Tungurahua Climb (5.023 m / 16,480 ft) in 2 days

Quito, Ecuador

16 reviews
Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 10
Tungurahua Climb (5.023 m / 16,480 ft) in 2 days
Quito, Ecuador

16 reviews

Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

Climbing the active Tungurahua volcano (5.023 m / 16,480 ft) is definitely hot! Start is in the city of Baños, the elevation gain you make unmatched on any other climb in Ecuador and the flora and vegetation zones you cross simply breathtaking. It is also a good option for getting first high-altitude experience or as preparation for the higher summits. On day one we make it up to the refuge throw a cloud forest before we then approach the summit via sandy slopes on its very steep cone - directly up. Approaching the crater, you will see and feel how active it still is. Definitely a trip of a lifetime - join us!

Technically the climb is not difficult, nevertheless good fitness is required and some previous experience highly recommended.

Another very important point is proper acclimatization. To really enjoy the climb, we recommend at least one or two acclimatization climbs, including hikes in altitude and steadily increasing your sleeping altitude if possible.

Any questions? Reach out to our climbing experts on info@andeansummitadventure.com or +593968959533 (WhatsApp or call).

Included Services:

- see program / itinerary

- certified bi-lingual guide (ASEGUIM / IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA), max. 1 guide per 4 climbers

- transportation in private vehicle from / to Quito

- accommodation at refuge with dinner and breakfast

- meals as specified (lunch on day 1, snacks for the ascent)

- park entrance fees & climbing permits

- group equipment: ropes and other guiding gear

Not included Services:

- catering (see program)

- personal technical equipment (harness, helmet, carabiners, screws, slings etc. & crampons, ice axe if necessary)

- boots and other private equipment - check our equipment list

- insurances (please make sure that you have an insurance covering risks of mountain climbing)

- cost for program changes

- tips & any other expenses not explicitly mentioned

Cancellation Conditions:

- 60 or more days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be refunded, minus handling & administrative charges (if any)

- 59 - 30 days prior to departure: 50% of the total amount paid will be forfeited 

- 29 and less days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be forfeited 

General Terms and Conditions:

With full payment or partial payment of the tour the climber accepts the latest version of andean summit adventure's terms and conditions, which can be downloaded HERE.

Available Packages

Private tour - 1 climber

You are an individual climber and want to book a private tour / guide.

Group of 2 or more people (private)

You are booking as a group of 2 or more people.

Please note that in case you select this option as an individual climber, your booking might be subject to cancellation, as we do not offer open groups.


Available options



Tungurahua climb
climbing and feeling an active volcanco

DAY 1 + 2

After breakfast (approx. 9 am), we drive to Baños de Agua Santa and have lunch on the way. By car we arrive at the park entrance (2800 m / 9190 ft) where we register and start our climb. We hike for approx. 3 hours through a cloud forest up to the Tungurahua refuge at 3800 m / 12470 ft where we will prepare dinner and spend the night.
After an early breakfast we start our summit push to mama TUNGURAHUA (5.023 m / 16,480 ft). The start time depending on conditions. The climb is constantly steep and leads up over the sandy slopes first to the "cruz del Alemán" - a memorial site, then to the crater and last but not least the summit. It will take us between 4 - 6 hours to reach the highest point. Then we descend back to the refuge for getting our luggage and then down to the parking lot, transfer back to our accommodation.

tech. data day 1: ↑ 1000 m / 3280 ft | → 4 km / 2.5 mi
tech. data day 2: ↑ 1200 / 3940 ft ↓ 2200 m / 7220 ft | ↔ 11 km / 6.8 mi

catering day 1: - / L / D
catering day 2: B / LB / - 

Your Organizer

andean summit adventure
16 reviews
welcome to andean summit adventure, specialists when it comes to mountaineering in Ecuador and beyond. our certified guides and international team are your best choice for making your trip a lifetime experience! let's go for some climbs - cheers! our mountaineering experts are happy to assist with personalized attention to work out awesome climbing plans for you and your family and friends or answer any questions you might have regarding our programs - reach out, we speak English, German and Spanish: info@andeansummitadventure.com


Our guides were the best we could’ve imagined. The hospitality, food, lodging was also all incredible. Thanks for the experience of a lifetime
By Nathan R for acclimatization & Cotopaxi Climb (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) - Alex on 19 Jan, 2022
I was looking to climb the maximum of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador, in order for training and get acclimatization for Everest. I contacted Andean Summits to organise this adventure, and they have set a perfect schedule for the time frame I have indicated. They are extremly professional and know very well all the nuances in climbing in Ecuador. Everything is possible with them, they can adapt the trip to any demands. I was very happy to climb with them. Everything was very well set. The guides are very high experience and know perfectly the mountains. The climbs are possible practically at any weather conditions. If travelling to Ecuador for climbing, I can only recomend to get in touch with Andean Summits to organise any of desired trip. Finally I have climbed all the 9 highest volcanoes of Ecuador ! What an adventure ! Thank you for that wunderful discovery and experience.
By Vassily V for 9 out of Ecuador's BIG 10 on 12 Apr, 2021
We had a terrific trip. The guides were capable, fun and knowledgeable. I would give more stars if I could.
By Tyler S for Cotopaxi Climb (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) on 08 Mar, 2021
The trip we booked included acclimatization and climbing of some of Ecuador's most beautiful mountains. Although my girlfriend did not feel a hundred per cent well, I think that we really enjoyed it. Guiding was very good and the program worked out perfectly fine. It was always possible to do adaptions and get in contact with guides and Elisabeth. We have a few mountains left and will for sure return :).
By Roman M for acclimatization and Cotopaxi (Roman & Karin) on 14 Mar, 2020
Thanks for everything! Great summit, perfect guide! The best :)
By Valerie B for Iliniza Norte (Valerie + friends) on 13 Feb, 2020
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