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Ecuadorian Andes 6-day mountaineering school

Join Ramiro, local ASEGUIM certified guide, on this mountaineering school program and experience the ultimate 6-day adventure in the spectacular Ecuadorian Andes!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration6 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The Ecuadorian Andes is the most visited area of Ecuador and for good reason. Join me on this 6-day mountaineering school and discover why!

During this mountaineering program, you will discover that Ecuador’s Andean region is full of stunning views and unique culture. It’s beautiful eucalyptus lined mountains are colored by  local indigenous towns and gorgeous flora and fauna. This makes it an ideal destination for mountaineering.

On this 6-day trip, you will learn the skills you need to reach the summit of Ecuador’s most beautiful mountains. The program will take into consideration each participants needs and desires before wrapping up with the ascent of one of two iconic Ecuadorian volcanoes. These are the Cayambe (5,790 m) or Cotopaxi (5,897 m). However, before we get to the top of one of these volcanoes we will need to acclimatise properly. Therefore, in order to increase our chances of reaching the summit, we will also ascend Pasochoa (4,200 m), Corazón (4,790 m), Iliniza Norte (5,126 m)  and Antizana (4,900 m). For a more detailed description of the trip, take a look at the itinerary below!

Please take into account that this 6-day mountaineering school is aimed at people with some prior mountaineering experience. Additionally, you will need a good fitness level as well.

Are you ready to join me on this fantastic experience in the Ecuadorian Andes? Then send your request! I will make sure to accommodate to your wishes and needs. 



Mountain Huts Hotel

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If you don't have all the technical equipment, you can rent some boots, crampons, ice axes and helmets.



Day 1: Pasochoa (4,200 m)

We will begin with an ascent to Pasochoa. It will take us between 3 or 4 hours, it’s an easy climb and a great way to start our journey.
Night in Quito.
No gear protection needed.

Day 2: Corazón (4,790 m)

On the second day we will climb Corazón. It will take us between 5 or 6 hours. Although it’s an easy climb, we may find some challenges on the climbing sections.
Night in Quito.
Gear and helmet needed.

Day 3: Iliniza Norte (5,126 m)

We will climb Illiniza Norte which will take us between 7 – 8 hours. First, we will hike to the hut. Then, for the second half  we will have to do some scrambling at the beginning and then belay the last 20 minutes.
Night in Quito.
Gear helmet and harness needed.

Day 4: Antisana (4,900 m)

Our next destination will be Antisana. There, we will do some acclimatization in high altitude and glacier school. It will take us 4 hrs to get there.

Night in Quito or Cayambe.

Gear: plastic or rigid boots, crampons, ice axes, helmet, sunglasses, harnesses, carabiner, 2  cordelettes.

Day 5: Mountain hut in Cayambe (4,600 m) or Cotopaxi (4,800 m)

First, we will arrive to the hut in Cayambe, or in Cotopaxi, where we will spend the night. Then, we will go on a short hike in the surroundings, easy and relaxing day.

Night in the refuge. Sleeping bag needed.

Day 6: Cayambe (5,790 m) or Cotopaxi (5,897 m) summit attempt

Summit attempt, start at midnight, terrain glacier.

Cayambe (5.790 m)  Cotopaxi (5.897 m) on top. It will take us  between 10 and 12 hours.

Gear, clothes for high altitude activity, helmet, headlamp, sunglasses and googles, liners and big water proof gloves, Harnesses, carabiner, cordelettes, high altitude boots, crampons, ice axe, summit backpack, bottles or thermos (2 liters), no camelbak.

About the guide

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I started to climb at 11 years old in my mountain club, Grupo Ascensionismo from San Gabriel High School in Quito, where I discovered majestic places and solidarity as pure as the brotherhood. To me, the mountain is an encounter with the social and natural environment, and also with myself as a human being.

I have traversed my country, Ecuador, on its several summits, then I went to Bolivia and Peru for the first time outside, later to the Alps in Austria, Italy and Germany; the Mont Cervin/ Matterhorn on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Then the Aconcagua 6962m by the Polish route and my meeting with the Himalayas in 2010 in the Pumori Peak 7161m, which means “the daughter of the Everest” was a life lesson. In 2011 I enjoyed again the ascent of Aconcagua, in 2013 walked along the summits of Huayna Potosí, Pequeño Almapayo and Illimani at the Cordillera Real in Bolivia. In 2014 and 2017 I returned to Aconcagua. The Cordillera Blanca in Peru is my second home, I had great memories from climbs in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2017 in peaks like Pisco, Chopicalqui, Vallunaraju, Alpamayo, Tocllaraju, Maparaju, Ishinca, and the treks Quilkayhuanca – Ishinca and Huayhuash. Since ever during the mountain trips, I have the opportunity to enjoy and share the happiness and humility that we learn from the mountains.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2230 each

Group of 2

USD 1115 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Prices don't include: hotel and food in Quito, insurance, transfer in/out from the airport, gear, tips, extras, insurance.

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