Elevation (feet): 17,159
Elevation (meters): 5,230
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Latitude: -2.004853
Longitude: -78.341274
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Dec
Year first climbed: 1929
First successful climber(s): P. Austin, R. Moore, T. Moore y L. Thorne
Nearest major airport: Quito
Convenient Center: Rio Bama

Thanks to Fernando Begega Alonso for adding this peak.

Sangay is a continuous activity volcano. Regular explosions, strombolian type. The approximation to the base camp take three days. There are three possibilities, from Alao (Rio Bamba), from Guargualla Chico (Rio Bamba), from Caserio de Zumac (Macas). Two first ways are the shortest and you can take from two to three days to reach the base camp. You have to cross a lot of rivers (21 from Guargualla). It's necessary water proof boots and clothes. Out of the best season usually it rain. You need a guide because the remote and the intricate of the place.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Sangay.

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  • Log #20457 - by Russ Meehan on Oct 27, 2006
    We, my son and a friend without guides drove from Aloa down the dirt track to the trail head, parking our vehicle in a cow pasture by the road. It's a hard climb through a muddy cloud forest to get...
  • Log #19194 - by Roland Pitteroff on Sep 27, 2006
    We, a party of two with no guide, climbed El Sangay on 3 February 2006. We started the trek at Alao. It took three days to reach the base camp at La Playa. The hut at La Playa is in good condition...
  • Log #19064 - by Gijs van Haaren on Feb 14, 2006
    It took us (me, three Ecuadorian friends and our two guides)two days from Aloa to Las Playas (basecamp) in 'dry' conditions. It's a hard second day from Culebrillas to las Playas with a very steep...
  • Log #16394 - by Jon Zigmond on Dec 10, 2001
    PLEASE don't go to Sangay. When I was there it was erupting every 15-20 minutes. Climbing Sangay is like playing Russian roulette. It is a beautiful volcano to look at from afar but a horrible pile...
  • Log #16395 - by Fernando Begega Alonso on Apr 28, 2001
    The aproximation from GuarguallĀ· Chico. Two days walking in the rain to reach the base camp. Around the summit there are volcan explosion from 15 to 15 minutes. First spanish ascent.