Pico is the highest mountain in Portugal: 2,351 meters ready to be conquered by whoever feels like trying.
Any physically apt person can do this hike.
You will need appropriate gear: good trousers and something warm to wear - it was -13°C at the summit in April last year.
Before going up, you need to register at the Casa da Montanha, at the end of the road.
It costs €10 to hike up Pico mountain, but only €2 to go up the smaller Piquinho. This price doesn’t include a guide. If Casa da Montanha advises against the hike, you can still do it. But if you need to be rescued, the bill will come to €1,400.
There will be a briefing before you start the hike. Each hiker gets a GPS tracker that doubles up as a phone. It is mandatory to follow the trail. If you go off-trail you will be contacted by the team at Casa da Montanha. The ascent lasts three hours on average.
At the summit
Maximum stay at the top is 24 hours. There is a maximum of 15 people per group/guide. The maximum number of people allowed at the summit at any given time is 30. At the top of Piquinho there are fumaroles that release heat and steam.
The descent is the most dangerous part of the trail, and the one with the most accidents. Going down takes longer than going up: four hours on average.
Renato Goulart. That’s the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to hiking Pico. This mountain guide has experienced the trail at all times of year, in all possible weather conditions. You can contact him by email: email@example.com, or phone: +351 91 929 3471.