Hiking: Pasochoa, Ecuador

Summit elevation: 13,800 feet / 4,200 meters
5 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Pasochoa • Route Profile
Route Profile

Pasochoa • Description

The 13,800-foot extinct Pasochoa volcano is located in the Guayllabamba river basin in the Ecuadorian Andes. The Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge contains one of the few remaining original Andean forests.
This hike starts at the end of a private road and leads on a use trail to the summit of Pasochoa. The last section is rocky with some easy scrambling. On clear days, Pasochoa offers great views of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, including those of Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, and others.

Pasochoa • Interactive Map

Pasochoa • Pictures

Pasochoa • Horses
Pasochoa • Pasochoa
Pasochoa • Summit
Pasochoa • Summit
Pasochoa • Crater of Volcano
Crater of Volcano
Pasochoa • Crater of Volcano
Crater of Volcano
Pasochoa • View of Cotopaxi
View of Cotopaxi
Pasochoa • View of Antisana
View of Antisana
Pasochoa • View of Cayambe
View of Cayambe

Pasochoa • Personal Notes

Sandra, Rick W., and I went to the Ecuadorian Andes with the goal of climbing Chimborazo. We had a great team, including Peter R. from Germany, Sam B. from Australia, and our guides Estalin, Abraham, and Mauricio. To acclimate, we climbed four other volcanoes, Pasochoa, Pichincha, Cayambe, and Antisana (unsuccessful due to avalanche risk).
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