Guagua Pichincha

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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.

Elevation (feet): 15,695
Elevation (meters): 4,784
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Latitude: -0.177068
Longitude: -78.598766
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: several eruptions in the last century
Nearest major airport: Quito
Convenient Center: Quito

Thanks to Frank Abissi for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 7 trip reports for Guagua Pichincha.

  • Log #20637 - by Herbert Sulzer on Jan 28, 20073.00 stars
    Yes, 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, 20043.00 stars
    Easy 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, 20023.00 stars
    Thanks 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, 20003.00 stars
    One 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, 19993.00 stars
    I ACTUALLY CLIMB RUKO PICHINCHA. IT WAS A BETTER CLIMB THAN THE GUAGUA PICHINCHA A LOT MORE CHALLENGING. IS WORTHWHILE TRYING IT.
  • Log #21120 - by Mateo Villalba on Dec 17, 20073.00 stars
    If 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 #22378 - by Shulse on Apr 08, 20133.00 stars
    Started at the parking lot, hiked to the hut, then took the class 4 scramble to the top.