Volcán Acatenango (Acatenango Volcano) Climber's Log

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Boriss Andean - Mar 5, 2024 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2024

Acatenango Climb  Sucess!

Climbed Acatenango y 2 days. Set up camp at 3,000 m at El Conejon and reached the summit the following day aerly in the morning. We got great views of the surroundings and Volcan de Fuego erupting.

My second succesful time in Acatenango. This time with great weather.


Tolli4travel - Jul 7, 2022 7:57 am Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2022

Neuvěřitelná podívaná  Sucess!

Tohle byl krásný výstup.


Yvonne - May 28, 2021 2:48 pm Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2021

Awesome views as Fuego erupts  Sucess!

I went up the southern flank and camped in the Alotenango camping area. We summited to watch the sun set over Atitlán, then spent hours watching Fuego erupting in the near distance.


AnniinaH6C9trXd - Jan 6, 2020 3:12 am Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2019

Second climb to Acatenango  Sucess!

Perfect weather as should in December. We found a trail that wasn't on Maps.me ore Alltrails and I think that it's much better than the trail I had taken before and what most groups do - the one with very loose rocks to the top. A nice agency let us camp for free on one of the private camp sites in front of Fuego, and we started climbing up on a very clear path at 4am the way that we could see Fuego throughout the whole trip up. After all it joined another path coming from the north side of Acatenango, while most tours do the S side. Maybe try to find this trail at daylight and take it instead, the views are better, it's less steep and with 0 loose rocks to climb - all of a sudden we were on the crater already at 5:30!

It was extremely cold up at the crater and luckily someone had made a fire on the bottom. When I say cold, I think it was colder than in Pico de Orizaba (5600m), with very cold wind. It's not allowed to camp anymore at the crater because of the 6 climbers who dies in 2017, even though there is now a simply rescue shelter. For camping, best is to not go on the weekend and try to find a free spot on the private sites facing Fuego.

It's a relatively easy climb compared to for example Mexican volcanoes or even Tacaná in Guate.

XHagent - Jan 5, 2019 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2019

Acatenango  Sucess!

Amazing view. We saw a lot of explosion from the base camp.

chaselanphear - Sep 26, 2018 7:44 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2016

Volcan Acatenango   Sucess!

First 13k Summit!


gimpilator - Feb 20, 2017 10:51 pm Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2017

A Month Of Volcanoes  Sucess!

I spent a month climbing volcanoes. 6 people died in a storm on this peak just a few days before we were there. It was the worst mountaineering accident in Guatemalan history. Very sad. On the summit we watched Fuego belch smoke.

Other peaks I bagged on this trip include...

Volcán La Malinche, Cofre de Perote, Pico de Orizaba (country highpoint, 3rd highest in North America), Volcán Iztaccíhuatl, Pico de Aguila, Nevado de Toluca, Cerro de Ombugo, Pico de Humboldt, Nevado de Colima, Cerro Tancitaro

Volcán Pacaya, Volcán Tajumulco (country highpoint, 24th most prominent peak on earth), Volcán Concepción, Volcán Tacaná (2nd highest in Central America), Cerro Chemal "La Torre", Cerro Chemal "Cerro los Cuervos", Montañas Peña Blanca, Volcán Santa María, Volcán Atitlán

Costa Rica:
Volcán Poás, Volcán Barva, Volcán Irazú, Cerro Chirripó (country highpoint, 36th most prominent on earth), Cerro Piramide, Cerro Terbi, Cerro Buenavista

Trip report with photos and video


PeakAndAbyss - Sep 9, 2016 10:28 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

Acatenango  Sucess!



seancau - Sep 2, 2016 6:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2014

Spectacular Sunrise  Sucess!

Had almost no view due to jungle, and then thick cloud from the trailhead at La Soledad all the way to the summit, but just as we got to the top the weather cleared for a spectacular sunrise. La Soledad is (reachable by chicken bus from Antigua and a guide lives right at the crossroads, ask for Hector Quino - much cheaper to rent gear (if needed) in Antigua & find a guide here than pay a foreign-owned company an extortionate amount for an all-inclusive tour, and better for the locals as well.


Scott - Jan 18, 2015 7:49 pm Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Acatenango  Sucess!

December 17

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!

December 18

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.


Shaylee - Jan 10, 2015 6:58 am Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Acatenango  Sucess!



rickford - Jul 7, 2014 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014

Thunderstorm!  Sucess!

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.

highpointa - Jun 19, 2013 12:32 am Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2011

From Soledad  Sucess!

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.


Brita - Apr 15, 2012 8:47 pm Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2012

Great Volcano View  Sucess!

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.


bighornmonkey - Mar 7, 2011 11:15 am Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2011

Really cold at the summit  Sucess!

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.


Bergrot - Dec 17, 2010 1:12 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

Best volcano ever  Sucess!

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.
Highly recommended!

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.


BLong - Sep 9, 2009 12:13 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007

Another great Volcano in Guatemala   Sucess!

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.

StickT - Aug 9, 2009 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009

Check Security Situation

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.


ChristianRodriguez - Jan 22, 2009 1:08 pm

My favorite

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.


mountainmatt - Dec 14, 2008 7:31 pm Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2004

Fuego Blowin up  Sucess!

What a great day. The clouds were amazing and Fuego was raging!!

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