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Volcanoes of Ecuador
7 Summits in 14 days

A mountain trip that allows to climb seven summits, among which the two highest volcanoes of Ecuador: the Cotopaxi: 19,347 ft (5897 m) and the Chimborazo: 20,700 ft (6310 m) !

It includes a progressive acclimatization to the altitude, the ascent of Cotopaxi by its southern side, the original route of the first ascent, a climbing itinerary much less traveled and two days are scheduled for the summit attempt of Chimborazo giving climbers a considerably higher chance of reaching Ecuador's highest point.


Cotopaxi summit
 
  

TECHNICAL INFO

Language: english /spanish

Duration
: 14 days

Number of people
: min. 2 - max. 12

Regions
: The northern and central Ecuadorian Andes ; Eastern and Western Cordilleras ; Cotopaxi et Chimborazo.

Elevations
: minimum 5,740 ft (1750 m) - maximum 20,700 ft (6310 m)

Difficulty
: Difficult. Requires good physical condition. Experience walking on glaciers is a vantage but not a must - The itinerary provides optimum acclimatization to altitude and progressive training to physical effort.

Accommodation: hotel nights are in "standard lodging": good quality hotels or rural guest houses. 1 night in a tent at the Cotopaxi campsite - refuge (mountain hut) for the Chimborazo.

Staff: All our guides are licensed by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism.

  • professional mountain guide bilingual Spanish-English.
  • Extra mountain guides for the ascension of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo for groups of more than 2 people / client-guide ratio is 2:1.

Transportation: All land transfers during the itinerary with private transportation.

  • 2 to 3 people: 4x4 vehicle.
  • 4 to 5 people: mini-van 8 seats with driver.
  • 6 to 8 people: mini-van 12 seats with driver.
  • 9 to 12 people: bus 15 seats with driver.

Prices: from 1800 USD (4 people) to 2260 USD (2 people)
Prices for bigger groups on request.

ASSETS

Chimborazo summit
This itinerary is specifically designed for mountain lovers and is rather physically demanding.

The treks and summit climbs are scheduled to provide optimum acclimatization to the high altitude and to allow climbers to gain strength throughout the expedition.
Participants will spend most of the 14 days at high altitude and will climb 7 of Ecuador's most famous volcanoes: Fuya-Fuya, Culbiche, Imbabura, Pasochoa, Illinizas, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.

The itinerary also includes a few much deserved rest days that will allow you to discover four of Ecuador's most interesting tourist attractions: the famous market of Otavalo, the old colonial city of Quito, the line of the equator, and the hot springs and charming town of Baños.

A well established mountain trip and one that has the best success rate.
 

ITINERARY

D 1-5: North of Ecuador: visit to the colonial town of Quito ; progressive acclimatization : Cuicocha lake trek (11,150 ft), ascents of the Cubilche (12,730 ft), Fuya Fuya (14,080 ft) and Imbabura (15,190 ft) volcanoes.

D 6-7: Central Andes: ascensions of Rucu Pichincha (15,400 ft) and Illinizas Norte (16,780 ft) volcanoes ; transfer to the Cotopaxi.

D 8-9: Cotopaxi: ascension of Cotopaxi: hike to the campsite - climb to the summit (19,347 ft).

D 10: Baños: free day in Baños, charming town located at 5,740 ft above sea level before leaving for the ascension of the Chimborazo volcano.

D 11-13: Chimborazo: two days are dedicated to the ascent of the giant Chimborazo in order to increase the chances of success. In case of success from the first day, the additional day can be dedicated to a visit in the area before returning to Quito. Back to the capital for the night of D13.

D14: Quito: free day

lCuicocha lagoon

descending Cotopaxi

BUDGET

From 1800 USD (4 people) to 2260 USD (2 people)

To be payed in Ecuador:

  • Ecuador departure fee.
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses.
  • 6 dinners (~ 7 to 16 $ / meal).

Prices for bigger groups on request.

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers

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