Ascent of Volcán de San Vicente on 2017-01-04

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán de San Vicente
    Location:El Salvador
    Elevation:7159 ft / 2182 m

Ascent Trip Report

As others have said, a simple hike but needs prior arrangement for access and also a police or military escort. We lucked in on a prearranged trip with transport and military escort already arranged. Local name is Chichontepec, meaning 2 hills; literally 2 breasts, so our translator tells us. Summit at N13.59648° W88.83791° (GPS)

A good contact is our guide Hugo Martinez ,, tel 2314-2424 or 7988-1113. Doesn't speak English so best to contact in Spanish. is the tourist office website. We paid $8 each but a small private group would presumably cost more per person.

Richard and Denise Mclellan just called in at the small police office at Tepititan at the foot of the approach route and they set up an ascent in a couple of days, at little or no cost.

Accommodation is pretty limited but Hotel Bar Central Park on W side of the clock tower in centre of town is a good low cost option.

3 Jan: Our key to this peak was Riccardo of Ri-Cars in San Salvador. He turned out to be a real find. He collects us from the bus terminal occidentale, rents us a car for a couple of days, then spends half an hour phoning around setting up ascents of San Vicente and possibly San Miguel - both awkward to arrange - amazing! He speaks to the Suchitoto tourist office and luckily a group of Canadians are being taken up - we can join them for $8 each.

After our afternoon ascent of El Pital we spend the night in the lovely little town of Suchitoto (not at El Gringo's - which has closed down).

4 Jan: An hour's drive gets us to San Vicente for 0700 where we buy breakfast and are met by our guides by the big clock tower at 0730. The Proteccion Civil arrives plus 4 young soldiers with machine guns. We climb aboard a lorry seemingly rented from Budget and pick up the 15 Canadians who are here for a week installing prefabricated homes in a village as part of a Christian mission.

Our truck takes us through Santa Margarita where the gates are opened for us, and gets us up to Finca en Carmen 1300m. From here we hike, initially on a steep cobbled road (Ken Jones party drove this part) then on a foot trail. Just below the summit is a nice viewpoint then a short rocky trail leads to the compound gate. A soldier comes to the the gate; our soldiers explain we're a tourist group, the gate is opened and we're in. We're told there are 6 soldiers up here; they do an 8 day stint carrying up their supplies.

Summit is covered by a square concrete helipad (centred on N13.59648° W88.83791° - GPS) where we laze for an hour or so. Then descend a short way NE for the view down over San Vicente town. At 1430 we head back down. We stay at Hotel Bar Central Park on W side of the now colourfully lit clock tower.

We could see Volcan San Miguel from today's summit, its top hidden by smoke, and our friends tell us it's been smoking all week, so an ascent tomorrow is out of the question
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2893 ft / 881 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Trailhead:4266 ft / 1300 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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