AAEP02    The Volcanoes Climbing Expedition   12D/11N   


Climbing Mount Corazon (4788m); North Illiniza (5120m); Cotopaxi (5897m) and Chimborazo (6310m) Volcanoes.

Day 1: Arrival in Quito. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodations in very good quality 3 star hotels (upgrades upon request).

Day 2: Full day tour in Quito. This is a good option for acclimatization at 2800m of altitude. In the morning we will visit the old town with the colonial narrow cobbled streets and beautiful churches. In the afternoon visit the town of La Mitad del Mundo and the Equator Monument. In the evening, welcome drink with slide show. (B).

Day 3: Quito – Corazon Volcano (4788m. Starting from Quito we head south towards the highlands of Corazon Volcano. This 4788m summit offers a nice opportunity for acclimatization while enjoying great views of the Machachi valley and the surrounding mountains: Illinizas, Rumiñahui, Sincholagua and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. We overnight in a nice local hacienda. B, LB.

Day 4: Illiniza Volcano camp. From our hotel we have a 40 minutes car ride to the beginning of the trail. Our trek goes along the slopes of the foothills of the Illinizas till we reach our camp site at the place known as “La Virgen” at 3800m. B, LB, D.

Day 5: North Illiniza summit – Hacienda hotel. Climb to the summit of North Illiniza (5120m). We leave from our camp at about 3 a.m. heading towards the saddle between the South and North Illinizas. From here we will climb along the ridge which will take us to the summit of North Illiniza. Back from the summit we descend to meet our vehicle and transport to our hacienda-hotel. (B, LB, D).

Day 6: Hotel - Cotopaxi Rivas hut (4800m). Transfer to the Cotopaxi National Park. Drive to the parking lot at 4600m and from here a 1-hour hike will take us to the Ribas hut. Overnight in the hut at 4800m. (B, LB, D).

Day 7: Cotopaxi Volcano Summit – Riobamba. Climb to the summit of Cotopaxi (5897m). Midnight wakeup and after breakfast we start our climb to the summit. To reach the summit takes approx. 6-7 hours. Afterwards, return to the hut and drive to Riobamba city for a well-deserved rest in a comfortable hotel. (B, LB).

Day 8: Resting day in Riobamba (or reserve day). Day to relax and enjoy the surroundings (or we will try again to climb to the summit of Cotopaxi volcano). (B).

Day 9: Chimborazo Whimper hut (5000m). We drive southwest towards the Fauna Reserve of Chimborazo and then we reach the parking lot and the Carrel hut at 4800m. Hike to the Whimper refuge at 5000m. (B, LB, D).

Day 10: Chimborazo summit (6310m) – Baños. Climb to the summit of Mount Chimborazo (6310m). At midnight we start our climb up to the summit of the highest and largest mountain of Ecuador. To reach to the top of Chimborazo it takes approximately 8-9 hours. Return to the refuge and then we drive to the charming town of Baños. Hotel. (B, LB).

Day 11: Reserve day or Baños – Quito. Free relaxing morning in Baños. In the afternoon we will be transported back to Quito (or new attempt to get to the summit of Chimborazo and the transport back to Quito). (B).

Day 12: Quito out. Transfer out to the airport and flight back home.


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 • Included: Private transportation, professional mountain guide, double accommodation in comfortable hotels and tents, noted meals during the excursion, communal climbing gear (ropes, belays) cook, helper, entrance fees.

Not included: Other meals, personal expenses, personal climbing equipment, tips, extras, and personal travel insurance.

 Grading: Moderate – hard – very hard





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