Ascent of Volcán Tacaná on 2012-12-19

Climber: David Howells

Others in Party:Neus Folch
Date:Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Tacaná
    Elevation:13343 ft / 4066 m

Ascent Trip Report

A three day up and down hike from Union Juarez. Two in the group and a guide. A guide is not required but hired under our 'responsible tourism' ethos. Started from Union Juarez up to Trigales. Four hour hike the first day, five the second and a six hour decent on the third day including the summit hike from the high camp. High camp is 20 mins from the summit.

Overview-Times do not include rest stops.
Day 1: hike from Union Juarez, Talquien, Trigales. Tarmacadam road to Talquien. Short cobblestone road to trailhead, register at 'park' entrance (not really a park) for 27 MP then a good hiking trail, not to steep, to Trigales. 4 hours of hiking, approx 1,500m of ascent.
Day 2: hike from Trigales, Plan de las Ardilas (broad col), campo (summit camp at 4,000m). Trail gets steeper & rockier (easy scrambling) to PDLA. 3-4 hours to here and then another hour uphill through a lovely pine forest path to campo. Total of 5 hours of hiking.
Day 3: hike from campo to summit, 20 mins, sunrise view. 5-6 hour decent to Talquien. Taxi back to UJ. Predawn start at 5am. At the summit in 20 mins. Fantastic views (as throughout) at sunrise. Breakfast at Campo and then the long decent to Talquien. Caught a taxi from Talquien to UJ.

A great hike with moderate full pack ascent days. The views of Tajumulco and Acatenango (done previously) are stunning. Lots of misty mountain shots. Because we did the hike in December (by chance) there were numerous little shops and overnight stop at teahouses on the route. This is not normally the case outside of December and Easter. In our case though we had great overnight stops and the high camp is a superb site at 4,000m with an easy morning ascent on the summit day.

Just loved this mountain....
Note: The tea house stops are extremely basic, straw floors and sleeping bag under a plastic canopy over a wooden framed shack.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9081 ft / 2767 m
    Grade/Class:Moderate hike
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Clear
Sunny and hot
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9081 ft / 2767 m
    Distance:16.8 mi / 27 km
    Route:From Union Juarez via trigales
    Start Trailhead:union juarez  4262 ft / 1299 m
    Time:3 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Route:via trigales
    End Trailhead:union juarez  
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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