Tajumulco Climber's Log
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|peterbud||Rewarding climb |
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011
|Arriving from San Marcos town with a very early bus, started from where the road to Tajumulco village departs from the main road (the location is described well by CBakwin's log entry below). Almost until the ridge we were climbing in fog, but eventually got out of the clouds and enjoyed bright sunshine all the way up to the top. Fantastic view and feeling! Got back down the same way on the same day. We only met one other group, near the summit.|
|Posted Dec 16, 2011 2:13 pm|
|catrinafunk||Don't use Monte Verde Tours!|
|Planned a trip to celebrate my husbands 40th b-day. He is a very active hiker/climber & we were going to celebrate by hiking Tajumulco. We wanted a private trip with a mule/horse carrying our (my) gear. Reservations were made & confirmed 2 months in advance, with additional emails confirming equipment availability & final trip plans the week before. |
We were asked to check in the nite before, pay & pack gear. When we arrived, we were told to come back at 645 but that we needed to pay now. We did so (to the secretary who could not speak English via the owner on the phone). We were told to bring out backpacks the next day & we could empty all our stuff out into trashbags & pack the gear that needed to be taken. Fortunately, we had our own bags so were able to complete this the nite before.
When we arrived, we were hastily given a sleeping bag, mat & about 10 old plastic water bottles filled with water (some with only the pop off tops - nice for opening in the bags!!). We were then quickly dumped off on a street to catch a chicken bus with our guide who could speak minimal English. We confirmed 3 times that morning (as well as the nite before) that we would have a horse/mule waiting for us.
After arriving to the base of the volcano, it quickly became apparent that no mule/horse had been arranged. Our guide graciously called the owner (fortunately I had the number). She said "Oh dear. Well that is going to cost more money." I had all my information printed out with explicit emails stating what was to be included. She stated - sorry, you are just going to need to pay more money now if you want it.
So, at the last minute, we hired a local boy to bring my bag to the top of the mtn. My husband carried his pack. Our guide (a private contractor) was gracious throughout. Once we arrived at the top of the mountain we discovered that our lunch & dinner meals that were included amounted to a loaf of store bought white bread, bologne for lunch & a single bowl (not full) of spaghetti each for dinner. Not a very hearty meal after climbing a 14K mtn.
I had brought my own sleeping bag & mat as we have very good gear & I did not want to risk it. My husband ended up with a sleeping bag that was rated to 50degrees (not minus!!). He slept in all his clothes & down jackets wrapped around him.
We had a great climb & made the most of it. When were returned to Xela exhausted - the office was closed & we had to wait 45" for someone to arrive so we could get our stuff.
This was all topped off by being called by the dreadful owner after we had arrived at our next destination to ask if we had used 1 or 2 sleeping bags, because only 1 was returned. SHE was the one that gave them to us!!! All this after forcing us to pay more money & have suboptimal equipment.
Never Never Never use this company. Much better off with quetzaltrekkers!! They were hiking that day with a large group & much more organized & professional.
|Posted Nov 20, 2011 2:17 pm|
|jmitch421||Highest Point in Guate!! |
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011
|Hiked Tajumulco back to back with Santiaguito the previous night .. this climb was a nice easy follow up to Santiaguito. Great views and scenery. Started out around 3am reached the summit around 7:45. Highpoint of the America's #12 :) .. only Belize and I have done all the countries of Central America!|
|Posted Jul 6, 2011 12:34 pm|
|Tim Geerlings||BEAUTIFUL!!! |
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2011
|Great climb!!! Went with a tour from Xela so started the climb at 6:30 am after leaving Xela at 4:00. Took about 3 and a half hours, saw a lot of SNOW at the top - I think the only place in Central America that you have a good likelihood of seeing snow. BEAUTIFUL views of the Cuchamatanes. I would recommend going with a guide as the trails on the bottom half could be quite confusing.|
|Posted Mar 14, 2011 10:22 am|
|bighornmonkey||Rain on approach day |
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2011
|Great surrise from the summit. We had 2 hours of rain on the approach day. No security issue to report.|
FYI - it looks like there is a 10 Quetzales fee to climb the volcano on weekends (implemented very recently according to a local guide). A guy with a "badge" pulled out of the bushes to ask for it.
|Posted Mar 7, 2011 11:25 am|
|Bergrot||Very busy |
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2010
|Went with a group of 80(!) chapins from Guatemala City.|
Arrived after a 5 hours chickenbus ride at sunrise at the starting point close to the village Tuichan.
Walked under a blue sky to the camp site in the saddle. Had a great sunset view from Cerro Concepcion to the East of the main dome.
