Climbing Tungurahua

Due to Tungurahua is active and erupting,
at the moment is not possible to climb it

My glimpses of Quilindaña and Tungurahua were too slight to permit me to speak with certainty, but I believe that there are also glaciers upon those mountains.

Edward Whimper, 1892.


Etymology: From the Quechua RAHUA: Crater or Hole.

Tungurahua is an active snow-capped volcano situated about 10 km south of Baños. It has been described as both ‘easy to access and to climb’ and also as ‘one of the hardest climbs in Ecuador’; Both descriptions are correct.

Tungurahua peak
Suggested itinerary:

Day 1. Departure from Quito early in the morning. After passing Ambato, we will turn to the east in order to reach Baños (The gate of the Jungle), which is one of the most beautiful villages in Ecuador.
From here a dirt road will take us to the community of Pondoa where our backpacks will be packed onto horses. From Pondoa we will pass at several points through tunnels of bamboo and will see orchids and other tropical vegetation. Later on we will reach Nicolás Martínez
Refuge (3400 m – 11,155 ft)
. Dinner will be served, and a brief explanation about what we will do the next day will be given by our guides.
Day 2. After an early breakfast we will leave the refuge. Following the normal way, which is a very steep
slope, it will take us about 3 hours to reach the crater. One hour later crossing a gentle snow
glacier we will reach the summit. It will take us about three hours to return to the refuge. Late
in the evening we will be in Quito.