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    Do You Want to climb Pico Mountain? 

    We Offer you an AtypicAl day!

    Do you want to see the sunrise? Escape from the warmest and busiest hours of the day? Night climb is for you...

    Do you want climb Pico mountain during daytime, without carrying extra weight? Come for a Day Climb...

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    Guides to climb pico mountain
    Guides to climb pico mountain

    DESCRIPTION

     

    Starting Point: Mountain's House

    Finishing Point: Mountain's House

    Dificulty: Hard

    Extension: aprox. 8 Km (up and down)

    Minimum Elevation: 1230m (Mountain's House)

    Maximum Elevation: 2351m (Piquinho)

    Estimated Duration (day climb): 8h to 9h

    Estimated Duration (night climb): 9h to 10h

    Estimated Duration (overnight): 22h to 23h

    Shape:  Linear

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         With 2351 meters high (7713 ft), Pico mountain is the highest point of Portugal and the third biggest vulcano of the Atlantic Ocean. To reach the top is doubtless a chalenge to most of its visitors and it will be apleasure to guide your through this adventure, starting at the mountain’s house at 1230m (4035 ft), where we register and each person receives a GPS that will track us during the hike, for safety purposes.

         The hikking trail is 8km long (up and down) and it has 47 poles marking the right way until the crater. Along the trail we will be able to see several geological formations, fauna and flora with some unique species and also know a bit of the history of the island. The ground changes constantly and has some slipery zones that along with the steepness makes this hike to be classified as medium/hard. You don’t need to be an athlete, but good physical conditions are important and as better prepared you are, easier it will be. No worries, we will adjust to your rhythm!

         We will make some stops along the way so you can have a little rest, take some pictures and have something to eat/drink. On the summit, you will be able to experience new sensations, and we will be glad to be part of it! If it is not too crowded we can have our meal here, it will be as better as what you take up there ;) Normally on the high season we have our meals on the crater so everyone can enjoy the top, since the number of persons here and the time to stay is limited, but we still can have our meal with a panoramic view.

         If on the way up the requirement is more cardio-respiratory, in the descent the knees and feet are the most affected, and the majority of visitors considers this the most difficult part ... think of some games that we can share in these moments!

    THE VIEWS ARE DIFFERENT EVERY DAY

    you can either be inside a cloud or above it

    you can either see the islands of the central group or have them magically hidden

    it doesn’t depend on us, but remember that

     

    EVERY CLIMB TO PICO IS MAGICAL!

     

    Trail

    DESCRIPTION

    • The climb starts in the earlly morning so we can enjoy the most at our rhythm... we can adjust to the group schedule needs but it is better if we start as soon as the sun comes out so we can do a more confortable hike up in the shade of the mountain.
    • ​This activity usually takes between 8 to 9 hours, depending on the group. The most important is that you enjoy it with no hurries.
    • Normally our groups are limited to 8 persons (by the rules each guide can take up to 15) so the guide can pay more attention to the needs of each one. The minimum is 2 persons, in case a single person the price aplied is the double.

    PRICE INCLUDES

    • Mountain fee, insurance and certified guide.
    • We may also include transportation if you need (extra 5€ per person), with availability depending on the day, reservation order and your location. In case, the activity has to be reschedule due to weather conditions we may not have transportation available. 

    EQUIPMENT

    Duration: 8 to 9 hours

    2-8 pax

    50 €/pax

    May to September

    DAY

    CLIMB

    DESCRIPTION

    • We start during the night… the goal is to achieve the summit right before the sunrise and have breakfast delighted with the view.    
    • This activity usually takes between 9 to 10 hours, depending on the group.
    • Normally our groups are limited to 8 persons (by the rules each guide can take up to 15) so the guide can pay more attention to the needs of each one. The minimum is 2 persons, in case a single person the price aplied is the double.

    PRICE INCLUDES

    • Mountain fee, insurance and certified guide.
    • Headlamps*
    • We may also include transportation if you need (extra 5€ per person), with availability depending on the day, reservation order and your location. In case, the activity has to be reschedule due to weather conditions we may not have transportation available. 

