Pasochoa is an ancient and heavily eroded volcano that has been inactive since the last ice age. It is located 30 km South of Quito. Inside the crater there is the Pasochoa Protected Forest Reserve, a humid Andean Forest, with more than 110 species of birds and 45 species of trees at an altitude of 2.700 m / 8,856 ft to 4.200 m / 13,776 ft. Some of the plants have an important medicinal value. Inside the crater there are several self-guided loop trails to be taken which vary from one to seven hours. On a sunny day it is possible to see the magnificent condors flying inside the crater.


Hiking to PasochoaOne of the routes up Pasochoa is by the North-eastern side. This is the shortest approach to the summit and is a good first acclimatisation hike. You can gain altitude much faster than following the crater route.
We drive for one and a half hours to an altitude of 3.400 m / 11,152 ft where we start walking.
The hike normally takes four hours up to the summit and the descent two hours.




Day 1Coming Down; Crater on the Right

  • Pick up at Quito at around 7:30
  • 1 1/2 hours drive to Pasochoa
  • Four hour hike to the summit
  • Box lunch
  • Two hours down to the vehicle
  • Back at Quito by 17:30

Important Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.


Also see our Interactive Map.



Pasochoa - Highlights

The Pasochoa Trekking Excursion offers you the following highlights:

      • Unique location that allows great views of Cotopaxi, Antisana, Ilinizas, Rumiñahui, Sincholahua and other mountains.
      • Good chances to see some of the last wild condors in Ecuador.
      • Easy approach from Quito, just 1 1/2 hours away.
      • Good first acclimatisation hike.
      • All year round climbing.

Pasochoa - Logistics

Duration: 1 day

Access: Drive in and drive out

Seasons: Best from November to February and from June to August

Pre-requisites: Acceptable physical condition

Equipment: Trekking Excursions Gear List
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Pasochoa - Suggested Combinations

We suggest some horseback riding and another hike to complete your trip in Ecuador. 
1. Horseback riding
We can arrange different horseback riding trips in the area, to visit either Pasochoa, Rumiñahui or Cotopaxi National Park.
2. Rumiñahui Central Summit
Another option is to hike up the easiest summit of Rumiñahui at 4.631 m / 15,189 ft.

Trekking Excursions

Andeanface can develop a tailor made itinerary that will give you the opportunity of making the most out of your time, budget and specific interests. We offer the following Trekking Excursions; please contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information, suggestions, and prices about hiking in Ecuador: 
Guagua Pichincha