Hiking Volcan Momotumbo
Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
290Trip End Ongoing
An organization that I was familiar with from Xela, Guatemala called "Quetzaltrekkers" is also based here and guides hikes to 4 of Nicaragua´s volcanoes. Their profits go to help street kids in Guate and Nic. This weekend´s hike is to Volcan Momotombo; a rigorous 2 days of adventure and I´m signed up to go.
Saturday: 4:30am wake up call followed by breakfast and an introduction to the others that are going. 19 year old Miguel, a former street kid from Guatemala and now employed as a guide will be our fearless leader along with Jane from Australia
The climb up was steep and very hot, not to mention complicated by loose volcanic rock. After about 5 hours, we reached a point to set up camp and then dumped our heavy gear and headed for the summit. This is by far the most difficult hike I´ve been on so far but the views and exhilaration of standing at the crater were awesome. The way back down was just as difficult as the risk of taking a fall was quite high.
Sunday: Hiked down with all our stuff and began what was a 6 hour hike to a small town where we hired a pick up to get us to a bus stop for the ride home to Leon. All in all a really cool weekend. The pix are more impressive than this quick account of the hike.