Volcan Zunil

Key information: Volcan Zunil

  • A delightfully mixed experience, a climb through forest and a crossing of high altiplano before you follow a thrilling ridge to the summit.
  • Good to take a night on the mountain.

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Vital Statistics

  • Length: 15km
  • 8-10hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,542m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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WALK SUMMARY

This is a delightfully mixed experience. After a long (1,000m) forest ascent, you reach high, open altiplano landscape, grazed grasslands, which you cross to the foot of the long and wonderful Siete Cruces ridge, passing 7 former Mayan ceremonial sites, to the summit of Volcan Zunil at 3,542m.

15km/8-10hrs return. It is both a delight and a good idea to give yourself time and camp quite close below the summit at a high (3,320m) and view-rich campsite. The next morning you bag the peak.

You can descend on a different trail to the Zunil Valley and the Fuentes Georginas hot springs, which are a perfect place to mellow out after the climb.

Wonderful landscape, varied vegetation and views.

This is demanding walking on a high, remote mountain with unpredictable weather and where altitude can cause real problems. Take it slowly and come prepared.

KEAdventures organise a thrilling-looking 7-volcano expedition www.keadventure.com.

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