Pasochoa Hike 1 Day

The extinct volcano of Pasochoa is one of the best places to see the famous Andean Condor without mentioning the variety of hummingbirds like: sword-billed. The climb offers superb view of the mighty Cotopaxi and surroundings volcanoes. Inside the crater you can find the remaining primary Andean forest. This is the perfect first hike for those who are new to altitude or those who begin an acclimatization program.

There are two different ways to get the top, reaching a height of 4.200 m / 13.779 ft, one way is trekking though private farm owner properties, taking around 5 hours to the top or you can choose to take the other route having a little more trek till the top. It is important to know that this trek is essential for an acclimatization program. The weather in the area is unpredictable so you must be prepared with warm clothing.

Physical Level: low
Technical Level: low
Maximum Elevation: 4.200 m / 13.779 ft
Minimum Elevation: 3.300 m / 10.826 ft
Terrain: Sandpit, rock

ITINERARY:

  • Pick up at 07:00am
  • Travel to Pasochoa
  • Short briefing (climate conditions / equipment explanation / height conditions)
  • Begin ascent
  • Reach summit
  • Lunch and return to Quito

INCLUDED ON THE TOUR:

  • Transportation from Quito to Pasochoa and way back
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Box Lunch

NOT INCLUDED ON THE TOUR:

  • Park entrance fee
  • Tips

NECESSARY EQUIPEMENT:

  • Warm Clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sun Cream
  • Cotton Pants
  • Walking Sticks (OPTIONAL)

TIPS FOR A SUCCESFUL TOUR:

  • Hydrate at least one day before this tour
  • Sleep well the night before
  • Do not drink alcohol at least two days before
  • Bring some snacks: energy bars, chocolate and water

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