Climb Cotopaxi & 5 Ecuadorian Summits

Climb 5 Ecuadorian Summits in 11 Days

Ecuador and its famous Avenue of The Volcanoes are one of the best places of the world for those who love mountaineering activities, variety of landscapes and challenging surfaces. This time we invite you to a very exciting hiking and ice climbing adventure across the green lands, the secret paths and the snow-covered peaks located along the Ecuador Line.

These 11 days will be very intensive because we will climb up to five different volcanoes. Our base will be El Chaupi, a small town at 3.300 meters, where we will go back after each summit hike in order to rest for the following ascent.

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Travel program

Itinerary:

Day 1: Flight to Quito (2800 m)
Day 2: Pasochoa (4200m)
Day 3: El corazón Volcano (4788 m)
Day 4: Acclimatization in Nuevos Horizontes Refuge
Day 5: Iliniza norte 5126 m Summit
Day 6: Cotopaxi Shelter (4864 m)
Day 7: Cotopaxi Summit (5897 m)
Day 8: Baños (6,012ft/1.800m)
Day 9: Hermanos Carrel Refuge Chimborazo (16,400ft/5.000m)
Day 10: Chimborazo Summit (20,702ft/6.268m)
Day 11: FINAL POINT

Detailed Program


Day 1: Flight to Quito (2800 m) – Transfer to the Hotel
You will be taken from Quito airport to the accommodation where we will meet each other and get ready for the following day.

Day 2: FIRST SUMMIT, PASOCHOA - EL CHAUPI 3300M
We will drive 2 hours to get to Pasochoa. We will hike across a big forest and when we are in the middle of it, a 4230-meter summit will appear. It will have steep slopes during the ascent, but once in there we will have the most privileged viewpoint of all. Then, we will return to El Chaupi.

Day 3: EL CHAUPI - CORAZON SUMMIT 4788 M
During the way up to Corazon summit, we will enjoy green lands and fantastic landscapes. But after an hour of the start we will find that the surface turns into a harder one. The ascent to Corazon 4.786-summit will take us about 8 hours. Once in there we hike down to El Chaupi again.

Day 4: ACCLIMATIZATION IN NUEVOS HORIZONTES REFUGE
Nuevos Horizontes is a hut located at 4.750 meters of altitude, between two peaks called Illinizas. The climb up to there will help our body to acclimatise before our third high top: Illiniza Norte.

Day 5: ILINIZA NORTE SUMMIT-
The ascent to Illiniza North top will be unbelievable. On the way we can admire green landscapes and scrambled paths. The climb will take us about 8 hours but once in the summit, you won’t want to go down. Our fifth day finishes when we get to El Chaupi after 3 hours of hiking.

Day 6: JOSE RIBAS REFUGE
From El Chaupi will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until getting to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (4.500m) then we’ll hike up for around an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4,864m). In the afternoon we’ll head up to the glacier for ice practices and training. We’ll learn some basic techniques which will include how to handle climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc). We’ll go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest.

Day 7: CLIMBING TO COTOPAXI SUMMIT AT 5897 M
Midnight will be our wake up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5.897m) will be around 01h00, not before having a light breakfast and get our stuff ready for the ascent, the climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. Once at the summit we’ll take our time to take pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we’ll head down back the refuge, which it will take us 2 to 3 hours. Once at the refuge will pack our belongings, have something to eat and go down to the parking lot, where our transportation will be ready to take us back to Quito (9,186ft/2.800m). Overnight El Chaupi.

Day 8: REST DAY IN QUILOTOA SHALALA LAGOON
We will spend our deserved resting day in the marvellous lagoon of Quilota Shalala before returning to El Chaupi to sleep and get ready for the last part of this intensive trip.

Day 9: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN WHYMPER REFUGE
Leaving El Chaupi early in the morning we will head to a hut called Whymper at 5.000 meters, the previous stop before our last summit.

Day 10: CHIMBORAZO, THE FIFTH SUMMIT
Chimborazo is considered the closest place to the sun because it is located just in the line of Ecuador, where the earth is wider, at 6.310 meters. After a hard climb we will get to the summit and celebrate we could visit the best five volcanoes of all Ecuador together!

Day 11: FINAL POINT
Once in Quito again, you are free to go home or keep visiting the amazing country of Ecuador.
You can’t tell me this adventure is not a temptation for those who like mountain challenges. I am sure you are one of them! I will be waiting for your contact to organize your trip across these five volcanoes.

What's Included


Services included in the prices:
  • Acclimatization Climbing Program
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Land transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations: 4 nights in Hostal y Café Andes Alpes; 1 night Oleas Ruales Refuge; 1 night Chimenea Hotel; 1 night Hermanos Carrel Refuge:
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)

Not included:
  • Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses

Prices & Dates


In Ecuador you can Climb all year, but these are the seasons

High Season: June to August / December to January
Low season: February to May / September to November

Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. Galápagos and amazon Jungle are part of this amazing land.

Difficulty: Demanding
Dates & Prices: From 1290 to 2350 USD / Contact us!
Places: On this trip, places are still available. *Available
Trip-code: Number ►Ec-1981
Duration: 5 days
Participants: Minimal: 2 Maximal: 12
Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

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