AAEP03  Climbing the Avenue of the Volcanoes    16D/15N   


During this trip, we can enjoy the marvels of ice and snow climbing in the middle of the world. We will climb five mountains in Ecuador: Imbabura (4600m), Cayambe (5780m), North Illiniza (5116m), Cotopaxi Volcano (5897m) and Chimborazo (6310m).

Day 1: Arrival in Quito. We will welcome you at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

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 we visit the town of “La Mitad del Mundo” and the Equator Monument. At evening, welcome drink with slide show. (B).

Day 3: Quito – Otavalo – Cuicocha Trek. Transport to Otavalo town. Visit Cuicocha Lake and enjoy a nice trek (4 hours) around it. Hotel in Otavalo. (B).

Day 4: Climb Imbabura Volcano (4600m). In the morning we make an early departure from Otavalo towards the city of Ibarra continuing afterwards to the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano. The trek/climb will take approximately 5 to 6 hours. Weather permitting we will enjoy great views of the Northern Ecuadorian Andes. Return to Otavalo. Hotel. (B, LB).

Day 5: Otavalo - Cayambe Volcano Hut. In the morning we drive towards the upper hills of the Cayambe volcano. A 1 hour hike will take us up to the hut located at 4800m. Stay overnight in the refuge. (B, LB, D).

Day 6: Climb Cayambe Volcano (5780m) - Quito. At 3 a.m. we wake up to prepare ourselves for the climb to the summit of Cayambe Volcano. The adventure will take about 6-7 hours of steady climb in snowfields. Return to the refuge and drive back to Quito. Hotel. (B, LB).

Day 7: Quito - Illiniza Volcano camp. Drive towards Machachi. From here we turn to El Refugio Hacienda. A 2-hour trek will take us to our camp at the foothills of Illiniza peaks. Camp. (B, LB, D).

Day 8: Climb North Illiniza (5116m) – Hotel. Wake up early to climb the normal route of North Illiniza (5116m), an interesting rocky mountain. Climbing time will take approximately 5-6 hours then we will return to the camp and trek down to meet our vehicle to be transported to our hacienda hotel near to the town of Machachi. (B, LB).

Day 9: Resting day in Hacienda La Estación. (B).

Day 10: Hotel – Cotopaxi Hut (4800m). After breakfast, drive up to the parking lot at 4600m from where a short trek will take us to the Rivas hut located at 4800m. Ice climbing practices on the closest glacier. (B, LB, D).

Day 11: Climb Cotopaxi Summit (5897m) – Riobamba. Awake early to climb to the summit of Cotopaxi Volcano. After 7-8 hours we can expect to arrive at the summit from where and weather permitting, we can enjoy impressive views of the crater. Back to the refuge and drive down to Riobamba. Hotel. (B, L).

Day 12: Resting day in Riobamba (or reserve day). This day we will use for relax at the beautiful surroundings or make a new try to climb to the summit of Cotopaxi Volcano. Hotel. (B).

Day 13: Chimborazo Volcano Whimper hut. After a relaxed morning we will drive towards the west-southern slopes of the impressive Mount Chimborazo, the largest and highest mountain of Ecuador. Our car will take us first to the Carrel hut at 4800m from where a 1 hour hike will take us to the Whimper hut at 5000m. (B, D).

Day 14: Climb Chimborazo – Quito. Wake up at midnight. Climb following the ridge on the left side of the Thielmann glacier. We expect to arrive at the top after 8-9 hours of steady climb. Return to the refuge and meet our vehicle, which will take us back to Quito. Hotel. (B, L).

Day 15: Quito free day (or reserve day). We will have this extra day as reserve day in case we want to make a new try to climb Chimborazo or if we succeeded in our first try, we will enjoy visiting Quito for last shoppings. (B).

Day 16: Quito transfer out. Transfer to the airport (or program extension). (B).


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

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

 Grading: Moderate – hard – very hard





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