a walking trip to Tenerife. Booked last minute as something to do in the sun and to begin getting 'match fit' for hiking again. As such, towards the end of the first day was a bit 'character building' for me however this day and every other day was soooo enjoyable. Varied, fascinating landscape. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide. Fantastic crowd of like minded travellers. Fully enjoyed and fully recommend.

By John Leamington Spa | 15 February 2022

Traveller Reviews
4.8 out of 5 from 16 reviews

A wonderful week of walking.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a quickly arranged replacement for a Lebanese Mountain Trails trip and it certainly didn't disappoint. Each days walk was well planned to provide variety of both terrain and flora showcasing the best of Tenerife. Cao proved an excellent guide and host and has great enthusiasm in sharing his local knowledge. La Laguna proved a great location for a relaxing free day in this World Heritage site. Accommodation was excellent and well placed throughout the trip.

By John Lincoln | 12 December 2023

Excellent hiking and beautiful island
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a fantastic trip. Every walk was different and each was planned with care to show us the huge wealth and variety of landscape and vegetation in the different regions of Tenerife. Cao is an excellent guide. He is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing his island with visitors and his skill leading the group and planning the walks was much appreciated. His choice of accommodation was also very good and gave us yet more variety during the week - all good! We enjoyed meeting like-minded hi kers and had lots of fun together during the week. I would thoroughly recommend the trip.
By Ruth CHELTENHAM | 12 December 2023

A great break from the British winter, walking off the Xmas excesses!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Following our superb back-to-back trips to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in 2022, we decided to back-to-back Tenerife and La Gomera in January this year. The switch to La Gomera is extremely straightforward, made even easier by Cao, our excellent guide on Tenerife, and the holidays really complement each other. Accommodation on the island was varied and excellent; the hotels in La Laguna and Santa Cruz were absolutely superb. Tenerife offers very scenic hiking with plenty of ups and downs. Teide i s the “main attraction”, but January is a tricky month weather wise and we weren’t able to do it. There are, however lots of alternatives. My favourite part of Tenerife is Anaga, with trails that have been used by locals for centuries, exquisitely cut out of the hillside. Sea swimming is possible in January - a bit chilly, but manageable. This holiday has a rest day in the interesting town of La Laguna, the old capital, with many historic buildings, bars and cafes. Our guide, Cao was excellent company and a good leader. He has my particular thanks for nursing me through the week with both a lingering chest infection and a very sore knee. Advice to future travellers - bring gear for every weather eventuality. Even on the same day it can be hot, cold, wet or dry - Teide has snowfall in winter, so boot spikes may also be useful. Eating out is extremely good value, and wine and beer are cheap.
By Andrew AMBLESIDE | 16 February 2023

Another Canarian gem!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After a fantastic first visit to the Canaries in March 2022, I decided to check out another island for a bit of winter sun, walking and culture. This trip did the job and didn’t disappoint. The walking was varied from the heights of the Teide National Park, the beauty of the Masca Gorge and the lushness of the Anaga Peninsula. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the top of Mt Teide due to restrictions following recent snowfall, but our excellent guide Cao quickly identified an alternative ou ting in the national park for more stunning views of this impressive volcano. You do need to be prepared for all conditions; walking at heights of around 3000m is cold even on the sunniest days at this time of year and Anaga is green and verdant for good reason, so bringing rain gear is also essential. It was not all hard work. It was great to have some downtime on our free day to visit some of the cultural sites in the north of this diverse island. Laguna is a gem and rightly deserves its World Heritage status and, with our hotel located in a historic town house on the main street (my favourite accommodation of the trip), we were right in the centre of the action. There are plenty of bars and restaurants and it was great to check these out independently on the nights when dinner was not included. Public transport is extremely efficient and it proved easy to catch the local bus to Puerto de la Cruz for further sightseeing opportunities. Our guide Cao was great and a pleasure to travel with. His enthusiasm for Tenerife was infectious and it was sad that this excellent one-week holiday was over all too quickly. It leaves me with the difficult to decision as to which of the Canary Islands to explore next – Hasta la vista!
By Jonathan Nottingham | 17 January 2023

A week well spent
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Was not sure what to expect on a walking trip to Tenerife. Booked last minute as something to do in the sun and to begin getting 'match fit' for hiking again. As such, towards the end of the first day was a bit 'character building' for me however this day and every other day was soooo enjoyable. Varied, fascinating landscape. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide. Fantastic crowd of like minded travellers. Fully enjoyed and fully recommend.

