Pasochoa, Corazon, Illiniza Norte, Cayambe and Chimborazo summits. A top five of the best volcanoes of all Ecuadorian Range joined in a 11-day climb and snow experience.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Ecuador and its famous Avenue of The Volcanoes are one of the best places of the world for those who love mountaineering activities, variety of landscapes and challenging surfaces. This time we invite you to a very exciting hiking and ice climbing adventure across the green lands, the secret paths and the snow-covered peaks located along the Ecuador Line.
These 11 days will be very intensive because we will climb up to five different volcanoes. Our base will be El Chaupi, a small town at 3.300 meters, where we will go back after each summit hike in order to rest for the following ascent.
Here you have a estimated itinerary of the trip:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO QUITO
You will be taken from Quito airport to the accommodation where we will meet each other and get ready for the following day.
DAY 2: FIRST SUMMIT, PASOCHOA
We will drive 2 hours to get to Pasochoa. We will hike across a big forest and when we are in the middle of it, a 4230-meter summit will appear. It will have steep slopes during the ascent, but once in there we will have the most privileged viewpoint of all. Then, we will return to El Chaupi.
DAY 3: CORAZON SUMMIT
During the way up to Corazon summit, we will enjoy green lands and fantastic landscapes. But after an hour of the start we will find that the surface turns into a harder one. The ascent to Corazon 4.786-summit will take us about 8 hours. Once in there we hike down to El Chaupi again.
DAY 4: ACCLIMATIZATION IN NUEVOS HORIZONTES REFUGE
Nuevos Horizontes is a hut located at 4.750 meters of altitude, between two peaks called Illinizas. The climb up to there will help our body to acclimatise before our third high top: Illiniza Norte.
DAY 5: ILLINIZA NORTE SUMMIT
The ascent to Illiniza North top will be unbelievable. On the way we can admire green landscapes and scrambled paths. The climb will take us about 8 hours but once in the summit, you won’t want to go down. Our fifth day finishes when we get to El Chaupi after 3 hours of hiking.
DAY 6: OLEAS RUALES REFUGE
We will hike from El Chaupi to Oleas Ruales Refuge at 4.600 meters in order to rest there and have some preparation for the following summit day towards Cayambe Volcano.
DAY 7: CLIMBING TO CAYAMBE SUMMIT AT 5.790M
The climb up to Cayambe is amazing. During its 8-hour hike you will enjoy such versatile surroundings. Getting to the summit means we will be at 5.790 meters of high! After taking some pictures and admiring the viewpoint, we go down our base in El Chaupi.
DAY 8: REST DAY IN QUILOTOA SHALALA LAGOON
We will spend our deserved resting day in the marvellous lagoon of Quilota Shalala before returning to El Chaupi to sleep and get ready for the last part of this intensive trip.
DAY 9: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN WHYMPER REFUGE
Leaving El Chaupi early in the morning we will head to a hut called Whymper at 5.000 meters, the previous stop before our last summit.
DAY 10: CHIMBORAZO, THE FIFTH SUMMIT!
Chimborazo is considered the closest place to the sun because it is located just in the line of Ecuador, where the earth is wider, at 6.310 meters. After a hard climb we will get to the summit and celebrate we could visit the best five volcanoes of all Ecuador together!
DAY 11: FINAL POINT
Once in Quito again, you are free to go home o keep visiting the amazing country of Ecuador.
You can’t tell me this adventure is not a temptation for those who like mountain challenges. I am sure you are one of them! I will be waiting for your contact to organize your trip across these five volcanoes.
No more than 2 people per guide
-Personal belongings for the expedition – Fights – Hotel lunches and dinners – Medical or travel policy
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador
Fernando Iza was born and raised in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador and knows the country’s peaks intimately. He is an official ASEGUIM mountain guide with more than 18 years of mountaineering experience climbing in all of Ecuador, as well as in South America, Switzerland, France, and the United States.
Fernando has worked for mountaineering companies in Ecuador, Europe and the United States from a young age. Now, he has set up his own basecamp at Ilinizas Mountain Lodge, right next to Iliniza Volcano, Rumiñahui Volcano, and the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. He has summited Cotopaxi more than 637 times and has summitted Chimborazo Volcano close to 200 times.
Fernando got his degree in Tourism Technology at Cenestur Institute, and in 2021 started studying Business administration with Cuosera.
He has completed important courses such as:
The most spectacular guided tours that Fernando has done.
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Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It's not billed as an instructional course, so that's not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.
Fernando is an incredible guide. He is very experienced and has extensive knowledge of the area. He will always make sure you are safe and comfortable. I highly recommend Fernando to anyone wishing to explore/hike/live/breathe the area. What an incredible experience!
It was a great experience. Everything was very well arranged and taken care of. The guide (Fernando Iza) was extremely professional, safe, and friendly. I was very happy about everything, and would recommend booking with Fernando Iza for any hiking trip on Ecuador.
Fernando was a wonderful guide. Even though we didn't make it to the top we had a great experience. We plan to return in the future and make it to the top! We hope to have Fernando guide us again.
Fernando is a wonderful guide who understands the Cotopaxi route well. I recommend the climb for anyone looking for a tough mental and physical challenge.
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