Guagua/Rucu Pichincha Climber's Log

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rasgoat - Sep 7, 2010 1:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Rucu!  Sucess!

Took Teleferico and summited Rucu via the standard route. The mountain becomes much more beautiful than from the city as you ascend. Saw some great animals and met many nice people. We were lucky for there was fresh snow on top. We got great views of the valley to the north and to Quito! Thanks to Lucho for the invite!


7summits - Jun 3, 2010 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2010

Rainy Rucu  Sucess!

Almost zero visibility and lots of rain. Still a nice acclimatisation hike.
Up the teleferico, then 1h45 to the summit and another hour down. Met only one other hiker all day..

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Apr 16, 2010 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2010

French Experience :)  Sucess!

Climbed with Michele, Bernard, Jean Pierre, Christine, Marine and Fred.. all of them french.
We started the climb/hike at the trailhead 4,100 m. Good weather. Got to the summit (4,698 m / 15,413 ft) at 11.30 am (two hours after leaving from the TH).

Got back to Quito by 2.30 pm and had a nice city tour. I enjoyed spending time with them while they were in EC. An awesome french team.. I'll miss them.


ncst - Mar 7, 2010 12:32 pm Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2010

Rucu from the teleferico  Sucess!

I took a taxi to the teleferico (4 dollars), was up the teleferico by 9am (8,5 dollars, opens at 8am on Saturday), short hike to the summit, which I summited with Esteban and Diego (from Quito, whom I met on the trail). Good views for only a few minutes from the summit, sunny but pretty cold at the top with the clouds.

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Feb 28, 2010 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010

A second time  Sucess!

Together with the American Gary Rice I climbed Guagua Pichincha as a warm up for Cotopaxi. Great weather. After the summit we continued onto Padre Encantado. We used the guideservice of Hugo from Safari Tours in Quito.

tb00957 - Nov 16, 2009 8:44 am Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2009

Guagua from the hut  Sucess!

We drove to the hut at 14900 feet, a leisure hour from there.

gconyers - Oct 17, 2009 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2009

Getting to Lloa  Sucess!

Public transport to Lloa options (we got to Lloa for $0.75 each, began at 1:30 PM in old town, arrived at 3 PM Lloa). We took the Trole to its southern end, and then caught a bus to Mena 2, a neighborhood on the west side of southern Quito (we asked an attendant which bus to take, then asked again when to get off). The bus dropped us off Calle Antonio Jose de Sucre and the Camino a Lloa (there´s a sign pointing to the right, up the hill). There are pickups there waiting to take you ($5 to Lloa, $70 to the refuge). BUT we took the bus, which picks people up on a side street (25c). If you walk from AJdeS toward Lloa on the Lloa road, take the first right over a curb (car´s can´t pass but you can) onto a side street. Here ask about the bus, there is a blue waiting room on the left side of the street with plastic chairs and bathroom in the back. I do not know how often service is, but we only waited about 10 min.
For the road to the refuge, get off the bus at the last place it stops and follow the main road down a big hill, and follow as it curves right up a big hill. 4 or 5 hours walking to the refuge, or take a pickup halfway (we paid $17) for 2h walking or farther, for more money.


Epica - Sep 22, 2009 12:28 am Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

First climb over 14,000 ft!  Sucess!

Less than 12 hours after arriving in Quito, I was at the top of Rucu Pichincha. Took the teleférico up with a local guide and hiked to the top. I loved it!


andreeacorodeanu - Sep 16, 2009 3:28 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009

Route Climbed: Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!

Climbed with Boriss (ECU) clients: Ben, Daniel, Steve and Duncan (ENG).

The hike started at (3,350 m / 10,988 ft). Got to the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft) after 5 and a half hours.

A little bit windy. Good acclimatization hike.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Sep 11, 2009 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009

Route Climbed: Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!

Climbed with Andreea (ROM), Ben, Daniel, Steve and Duncan (ENG).

Our hike started at (3,350 m / 10,988 ft). Got to the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft) after 5 and a half hours. Great views of the Cordillera Oriental.

The crater was completely covered by clouds but we still could smell the sulfur.

The roads from the town of Lloa to the refuge are in good conditions.. good news!


andreeacorodeanu - Jul 10, 2009 9:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2009

Route Climbed: Direct Route  Sucess!

Three hours to the top. Weather was good but foggy. Climbed with Boriss (ECU). Stayed 5 seconds at the top and we boggied on down due to thunder threatening.

Nice views of Quito from the Teleferiqo area. A great acclimatization climb and training for the next climbs to be done in Ecuador.

YemeniIllini05 - Jul 3, 2009 9:14 pm

Both Rucu and Guagua  Sucess!

Summited Rucu Pichincha on 27 June. Took the Teleferiqo to 3,900 meters, and hiked the remainder on foot. Altitude sickness at about 4,600 meters, but managed to scramble up the class 3 summit block to the summit. Total time from Teleferiqo to summit: 3 hours.

Summited Guagua the following day. Began at a parking area at around 4,050 meters -- stopped at the refugio at 4,550 meters for a breather before summiting. Very cold and windy above 4,600 meters. Little visibility along the summit ridge, but an easy class 2/3 scramble at the summit block made it worthwhile. Time from parking area to summit: 3 hours. Need a 4WD vehicle to reach the parking area from the village of Lloa, however.


jmitch421 - Jun 16, 2009 1:15 pm

Ruca  Sucess!

Took the telferico up then hiked up to the top.. I was in a short sleeve shirt which was pretty retarded since it was freezing up there.


grabbs146 - Mar 25, 2009 10:45 am Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2008

Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!

great acclimatization hike!!! fun ride in to trailhead and cool plants.

Bill Kish

Bill Kish - Jan 26, 2009 10:39 am Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2009

Guagua from 2 hours below the hut  Sucess!

Nice acclimatization hike, but conditions were wet.


pattycoloma - Jan 15, 2009 10:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008

Ruco Pichincha Via Teleferico, the first mountain I've been at!  Sucess!

It was the first mountain I've been at! We started the hike about 11:00 am with the people I was from the teleferico (4100 m). After 3 hours I got the summit (4698 m) and I was the last one, but I was very proud of what I've accomplished. It was pretty cloudy so I couldn't see anything. I expect come back in the future!


TrevorMarrs - Nov 3, 2008 4:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

First Time in SA  Sucess!

First climb in South America took teleferico upto 4100m 3hrs to top very hard after a month of diving and boozing in Honduras, acclimatization climb for Cotopaxi and gave me a good taste of things to come in the Andes!!

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Sep 28, 2008 3:27 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008

Route Climbed: Rucu Pichincha - Normal Route.  Sucess!

Left Quito at 10:30 am. and took the teleferico cable cars up to 4,100 m from where we started hiking up towards Rucu Pichincha's base.

Perfect weather conditions. Anu (USA), Tiffany (USA) and I got to the top (4,698 m/15,413 ft) after 2 hours and a half hours of hiking and scrambling.
It hailed a bit on our way back to the teleferico. Tiffany and I went to a Chinese restaurant soon after we got to Quito, she tought me how to use chopsticks. I really enjoyed it!


eferesen - Sep 15, 2008 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008

Rucu  Sucess!

Fun hike!


ChristianRodriguez - Sep 8, 2008 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2008

Normal Route  Sucess!

4th mountain of 5 succesfully climbed in Ecuador this years. A nice hike with an easy climbing rocks closed to the top. strong winds and not good visibility.

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