Pico Mountain is the highest point in all of Portugal, at 2,351m. The walk to the summit begins at a height of 1,200m at the Casa da Montanha. From here it’s a continuous climb that takes around four hours to the crater walls of the summit.
Shaped like a perfect cone, eye-catching Pico Volcano is a natural target for anyone who loves high places.
If you’re looking to climb Pico mountain safely then we’d recommend a month or two of walking training (unless you’re already in condition!). For the willing and able, it’s an unforgettable experience to climb and descend the beautiful, perfectly-shaped volcanic cone. If you’d like to visit Pico Mountain but don’t feel that the summit ascent is for you, don’t worry – we’ve other guided and self-guided walks on the mountain slopes that may be more suitable.
We always recommend a guided ascent if people who are travelling with us are interested in reaching the summit crater of Pico Mountain. There are a few good reasons for this:
The crater walls are spectacular and a fine target for most people. Even if climbing Pico mountain to the crater, you’ll hopefully be rewarded by spectacular views over the neighbouring islands. You’ll also see into the stunning summit crater which contains the jewel in the crown – the Piquinho itself.
The summit Piquinho is a mini cone situated inside the summit crater. It’s a thirty-metre descent into the crater and from there the seventy metres of additional height to the Piquinho summit is for scramblers only. In terms of difficulty we’d rate this final seventy metre summit climb as a mid-to-high grade 1 UK scramble, or the high end of US scrambling grade YDS Class 2, as it’s particularly loose and exposed.
Climbing Pico mountain is an amazing experience for the fit and agile. Whether you love mountains, volcanoes, geology or simply spectacular views across the Azores, you’re sure to have a great day out in the company of our guides.
All of our holidays are tailor-made for you. We can make a version of our Self guided walking holiday on Faial, Pico and São Jorge, to include a trip up the mountain. If your family is up for it, you might like to add the walk to our Family adventure on Pico.
Pico island is a short (30 minute) ferry ride from neighbouring Faial and so it’s possible to climb Pico mountain in a long day trip. Our guides will meet you on arrival at Madalena, and take you back in time for your return ferry to Horta. You could add an ascent of Pico mountain to our Faial Whale Watching Holiday. One of our most popular itineraries is our Sao Miguel, Flores and Faial island hopping holiday and again, we can add a day trip to Pico within this holiday.
We specialise in tailor-made holidays to the nine islands of the Azores. Call us on 017687 721020 to begin planning your personalised trip.
Guide Joao pays close attention to footwork
Guiding the steep slopes of Pico Volcano
Joao points the right way
Towards the crater rim
Scrambing up the Piquinho
Paul and Max – Pico summit selfie!
Our island hopping holiday to the Azores was absolutely amazing,
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