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Base 2 People : 75$
Base 3 People : 65$
Base 4 People : 60$
Base 5 People : 60$
Base 6 People : 60$
Base 7 People : 60$
Base 8 People : 60$

Hike to the crater of Guagua Pichincha

hiking / acclimatization

Mini trips | 1 day | Level : Intermediate | Trekking / High Mountain | Feasible all the year

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Hike to the crater of Guagua Pichincha

Guagua Pichincha is an active volcano located just 10 km west of Quito, It is the highest of the mountain chain.

The Guagua Pichincha activity increased between 1998 and 2001.


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Guagua Pichincha is an active volcano located just 10 km west of Quito, It is the highest of the mountain chain. The Guagua Pichincha activity increased between 1998 and 2001.
 
It is excellent acclimatization if you want to hike in Ecuador.
 
History:
 
This volcano is considered dangerous because of its proximity to Quito, capital of 1.5 million inhabitants. It is under constant surveillance. Its summit crater has a width of 6 km formed 50 000 years ago by the collapse of one of its sides. Open to the west, on the opposite side of Quito, fumaroles activity is almost permanent.
 
The most powerful historical eruption occurred in 1660, covered with 30 cm of ash Quito and the cloud moved to 1000 km away from the volcano. Between 1660 and 1881, activity was summarized irregular explosions. This activity starts again in 1881 after a century of complete rest. Intensified from August 1998 to a magma eruption in 1999, releasing a thick cloud covering Quito with about 1/2 inch of volcanic ash.
 
 
Program
Height: between 4300 and 4780 meters.
 
Ensure sufficient acclimatization in Quito and the suburbs, the ascent is difficult (600 m level), progress is made in the dust of the lava.
 
 
Departure from Quito in private vehicle to the refuge of the Pichincha at 4550 m of altitude.
 
Ascent to the crater rim and down inside if the weather permits. You will approach next to the last active dome to observe the volcanic activity and feel the strong odor of sulfur gases.
 
Return to Quito in the afternoon by private transport.
 
NOTE: If guide judges the descent into the crater dangerous (by weather, fog, or other), the walk will continue to the summit (4780 meters, view of the active volcano dome). It is possible then walking down to 4000m to observe the particular flora of this mountain.
 
 

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Departure on 01/01/2012to 31/12/2040From QuitoDays : all
Base 2 People75 $
Base 3 People65 $
Base 4 People60 $
Base 5 People60 $
Base 6 People60 $
Base 7 People60 $
Base 8 People60 $

 

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Private transport
English speaking guide
Box lunch

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Practical advices

 

Ensure sufficient acclimatization in Quito and the suburbs, the ascent is difficult (600 m level), progress is made in the dust of the lava.
 


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