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I invite you to join me in this 2-day hiking traverse to the active Pichincha Volcano in Ecuador. This active stratovolcano is just 10 kilometres west from Quito.
This hike is very popular for acclimatization purposes. The volcano and its peaks are visible from the city of Quito. We will climb three of its peaks along this 2 days.
We will start the traverse hiking up to the tallest peak of the volcano, Guagua (or Wawa) Pichincha (4776 m), the active caldera. After climbing its summit, we will return to a refuge where we will spend the night.
The last eruption of this volcano was in 1999. It covered Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, with a thin layer of ash. But now its trail is reopened to visitors.
We will continue or trip by climbing the Rucu Pichincha (4627 m). This is the second highest peak of the volcano, and the closest to Quito. We will go through the west side of Rucu, with a great diversity of colorful vegetation.
Then, at the summit, we will enjoy amazing views of Quito and the Avenue of Volcanoes. Besides, on our way to the top, we will pass below the Padre Encantado (“bewitched priest”) peak.
Also, the Pichinchas are an important historical landmark for Ecuador. It was the site of the Ecuadorian Independence battle, that later originated the present day Republic of Ecuador.
So contact me if you are interested in this 2-day traverse to the Pichincha Volcano! We can start planning your trip! And if you are looking for a more challenging adventure, check my Chimborazo guided ascent!
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
We will drive from Quito to an elevation of 4100 m to Pichincha, just below Guagua. Then, we will begin our ascent to Guagua. At the summit, we will be able to see the new inner domes created from the 1999 eruption. Then we will hike down a bit and set up our high altitude campsite. We will have dinner and turn in for the night.
Rucu Pichincha-El Padre Encantado-Quito
After breakfast we will start our traverse to Rucu Pichincha. After 1.30 hour of hiking we will pass below El Padre Encantado peak. Then, after two hours of climbing we will get to the Rucu summit. We will have lunch here, while we enjoy the best view of Quito. We will then make a short walk downhill to Cruz Loma, where we will board the new cable elevators that will take us back to Quito.
Contact me for information about the price and equipment.
About the Guide
UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador.
I fell in love with the mountains at a young age while climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes with my father. I guided in the Andes for 8 years and have been guiding for the past four years in the Northwest United States. In 1997 I expanded his adventure skills by taking on rock climbing. I represented Chimborazo province three times as the Ecuadorian National Rock Climbing Champion.
I completed his UIAGM certification with the Bolivian Mountain & Trekking Guide Association, accredited by the National School of Ski and Alpinism of Chamonix (ENSA), and completed Advanced Alpine and Rock Guides Courses with American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).
I usually spend some months every year in Ecuador (from October to January, but it varies every year). The rest of the year I am based and guide in Europe.
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