    * Availability dependent on group size

    EQUIPMENT

    • Normally it is cold, even in summer so warm clothes are important, mainly when we are waiting for the sunrise. For a safe and comfortable activity is important to come well equipped... see equipment>

    Duration: 9 to 10 hours

    2-8 pax

    75€/pax

    May to September

    NIGHT

    CLIMB

    EQUIPMENT

    The climb may not be allowed if someone don’t have the mandatory equipment for the practice of this activity. In this case, 30% of the amount will be charged.

     

    MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: mountain/trekking shoes/boots, backpack, water/wind jacket, food and water (minimum 1,5lt)

     

    CHECK LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

    Shoes, Clothes and accessories

    • Hiking/trekking shoes with good grip, preferentially boots (your nails and ankles will be thankful if you choose boots)
    • Confortable underwear
    • Breathable t-shirt (first layer)
    • Warm jacket or pull-over (second layer)
    • Waterproof / breathable /Warm jacket and pants (third layer), because the weather can change fast
    • Waterproof/warm gloves, even in summer can be windy and cold up there (a pair of socks can work for cold)
    • Sun screen, so you can enjoy your next holidays
    • Head cover (hat, bonnet, Buff)
    • Trekking poles, your knees will thank you later
    • Comfortable backpack and cover, it may rain at any moment

    Water and food

    • Water, we recommend 2L (minimum 1,5lt, if you drink a lot bring 3lt)
    • High-energy snacks (dry fruits, energy bars or chocolate are good options)
    • Some Sandwiches, to eat on the top and along the way 

    * we don´t recommended to take alcohol

    ​Other useful items

    • Sunglasses
    • Change clothes (important for the overnight, in the day climb and night climb you can leave it in the car or the Mountain’s House)
    • waterproof bag(s) to protect your belongings

     

    If you don’t have some of the items lets us know!

    Why a guide? Why atiPICO?

     

    If you are, or not, a mountain trekker, a guide can make your life easier:

    • We will guide trough the path, so you don’t need to think too much about finding the best way. Pico mountain is a singular and fragile ecosystem that takes a long time to recover, so keeping you on the path avoids stepping on the plants, minimizing the impact.
    • Weather changes fast and with fog it may not be easy to spot the poles… guides are experienced knowing the trail
    • Along the way we will show you the particularities of this natural reserve: geology, fauna and flora. We love to talk so feel free to ask any question about what you see, us, the island or the Azores… we will answer the best we know.
    • We can help you to choose the best of your available days considering the forecast
    • We can provide some equipment that you may need, like the hiking poles
    • We prefer small groups, 8 is normally our maximum per guide, so we ca provide you some individualized support each step
    • Transfers**, fees and insurance are included. 

    ** transfers availability depends on your location and the order of the reservation

    Still some doubts, just send them on the message area on the contact form

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    Tips to enjoy the Mountain... 

    • Come with a guide. Come with us! We will make our best to provide you an enjoyable and safe journey.
    • Follow the guide footsteps. Pico mountain is a singular and fragile ecosystem, so keeping you on the path avoids stepping on the plants
    • Leave some days available for this activity, forecast change a lot here!
    • Prepare yourself, do as much walk you can before coming, better if you can go up and down some hills.
    • Get used to your shoes Wear the shoes/boots you have chosen for the climb a few times before.
    • Have a good sleep the night before, it will give you more energy.
    • Take only photos & Leave only footsteps. Mount Pico is a natural reserve. Don’t take any rocks, minerals or plants. PLEASE bring your trash back or give it to your guide. Less plastic better, compost if you can!

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    CONTACTS

    If you want, you can make your booking request filing the form below!

    As soon as possible, we will answer to you by email informing about our availability. If you have several days available for this activity, please

    atipicoazores@gmail.com

    (+351) 915340487 | 919991776

    atipicoazores.com

    Rua Eng. Falcão s/n

    9930-147 Lajes do Pico

    The goal of our work is that every experience be unique, therefore is important to us that you read our terms and conditions:

     

    General conditions:

    • All activities include briefing and accompaniment by a certified guide;
    • All the activities are covered by insurance of civil responsability and personal accidents (maximum age is 75);
    • Prices include VAT 18%;
    • Prices include the entrance fee at Pico Mountain’s Natural Reserve;
    • Prices do not include equipment, meals or transfers. Transfers may be offered depending on availability and aditional cost.

