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Transfer from the airport and short briefing about the program. Overnight in Quito.
This is a relaxed day to start the acclimatization. In the afternoon you’ll have free time to wander around. Overnight Quito.
Early in the morning we’ll transfer to Otavalo, on the way we will pass by Indian villages and enjoy a beautiful view of the San Pablo Lake and Peguche’s Waterfall. Car drive will finish at 3100 mts where we will start our hike. Walking around the edge of the crater will take us approximately 4 ½ hours. We will end our hike at the same place where we started. Lunch on the way. Overnight in Otavalo.
Departure after breakfast. Hike to the summit of Fuya- Fuya will take us approximately 4 hours. Lunch on the way. In the afternoon, we will return to Otavalo.
After breakfast, transfer to the slopes of Guagua Pichincha. The summit is reached in approximately 4 hours of a steady hill climb. This slow trek will provide you the first stepping-stone for high peak acclimatization. The views of Quito from the summit are spectacular. Lunch on the way. Transfer to el Chaupi (3300 m) in the late afternoon. Overnight in La Llovizna.
We will go for an easy hike after breakfast. We will hike on the slopes of the Illinizas for around 3 hours, lunch and rest. Overnight la Llovizna.
Very early breakfast followed by a hike to the top of Iliniza North following the normal route. Usually this summit has very little snow and it is easy to reach without crampons just good hiking boots. Approx. 6 to 7 hours hiking up and down to La Virgin. Transfer to Machachi. Overnight.
We will hike down to the Lagoon for approximately 50 minutes. Inside the crater, we can swim or kayak for a while. Here we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Lake and admire its changing colors. For the return we can climb up or rent a mule. We will have lunch before visiting an Indian community. Overnight in Latacunga.
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Latacunga to the parking area. The hike up to the refuge takes about 1 hour. Then we will have a glacier ice briefing and techniques practice outside the refuge, return, dinner and rest at the refuge.
We get up around midnight, have a light breakfast and depart to the summit following the normal north route. This should take us around 6 – 7 hours, with good weather as the sun rises we will enjoy some exceptional views. Once we reach the summit we’ll return to the refuge, rest for a while and transfer to Baños where we’ll spend the night.
Today is a well-earned rest day. After breakfast, visit to the waterfalls and Pailon Del Diablo.
Overnight in Baños.
We will depart from Baños taking the Pan-American Highway passing Ambato city and continue driving towards Chimborazo’s refuge. From the parking area, a very short trek will take us to the second refuge, the Whimper Hut at 5000 mts. Refuge dinner and rest.
Depart to the summit before midnight after a very early breakfast. We will follow the standard route to the top, which will take us from 8 to 10 hours. Return to the refuge 3 hours +-, rest and transfer to Riobamba. Overnight.
This will be an extra day in case of bad weather. In the afternoon return to Quito.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Mountain refuges, 3 hotel nights in Quito, 2 hotel nights in Otavalo, 1 hotel night in Chaupi mountain lodge, 2 hostel nights in Machachi, two hotel nights in Baños, 1 hotel night in Riobamba.
What to bring:
Personal clothes, warm clothes, Rain jacket, sunglasses, sun protector, gloves, tennis shoes or hiking boots, sleeping bag, head lamp.
Price does not includes Meals in towns: Quito, Otavalo, Machachi, Baños and Riobamba,
Rafael was born in Quito and grew up in the Andean Region. Since childhood he Ioved hiking and climbing the mountains.
In the 80 ' He participated in expeditions in Peru, Bolivia South America. In the Alps and Pyrenees and also in the Pamir Pick Communism of 7500mts.
In the 90 ' He was the founder of the School of Guides ASEGUIM, President for 7 years of the Guides Association and promoted and formed the mountain rescue group GRA.
He graduated as Mountain Guide and Guides Instructor at the ENSA in Chamonix–France.
Since 2000 he have been advising, training and participating in 16 expeditions around the world: Alaska, Aconcagua, Alps, Pyrenees, Cordillera Blanca. He has also trained and counseled Ecuadorian climbers who managed to make the 14 eight thousands without auxiliary oxygen, the 7 highest peaks of the world and Big Walls. Since 2001 he started his Adventure Tour Company which operates successfully up to the present under the name of CLIM BIKE HIKE.
Since 2010 he has been training and participating in the project EVEREST without auxiliary oxygen in one day. He has climbed the EVEREST 2 times, and he has reached the summits of: Manaslu, Shisha Pangma, Aconcagua 7 times, Denali 5 times and the summits of the Alpes Materhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Agille. Vert, Zugs Pitze among others.
During his 27 years of experience as a professional mountain guide Rafael has guided more than five hundred times to Cotopaxi volcano and more than one hundred times to Chimborazo, sharing with clients the culture and wonderful mountains of Ecuador.
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