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ScottTajumulco  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2015

Scott

January 2-3 2015

January 2

Today we (Carlos, his daughter, his cousin, Elena, Shaylee, and I) left for Volcán Tajumulco, the highest mountain in Central America. I had climbed the mountain almost exactly 22 years previously, so I was excited to see how much things had changed and how much they had stayed the same.

The buses were still as crowded as ever and it was a long two bus rides from Quetzaltenango. One thing that had changed is that the steep road had been paved all the way to the trailhead.

We set off up the mountain on a cobblestone and then dirt road (which wasn’t there in 1993) and followed it to its end. From there, it was a climb on a good trail through a nice pine forest and to the saddle between Tajumulco and Concepción. It wasn’t a hard climb, but our packs were all heavy since we had to carry lots of water. We set up camp at the saddle, but decided to climb Concepción to watch the sunset. We climbed Concepción to find that we could see the Pacific Ocean. We were above the clouds and there were views of many other volcanoes and mountains as well. It was cold and windy on top, so Shaylee and I headed down the mountain just before sunset. Carlos and Elena headed down shortly after.

January 3

It was a very windy and chilly night and by morning I was the only one who wanted to make the climb. Unfortunately Shaylee had a big headache and I forgot the medicine back in town. Carlos, his cousin, and I headed up in the dark not long before sunrise. We watched the sunrise from just below the summit. Quite a few other locals were climbing the peak as well.

After reaching the summit we took many photographs and walked all the way around the crater before heading back down via a different route. After getting back to camp, we packed up everything with the others and headed back down the mountain where a very crowded bus ride awaited us.

January 1993

I came overland from Mexico after climbing Nevado Toluca and Popocatepetl. Guatemala was devoid of tourists at the time, but I managed to climb both Tacana and Tajumulco. I camped not far above Tuichan and completed the climb the next day.
Posted Jan 18, 2015 9:54 pm

ShayleeTajumulco
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2015

Shaylee

To Concepción summit.
Posted Jan 10, 2015 7:04 am

zolaBeautiful views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2014
Rained just as we were making camp. Very misty/cloudy in the morning at 3, but cleared up by 4. Beautiful panorama of area, with views of the Antiguas, Santa Maria, Mexico and the Pacific.
Posted Aug 13, 2014 1:19 pm

gbrillEasy Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2013

gbrill

Cloudy, rainy, but overall straight foreword hike to the top.
Posted Jun 4, 2014 10:44 pm

KevintheclimberFUN climb   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2013

Kevintheclimber

Easily the best high point of all Central America. Fun fun climb. The views on top reminded me of the Rocky Mountains.

PS: You dont need a guide
Posted Dec 31, 2013 5:29 pm

highpointaGuatemala's country highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2011
Day trip from Xela. Left the town at 4am, were back for lunch. Great views.
Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:12 am

peterbudRewarding climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011

peterbud

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

jmitch421Highest Point in Guate!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

jmitch421

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

bighornmonkeyRain on approach day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2011

bighornmonkey

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

BergrotVery busy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2010

Bergrot

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

ncstDay hike from Xela  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2009

ncst

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

basagixFantasic sunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2003

basagix

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

atavistfirecracker debris on the cumbre  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2009

atavist

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

BLongTajumulco Clmbs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2006

BLong

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

ChristianRodriguezNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1994

ChristianRodriguez

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

mmcguiganGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2008

mmcguigan

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

andretBeautiful Sunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

andret

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

Fabrice.RimlingerQuetzaltrekers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2005

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Went there w/ Quetzaltrekers... great fun (despite of the rain and cold !)
Posted Nov 11, 2006 5:07 pm

QuadaxialNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006

Quadaxial

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

HibsSpectacular  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2005

Hibs

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

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