Climbed the summit next morning and saw the sunrise over the whole Guatemalan volcano chain. Shared the view with 200 other climbers as it was the last Sunday before Christmas. Finished with a circumference of the summit crater.
Rather easy climb, just that the summit seems nearer to the starting point as it is.
|Posted Dec 22, 2010 8:31 pm|
|ncst||Day hike from Xela |
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2009
|This was a great hike. My first volcano in Central America. I took the bus at 6 am from Xela, had breakfast at the start of the trail and then walked up to the crater. Didn't meet anyone the whole day, except for some locals collecting wood. I got a bit lost on the way down but got back to the road around 3pm.|
|Posted Jul 26, 2009 2:39 pm|
|basagix||Fantasic sunrise |
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2003
|Great hike and fantastic place to watch the day begin... clouds swirling on the pacific side, clear on the east, and puff-puff of distant volcanoes. Despite my poor stomach (i am a sucker for alleyway fried chicken), I had a wonderful time.|
|Posted Jun 6, 2009 2:04 pm|
|atavist||firecracker debris on the cumbre |
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2009
|Woke up and showered in San Marcos. After riding the bus to the drop off, I had a start on the mountain around 10am. I left my luggage at the shop at the pass and started up the dirt road. The trail splinters and heads into the pines on the ridge. Then, after cutting behind the main ridge it steepens as it climbs to the rocky volcanic rim. There were many Guatemalans on the mountain this day. I didn´t see any foreigners. I met a large group of people on the summit and chatted with them for several minutes. The way down was very quick. I entered the village and caught a ride on a pickup back to the main road then hiked about a mile back up to the trailhead. It was a great feeling to listen to Blind Melon as I walked back up the road (´You´re just afraid to change´).|
|Posted Jan 4, 2009 2:33 pm|
|BLong||Tajumulco Clmbs |
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2006
|March 17th was the first time I climbed Tajumulco. I have gone up 4 different times, always sleeping below the summit and climbing to the top to watch the sun rise. Amazing views!|
|Posted Oct 6, 2008 11:05 pm|
|ChristianRodriguez||Normal route |
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1994
|Amazing sunset & sunrise. very easy climb and hike... Great views, many volcanoes, towns and many expectacular eruptions from Santiaguito's volcano.|
|Posted Sep 10, 2008 2:14 pm|
|mmcguigan||Great Hike |
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2008
|Great hike. Beautiful clear sky.Total ascent took about 4.5 hours from trail head to peak. Met lots of local people on their way up also.|
|Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:11 am|
|andret||Beautiful Sunrise |
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007
|Climbed with Quetzaltrekkers. After rough night of cold, relentless rain, and a flooded tent the sunrise was INCREDIBLE.|
|Posted Sep 21, 2007 3:48 am|
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2005
|Went there w/ Quetzaltrekers... great fun (despite of the rain and cold !)|
|Posted Nov 11, 2006 5:07 pm|
|Quadaxial||Normal Route |
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006
|We climbed with Jesar, a guide from Adrenalina Tours. He was awesome and the views were spectacular. A rancher gave me a bit of a hard time at the drop, blaming me for the civil war genocides, but other than that, it was a great trip. Very cold at 13,100 feet at night.|
|Posted Jul 5, 2006 2:50 pm|
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2005
|Climbed with Quetzaltrekkers, a non profit org that helps the street kids of Xela. the guides are all volunteers. the view was amazing as at sunrise one of the volcanoes on the horizon erupted massively spewing an ash cloud kms into the atmosphere.|
|Posted Mar 12, 2006 6:05 pm|
|CBakwin||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: January 9, 2006|
|Just a few comments. Don´t get off at Llano de la Guardia, ride the bus to the top of the hill after it and get off right at a left corner where a good cobbled street takes off to the left. There´s a sign there that has a picture of mountains and says Tajumulco. I will file a trip report if I ever get time. Made the summit, highest point in Central America.....|
|Posted Jan 12, 2006 7:54 pm|
|Scott||Route Climbed: Tuichan Route Date Climbed: January 1993|
|See TR here, but Guatemala Volcanoes are not covered in detail, yet.|
|Posted Oct 26, 2004 9:44 pm|
|7summits||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 16- july 2000|
|Very beautiful area and a pleasant hike. |
I climbed with Eduardo from Guatemala and Saskia.
We camped in the forest below the summit and got up just before sunrise to se the sun come up over the mountains. Very beautiful!
Soon there will be pictures on my 7 summits site
|Posted Mar 30, 2001 2:42 am|