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Ascent to Illiniza and Cotopaxi volcanoes

Tupungato volcano expedition

Here is an opportunity to discover some of the most famous peaks in the Volcano Avenue, including the Cotopaxi. Felipe, UIAGM guide, will take you there.

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10 Days

All year


This 10-day program will take us to some of the most famous and challenging peaks in the Volcanoes Avenue: Illiniza and Cotopaxi. We will be in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes.

The trip starts in Quito. From there we will first ascend smaller peaks in order to have a good acclimatization for our ultimate objective: the mythical Cotopaxi volcano (5897 m).

Depending on your wishes and the time you have available, we can also customize or extend this program. For example, we can include other peaks such as Cayambe, Antisana and Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador.

I propose the following itinerary for this trip.

Day 1
Arrival to Quito.

Day 2
Visit Quito’s surroundings and start the acclimatization.

Day 3
Hiking up to Pasochoa volcano (4200m).

Day 4
Hiking up to Ruco Pichincha volcano (4680m). You can choose between hike or East Ridge route (easy).

Day 5
Iliniza Hut hike (4700m). Depending how fit you are, this day you could also climb Iliniza Norte (5116m).

Day 6
Iliniza Sur (5263m) climb: Mixed route (F to AD).

Day 7
Rest day.

Day 8
Cotopaxi Hut (4800m).

Day 9
Cotopaxi climb.

Day 10
Spare day in case of bad weather.

Some options to extend the trip are:
– Cayambe volcano: 2 days.
– Antisana volcano: 2-3 days.
– Chimborazo volcano: 2-3 days.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or want more information about this program in the heart of Ecuador!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

I’m a certified mountain guide IFMGA-UIAGM / ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association).

I was born and I’m living currently in Quito-Ecuador. I hold a Geography and Ecotourism degree and also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (W-EMT) certificate, North Carolina State.

I divide my time in guiding, teaching first aid (Wilderness First Responder courses) and working in security and emergency group for adventure races in Ecuador and medical brigades in rural areas in Ecuador.

My guiding experience goes around 15 years and practicing mountaineering over 20 years. I’ve done climbs including technical and new routes that involve areas like:

Ecuador: Chimborazo, Altar, Iliniza Sur and Norte, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, Quilindaña.

Peru: Huascarán, Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Chacraraju, Pisco, Yanapaccha, Huarapasca.

Bolivia: Huayna Potosí, Illampu, Pequeño Alpamayo, Condoriri, Ancohuma, Quimsa Cruz range.

United States: Yosemite, Tetons.

Alps: Matterhorn massive, Monte Rosa massive, Saas Fee valley, Weisskugel massive, Mont Blanc massif.

My principles are compromise to my client in order to offer joy, safety and sharing new cultures.

I offer my guide services in places like Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and European Alps.

Languajes: Spanish and English, German in progress.







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