Ascent of Volcán Tungurahua in 1993-08

Climber: John Chick

Others in Party:Peter Fordham
Karel Coors
Hugh MacDougal.
Date:August, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán Tungurahua
    Elevation:16480 ft / 5023 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drive from Quito to Banos, then 4x4 to Pondoa, parking available and mules/horses are available for hire. About 4 - 5 hours up to hut at approx 3200m. The trail is an old logging route and is often cut well below ground level so for much of the hike very little to see. The hut is small but tidy and could possibly sleep 15 - 20, at a push! There is a natural spring close for water and basic cooking facilities. For a small fee the hut keeper will prepare food if you provide the basics ingredients. I do not recall seeing anywhere flat enough to pitch tents. We left at 2am and it was a straight forward slog upwards (almost exactly on due south. If you are enroute you will pass a metal cross, keep going straight up until you meet the rim of the volcano and the start of the glacier. We roped up at this stage and taking the northern rim and a slow arc east and then south with the summit in 20 minutes we summited at sun up. About 4 hours from the hut in total. Great views in all directions with many of Ecuadores other peaks in view. The summit is large flat area.

Photo opprtunity then straight down to the car and back to Banos for the rest if the day and ovrrnight before return to Quito.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cold, Clear
Clear and calm.

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