Summit elevation: 15,696 feet / 4,784 meters
6 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Pichincha • Description
The 15,696-foot active Pichincha volcano rises above Quito and can be seen and accessed from Quito via cable car (TelefériQo = Teleférico Quito). The two highest peaks of the mountain are Wawa Pichincha (baby) and Ruku Pichincha (old person). The active caldera is in Wawa Pichincha on the western side of the mountain. Pichincha is also the name of the province.
This hike starts at the mountain station of TelefériQo and leads on a well established trail to the summit of Ruku Pichincha. The last section is rocky/sandy with some easy scrambling. On clear days, Ruku Pichincha offers one of the best views of Quito.
Pichincha • Interactive Map
Pichincha • Pictures
Chuquiragua, Flower of the Andes
Caracara aka Curiquingue
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).
By: Bernd Straehle
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