El Teide is the third highest Volcano in the world and casts the longest shadow on the planet. The volcano and it’s Crater, Las Canadas, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Teide Challenge is organised by volunteers who want to experience the views from the top and the gruelling but rewarding climb.


In order to climb through the official AWF, groups of 4-6 volunteers must organise fundraising for AWF projects beforehand, done through our Just Giving page.

All proceeds will go towards the AWF Cetacean Awards, a scheme designed to support the conservation of whale and dolphin species across the Atlantic Oceans. The minimum fundraising target to take part in the challenge is £350. A monthly competition will be held for fundraising totals and the top fundraiser will be featured in our Newsletter!


Those who rise to the challenge can stay at our Whale and Dolphin research station in the Arona, Tenerife for up to a week, at no cost. Individuals pay for their own flights and we will arrange airport pickups, provide accommodation, food and all logistical support.

Individuals and small groups can join one of our set dates throughout the year, as long as they do their own fundraising. The climb will normally take place on Thursday nights, with a fun week of activities and training available beforehand, including a day on the whale watching boats and a practice climb of one of the  beautiful local mountains of Arona.

If you can’t make the whole week, arrival dates are flexible and up to you, just as long as you arrive in time for the safety briefing and Thursday night climb. For more information on dates and full itinerary email us at

Groups of six or more people can come out at any time and also stay for up to a week. Please email us to arrange a date that best suits you. (Note: we have a maximum capacity for groups of up to 11 if you would like to be joined by a guide, or 12 if you are happy to complete the ascent without one)

Teide Example Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival and transfer from Tenerife south airport, tour of local village

Day 2 – Induction and information workshops on the project and whales and dolphins of the Atlantic

Day 3 – Practice climb of a local mountain

Day 4 – Rest and preparation for climb, taken to shops to buy supplies for climb, full safety briefing and equipment check. Leave for Teide around 8pm

Day 5 – Return to Arona after descent and rest after the climb!

Day 6 – Free day to explore the island

Day 7 – Return home with certificate of completion