9-day Climbing to Chimborazo and Cotopaxi

Chimborazo and Cotopaxi are the highest peaks in Ecuador. Climb them on this 9-day expedition led by Rafael, an ASEGUIM certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Chimborazo and Cotopaxi are the first and second highest summits in the Ecuadorian Andes. Chimborazo (6,263 m) is the highest mountain in the country as well as the furthest point from the center of the Earth. As for the Cotopaxi (5,897 m) it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

    This 9-day trip starts in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. During the expedition we will also summit North Iliniza (5,116 m), a mountain which works perfectly as an acclimatization peak before trying Cotopaxi. In addition I’ll guide you to the Pasochoa and Pichincha volcanoes. You will get to see a great variety of wildlife and plants as well as the most beautiful landscapes and snow-covered peaks.

    Although the climbs are not technically difficult, it will be a physically demanding adventure. For this reason, it is mandatory to have a very good fitness condition.  

    So are you ready for a fantastic climbing adventure across the highest peaks in Ecuador? Send your request to book this trip. I will be an amazing experience!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2420 USD

    Group of 2
    1620 USD

    Group of 3
    1620 USD

    Group of 4
    1620 USD

    Group of 5
    1620 USD

    Group of 6
    1620 USD

    Group of 7
    1620 USD

    Group of 8
    1620 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     Not included: Meals in Quito, El Chaupi, Machachi and Baños, personal equipment, tips, additional beverages, travel insurance.


    • Day 1Quito - Pasochoa

      In the morning, we’ll go from Quito to the Pasochoa protected area. After a 4-hour hike, we’ll contemplate the Cotopaxi peak along with other mountains. We’ll also see the wildlife surrounding the area. We’ll return to Quito in the afternoon.

    • Day 2Guagua Pichincha

      We’ll drive for a while and then start a 4-hour climb to Guagua Pichincha (4,784 meters). We’ll contemplate Quito from the summit. Afterwards we will go to El Chaupi where we will spend the night.

    • Day 3El Chaupi

      After breakfast we will enjoy a small breakfast before heading out for an easy 3-4 hour hike. Afterwards we will return to the refuge, have dinner, and rest for the night.

    • Day 4Iliniza Summit

      After a very early breakfast, we will hike to the summit of Illiniza North, following the normal route. The hike should take approximately 6-7 hours. Afterwards, we will transfer to Machachi for the night.

    • Day 5Cotopaxi refuge

      After breakfast, we’ll go to the Cotopaxi National Park and do a 45 minutes hike to the refuge.

    • Day 6Cotopaxi Summit

      After a 6 to 7 hour climb, we’ll reach the summit of Cotopaxi. Then we’ll return to the hut and move to Baños.

    • Day 7Baños

      During this day, we’ll have a city tour around Baños. We’ll go to Pailon del Diablo waterfalls and spend the night in a hotel.

    • Day 8Whymper Refuge

      We’ll drive for a while and then hike to the Whimper Refuge, at 5,000 meters, where we’ll spend the night.

    • Day 9Chimborazo Summit

      It will take us from 8 to 10 hours to reach the summit of Chimborazo. Then we’ll return to the hut and drive back to Quito.


    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
    Next datesInfo
    29/02/2020 to 08/03/2020
    05/04/2020 to 13/04/2020
    11/05/2020 to 19/05/2020
    29/05/2020 to 06/06/2020
    21/07/2020 to 29/07/2020
    08/08/2020 to 16/08/2020

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    1 night in a hotel in Quito

    1 night in Laso

    1 night in El Chaupi mountain lodge

    1 night in Machachi

    2 nights in Baños

    1 night in Cotopaxi refuge

    1 night Chimborazo refuge

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    What to bring:

    Personal clothes, warm clothes, Rain jacket, sunglasses, sun cream, gloves, hiking boots, sleeping bag, headlamp.


    About the Guide


    Rafael was born in Quito and grew up in the Andean Region. Since childhood he Ioved hiking and climbing the mountains.

    In the 80 ' He participated in expeditions in Peru, Bolivia South America. In the Alps and Pyrenees and also in the Pamir Pick Communism of 7500mts.
    In the 90 ' He was the founder of the School of Guides ASEGUIM, President for 7 years of the Guides Association and promoted and formed the mountain rescue group GRA.

    He graduated as Mountain Guide and Guides Instructor at the ENSA in Chamonix–France.

    Since 2000 he have been advising, training and participating in 16 expeditions around the world: Alaska, Aconcagua, Alps, Pyrenees, Cordillera Blanca. He has also trained and counseled Ecuadorian climbers who managed to make the 14 eight thousands without auxiliary oxygen, the 7 highest peaks of the world and Big Walls. Since 2001 he started his Adventure Tour Company which operates successfully up to the present under the name of CLIM BIKE HIKE.

    Since 2010 he has been training and participating in the project EVEREST without auxiliary oxygen in one day. He has climbed the EVEREST 2 times, and he has reached the summits of: Manaslu, Shisha Pangma, Aconcagua 7 times, Denali 5 times and the summits of the Alpes Materhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Agille. Vert, Zugs Pitze among others.

    During his 27 years of experience as a professional mountain guide Rafael has guided more than five hundred times to Cotopaxi volcano and more than one hundred times to Chimborazo, sharing with clients the culture and wonderful mountains of Ecuador.



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