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The great Pico challenge

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140 per adult

The great Pico challenge

Pico Mountain Climbing with Overnight Stay

Pico island

You can conquer the mountain challenge with the aid of «Futurismo» and, victorious, sleep on its crater, under a pallium of stars and comets.

Light will plate the silence around, as a quilt weaved of secrecy and respect. And then you awake to the most authentic interpretation of natural beauty:

The daybreak offers a performance of sheer joy over the surrounding mountains, the lowlands below, and the glassed sea as the background…

The boldest birds become our equals; the atmosphere vibrates with a rising light that sweeps the shades away from the most impressive of the settings.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Tour starts Madalena
  • Minimum age 8
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Duration 2H
  • Includes

    • Certified Pico mountain guide
    • Hiking poles
    • Headlights
    • Ascent fees
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    Once you are at the top of Pico mountain, you realize that it is worth the effort of the climb.

    You will arrive at the perfect time to see the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, which is such a beautiful moment.

    After a refreshing night in a tent, you will be stunned by the sunrise colors surrounding you at 2,351m above the sea level. Enjoy and take lots of pictures!

    • Overview

      – Imagine yourself sleeping in the crater of an active volcano at an altitude above 2,000m… You will hear nothing but silence and see nothing but the moon and the million stars of the night sky.

      – That is what this tour is all about, topped by a unique sunset and sunrise from the highest point of Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

      – We will do the ascent during the afternoon and the descent on the following morning. We will reserve time enough for the hike up and to pitch camp inside the volcano’s crater still under daylight.

    • The climb

      – The trail leads over a rather steep path of rocky and irregular ground, sometimes covered with loose material.

      – Our guide will show you tricks to make the climb easier, leading the way up the easiest route. This will help you to avoid injuries.

    • The night

      – Once you arrive at the top of the volcano, you will settle your camping equipment. Also, you will climb to the smaller cone to observe the sunset.

      – It will be a bit cold up there, but the stars make it all worth it.

    • The descent

      – After enjoying the sunrise at the summit (2,351m) we start the descent.

      – The sunlight reveals breathtaking views over the 5 islands of the central group on a good day.

      – You will also see various geological formations. Namely volcanic pits, craters and cones, an eruptive fissure, pyroclastic deposits and fumaroles.

    • Back to Madalena

      – At the end of this amazing self-rewarding trip, we will take you back to Madalena for a well-earned rest.

    Departure Point

    Rua Conselheiro Terra Pinheiro, nº3, 9950-329 Madalena (Hotel Caravelas) | Free pick up in Madalena municipality (select this option during the checkout process). Our staff will contact you on the day before the tour takes place.

    Departure Time

    Please select a date on the calendar on the top right hand side of this program page and check the available schedule.

    Return Point

    Returns to original departure point

    Why Futurismo

  • 100+ Breathtaking experiences

    Venture beyond the extraordinary. Unrivaled adventure

  • Azores Travel Experts

    Largest tour operator in the Azores with 30 years of experience

  • Environmental Education

    At Futurismo, we think that educating and raising awareness among the young ones is very important for the future

  • Friendly Help

    We’re here to make your experience incredible. Reach us by phone, email, or WhatsApp

  • Helping Social Solidarity Institutions

    Apart from being a responsible tour operator, we also have a social commitment with many local organizations

  • Plan your Pico Mountain Climbing with Overnight Stay

    What to bring?

    • Warm & comfortable clothes (no jeans)
    • Raincoat
    • Hiking boots or shoes
    • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
    • 3L water, snacks
    • Change of clothes

    Advisory

    • This activity is ideal for keen walkers and not recommended for people with knee or heart problems
    • It is essential to inform us if you have any health restriction or if you have been diving in the last 30 hours
    • On request, children younger than 12 years can join the private tour
    • Please note that each hiker needs to carry its own backpack containing spare clothes, alimentation for the night and morning, at least 3L of water and camping gear: sleeping bag and tent, which can be shared by 2 persons

    Good to know

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations up to 48 hours before the tour, no penalties are applied
    • Cancellations up to 24 hours: 50% of the total amount will be charged
    • Cancellations less than 24 hours or no-show: full amount will be charged
    • If the weather conditions do not allow the activity to be done safely, we will cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    Booking confirmation policy

    • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of successful booking.

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    F.A.Q.s

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    I am pregnant but I would like to do this activity. Is it possible?

    We don’t recommend this tour for pregnant women.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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