Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
I will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Quito.
It will take us around 3:30 hours to reach the summit. Later in the afternoon we’ll return to Quito (B, L).
Leaving Quito in the morning, we’ll drive to the Cruz Loma, situated 10 kilometers west from the capital. Overnight stay in a Hostel (B, L).
Our climb starts at 5 am. We will park the car in the parking lot. We’ll start walking and follow a rocky ridge. Under normal conditions, no special skills are required. Once at the summit you’ll have a privileged view of the Avenue of Volcanoes: the Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Back to El Chaupi (B, L, D)
A relaxing and acclimatizing trip to the Quilotoa lake (2-hour walk) (B)
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. From there, we’ll hike for about an hour to the mountain hut at 4800 m. Once in the hut, we’ll have lunch and prepare for the climb to one of the most beautiful mountains of the high Andes: the Cotopaxi (B, L, D).
Our day starts at 1 AM. The normal route is quite physically demanding. After a 30º rocky slope, we’ll enter the glacier area and we must walk on the several 30º to 45º slopes that will take us to the edge of one of the most impressive crater formations. Once we get to the summit and back, we will move to Baños, where we’ll spend the night(B, L).
Free day in Baños to recover energies. It’s an important day for gain strength to our next objective. Night in a Hostelry (B)
After breakfast, we’ll get prepared for a 3-hour drive and hike up to the E. Whymper hut at 5000 m. Once there, we’ll spend the afternoon preparing ourselves for the climb (B, D)
Our climb will start at midnight following the normal route. We should be reaching the summit after 8 to 9 hours of climbing. From there, you’ll enjoy one of the most extraordinary views in Ecuador: the Pacific Ocean, the Amazon rain forest and the peaks of Altar, Illinizas, Anizana and Cotopaxi. After that we’ll get back to Quito. Overnight stay at the hotel (B, L)
Transport to the airport and back to home (B).
The prices does not include:
- Flight ticket
- Beverages during meals, washing clothes and extras at hotels
- Phone, calls
- Transportation in your country of origin
- Travel insurance
- Other expenses
Xavi (Terrassa, Catalonia, 1963). Actually I’m living in Prullans.
During several years I have been practicing my two big passions, mountaineering and photography as hobbies. Actually I’m a High Mountain Guide and photographer in outdoor BTT races, mountaineering marathons or climbing competitions.
In 1982 I did became a member of Servei General d'Informació de Muntanya, a specialized mountain library. And from 1998 I’m working as High Mountain Guide for NKBV (Alpine dutch team).
After working 6 winters as a lifeguard patrol in a Catalan ski resort, I spent a few seasons of the southern summer working as a High Mountain Guide for Azimut 360 and Chilemontaña, two agencies located in Chile, leading clients through the Patagonia and into America's highest peak, the Aconcagua.
Since 2005 I lead my own clients around the world as a freelancer Mountain Guide. From September 2007 I manage the Companhia de Guies de Montanha web, bound to Carros de Foc. I have take part in many expeditions to Andes in South America and Himalaya, Karakorum and Hindu Kush in Asia.
I’ll like to show you “my” mountains, “my” Pyrenees and of course, other mountains around the world. I’ll like to guide you till de top of Aconcagua, Ararat, skiing down from Elbrus, or Kola’s peninsula in Russia.
I propose here few activities, but not all what I can show you!
Contact with me and go together to your dream!
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