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Volcano Pico del Teide 3718m

Hiking to the Volcano

Hiking to the Volcano (El Pico Del Teide) on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

 Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above the sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. At 7,500 m (24,600 ft) from its base on the ocean floor, it is the third highest volcano in the world.

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Hiking to the Volcano (El Pico Del Teide) on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above the sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. At 7,500 m (24,600 ft) from its base on the ocean floor, it is the third highest volcano in the world.

The plan was to go to the Refuggio Altavista Hostel (5hrs hike). Stay there for the night. Wake up at 5am and hike another 2 hrs to the top of the Volcano to see the Sunrise. This photo reportage shows the 1st part of hiking until we get in to Refuggio Hostel on 3200m. The surroundings were unreal. You could feel like on the Moon. We have been passing places where the some of the scenes from Star Wars and The Planet of the Apes were made. We were totally amazed by what we have seen. We have planned to sleep at the Refuggio Altavista Hostel (3260m) and the next morning go to the Volcano for the Sunrise. We have met Danish couple there and decided to go together. We both suffer from the hight sick. The terrible headache was gone after taking several pills. Before 8:00pm the weather has changed dramatically. Snow started to fall and the wind escalated. It was very difficult to fall a sleep because of the wind noise outside. After some time fighting with the hight sick and the noise the dream has arrived. The next morning after 5am we have packed our stuff and were ready to go. But what we saw behind the window wasn’t optimistic. The surroundings have changed very much. There was more snow than before and the wind blew 90kph. The conditions were very bad to go up on the top. This all upset us very much. Anyway beautiful Sunrise was slowly coming and we have decided to go down. On the way down the scenery was just Amazing!!!

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