Volcan Tungurahua

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Key information: Volcan Tungurahua

  • This ludicrously dramatic volcano sits in splendid isolation some 10km south of Banos.
  • You can walk on the lower slopes, including to and around the village of Pondoa, but climbing is often banned because of eruptions.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating82
  • Note: Neg: altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: Apx 5,000 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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WALK SUMMARY

 

This ludicrously dramatic volcano, Ecuador's 10th highest mountain, sits in splendid isolation some 10km south of Banos. (You approach it from the north.)

Eruptions since 1999 have changed what was once a perfect snowy cone, although it still looks pretty perfect from the north. (It is now unstable and unbeautiful but thrilling nonetheless.)

You can walk on the lower slopes, including to and around the village of Pondoa, but climbing is often banned because of eruptions. Check the position.

There used to be a refuge at 3,800m from which you could attack the peak, but this was destroyed in the recent eruptions. A climb therefore now requires a night camping. It is effectively a 3 day expedition.

Eruption viewing is best done at night from further back.

This is demanding walking on a remote unstable mountain with uncertain weather, where altitude can cause real problems. Come fully prepared, including proper acclimatization.

Have a look at TripAdvisor - there are tens of millions of reviews, so you may get good, current views on guides, places to hike and places to stay.

Ecuador Climbing and Hiking Guide - Viva,has a worthwhile section on this walk. Find relevant books by using our Amazon search function:

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