ACCLIMATIZATION & ANTISANA ASCENT


Antisana is an imposing Andean volcano located on the border of the Ecuadorian Cordillera and the Amazon region. The Antisana climb is an exciting combination of technical and alpine climbing that is complemented by a stunning surrounding landscape of Andean valleys at one end and extensive Amazon jungle at the other end.

Ecuador's volcanoes offer a wide range of classic rock, snow, and ice routes with unparalleled accessibility for beginners and expert climbers. On this acclimatization and skills training tour, our explorer guests have the opportunity to ascend Antisana (5,758 m), the Andean Condor volcano that lies between the border of the Ecuadorian Cordillera and the Amazon region.


MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • Explore the natural, historical and cultural biodiversity of Ecuador
  • Develop climbing skills on snow and ice
  • Reach the summit of Antisana Volcano (18,891 ft – 5,758 m))

PREREQUISITES:

  • A good level of physical condition
  • Previous experience in hiking and camping in natural environments
  • Basic level of snow and glacier climbing skills

PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Hikes and treks from 4 to 10 hours
  • Progressive ascents and descents in altitude.
  • Each climber carries their own personal gear with staff assistance for the expedition group. Personal porters can be arranged.
  • Overnight stays in high-altitude camps.

ACCLIMATIZATION | TREKKING | CLIMBING

On this great expedition our team will accompany you to visit breathtaking places of natural beauty, culture and history unique in the world, because when you travel with us you will embark on memorable tours with the guidance of expert professionals whose priority is to offer quality and efficiency in all our services.


Day 1: Arrival in Quito, Ecuador

This day is designated to travel to Ecuador and get settled in the country, our guides will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.


Day 2: Acclimatization Hike - Cerro Pasochoa

Our expedition begins in Quito (9,500 ft - 2,896 m) the capital of Ecuador, starting with the acclimatization to the south of the Avenue of the Volcanoes at the Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge, where you will enjoy beautiful views over the landscape and the typical villages of the Sierra. The ascent to this extinct volcano will take about 4 hours. At the summit (13,776 ft - 4,199 m) we will have lunch and reach a great view of Cotopaxi and other nearby volcanoes. After descending we will return to our hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 3: Acclimatization Hike - Ruco Pichincha

Continuing with the acclimatization, we headed to the Quito Telepherique to ascend up to (14.000 ft - 4.267m). At this altitude we will start the hike through different ridges and rocky peaks until we reach the summit of Ruco Pichincha (15.700 ft - 4.785 m), here we will have lunch and observe different panoramic views of the city of Quito. This day we will start the field training learning about the rock technique and the use of fixed lines. After descending we will return to our hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 4: Summit Iliniza Peak North

In the morning we will drive 2 hours to reach the foot of the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve (La Virgen | 12,959 ft - 3,950 m), from this altitude we will begin a 4-hour hike that will take us to the New Horizons refuge (15,255 ft - 4650 m), Here we will have a rest and then continue our ascent by the mixed route that will take us to the summit of North Iliniza Tiopniza (16,817 ft - 5,126 m), from there we will be able to appreciate the impressive beauty of our main objective in the Antisana volcano. We will rest at the refuge and then continue to the hotel on the way back. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 5: Quilotoa Volcanic Caldera & Tigua cultural market

This day we will visit the main tourist attractions of Quilotoa, we will start with a hike of about 40 minutes approx. to reach the crater (11,917 ft. - 3,910 m), after sailing in the lagoon, rest and take some pictures we will continue to the Tigua market where we can appreciate the Andean art of its colorful paintings made in sheepskin that reflect the history, tradition, and legends of a people of ancient times (12,192 ft. - 4,000 m), here we will have time to buy souvenirs in the colorful market. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 6: Antisana Base Camp

We leave Quito and cross the remote Andean village of Pintag (9,186 ft - 2,800 m). We follow a remote road in the páramo through the pastures of wild horses and Andean condors, after overcoming the flat terrain, at an altitude of (12,762 ft - 3,890 m) we activate the 4wd of our cars to ascend to the site where we will set up our camp (15,419 ft - 4,700 m), (the porters will set up the tents, food, and water). After setting up our camp, we will have a briefing on the ascent route and high mountain safety recommendations, then we will have an early dinner, prepare all our equipment, and rest for the ascent to the summit. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


Day 7: Antisana Summit

Antisana is a beautiful and remote, moderately technical volcano on the steepest glaciated slopes of the Andes. Summit day! From base camp, we will begin our ascent of approximately 6 to 8 hours to reach the summit; We will ascend the scree slopes until we reach the glacier (15,748 ft - 4,800 m), we will continue the climbing challenge until we reach the steep section just below the crater rim, where we will climb the glacier tongue crossing ice ramps, crossing snow bridges, dodging some large crevasses until we reach the saddle between the Cumbre Maxima and Pico Sur, from where we will take the route to the Cumbre Maxima, as we approach the upper col we will ascend the last glaciers moderate angles and short steep sections of snow and ice until we reach the broad summit of Antisana (18. 891 ft / 5758 m). Our efforts will be rewarded by incredible views of Cotopaxi, Cayambe as well as the Amazon jungle basin. After congratulating ourselves for reaching our main objective, we will descend to base camp to rest and then continue to our hotel, where we will enjoy a celebratory dinner together. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch


Day 8: Flights Home

Hugs and farewells, transfer to the airport and flights home.


Inclusions: AM Expeditions Leadership (Registered company); Certified Mountain Guides (IFMGA, ASEGUIM | English – Spanish); All logistics and organisation for sightseeing tours; Lodging in hotels, haciendas, huts, and tents on a shared basis for the dates of your program (available on a private basis by special arrangement, subject to availability, and at added cost); meals while at huts and while climbing; group cooking equipment; admissions to museums and national parks; technical mountain gear (helmet, climbing harness, triple-action locking carabiner, ice ax, mountaineering boots, crampons); private transportation during trip.

Exclusions: Airfare; personal equipment; extra meals and beverages at hotels, haciendas and lodges; gratuities to guides; government and airport taxes; inoculations; personal insurance; excess baggage fees; personal expenses.

Getting There

Several airlines offer daily flights to Quito International Airport (UIO). Depending on how you book your flight, it may arrive in the early morning hours. Flights departing from Quito can be booked for any time.


Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required when traveling to Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.


Update on requirements for entry into ecuador by covid variant-19

When boarding the airline, all persons must present the digital Traveller’s Health Declaration, available at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/

  • Persons over 16 years of age must present a covid-19 vaccination card, which is at least 14 days old after completion of the vaccination schedule. In addition, a qualitative real-time RT-PCR test, with negative result, performed up to 72 hours prior to embarkation to Ecuador.
  • Minors between 2 and 16 years of age must present a negative real-time RTPCR qualitative test result performed up to 72 hours prior to shipment.

Airport Arrival

Upon arrival at the Quito airport, follow the signs to the Arrivals Building. Proceed to the Immigrations desk for foreign travelers. They will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Ecuador. After you have gathered your baggage and passed through Customs you will find a departure gate where our team will be waiting to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel set out in the itinerary.


Communication

Ecuador – country code +593. Most areas have mobile access and wifi connection.


Money

The current currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Consult a financial newspaper for the current exchange rate before departure. Cash machines are readily available in Quito and Credit cards are accepted in most areas.


TRIP DATES 2022: AVAILABLE


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