By John Leamington Spa | 15 February 2022

Undiscovered Tenerife & Pico Teide
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This trip I did was in mid January. What an amazing week of walking it was. The weather was sunny, but when up in the mountains it did feel bit cooler when the wind blew, only had one day where it rained at start of our walk, but it didn't last long. The walks are very manageable with the walk up to the refuge on Teide was the harder one as the last part is quite steep. The views are amazing with fantastic views of the coast & the landscapes change in the different areas you are. Its amazing how green the north of the island is with beautiful colours of flowers & the different types of foliage. The food is plentiful, traditional & excellent, lots of the food is grown on the island inc. bananas, tomatoes. The guides we had were fantastic, their knowledge & enthusiasm for what they do makes the trip worthwhile. Its pretty cheap out there as I didn't spend that much money. Overall I would highly recommend this trip.
By Neil Rochester | 28 February 2019

Lots of variety in scenery and locations, and good weather
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The trip was in early November but the weather was still mostly good - very warm in the south, cloudy in the north in Anaga, but still quite mild. We had no rain apart from a brief shower one day n Anaga. Tiede was cold and very windy at the top on our final ascent, but well worth the effort. The walk up to the refuge the day before was quite a long ascent, about 1100 m over about 6 hours, but the refuge was very well equipped and warm, so we were well prepared for the early start the next day. The Anaga National Park was very enjoyable - beautiful scenery , very varied almost subtropical forests and steep cliffs mixed with sandy coves (with swimming!). Our guide took us to some interesting family run restaurants wherever we stayed and knew some good quality, fairly quiet beaches for us. Both guides were very friendly and helpful. On the last day I and some others in the group visited the Botanical Gardens in Santa Cruz, which was a very pleasant end to the week. Overall the trip has a lot to recommend it - relaxation mixed with some challenge, and well organised.
By Tim Waltham Abbey | 14 November 2017

A Wonderful Walking Week
★ ★ ★ ★
This is a wonderful walking week.We had a great guide in ciao,he was so friendly and enthusiastic,he really did make the holiday. The pace was good ,and even the 2 day trek on Teide is not bad for regular hillwalkers like myself. The first day in masca gorge was great ending on a nice beach for a cooling swim and boat trip back. The walks in anaga are impressive although generally more cloudy than the south. On the last day we had a change due to windy weather and climbed a lovely peak above pla ya Americas in lovely sunny weather. During the whole week we were well looked after by ciao who became a real friend. Food and accommodation was good,the best hotel was in la lagunas where the buffet breakfast was lovely. I certainly recommend this trip and tick off teide.
By Richard Whitehaven | 14 November 2017

7 Stars Out of 5
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Truly a magnificent trip. One which will linger long in the memory, A lovely island, full of history, mystery and culture; and a range of landscapes from the arid volcanic deserts of the south to the lush rain-forest covered with laurel trees and dotted with traditional hamlets in the north. Cao and Aaron were excellent guides and their enthusiasm, pride and love for their homeland clearly shone through. The eclectic range of accommodation added to the fun and the food tastings and restaurants c hosen serving fresh local cuisine were an added bonus. Highly recommended for those adventurous in spirit.
By Marek NOTTINGHAM | 12 November 2017

Great way to discover Tenerife!
★ ★ ★ ★
This was a great way to see 'off the beaten track' Tenerife. The first few days walking were pretty full on and I'm quite fit! The grading maybe needs to be upped a little. The itinerary was switched around and we did Teide first due to not being able to get into the refuge on our intended night. We also had 'unseasonably cold' weather for March including snow showers on the ascent of Teide - remember your gloves and hat! Some people also had lightweight icegrips / Yaktrax which were very useful - and poles were essential, I can highly recommend the KE lightweight ones! The guides - Cao and Aaron were fantastic - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful and always cheerful. The accommodation in Chio was let down a bit by the fact that 6 of us had to share a bathroom but the food at the local house was fantastic and there was plenty of it! The accommodation in La Laguna and Santa Cruz was good and central and we got chance to explore both towns. A great trip :) We were unlucky with the weather and experienced snow on Teide which made it chilly and a bit slippy underfoot! Make sure you take hats and gloves
By Catherine Bristol | 23 April 2017

fantastic walking experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Superbly organised from start to finish. Local guides, Cao and Aaron from Anaga Experience are the most welcoming , informative and entertaining I have met. Hiking days are full and require sure footing but enjoyable for all regular hikers. Plenty of time to enjoy and photograph. The highlight of the trip conquers El Teidi Volcano with superb views above the cloud of the caldera itself and neighbouring Canary Islands. Trip is fantastic for geology, diverse and endemic botany, stunning scenery,lo vely local food and wine (all included). Accommodation modest but nice in all locations. Best time for flowers probably April- May. I went in April, daily temperatures average app. 25 lower down and chilly in the mountains, needing fleece level clothing in the mornings. Bring a swim costume, the sea was a welcome relief on 2/3 occasions. Little extra money only for tips, extra drinking, shops (really only chance would be on the last day in Santa Cruz). Bring a camera, this island will surprise and charm you. Great small group size of 12 people of whom you are likely to have something in common. In summary.... awesome!
By Gail colchester | 13 April 2017

