Ecuadorian volcanoes 19-day Guided Tour

Climb up to the summit of the most popular Ecuadorian volcanoes: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Antisana. Pablo, an IFMGA certified guide will take you!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

19 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

-

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

I want to invite you to an amazing 19-day expedition! Join me and let’s climb up to 4 of the most popular snow-covered Ecuadorian volcanoes! We will reach the summit of Chimborazo (6310 m), Antisana (5758 m), Cayambe (5790 m)  and Cotopaxi (5897 m).

I will take you first on some great acclimatization activities. We will explore colonial Quito on a city tour. Also, we will visit the Equatorial Line! Besides, we will go on acclimatization hikes to Imbabura (4630 m) and Fuya Fuya (4263 m).

So, when your body is ready, we will start the high altitude section of the program!

Cayambe will be our first climb in this great Ecuadorian volcanoes program. It’s one of the world’s highest active volcano. From its summit, we will be able to look inside the crater! Also, we will enjoy the great views of other snow-covered volcanoes.

Then we will visit the popular town of Baños. It has fantastic weather and it’s full of outdoor cafes and shops. Most important, after a tough ascent, we will be able to relax in its luxurious and natural thermal springs!

Then, after Cayambe and Cotopaxi, we will go for Chimborazo! It’s Ecuador’s tallest peak! Its sight is among the most impressive of the Andes. From the top we will enjoy amazing views. And if we climb it on a clear day we will even be able to look down into the Amazon jungle!

Our adventure will end with a fun ride on the Nariz del Diablo train (Devil’s Nose), where we will enjoy some beautiful scenery!

Please consider that we will need ice-climbing equipment for Chimborazo and Cotopaxi. Also note that rental equipment is included in the package.

And, most important, you will need to be in excellent physical condition! Climbs are not technically difficult, but ice conditions can make them really challenging sometimes.

So, are you in for this great adventure to the Ecuadorian volcanoes? Contact me and let’s start planning your trip! I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I also offer an amazing 15-day skiing trip around Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Check it out!

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Quito

    Arrival in Quito
    (2,800 m). Overnight: Quito
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 2: Old Quito city tour-Equatorial Line

    Today we will enjoy a guided tour of Quito’s old town and a visit to “Mitad del Mundo”, the Equatorial Line.
    Overnight: Quito
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Fuya Fuya climb

    Today we will hike up to Fuya Fuya
    (4263 m).
    Overnight: Otavalo
    (2550 m)
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 4: Imbabura climb

    We will climb Imbabura
    (4630 m).
    Overnight: Otavalo
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 5: Peguche village

    We will explore the famous “Plaza de Ponchos” and visit the small village of Peguche.
    Overnight: Otavalo
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 6: Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve

    We will travel to Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and review glacier travel skills
    Overnight: Bergé, Ruales, Oleas Refuge
    (4650 m)
    Accommodation: Hut
    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7: Cayambe summit (5790 m)

    We will climb up to Cayambe (5790 m).
    Overnight: Town of Cayambe (2800 m).
    Accommodation: Hosteria
    Meal: Breakfast, Boxed-lunch

  • Day 8: Cochasqui Pyramids

    We will visit the Pyramids of Cochasquí (3200 m). We will have extra time for Cayambe summit attempt.
    Overnight: Town of Cayambe (2800 m
    Accommodation: Hosteria
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 9: Antisana Ecological Reserve

    Transfer to Antisana Ecological Reserve
    (4340 m)
    Overnight: Base Camp
    (4610 m)
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10: Antisana Summit

    Today we will climb up to Antisana
    (5758 m)
    Overnight: Papallacta
    (3400 m)
    Accommodation: Hostería
    Meal: Breakfast, Boxed-lunch

  • Day 11: Papallacta Hot Springs

    Soak in the famous Papallacta hot-springs or extra Antisana summit attempt
    Overnight: Quito
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 12: Cotopaxi National Park

    Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park (4600m)
    Overnight: Jose Rivas Refuge (4800 m)
    Accommodation: Hut
    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 13: Cotopaxi Summit

    Climb Cotopaxi
    (5897)
    Overnight: Baños
    (1800 m)
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Boxed-lunch

  • Day 14: Baños-Rest day

    Today we will enjoy a rest day in Baños or an extra Cotopaxi summit attempt
    Overnight: Baños
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 15: Chimborazo Fauna Reserve

    Transfer to Chimborazo Fauna Reserve (Reserva de Producción Faunística Chimborazo)
    Overnight: Hermanos Carrel Refuge (4800 m)
    Accommodation: Hut
    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 16: Chimborazo summit

    Today we will climb up to Chimborazo summit!(6310 m).
    Overnight: Riobamba (2800 m)
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Boxed-lunch

  • Day 17: Riobamba-Free day

    Today we will have a free day in Riobamba or extra Chimborazo summit attempt.
    Overnight: Riobamba
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 18: Train ride on the "Nariz del Diablo"

    We will enjoy a train ride on the legendary “Nariz del Diablo”.
    Overnight: Quito
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 19: Last day

    Today we say goodbye in Quito.
    Meal: Breakfast

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Meeting point
Quito
Accommodation

Hotel-Hostel-Hut-Camp

More info

Contact me for information about the price and equipment.

Please note that avalanches are common during the day in all snow covered peaks in Ecuador. This is due to a more straight angle of the sunlight, typical of areas close to the Equatorial Line. So, as a safety measure, we will climb at night. This way, we will get to the summit by 7.00 am, returning to base camp before the snow pack becomes too soft and warm.

Disclaimer
Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary, but unforeseen circumstances may require last minute changes. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of climbers can all contribute to schedule alterations. Please be prepared to be flexible when necessary.
 

About the Guide

 
 

UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I fell in love with the mountains at a young age while climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes with my father. I guided in the Andes for 8 years and have been guiding for the past four years in the Northwest United States. In 1997 I expanded his adventure skills by taking on rock climbing. I represented Chimborazo province three times as the Ecuadorian National Rock Climbing Champion.

I completed his UIAGM certification with the Bolivian Mountain & Trekking Guide Association, accredited by the National School of Ski and Alpinism of Chamonix (ENSA), and completed Advanced Alpine and Rock Guides Courses with American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).

I usually spend some months every year in Ecuador (from October to January, but it varies every year). The rest of the year I am based and guide in Europe.

 
 

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