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7-day Antisana “Trek & Climb” expedition in Ecuador

Join Javier, ASEGUIM-certified Mountain Guide, on this spectacular 7-day Trek & Climb adventure in the pristine Antisana Reserve to climb one of Ecuador's most stunning peaks.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Hiking combined with mountaineering in a remote, pristine area

  • Climb the least frequently climbed high mountain of Ecuador.

  • Get the chance to spot amazing wildlife such as condors in their natural habitat

Description

Join Javier, ASEGUIM-certified Mountain Guide, on this spectacular 7-day Trek & Climb adventure in the pristine Antisana Reserve to climb one of Ecuador’s most stunning peaks.

The Antisana volcano lies within one of the most biodiverse areas in the eastern ecuatorian region, offers an amazing variety of wildlife including wolves, deer, spectacled bears and majestic condors. This region, which used to be of restricted access and has only become open to the public in 2010 with the creation of the Reserve, is known as the “Lake district of Ecuador” and offers raw, breathtaking landscapes dotted with lakes, rivers and stunning snow-capped peaks.

Antisana (5,704 m), the most beautiful of these peaks, as well as one of the least visited in the country, boasts one of the largest glaciers in the  whole region and offers a spectacular challenge to climbers form around the world. On this trip I will guide you on a different journey than the usual drive in/drive-out approach, since we will be hiking our way to the base of Antisana during the first 2 days. This will give us the opportunity to immerse ourself in the beautiful landscapes that surround this mountain as well as allow us to camp in stunning remote areas where the only sounds you will hear will come from nature.

At the beginning of the trip we will be able to enjoy a relaxing spa afternoon and evening in the hot springs of Papallacta which will inspire and invigorate us ahead of our expedition. And before our actual attempt to summit Antisana, we will be hiking up to Volcano lake (3.500 m) as well as Chusolongo (4.600 m). This itinerary has proved to be excellent for acclimatisation and it provides the best chance to summit Antisana in a short period whilst minimising the amount of driving.

Don’t miss out on this chance to climb one of Ecuador’s highest and most beautiful peaks, enjoying the stunning natural environment of this pristine region. Request to book this trip now and I’ll be happy to guide you and and ensure all aspects of this experience are truly memorable!

If you’re interested in climbing an even higher volcano in Ecuador, you should definitely check out this other spectacular trip I’m offering!

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Accommodation

- Papallacta lodge, - Hacienda Guaytara - Camping

More info

Please note that this itinerary is a guideline only. We will do every effort to follow it, but in case of unforeseen circumstances we may have to make changes. The only piece of equipment for rent, which is not included in the price, are double plastic boots, at $10 per day.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Papallacta hot springs - 3.280m / 10,758ft. Night at the lodge

We leave Quito driving east, following the main road that goes into the jungle.  While crossing the Andes from the west to the east, at its highest point of 4.000m, we will stop to enjoy the wonderful view of the forest of Antisana. We will descend to Laguna Papallacta and will arrive to the hot springs where we visit the interpretation centre, have lunch and do a short walk in the afternoon. During the rest of the day we enjoy & relax in the hot springs of Papallacta.

Day 2: Hike to Laguna Tumiguina known as “Laguna Volcan” 3.400m. Night camping

Today we leave in the morning around 9am. After a short drive on the main road we arrive at a location called el Tambo, where we meet the rest of our team and our horses. It is here, where our trek starts. Along the trail we need to cross a couple of small rivers and pass a small water fall. The hike to Laguna volcan takes 4 to 5 hours. Laguna Volcan is located at the beginning of a massive lava flow that descended from Cachaco Volcano a long time ago.
Once we get to the camp, the tents will already be there and during the rest of the afternoon we explore the lake and it´s north side, where the ancient lava flow starts.

Day 3: Hike to Santa Lucia - 4.300m. Night camping

We start the hike at 9am. Today´s hike is steep, especially during the first two hours. We walk through an amazing polilepis forest and some of the vegetation we will see are Chuquiraguas, Pumamaquis and Achupallas. There is a chance you will meet spectacle bears as they are fond of Achupallas.
The last part of the trek is easier as we get into the plateau, where we can appreciate the majestic of Antisana. The hike of today takes 6 hours. Once we get to the camp the tents will already be there and you will enjoy your well deserved rest.

Day 4: Hike to Chusolongo grande 4.600m. Night camping

From Santa Lucia camp we start hiking towards Chusalongo Grande, also known as “Antisanilla”, a hill that stands out on the plateau in front of Antisana. We will hike as high as 4.650m and descent via a lake to our next camp on La mina camp 4.075m. This hike takes normally 5 hours.

Day 5: Hike to the Glacier of Antisana at - 5.000m. Night at Hacienda Guaytara

We meet our driver and our 4×4 transport in the morning. After a short drive today we do a gentle 2 hours hike to 5.000m on Antisana to increase our acclimatisation and to enjoy good views of the surrounding peaks such as Sicholahua, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa and the Ilinizas. Afterwards we drive down to Hacienda la Guaytara at 3.500m for the night. Guaytara is a comfortable hacienda converted into a hotel, located at the base of Antisana. It is an excellent location to rest at a lower elevation before our summit push.

Day 6: Antisana drive and hike to camp - 4.600 m Glacier Practice

From Guaytara we drive one hour to the base camp on Antisana. After we set up our camp and have lunch we walk to the glacier where we will do some glacier skills review prior to the ascent. Also you will be briefed about the technical aspects of the ascent. Night camping.

Day 7: Antisana Summit - 5.740m - Return to Quito.

The long awaited day is there… we will be climbing Antisana. We leave the camp around 1am for a six hours climb. Along the way we will walk over complex crevasse patterns and snow bridges. Route finding makes the climb very interesting. After passing through a crevassed area, we reach the final summit slope. Here a challenging section of 38-45 degrees snow leads to the abrupt finish of the climb on the main summit of this beautiful mountain.
From the top of Antisana we hope to see most of the peaks of Ecuador and towards the east a sea of clouds over the amazon jungle. The view from the summit is one of the most spectacular one´s in Ecuador.
Technically the normal route is not difficult, but special care has to be given to potential hidden crevasses. The descent usually takes around two hours.


Equipment you will need to bring

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Thermal base layer, mid layer, trekking boots with gaiters, Wind-stopper pants and jacket, Down jacket, Sunscreen, Gloves,


About the guide

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He has been climbing in Ecuador for more than 25 years and has been working as guide for 15 years. As a mountaineer, he has led many ascents in the Andes, the Alps, the Karakorum and the Himalayas. The eight expeditions he headed in Nepal include guiding on two 8000-meter peaks.

He is currently the mountain rescue coordinator of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain guides (ASEGUIM), and has completed several courses with ENSA, the French National School of Guides. He is also the program director in Ecuador of the American Alpine Institute

During his cycling career he won seven times the National Road Racing Championship, and also a gold and silver medal in the Pan-American games of 1990, for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honour for the highest merit in Sports.

If Javier Herrera is not available, he works with an excellent team of bilingual ASEGUIM/UIAGM guides.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3506 each

Group of 2

USD 1753 each

Group of 3

USD 1547 each

Group of 4

USD 1547 each

Group of 5

USD 1547 each

Group of 6

USD 1547 each

Group of 7

USD 1547 each

Group of 8

USD 1547 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mules and horses as needed with driver

- Clean, drinkable water during the trip

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

- Group equipment: Rope, Harness, Crampons, Ice-axe

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad

Price details

2 pax USD 1.700 per person in double occupancy (one person has to pay double)

3+pax USD 1.500 per person in triple occupancy


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