Volcán Acatenango Climber's Log
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Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014
For safety reasons, Shaylee and I joined a guided group for the climb of Volcán Acatenango. We went with O.X. expeditions. Since there have been a few robberies in the past, our group was to include two police officers. It was a good group of us and we all headed up the mountain. Since we had to carry so much water most of us (Shaylee and I included) opted to have a horse carry our stuff to camp.
We went at a pretty good pace, but took a lot of breaks, so it wasn’t overly strenuous. It was a nice uphill and then up and down trek to camp. Our camp had an excellent view of the very active Volcán Fuego. Fuego means fire. The volcano has been erupting a few years now. Rather than flow, it explodes a few times an hour. At night everything glows and it is spectacular. We had one spectacular fireworks display at night!
It was a pretty long night for me (crowded tent), but the others seem to sleep OK. I got up once at night and it was very foggy outside. In the morning we awoke at 4 am in order to climb the volcano. There was frost on the ground, but the sky had cleared.
The route up the volcano was rather strenuous due to loose ash and cinders on the steep slopes. We still made good progress and found ourselves on the crater rim for sunrise. Shaylee was first to the top.
Once on top and after watching the spectacular sunrise, some of us ran around the crater. If you run all the way without stopping, you get a t-shirt. Shaylee had to stop because of a stomach cramp and was sad.
After enjoying the summit we descended to camp, packed up and walked all the way down via a different route.
With the eruptions of Fuego, Acantenango was the most spectacular climb of the trip.
|Posted Jan 18, 2015 7:49 pm|
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014
|Posted Jan 10, 2015 6:58 am|
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014
|Because I was taking my wife, I opted to hire a guide. I used OX out of Antigua and was happy that I did. We camped IN a thunderstorm in the col between the two peaks and summited at sunrise. An amazing storm hit that night and although I am not religious, I literally prayed that we wouldn't be struck by lightning. The storm lasted several hours and my tent (I brought my own) leaked generously. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and look forward to doing it again.|
|Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:09 pm|
|highpointa||From Soledad |
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2011
|Climbed this one guided & protected by the lovely folks from OX Expeditions based in Antigua. Watching neighbouring volcano Fuego at work from the safe distance of Acatenango's upper slopes was the proverbial blast.|
|Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:32 am|
|Brita||Great Volcano View |
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2012
|We started at sunrise with a group of 9, including a guide and security. The initial push is straight up so we had two of our group decide to turn around after only half a mile. The rest of us made it all the way to the summit. It was cloudy the whole way up and we were worried that there wouldn't be much of a view from the top. Right as we were getting to the top the clouds started to open up and we would cheer every time we got a glimpse of Vulcan Agua or the valley down below. Then we came around to where you can see Fuego and we sat and watched it erupt for awhile. That was amazing!! There was one eruption where you could see black chunks of lava flying along with the smoke. It was a tough hike and took our group just over 8 hours. Definitely worth it.|
|Posted Apr 15, 2012 8:47 pm|
|bighornmonkey||Really cold at the summit |
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2011
|We started the ascent from the village of Soledad. We went straight up (instead of making one LEFT turn through the corn field). It made the next 1,000 ft pretty tough but eventually connected with the official trail. The views and erruptions on Fuego were amazing.|
We descended via the official trail which made it easier.
No security issues for our party of two.
FYI: there are 3 buses a day that pass through the little village of El Lugar de la Soledad (headed for Antigua). Buses pass through Soledad at 6am, 7am, and 1pm.
|Posted Mar 7, 2011 11:15 am|
|Bergrot||Best volcano ever |
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010
|Climbed Acatenango with a guided tour and security guard organized from Antigua. In the moment, the bandits have been banished by locals. But it's probably safer to still go with a tour and it's also not that expensive.|
The whole climb is really worth all the effort. With a very heterogeneous group we needed 9 hours for the climb. We camped over night in the summit crater and saw sunset and sunrise. The view is stunning: from Tajumulco in the west to the volcanoes in the east close to El Salvador and Honduras. In the night, you see the lights of Antigua, Chimaltenango, Guatemala and dozens of small villages.
As a top bonus you have Volcan Fuego directly in front erupting at least hourly with fumes and ash. No short trip to a volcano can be better.
Climbed it again in 2012 just a day before Xmas. Even a day hike is worth it. We had fantastic views of all the Guatemalan volcanoes + Cuchumatanes + Pacific Ocean.
Considering the view it is my absolute favorite in Guatemala.
|Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:12 pm|
|BLong||Another great Volcano in Guatemala |
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007
|I have climbed Acatenango several times. As StickT states, it is extremely dangerous, especially on the weekends. In fact, a bad experience on Acatenango stopped my attempt to climb all of Guatemala's volcanoes. Unfortunately, we were robbed at gun point early one Saturday morning in Nov, 2007. I have no idea what the security situation has been on the volcano in the past year.|
|Posted Sep 9, 2009 12:13 am|
|StickT||Check Security Situation|
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009
|Acatenangos main route is very Dangerous at the moment. Take a Police escort or find a different route until they get rid of the bandits. Our police guards were shot (by coincendence as they ran into the bandits who had chased us after seeing them escort a sick member down) and multiple unescorted groups have been robbed and raped recently. Same goes for Agua, however Pacaya is fine.|
|Posted Aug 9, 2009 10:32 pm|
|Maybe is my favorite volcano from Guatemala, I was climbed this volcano at least 100 times, and every one was really nice experiences. A curious tip: every 6 or 8 years is covered with snow, very rare in central american areas.|
|Posted Jan 22, 2009 1:08 pm|
|mountainmatt||Fuego Blowin up |
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2004
|What a great day. The clouds were amazing and Fuego was raging!!|
|Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:31 pm|
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2007
|One of the most beautiful places in Guatemala!|
|Posted Dec 10, 2008 11:04 pm|