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Chimborazo 11-day guided expedition

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Join Xavi, a Catalan IFMGA mountain guide, and climb the most amazing volcanoes of Ecuador in 11 days, including the North Illiniza, the Pichincha and the Chimborazo, the highest peak of the world.

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11 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


An unforgettable 11-day expedition to the most important summits of Ecuador, including the famous Chimborazo peak.

I am happy to offer this mountaineering trip in which you will climb some amazing mountains of the country. We will not only conquer the Chimborazo summit but also the Pichincha (4698 m) and the North Illiniza (5116 m). There is an option of climbing the Cotopaxi volcano. However, nowadays this ascent is closed by the local authorities.

As you may know, the Chimborazo is the highest peak of the country and the highest point the planet. That is because it is located in the widest part of the earth, on the Ecuador line.

This 11-day program to the main summits of the region is suitable for climbers with some prior experience. I think it is also a perfect option for those who want to climb several volcanoes in the same trip. We will spend 11 days exploring the entire Avenue of the Volcanoes and the Riobamba valley. You will also have two days in Quito to do a tour and enjoy the city.

I can lead a group of 4 people minimum and 10 as maximum. The best period to do these ascents is from June to September.

So, join me on this adventure and climb the most amazing peaks of Ecuador. Do not hesitate to contact me to start with the reservation process! I will be glad to guide you through these unforgettable summits.

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 6300 Each

Group of 2

EUR 3150 Each

Group of 3

EUR 2450 Each

Group of 4

EUR 2200 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1800 Each

Group of 6

EUR 1700 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1600 Each

Group of 8

EUR 1550 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Flight to Quito

I will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Quito.

Day 2: Pasocha (4164 m)

It will take us around 3:30 hours to reach the summit. Later in the afternoon we’ll return to Quito (B, L).

Day 3: Rucu Pichincha (4698 m)

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).

Day 4: North Illiniza summit

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)

Day 5: Quilotoa Lake (3920 m)

A relaxing and acclimatizing trip to the Quilotoa lake (2-hour walk) (B)

Day 6: Walk to the Rivas hut

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).

Day 7: Cotopaxi summit (5897 m)

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).

Day 8: Free day in Baños

Free day in Baños to recover energies. It’s an important day for gain strength to our next objective. Night in a Hostelry (B)

Day 9: Trip to Chimborazo area

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)

Day 10: Chimborazo summit (6310 m)

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)

Day 11: Flight back home

Transport to the airport and back to home (B).


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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

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About the guide

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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