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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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Climb the highest peaks in Ecuador.

  • Enjoy a 9-day adventure in the famous "Volcano Avenue" of the Andes.

  • Discover the unique and colorful Ecuadorian Andean culture.

Description

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 that 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 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. It will be an amazing experience!

Details

Accommodation

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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Guide ratio: 2 people per guide.

Meeting point

Quito

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quito - 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 2: Guagua 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 3: El 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 4: Iliniza 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 5: Cotopaxi refuge

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

Day 6: Cotopaxi 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 7: Baños

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 8: Whymper 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 9: Chimborazo 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.


Equipment you will need to bring

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


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2495 each

Group of 2

USD 1671 each

Group of 3

USD 1671 each

Group of 4

USD 1671 each

Group of 5

USD 1671 each

Group of 6

USD 1671 each

Group of 7

USD 1671 each

Group of 8

USD 1671 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Not included: Meals in Quito, El Chaupi, Machachi and Baños, personal equipment, tips, additional beverages, travel insurance.


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