Cerro Sincholagua

  • Sincholagua - © William Mackesy
  • Sincholagua and blast-thrown boulders - © William Mackesy
  • Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • Sincholagua from Ruminahui lower slopes - © William Mackesy

Key information: Cerro Sincholagua

    • This dramatic mass of broken rock, yet another extinct volcano, soars above the paramo of its wide-spread lower slopes some 17km north-east of Cotopaxi.
      • All-round visual treats from the summit. Superb Cotapaxi views from its slopes.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating90
  • Note: Negs: Altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1-2 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,873 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

This dramatic mass of broken rock, yet another extinct volcano, soars above the paramo of its wide-spread lower slopes some 17km north-east of Cotopaxi.

It used to be glaciated and ice capped, but the permanent ice is long gone. You can drive (in 4WD) on tracks from the Control Norte of the NP, or walk in from there.

From the "road" head at around 4,000m, you can walk it in a medium length day (you can make it a two-dayer by walking in).

It is reasonably easy walking and some scrambling until quite near the summit, where loose scree can make things difficult. There is an exposed rock slope near the summit, which is on the airy side, with more all-round visual treats and outstanding views into Cotopaxi from its less-cloudy side.

Important: Cotopaxi became active in 2015, after a dormant period. The area around it was closed for several months. We recommend you check the latest position before laying firm plans.

This can be tough walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather, where altitude can cause real problems. Come fully prepared, including proper acclimatization.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Cotopaxi Area page.

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Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy

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Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

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Sincholagua from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy...
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