     

    Conduct:

    • It is clients responsability to ensure that they are in good physical conditions and health, necesary to perform the activities;
    • The client is responsible for it own personal conduct;
    • The company can not be blamed by accidents resulting of clients imprudence or disrespect with the guides suggestions;
    • The company is not responsible for clients belongings;
    • The client is responsible for the geolocation equipment (GPS) given by the mountain house to all visitors. In case of damage or loss of it will be charged a 300€ fee.

     

    Reservations and cancelations:

    •  The activities reserved in greater advance guarantee greater availability of the same, and should be made by email to atipicoazores@gmail.com;
    • We only accept and consider reservations, when accompanied with all the personal data requested by AtiPICO, for insurance activation and registrations, and after confirmation of the payment of the deposit;
    • AtiPICO reserves the right to cancel the activity before it starts, charging only the inicial deposit, when: weather conditions or other, make it impracticable; the safety conditions are not fulfilled;
    • AtiPICO reserves the right to cancel the activities, being charged 30% of the total cost of the activity, when: the client does not climb due to lack of the mandatory equipment to participate in the activity;
    • If the reservations are canceled by the client up to 48 hours before the activity, or if some serious problem prevents it to be present, only the inicial deposit will be charged;
    • The client may cancel the reservation in the previous 48 hours, being charged 30% of the total cost of the activity. Alternatively you can appoint someone to replace you, upon availability check at the house of the mountain, being charged a new deposit;
    • Once an activity has been initiated, its total value will be charged, even if it is not completed: Due to physical incapacity or customer withdrawal; When weather conditions or other, make it impracticable to continue; When the safety conditions are not fulfilled;
    • The activity beggins at the House of the Mountain;
    • The client assigns to the atiPICO all rights over the photographic material or films, made in the course of the activities, and authorizes its use by atiPICO, namely sending it to all the participants, and eventual social media posts. If you do not want to, you must inform before the activity starts.

     

    These general conditions may be revoked or amended by contracts, obligations, or written agreements.

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    TEAM

    MÓNICA & NUNO & DANIEL

    MOUNTAIN GUIDES


    Mónica and Nuno love to hike and since 2005 they have been doing it regularly, starting with different tracks across Portugal and deciding in 2012 to embark on a two-year backpacking adventure, "walking through" all the countries of South America, such as Monte Roraima in Venezuela, the Lost City in Colombia, the Galapagos in Ecuador, the White Mountain Range and Machu Picchu in Peru, Salar Uyuni in Bolivia, the various Andean Cordillera Parks between Chile and Argentina, such as Torres del Paine and Glaciers.
    In 2014 they return to Pico Island where they seek to create and live in an environmentally sustainable space, in harmony with Nature, which they love to explore, especially the climb to the highest point of Portugal, where they will be pleased to guide you in a diferent experience.


    Daniel has discover his passion for hiking and climbing mountains when he moved from Lisbon to the Azores back in 2009, when he climbed Pico mountain for the first time.

    In 2016 he decided to quit his old jobs has a developer and music teacher  to volunteer in communities and sustainable projects around South America for more than 2 years. During this period he did a lot of trekking and climbing in several Natural Parks and mountains al over the continent like Roraima (Venezuela), Chapada Diamantina, Aparados da Serra (Brazil), Machu Picchu (Perú), Salar Uyuni (Bolivia), San Pedro de Atacama desert, Torres del Paine, Vale de Cochamó (Chile), Ushuaia, Peninsula Valdez, El Bolsón, Bariloche, El Chaltén (Argentina), Tayrona (Colombia) and more.

    He came back to Pico island in 2019 to start a sustainable and ecological project choosing to go back to be a music teacher and to became a mountain guide joining atiPICO team and provide you an atypical experience climbing the highest point of Portugal.