We will leave from Quito to Otavalo and spend the night in a hotel.
After breakfast, we will take a short transfer to Cuicocha lake (3,100m) where we will start our hike around the lake to an altitude of 3,500 metres before returning and then going back to the hotel in Otavalo for the night.
Following breakfast we will hike for approximately 4 hours to the summit of Fuya. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel in Otavalo for the night.
Today we will make our way to the summit of the Imbabura volcano before returning to our hotel in Otavalo. The ascent and descent should take approximately 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, we will take a transfer to the town of Cayambe. From the town we will hike to the Oleas refuge where we will practice ice climbing, get acclimatized and spend the night.
Today we will continue to practice ice climbing and continue to acclimatize. We will spend another night in the Oleas refuge.
Today we will wake up at midnight, prepare, eat breakfast, and make our way to the summit. If weather is agreeable, we should reach the summit by sunrise, where you can enjoy some amazing views. The climb should take approximately 6-7 hours. Afterwards, we will descend to the refuge, and then transfer to Banos, where we will spend the night.
Today we will spend the day in Banos, where you can relax and enjoy a city tour.
Today we will leave Banos and make our way to the Whimper refuge, where we will rest.
Early in the morning, we will make our way to the Chimborazo summit. The climb should take approximately 8-10 hours. Afterwards we will return to the Whimper refuge and take a transfer to Quito, where you will spend the night in a hotel.
After breakfast, you will take a transfer to the airport where you will catch your flight home.
Oleas Refuge, Whimper hut, hotel in Quito, Banos and Otavalo.
Participants on this trip should bring the following items: personal clothing, warm clothing, rain jacket, sunglasses, sun screen, gloves, tennis shoes or hiking boots, sleeping bag, head lamp.
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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