Pasochoa Climber's Log

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chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Feb 11, 2023 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2023

From Secret Garden  Sucess!

Very pretty hike!


arosusi - Apr 2, 2020 11:00 am Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2019

Secret Garden  Sucess!

It took a lot of energy going up.


droot - Jun 15, 2019 4:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2019

Fun climb, good acclimization peak  Sucess!

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!


bodofzt - Jan 25, 2019 6:00 am Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2019

Pasochoa from the Secret Garden Cotopaxi  Sucess!

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.


wordlessnature - Jun 24, 2018 3:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2018

Nice hike  Sucess!

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!


Tonka - Jan 1, 2018 2:15 pm Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2017

Warm up hike  Sucess!

Did this as our first climb after leaving Quito. It was a warm up for two more days which included Corazon and Illiniza Norte.


hunterslee - Aug 25, 2014 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2010

Nice Hike  Sucess!

Beautiful hike and great acclimatization peak to get you body prepared for Cotopaxi or Chimborazo...


scgrant - Jan 29, 2014 9:46 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2013

Pasochoa  Sucess!

Very enjoyable New Years Eve hike.


Cissa - Jan 10, 2013 4:54 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2012

Nice landscape around the summit  Sucess!

Beautiful views of the eroded crater.

sunshine - Jan 1, 2013 8:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

A lovely hike  Sucess!

Like so many other climbers, did this as an acclimatization hike.


ajaysomani - Nov 29, 2012 3:34 pm Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2012

Wrong starting point

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.


ajberry - Oct 27, 2012 5:59 pm Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2005

Cloud...  Sucess!

With Nevil Amos. I don't recall the details: just a lot of very limited visibility. Still, nice to get out of the city.


schleger - Jun 22, 2012 12:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012

Normal Route

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.


jm141302 - May 2, 2012 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2012

Perfect day  Sucess!

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.


Socorro - Oct 19, 2011 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2011

Not so wonderful weather but a fun time anyway  Sucess!

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.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Jul 29, 2011 5:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2011

Route: Normal Route.  Sucess!

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.


cookedfish - Feb 11, 2011 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010

More than one route

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.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Jan 29, 2011 7:59 pm Date Climbed: Jan 23, 2011

First hike in Ecuador  Sucess!

Easy walk up to the real summit.


Inday - Jan 10, 2011 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2011

Top of the World, Ma!  Sucess!

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.


rgg - Dec 13, 2010 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010

True and false summit  Sucess!

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.

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