ACCLIMATIZATION & COTOPAXI AND CHIMBORAZO ASCENT


Cotopaxi is one of the most beautiful and popular active volcanoes in the Andes mountain range, its imposing beauty towering over the plateaus of the Ecuadorian páramo. Climbing Cotopaxi is a true adventure that provides an exciting and friendly experience for beginners and experienced climbers.

Mount Chimborazo is the closest point on earth to the stars, its imposing magnitude towering in the middle of the Ecuadorian mountain range. Climbing Chimborazo is a real challenge that provides the thrilling experience of improving technical skills and overcoming the 6000m altitude barrier.

Ecuador is undoubtedly the land of South America's great mountains and volcanoes offering a wide range of classic rock, snow, and ice routes with unparalleled accessibility for beginners and experienced mountaineers. On this fabulous travesía through local villages and natural parks of the Ecuadorian Andes; our explorer guests have the opportunity to train and consolidate their skills to climb the summits of Cotopaxi (19,347 ft – 5,897 m), and Chimborazo (20,702 ft - 6,310 m), the two highest volcanoes in Ecuador.


MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • Explore the natural, historical and cultural biodiversity of Ecuador
  • Develop climbing skills on snow and ice
  • Reach the summit of Cotopaxi (19,347 ft), and Chimborazo (20,702 ft)

PREREQUISITES:

  • A good level of physical condition
  • Previous experience in hiking and camping in the mountains
  • Previous climbing experience is not required

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 experienced and 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 by 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 Cotopaxi volcano. We will rest at the refuge and then continue to the hotel on the way back. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch, Dinner.


Day 5: Cotopaxi Volcano - José Ribas Hub

With the sun breeze, we will start a short hike to the Limpiopungo lagoon (12,680 ft - 3,865 m), here we will have a guided talk about the ancient eruptions of the volcano and the natural species. After lunch we will continue to the car park of the Cotopaxi volcano (15,091 ft - 4,600 m), from this altitude we will start a one hour hike until we reach the José Ribas Hub (15,758 ft - 4,800 m), there we will do some exercises on the glacier and prepare for the ascent. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 6: Summit Cotopaxi Volcano

Summit day! At 23:00 we will begin our ascent to the summit, first, we will walk on easy slopes for about an hour to reach the glacier, here our instructors will rope us to ascend a series of fairly uniform snow and ice ramps of 30 to 35 degrees until we reach a glacier platform (16,994 ft - 5,180 m) to rest. Continuing with the ascent we will reach Yanasacha (400 ft rock wall) to continue climbing up a steep ice face of about 55 degrees, as we ascend the last glacial slopes the slope decreases until we reach the summit of Cotopaxi Volcano. At the Summit (19,347 ft – 5,897 m), the breeze and the first rays of the sun will welcome us with spectacular views of the crater of Cotopaxi and panoramic views of large volcanoes such as Cayambe, Antisana, Chimborazo, and other volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Cordillera in a perfect and classic end of the beautiful ascent. After congratulating ourselves for reaching our first objective, we will descend to the refuge and then continue to our hotel to rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


Day 7: City of Baños - Thermal springs

On this day of recuperation and relaxation we will visit the town of Baños de Agua Santa (1,820 m), located in the province of Tungurahua. This town is one of the most popular for its hot springs of the Tungurahua volcano (16,456 ft - 5,016 m), its impressive waterfalls and waterfalls, its relaxing spas, and its extreme sports, and other tourist attractions of the Amazon jungle basin "Puerta del Dorado". We will start our tour in the handicraft market of the city, then we descend to the "pailón del diablo", visit tourist sites, and embark on adventures of kayaking, zip-lining or any relaxation. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch


Day 8: Chimborazo Base Camp

In the morning we will head to the base camp of Chimborazo, on this route we will pass through small surrounding villages that inhabit the foothills of the imposing volcano. Around noon we will arrive at the Carrel refuge (15,912 ft - 4,850 m), where we will have lunch, prepare our equipment and continue to the high camp (17,388 ft - 5,300 m), (the porters will carry 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


Day 9: Chimborazo Summit

Summit day! From the base camp, we will begin our ascent of approximately 6 to 7 hours until we reach the summit; first, we will walk through a flat valley to reach the rocky wall of the Castle (18,044 ft - 5,500 m), here we will hydrate and begin the most technical part of the ascent to Chimborazo, we will climb the glacier tongue crossing ice ramps, crossing snow bridges, dodging some crevasses and short sections of seracs. At altitude (18,500 ft - 5,640 m) we will continue through compact and moderate-angle snow until we reach the maximum summit of Chimborazo (20,703 ft - 6,310 m). At the Whymper Summit, the first rays of the sun will greet us with spectacular panoramic views of Cayambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi, and other volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Cordillera. After congratulating ourselves for having reached 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 10: 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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