Great variety of walks made all the more enjoyable by enthusiastic local guides
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The six-day-trip offers a wide variety of walks, some quite hard and others relatively easy. We were based at a homestay in Chio for the first 3 days tackling Pico Teide on days 1 and 2 and the Masca Gorge on day 3. The accommodation was comfortable if quirky, the only downside being one toilet/bathroom for three rooms or six people. As we started the climb of Pico Teide from the Parador Hotel, the ascent to the Refuge was 1,140 meters of climbing, more than enough for one day! The Refuge itself was well equipped and comfortable with dormitory style bunk bed accommodation. The early morning climb took about an hour to the cable car station and from there it was another 45 minutes to the top of Pico Teide. The cable car offers a quick route down for those suffering from tiredness or the altitude. The descent of the Masca Gorge was spectacular, with towering cliffs and a path winding in and out of the rocks at the floor of the gorge. It was possible to swim in the sea at the beach before the boat arrived to take us to Los Gigantes to link up with our minibus. The accommodation in La Laguna, the old capital, was oldy-worldy and classic, and it was a joy to walk around the old streets and take in the atmosphere. Accommodation in La Laguna and later in Santa Cruz, provided an ideal base for exploring the verdant Anaga region. The three walks that we did were not too taxing and each offered spectacular views of the coast line. The common thread throughout the holiday was the enthusiasm and helpfulness of our two guides, Aaron and Cao. They were a pleasure to be with and they went out of their way to make sure that all our needs were catered for.
By Michael Chelmsford | 03 April 2017

Great variety of walks, warm weather, and enthusiastic local guides
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This holiday had a great variation of walks from the rocky Teide and Masca Gorge, to the green coastal Anaga region, and plenty of sunny warm weather. The local guides Cao and Aaron, who shared leading the walks, were very knowledgeable about the history of the island and its flora/fauna, and both had an infectious enthusiasm which was the remaining ingredient needed to make this holiday fantastic. The meals taken in local restaurants showed off the local cuisine really well, with more food than I could eat! I enjoyed the Palmetum in Santa Cruz on the final morning (although I suggest it is for people who have an interest in plants). Also the trip notes didn't say to take a swimming costume, but there were several opportunities to swim.
By Richard Tadworth | 13 March 2017

A varied and interesting holiday
★ ★ ★ ★
This was a good holiday, although we were all rather taken aback by how cold it was at times, but I guess it was February! We all made the summit of El Teide, and returned safely, but our descent would have been much easier had we been carrying crampons, or even microspikes which weigh little, since the path became quite icy, probably because the snow was melted by the sun and then promptly froze in the low air temperature. It was a holiday of contrasts, the rocky volcanic terrain followed by lu sh vegetation and coastal scenery. Our guides Cao and Aaron were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable re Tenerife, and could not have been more helpful, nothing was too much trouble
By Maureen Glasgow | 22 February 2017

A well organised holiday.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
An enjoyable holiday organised by Cao and Aaron. The accomodation arranged was comfortable and meals very good. The trip notes for the ascent of Mount Teide were inaccurate and need revision. The notes for the last walk did not match the GPS trail. The meal we carried up to the Teide refuge was filling and similar to meals taken up by other guests. Only a kettle and small microwave oven are available for guest use as far as I could see. With hindsight I might have taken a dehydrated meal with me but the meal provided was ok. The breakfast and lunch on Teide were fine. I enjoyed the holiday, meeting Cao, Aaron and the rest of the group everyone got on well. Please send Cao some more KE tee shirts ( medium) he's only got one! JSE
By James Liverpool | 24 January 2017

Beautiful Island
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We started in the south of Tenerife in the village of Chio. Quaint homestay with good food (although breakfast was a bit basic). The first day was a walk down Masca gorge to the sea. Beautiful gorge but very slippy underfoot - care required. The 2 day hike up Pico Teide followed. Definitely a highlight. We did the 6 hour walk to the refuge on the first day and then a fairly sleepless overnight followed by a 5 am rise to hike to the summit for dawn. Great experience but wrap up well. Below zero o n the summit. Then to the north of the island for 2 nights in pretty La Laguna followed by 2 nights in Santa Cruz. Great walks in the Anaga peninsula down gorges to the sea. The guides Cao and Aaron were great with excellent restaurants used for evening meals. Highly recommended trip.
By Colin Edinburgh | 13 December 2016

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  • Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide
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  • Departure Reference: TWW /05/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 31 Aug and ends on Sat 7 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$350
  • Single Supplement Price: US$230 - There are a limited number of single rooms available on request and they are only available for the last 4 nights.
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  • Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide
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  • This trip begins on Sat 28 Sep and ends on Sat 5 Oct
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  • Walking Undiscovered Tenerife and Pico Teide
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  • This trip begins on Sat 26 Oct and ends on Sat 2 Nov
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  • Single Supplement Price: US$230 - There are a limited number of single rooms available on request and they are only available for the last 4 nights.
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