It took a lot of energy going up.
After getting rained off the other common acclimization peaks, Pasochoa was a pleasant sunny day out in the mountains. From the base of the road, take taxi round trip for $20 to the gate. 2.5hrs up, 1.75hrs down. Good views towards Quito before the rain rolled in. A few fences you have to open with barbed wire, lots of cows!
The people from Secret Garden Cotopaxi, which by the way is probably the greatest hostel ever, summit Pasochoa daily from the route that starts at the hostel. It took us around 5:30 hours. It is a mild hike with no dangerous parts, although inexperienced hikers may find it a bit long.
We hiked up from close to the abandoned "private property" building, caught some rain near the top, and also on the way down. A feisty little gray bird was keen to share our food with us at the top. Up and down in just under 4 hours; nice and easy going!
Did this as our first climb after leaving Quito. It was a warm up for two more days which included Corazon and Illiniza Norte.
Beautiful hike and great acclimatization peak to get you body prepared for Cotopaxi or Chimborazo...
Very enjoyable New Years Eve hike.
Beautiful views of the eroded crater.
Like so many other climbers, did this as an acclimatization hike.
Started at the tourist office around 11 a.m. as opposed to the correct trail-head. So it took me almost 2 hours just to get to the abandoned house and it didn't look like I'd finish before 5 so I turned around.
With Nevil Amos. I don't recall the details: just a lot of very limited visibility. Still, nice to get out of the city.
Near perfect weather. Climbed with my daughter and Guide Edgar. Beautiful flora all around. This peak was a perfect introduction to the Andes as well as a great first peak in terms of acclimatization....Next stop Corazon.
We went the shorter way from the north. Parked at the hydroelectric plant and went around the closed gait. We did a really fun, long scramble up to the lower peak and then hiked/scrambled to the higher one. From there we did some easy rappelling and climbing for fun. The rock is strong and knobby. The best part of the day was clinging to the side of the rock and seeing Cotopaxi emerge completely from the clouds for one brief minute. Great weather. It was almost hot on the lower summit at 11:00. No wind until the afternoon. The rain held off until our descent, around 3:30.
I´m not sure we would have reached the actual summit if we hadn´t been with an Ecuadorian who knew the mountain.
We started with an incredible view of Pichincha. Most of the way was a gray-sky sort of day through some wet vegetation, but the weather turned when we were closer to the summit. Pretty soon it was raining on us, and then totally hailing as we smeared on rock to the summit. Nothing to see at the top but fog.
Hiked and climbed with my new 21 british friends. Fun climb, always laughting and telling jokes. We enjoyed hanging out at the north summit.
Mild weather, not too cold, not too sunny.
I guess we didn't quite follow the directions to get to the trail head correctly. We ended up at a trail with a much longer route to the top and had to turn around at about 12,500 feet as we had started quite late. However, it is a beautiful area.
Easy walk up to the real summit.
Not really the top of the world, I know. Straight forward and easy climb; taged both false and true summits.
Note that if going by 4W or hiking, the old path has been blocked and you must now traverse all the away around to a hacienda, whose owner chargs $5 per person to continue up the road to the pathes.
I do not know a work around, post one if you find one.
Scrambled up the true summit with Boriss, then went for the false one that we could see in the distance and that, as Boriss told me, is frequently misused by guides that take their clients towards this easier one. According to my altimeter it´s 16 m lower.
Climbed with Rob (HOL) to the true summit (4,230 m/13,878 ft). It took us 2 and a half hours to do so. We saw the second highest summit to the north of us from the summit, so we hiked and climbed that one too.