Climb the Highest Mountain of the Azores in 2 Days - Mount Pico - 2351m

Climb Portugal’s highest volcanic mountain and camp inside its crater. 2 days.

  • Portugal
  • September—April
  • Pico Airport, Pico (PIX)

This hike will take you to the summit of Mount Pico (2351m) in time to watch the sunset before you set up camp inside its crater and sleep beneath the stars.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1 day of hiking
  • 1 night of wild camping
  • Local, certified guide
  • Hiking equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Local transfers
  • Trip photos
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Keen hikers looking to bag a summit with just a short trip made unforgettable by wild camping in a volcanic crater.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Lisbon airport
  • Flight to and from Pico Island
  • Airport transfers
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This climb is a wonderful experience and is considered a medium/high degree of difficulty. It is recommended for all those who are capable of such physical activities.

The weather is changeable so prepare for anything. If the conditions are wet, the terrain will become slippery and more challenging.

Food is not included on this trip so feel free to bring any food you like. It is essential to bring at least 3 litres of water per person and hydrating drinks (Powerade or Isostar). Plus, energy bars, chocolate, sandwiches and fruit.

  • Hiking poles
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mat
  • Head torch
  • Backpack
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm layers: a first layer in lycra, a second layer in polartek and a third waterproof layer
  • Hat or winter cap
  • Gloves
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Lisbon Airport (LIS) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

The easiest way of getting to Pico Island is by catching a direct flight from Lisbon Airport (2½ hour flight). There are several flights per day.

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Location

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Mount Pico (2351m) is the highest mountain in Portugal and is also the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Considered one of the most important sites in the Azores for endemic species, Mount Pico is classified as a Natural Reserve and is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.

Pico island is the second largest island of the Azores, and one of the best eco-tourism destinations, offering unique experiences and promoting sustainable tourism. Despite being the most obviously volcanic Azorean island, it still boasts an impressive variety of landscapes – green meadows, lava fields, and vineyards.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you in Madalena Village at 13:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end in Madalena Village at 13:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Lisbon Airport (LIS) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

The easiest way of getting to Pico Island is by catching a direct flight from Lisbon Airport (2½ hour flight). There are several flights per day.

Once you arrive on Pico Island your host suggests renting a car if you plan to stay longer, otherwise, it is the most convenient to take a taxi to Madalena village (it’s a small island) where there are a number of accommodation options.

Your will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Summit Mount Pico

Your guide will meet you at Madalena Village at 13:00 and transfer you to the Mountain House (1200m) to collect your hiking gear and pack your camping equipment.

Pico is a steep uphill hike with a varying terrain of hard rock formations and volcanic soil, posing a 3-hour challenge to the top.

You’ll set up camp in the crater and get settled in time to watch the sunset over the Atlantic and the neighbouring Azorean islands.

3 hours hiking

Day 2: Watch the sunrise

Wake early this morning to catch an unforgettable sunrise over the Azores.

You’ll pack up camp and head back down Mount Pico. The descent is tricky as you traverse smooth old lava flows but there are branches to aid you along the way.

The descent will take you around 3½ hours. When you reach the bottom, your transfer will be ready to take you back to Madalena Village.

3-4 hours hiking

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Looking for a shorter and darker version of the Pico climb? Check out Climb Mount Pico during Night .

Accommodation

You’ll camp in the crater of Mount Pico. Your host will provide you with a high-quality tent to sleep 2 or 3 people, as well as individual sleeping bags and mats.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.


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