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Antisana, Cotopaxi & “Condor Trek”, roundtrip from Quito, Ecuador (14 days)

Guillermo, an AMGA certified guide, would love to take you to the summit of two colossal volcanoes in Ecuador: Antisana and Cotopaxi. Join him on this mountaineering adventure, and hike through the Condor Trek as well.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration14 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Explore the humid and intriguing Andean Forest.

  • Reach the summit of Antisana and Cotopaxi.

  • Hike across the famous Condor Trek.

Description

Are you a trekking enthusiast or mountaineer who wishes to gain more experience? Would you like to live an unforgettable alpine adventure? Then, search no more! Join this fantastic journey to climb Antisana and Cotopaxi. And cross the Condor Trek.

On this trip we will combine the best of two worlds. First, we’ll trek through the humid Andean Forest. There, we’ll learn about one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Then, we’ll reach the summit of two magnificent high-altitude peaks, with incredible glaciers.

Please note both ascents are highly demanding. Thus, they require a huge effort. Also, participants must have an excellent fitness level and good acclimatization. But, don’t worry, as we’ll have plenty of time to acclimatize during our expedition. Plus, the views we’ll get from both summits, are completely worth it. So, once you get to stand at the top of Antisana and Cotopaxi, all of your effort will be rewarded.

Moreover, the “Condor Trek” is a wonderful path, blessed with breathtaking sceneries. Ecuador is known as the land of volcanoes. And during this expedition, you’ll get the opportunity to admire many of them. Also, we’ll visit different mountain passes and even hot springs. So every day will be a new adventure.

As for the accommodation, there are several options available. On top of camping under a dazzling bed of stars, and staying at charming mountain huts, there are also options at comfortable lodges and hot springs, where you can experience true luxury.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Gather your friends and request to book a private trip. Or join one of our groups, at the dates we’ve already set some expeditions. But regardless the type of trip you choose, it will most certainly be a life-changing experience.

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Accommodation

Camping, mountain huts and hotels. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.

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Meeting point

Quito's Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Quito

We’ll meet at the airport and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: City Tour of Quito City

On our first day we’ll tour the city of Quito. Due to its mild weather and well-preserved colonial architecture, it is considered one of the most beautiful of South America. Then, trekking across its enchanting streets will be the perfect way to acclimatize. Also, we’ll have a safety briefing and go over all our gear. Finally, we’ll have a welcome dinner in the evening. And we’ll stay at our hotel to get ready for the next day’s adventures.

Day 3: Rucu Pichincha Ascent - Termas de Papallacta.

Using the new cable car, we’ll reach an altitude of 3,966 meters. Thereupon, we’ll hike to the summit of Ruco Pichincha (4,698 m). After that, we’ll head back to Quito. And we’ll take a bus to the Termas Papallacta hot springs, where we’ll stay for the night.

Day 4: Termas de Papallacta - Acclimatization hike to the La Virgen High Pass.

After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we’ll take a bus to the entrance of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve. Later, we’ll hike to the La Virgen High Pass (3,952 m). On the way there, we’ll pass by mesmerizing lakes, including Laguna Sucus. After our hike, our bus will be waiting at La Virgen to head back to Termas Papallacta for dinner and another evening in the spa.

Day 5: Condor Trek

We’ll depart from Termas Papallacta, driving to El Tambo (3,400 m) where our kit and supplies will be waiting on mules. Thereon, we’ll hike through Andean grasslands to the shores of Volcano Lake (3,800 meters), where we’ll set camp.

Day 6: Second Day of The Condor Trek

After breakfast, we’ll hike to the base of Antisana, enjoying views of the four highest mountains in Ecuador, along with the Santa Lucia Lake and the high plateaus. Then, after about 6 hours we’ll reach our second camp.

Day 7: Third Day Of The Condor Trek

We will keep hiking to the edge of the Antisana glacier (4,789 m), before we establish our Antisana Base Camp (4, 533m).

