• Trip duration
    11 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Jun, Jul, Dec

Description

There is such an amazing variety of peaks in Ecuador. So, on this 11 day adventure, you will be climbing no less than 5 of them! They include Cayambe (5,790m), Corazon (4,786m), Pasochoa (4,200m), North Illiniza (5,126m) and the highest peak in the entire country, Chimborazo (6,268m).

On a trip like this, you will see and experience so much, that when you return home, you will spend a great deal of time reflecting on it. Thus providing you with glorious memories long after the trip is over.

With such an array of peaks, and such a wide difference in altitudes, the trip will be challenging. There will be 1 am and midnight wake up times for the ascents of Cayambe and Chimborazo. There will be long treks reaching up to 10 hours. And there will be some technical ice climbing. However, I can assure you that you will be safely and properly guided every step of the way, and will be given sufficient time for acclimatization. There will also be a day of ice climbing technique practice at a glacier near the Ruales Oleas Cayambe hut. And when the trip is over, I have no doubt the difficulties faced will pale in comparison to the glory felt.

The peaks lining Ecuador’s famous volcano avenue are absolutely spectacular. From Cayambe to Chimborazo, it is difficult to not gaze at them in awe. And on this trip, you will have the chance to scale 5 of those incredible peaks. You will also have the chance to explore Quito, see the town of Macachi, and admire some of the most beautiful natural landscape you will ever see.

Please contact me if you would like to join me on this magical 11 day journey.

If you only have a limited time in Ecuador, I can also offer this 2 day ascent of the Cayambe volcano.

Itinerary

Day 1

Quito

You will arrive in Quito and get transferred to your hotel. if there is time, you will get to visit the historic line of the Equator.

Day 2

Quito - Pasochoa summit - Macachi

We will leave Quito early in the morning. From there we will hike to the summit of Pasochoa. After that, we will be transferred to the town of Macachi, where we will spend the night.

Day 3

Corazon summit (4,786m)

Today we will hike to the Corazon summit. The trek should take approximately 8 hours. Afterwards, we will return to Macachi for the night.

Day 4

Macachi - Nuevos Horizontes hut (4,750m)

Today, we will leave Macachi and go to the village of El Chaupi. From there, we will hike for approximately 3 hours until we reach the Nuevos Horizontes Hut, where we will eat and sleep for the night.

Day 5

North Illizina summit (5,126m)

Today we will wake up early in the morning, eat breakfast, and hike to the North Illizina summit. The round trip trek should take approximately 7 hours. Afterwards, we will return to Macachi for the night.

Day 6

Macachi - Oleas Ruales hut (4,600m)

Today we will drive from approximately 3 and a half hours until we reach the Oleas Ruales hut. once there, we will practice ice climbing techniques, before having dinner and sleeping for the night at the hut.

Day 7

Cayambe summit (5,790m) - Macachi

Today we will wake up very early, and depart the hut at 1 am to the summit of Cayambe. The ascent should take approximately 6 to 7 hours. After we descend, we will go back to Macachi, where we will spend the night.

Day 8

Rest day in Macachi

Day 9

Macachi - Whymper hut (5,000m)

Today we will drive for approximately 3 and a half hours to the Chimborazo natural reserve. Once we arrive, we will trek from the Hermanos Carrel hut to the Whymper’s hut, where we will eat and rest until 11 pm.

Day 10

Chimborazo summit (6,268) - Quito

At midnight, we will start our ascent to the summit of Chimborazo. The climb should take approximately 8 to 10 hours. Afterwards, we will descend to the Whymper hut to pack our gear before going to the Hermanos Carrel hut, where we will take a transfer back to Quito, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 11

Fly home from Quito

Today you will take a transfer from the hotel to the airport, where you will fly home.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Quito

Accommodation

Accommodations in hotels (double room), Nuevos Horizontes Hut, Oleas Ruales and Whymper Refuges.