Sunrise Climb of Mount Pico - 2351m

Climb Portugal’s highest mountain and watch the sunrise from the summit. 1 day.

  • Portugal
  • September—April

Armed with flashlights, you’ll hike Mount Pico (2351m) through the early hours, reaching the summit in time to witness the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-day hiking
  • Local, certified guide
  • Hiking equipment
  • Local transfers
  • Trip photos
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Keen hikers looking to bag a summit on a quick trip that’s so unique, the memories will last a lifetime.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Lisbon airport
  • Flights to and from Pico Island
  • Airport transfers
  • Food and drink
  • 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
  • Head torch
  • 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 00:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end in Madalena Village at 12:00. 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.

We 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 midnight and transfer you to the Mountain House (1200m) to collect your hiking gear and pack your camping equipment.

With the moonlight and your flashlight to guide you, you’ll take the steep uphill hike to the summit of Pico. The terrain will vary from hard rock formations to volcanic soil, posing a 3-hour challenge to the top.

When you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with seeing the first rays of sun arrive over the horizon. 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.

6-7 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.

Accommodation

There’s no accommodation included with this trip, however, your host can help you arrange a place to stay before/after the climb.

Your host suggests the following accommodations o Pico island:
- Jeirões do Mar
- Villa da Madalena
- XA Apartments
- PIX Apartments
- Joe’s Place
- Baía da Barca
- Calma do Mar
- Alma do Pico

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • 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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