This video was taken between April 4th and 11th in 2011, and it comes from TSO Photography. It is a compilation of footage taken from Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, which stands at 3,718 meters (or just over 12,000 feet). Because it is so high, it is largely considered to be one of the best places to photograph the stars. It is also home to one of the most renowned observatories, the Teide Observatory.

The video was made by Terje Sørgjerd, of Norway, and Sørgjerd claims that capturing this footage was no easy task, “The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week.” If lugging all of this equipment wasn’t enough, Sørgjerd also had to face off against sand storms. He asserts, “A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes. Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.”

Watch the amazing video below.

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.