Guagua Pichincha is an active volcano just outside of Quito, Ecuador. Its history includes centuries of explosive eruptions, though it entered dormancy in the late 19th century. In the late 20th century, it reawakened with eruptions in 1981, 1985, 1990 and 1993, and continues to show signs of activity today.
Climbing the volcano is an easy walk up, nice for acclimatisation prior to climbing other mountains in the region. During the ascent there are spectacular views of Quito and far beyond. At the summit you can look into the crater to fumaroles smoldering at the crater bottom.
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Most recent eruption:||several eruptions in the last century|
|Nearest major airport:||Quito|
Thanks to Frank Abissi for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 7 trip reports for Guagua Pichincha.
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- Log #22378 - by Shulse on Apr 08, 2013Started at the parking lot, hiked to the hut, then took the class 4 scramble to the top.
- Log #21120 - by Mateo Villalba on Dec 17, 2007If you reached the point just walking up and there is a milestone (made of concrete), you were in the false summit. To go to the summit you have to make an easy rock scramble in a north-west...
- Log #20637 - by Herbert Sulzer on Jan 28, 2007Yes, I was up there way back in 1975 together with my friend Andreas Lamm, both of us being just 15 years old :-) ... Man, that was a cold night! We camped about 200 meters below the summit and...
- Log #10502 - by Rolf F. Waeber on July 01, 2004Easy to climb. There are actually 2 volcanoes: Guagua Pichincha and Rucu Pichincha. Rucu Pichincha is no more active and older. Rucu means old, Guagua means young.
- Log #10503 - by David Humphreys on Mar 13, 2002Thanks to our guide and friend Jonathan and our Ecuadorian friends on that day when the view was unbelievable.
- Log #10504 - by Gregory Frux on Jan 16, 2000One of the easiest ways to get a high altitude peak. A rough jeep drive to the refuge, then an hour's walk to the summit. Altitude record for my non-climbing wife Janet Morgan. This is an active...
- Log #10505 - by CHE AND JEAN on Oct 02, 1999I ACTUALLY CLIMB RUKO PICHINCHA. IT WAS A BETTER CLIMB THAN THE GUAGUA PICHINCHA A LOT MORE CHALLENGING. IS WORTHWHILE TRYING IT.