Walking Tours: Climbing Pico Mountain - Day

Location: Pico
From $74.50 per person

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About the Experience

Climbing up the mountain in Pico, the highest point of Portugal, is an unique moment that will never be forgotten. With an altitude of 2351 meters, and tracking a 3800 meters long trail, we’ll get to the top.

Although it is not considered a technical climbing, to go up the mountain is classified as of medium/high difficulty. It is a 7600 long trail (3800m from the base to the top) and a gap of 1100m, starting at Casa da Montanha, at 1230m of altitude, where every tracker signs the register of the climbing, reaching the top at the 2351m altitude and making all the way back again to Casa da Montanha.

During this walk you can see the Cave-Shelter, a volcanic cavity with about 40m deep and a gallery that served as a shelter for hikers who ventured themselves on the mountain. Along the climb you can see natural habitats with rare endemic species, and the Pico Mountain the only place in the Azores which includes Alpine and Sub-Alpine habitats that face prolonged snow deposits.

The several geological formations that can be observed along the climb are of great importance, such as pyroclastic deposits, Lava Toes, ravines and lava tunnels, Hornitos, driblet-cones, plagioclase rosette and other geological formations. At 2050m altitude we can find a fossil crater and, on the summit, a crater-pit, the lava cone of Piquinho and an eruptive fissure.

As hikers progress on the way up the vegetation becomes scarcer, dispersed and of smaller dimensions, and only some species can survive the harsh climate on the top of the mountain. It should be noted the Mountain Bremim (Silene uniflora ssp cratericola), an endemic sub-species that exists only in the crater of the Pico Mountain. All this is complemented by a breathtaking landscape, where all the islands of the central group can be observed, if the weather conditions are favorable.

Our mountain guides are prepared to provide a service of high quality and professionalism. After arriving at the summit we are presented with a sunrise opening at dusk above all the islands of the central group. This is our reward for climbing the highest point of Portugal.

Beginning: Casa da Montanha

End: Casa da Montanha

Distance: 8km

Approximate trekking time: 8h

Difficulty level: Hard

Maximum altitude: 2.351 metros

Included: Insurance, Guides, Mountain Access Rates.