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Ecuador’s triple crown guided skiing trip

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Pablo, an Ecuadorian ASEGUIM - IFMGA/UIAGM guide invites you to stand on top of the 3 highest volcanoes in the country and enjoy amazing ski descents in Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, the famous Ecuador's triple crown.

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Andes

15 Days

Oct, Nov, Dec


Description

Ecuador’s triple crown is composed of the Nevado Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo summits. They are the 3 most epic mountains in the country and I have planned a epic 15-day ski touring adventure around them.

One of the highlights of Ecuador’s triple crown is the amazing vertical drops from their summits. You have to see the variety of ski runs and stunning views the region offers.

In order to make you feel physically good before starting, we’ll spend the first days acclimatizing on Fuya-Fuya and Imbabura. We will also do some hiking across the high mountain terrains of the area, getting used to the altitude. For the rest of the days, we will focus on the summits and the ski descents from an altitude of 6000 meters!

This ski mountaineering trip is suitable for advanced skiers. Although you won’t need technical skills to climb the volcanoes, you’ll have to ascend them using skins or carrying them on your back.

The ideal plan is to skin as much as possible. However, there are some steep and icy slopes that won’t let us do it. Thus, it’s mandatory to have advanced physical fitness and a ski mountaineering background. 

At the end of this description, you will find the day-by-day itinerary of this skiing trip. Moreover, you should know that any scheduled program can suffer changes if weather or snow conditions are not the best ones.

Contact me now to start planning this amazing ski touring trip on Ecuador’s triple crown. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Quito

Arrival and overnight staying in Quito (accommodation in a hotel of the city).

Day 2: Visit the city of Quito

You will enjoy a guided tour around the old town and the “Mitad del Mundo” monument. Then, you’ll sleep in a hotel there, with breakfast included.

Day 3: Climb Fuya Fuya

We’ll try our first climb to Fuya Fuya at 4.263 meters of height. We’ll spend the night in a hotel in Otavalo (breakfast).

Day 4: Imbabura

Another climbing day to Imbabura (4.630 m). Overnight staying in Otavalo again.

Day 5: Last acclimatization day

We’ll explore the famous “Plaza de Ponchos” and visit the small village of Peguche. We’ll spend the night in the hotel of Otavalo (breakfast included).

Day 6: Cayambe-Coca Eco Reserve

During our 6th day we will be transferred to Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve. We’ll practice some technical skills and spend the night in the Bergé, Ruales, Oleas mountain hut. (Meals: Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7: Climb Cayambe

A big day! We’ll climb Cayambe at 5.790 meters high. Then, we’ll sleep in the town of Cayambe in a Hosteria (Breakfast and lunch box included).

Day 8: Papallacta hot-springs

We can enjoy the nice Papallacta hot-springs or may use this day as an extra one for Cayambe summit attempt. Night in a hotel of Quito (breakfast).

Day 9: Cotopaxi National Park

Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park (4.600 meters). We’ll spend the night in Jose Rivas Hut (Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 10: Climb to Cotopaxi

Today we are going to climb the 5897-meter Cotopaxi Volcano. Overnight staying in Baños. The hotel accommodation includes breakfast and boxed-lunch.

Day 11: Extra day in Baños

We can enjoy a resting day in Baños or use this day as an extra one to reach Cotopaxi summit. Then, we’ll spend another night in the hotel of Baños (Breakfast).

Day 12: Wildlife Reserve of Chimborazo

Transfer to the Wildlife Reserve of Chimborazo and overnight in Hermanos Carrel Hut (4.800 m).

Day 13: Climb Chimborazo

Day of climbing the 6310-meter Chimborazo summit! Then, we’ll sleep in a hotel in Riomamba with half-board meal included.

Day 14: Free/Extra Day

We can enjoy a free or extra day in Riobamba and sleep in Quito (Hotel w/ breakfast).

Day 15: Ending point

Time to fly back home after a last breakfast in the city of Quito.

 

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.

Languages

English

Certificates

ASEGUIM

Residence

Quito, Ecuador / Munich, Germany


Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Nov 12, 2022 - Nov 26, 2022

USD 2629 per traveller


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- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Dinner




 

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