Day 8: Glacier Travel Training

We’ll depart early after breakfast, trekking up to the glacier for a day of glacier school. Then, we’ll return to our Base Camp to spend the night.

Day 9: Preparation for the ascent

On this day we’ll reinforce our glacier skills during the morning. And, in the afternoon, we’ll prepare our climbing equipment, and get some rest to get ready for the ascent.

Day 10: Summit Day Antisana - Termas de Papallacta.

Before midnight, our cook will have our breakfast ready. Thereon, we’ll head towards the summit, passing by glaciers, and avoiding the crevassed areas and towers of glacier ice. Then, we’ll be reaching the summit with the sunrise to get a hypnotizing view. Upon completion, we’ll descend to Termas de Papallacta for a celebratory dinner and a well-deserved evening in the spa.

Day 11: Transfer to Tambopaxi Lodge

After breakfast, we’ll head to the Tambopaxi Lodge (3,766 m), which lies inside the Cotopaxi National Park. From there, we’ll get unrivalled views of Cotopaxi.

Day 12: Jose Rivas Lodge - Preparation for Summit Day Cotopaxi

Right after breakfast, our transport will be ready to take us to the parkland at the northern slopes of Cotopaxi (4,600 m). Thereupon, we’ll trek to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4,800 m), where we’ll get ready to reach the summit of Cotopaxi.

Day 13: Summit Day Cotopaxi. Return to Quito.

At about 1:00 a.m., we’ll begin our ascent. Departing early means better snow conditions. Thus, we’ll travel faster and more safely. And although the route is not technically challenging, it is physically demanding, as it involves climbing on moderate glaciated slopes (generally 30° – 45°). After seven to eight hours we’ll reach the summit, from where we’ll get fantastic views of the gigantic crater and peaks around like Antisana, Cayambe and Chimborazo. After taking in the views, we’ll descend Cotopaxi and head back to Quito to celebrate.

Day 14: Return Home

Our services end today with a group transfer to the airport.


About the guide

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Twin brothers Damian and Willie Benegas are two of the most respected climbers and mountaineers that Patagonia has produced. They boast an impressive 20 years' experience climbing and guiding expeditions in the Seven Continents, including tailor-made trips and group tours.

Benegas Brothers Expeditions' track record is proven by its outstanding safety and summit rates and the fact that clients keep coming back year after year.

It was their father's love for mountaineering and the outdoors that inspired Damian and WIllie as children to pursue their own adventures. Aconcagua and the mountains in northern Patagonia became their training ground and the place where they established themselves as world-class alpinists.

BBE was founded in 1992 and over the course of 20 seasons has guided clients from all over the world around the 4 corners of the world. The Benegas Brothers offer personalized adventures by prioritizing small groups in which family values and environmentally-friendly policies are of essence.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 5361 each

Group of 2

USD 5361 each

Group of 3

USD 5361 each

Group of 4

USD 5361 each

Group of 5

USD 5361 each

Group of 6

USD 5361 each

Group of 7

USD 5361 each

Group of 8

USD 5361 each

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Price includes

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

Price details

• Group Cost: $4,550 (minimum 4 participants-this is the price to join one of our group tours). Private Guide Cost: $7,750. On top of the guide fee, the price includes: hotel accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy*; all park entrance fees and climbing permits; sightseeing arrangements as indicated in the itinerary; all group transportation in country as indicated in the itinerary (to include one group transfer from Airport to Quito City on Day 1 and one group transfer Quito City to the airport on Day 14); tents and all group cooking and climbing equipment; all meals in the mountains (all meals outside Quito); mules for the Condor Trek. The price does not include: international airfare; personal gear; travel insurance, medical evacuation insurance and security evacuation insurance; excess baggage fees and departure taxes; meals in Quito; any other meals not included in the itinerary; bottled water and personal drinks; customary guide gratuities; additional room charges including laundry service and other personal expenses; hotel accommodations not indicated in the itinerary; medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs (by any means).


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