Rucu Pichincha
Rucu Pichincha
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Bob R
Lee's Summit, MO63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Let me clarify the title by saying it is not a difficult hike to the summit however you are above 15,000 feet so you need to be in good physical shape and/or altitude acclimated. I've been to the summit it twice so this trip was with my son and granddaughter, her first mountain experience.
You can drive to the Refugio, which may or may not be opened. From there it is a straight forward uphill hike to the crater rim. Turn to the right for the official summit and marker or left to a lower summit and marker. We turned to the right and a few minutes later my granddaughter was starting panic because of the strong wind. So I took her hand and we went up to the lower summit (15300 feet) and watch across the crater as my son made it to that summit. The hike down was easy.
The dirt road to the refugio is very rough in places and even in 4-wheel drive we had a few problems but it is doable.
This mountain would be a good intro to mountain hiking and climbing at altitude. The worst part, in my opinion, is dealing with the traffic in Quito!
Written January 5, 2020
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RobbieSeesTheWord
Denver, CO114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A really unique opportunity to hike at high elevation that is conveniently located at the edge of town. well maintained trail and lots of easy to follow markers. Dress for the weather though and watch out for lighting.
Written January 13, 2022
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Bekah Schneider
Minneapolis, MN15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
At $8.50, just taking a trip up the teleferico (cable car) on a clear day would make this trip worth it for me. We chose to continue onto the summit making it about a 4-5 hour round trip hike, with a break for lunch at the top. The teleferico ride alone brings you up to nearly 13,000 ft where you can choose whether or not to continue on to summit at 15,413 ft. I made the mistake of agreeing to summit this volcano on my second day in Quito with a friend who had been living in the area for months. Was it tough? Yes. At times I was breathing pretty heavy after just a few steps due to the low oxygen and lack of acclimation, but I was determined. The majority of trip is a fairly easy incline hike. By far the hardest part of the climb is a steep incline of sand leading toward to summit. This took us nearly an hour as you slide down just as far as you go up for the majority of it (takes about 10 minutes to slide down though!). The sand is the portion of the hike where I began to question my life choices as I slid right back down after each difficult step. Once you get through here there's not a whole lot of hike remaining and a short scramble climb to the summit itself. Worth it? Definitely! We saw very few people the whole hike, just enough to assure us we were headed in the right direction from time to time. We had no issues following the trail without a guide, and the views of Quito from the top are incredible! Don't forget your warm clothes! I brought layers because it was quite warm as we started but had on my sweater, hat, gloves, and scarf by the time we reached the top.
Written July 11, 2018
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Bocasbuay
Panama City, Panama45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Arrive to the Quito Teleferico before 8am, there are plenty of people hiking. Took the teleferico and hiked for almost 3hrs to la cumbre.
Its very easy to follow the path all the way to the arenal. There are plenty of signs.
You should not get lost, unless you wonder around.
Going up the arenal is where the it starts getting tougher because of the shortness of breath.
Here is where you need to focus on being able to reach the top, take your time, and keep going, your almost there.

The last part is a level 3 hike, you will need to hold on to the volcanic rock.

After being tired, short breath and hungry reaching the top its worth every minute it took you to reach the top.
The sensation of acomplishment definetly will kick in.

No need for ropes, carabiner or crampons.
Trekking Poles are highly recomended but not a must.
Take water and lunch.
Have Fun and Good Luck
Written March 31, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The problem with many of the reviews under this heading is that different experiences with different routes are all grouped together under: RUCU Pichincha. Rucu means cluster in English. In this case it is meant to mark an area with different parts of a mountain: crater rim, pre summit, main summit, a hilltop with antenna etc. This review is about CUMBRE, the highest point of the cluster at 4696m (>15,000 Feet) taking the south route from the arrival station of the teleferico at 3947m (12,950 Feet).

The route is 4 km in length. The elevation difference is 749m. While the lower first part of the route is easy and gradually up following a good trail, the second higher part involves two pitches with rocks where you have to use your hands and climb, a tiresome hike through scree and again near the summit scrambling over rocks (like a staircase, using hands and feet).

For experienced climbers this route is indeed easy (technical difficulty 1), for the inexperienced hiker it is difficult.

Moreover you have to take into account that this is a high altitude route roughly between 4000 and 4700 meters. You do not get acclimatized to this altitude by staying a couple of days in Quito at 2800m. When you get dizzy, go down.

Another important factor is the weather. If it is foggy you will have difficulty finding the markers. It can be very windy and rain/snow, without a windproof jacket and warm clothes you may easily get cold, develop hypothermia and die. Take sunglasses and suncream, some food and water. Wear good non skid shoes.

The TeleferiQo company recommends a guide to do this route. After doing it I support this recommendation or at least to go with an experienced climber. It took me (age 65) and a friend (age23) 2 hours to get from the teleferico arrival station to the summit (cumbre). The weather was fine. We took it very easy to get down in also two hours.
Written January 18, 2020
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kearny89
Boston, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Safe area, fun hiking, strenuous, easily accessible from Quito, clear trail, unpredictable weather, worth it.

-No concern for criminal activity.
-Path is pretty well trodden (start off heading towards the church).
-It will be cold, and the weather up there is unpredictable so be prepared.
-Strenuous and requires some scrambling at parts. Not uncommon that people turn around.
Written July 19, 2019
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Kilobravo
Guayaquil, Ecuador31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
I went by my own very early , 8am first on the top at 10 o’clock . I didn’t put sun block so I was in pain next day; don’t forget you are closer to the sun. I make 3 hour in total going up and down. Is and easy hike, just at the end have to be carful the last meters that you have to climb a little. The sun was up and no clouds so I didn’t need any jacket or gloves. But I have hear that I can be pretty cold.
Written February 18, 2019
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Puja D
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
I was unprepared for the amount of climbing that was required to reach the peak of Ruco. A friend and I hiked for about 3 hours one way but the last hour required straight climbing. If you don't have experience in this, it can be frightening, especially because you don't have any support materials and are already 4000 meters off the ground. The climbing up is about 1km itself. Once you get to the top, we rested for maybe 15 minutes in order to avoid any rain and bad weather. Getting down was even scarier and harder. After getting past the rockiest parts of the mountain, we slid down most of the rest of the ascent, which is also frightening given that it's pretty steep and you have nothing in front of you to break your descent. The hike back was completed within 2 hours. There are a lot of people attempting the hike on Sunday mornings so you won't be alone but if you're not an experienced hiker or climber, I recommend going with friends. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROPER SHOES WITH GRIP. I did not and suffered that much more because a lot of trail after the first hour and a half is not defined.

In summary, I did think I was going to die when climbing because of lack of experience but it was well worth the difficulty. Just take precaution.
Written January 28, 2019
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Ricardo R
Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
At the top of Quito´s teleférico ( cable car ) we find the trail to Rucu Pichincha. It´s about 5km to go and the same 5km back ( of course ). it´s not a steep trail, easy to walk but due to the altitud ( more than 4000 m ) expect this walking to take about five hours to go and come back, so take water, some snacks, a jacket and enjoy the views.
Written November 15, 2018
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bako777
London, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Excellent place. Wonderful views. It is recommended to be there and start hike on early morning. The sky is clear and the views are best. In late morning the weather frequently change.
There is free bus service few meters away from the car park. The bus will drop you nearer to city centre.
Written October 19, 2018
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