Ecuador: Illiniza Norte, Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

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4X SUMMIT HAPPINESS IN ECUADOR

Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. Its ascent is undoubtedly an interesting challenge even for experienced mountaineers. In addition to good acclimatization, excellent stamina and stamina are required to cover the 1,300 m difference in altitude from the Whymper hut to the summit after eight to nine hours to have.

Cotopaxi is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador. Its almost perfect cone shape is its hallmark. Technically it is not a difficult mountain, good physical condition is a basic requirement for a successful ascent. From the summit, the mountaineer has a spectacular view of the vast Andes landscape and, when visibility is good, you can even admire all of Ecuador’s snow mountains.

REQUIREMENTS

DEMANDING 6,000m peaks

Mountaineering experience in the Alps

Key point:
The ascent of Chimborazo, passages (50° ice)

3 x 5,000s, 1 x 6000s

You are a skilled and persistent mountaineer with mountaineering experience, the daily stages of up to 8 – 10 hours at altitudes of up to over
can handle 5,000 m. Sure-footedness and a head for heights for exposed passages are just as important as safe handling of ice axes and crampons. You should be able to climb flanks with a steepness of 35º without a safety rope. Some steep passages are secured with fixed ropes, the handling is practiced beforehand. You only have to carry your day luggage, the larger luggage will be transported. The summit ascents are carried out in independent rope teams with the support of the leading mountain guide and the local mountain guides/candidates. An expedition sleeping bag with a comfort range down to -10° C and complete high-altitude touring equipment should be available.

Travel Program

Departure expected in the evening from Germany.

Depending on the flight connection, arrival is expected in the morning

Overnight Hotel Quito (-/-/-)

In the afternoon you go on a city tour to get a first impression of the diversity of the capital and its eventful history.

Overnight Hotel Quito (B/-/D)

An excursion to the Pasochoa forest reserve, about 30 km south of Quito, takes you to the Ecuadorian Andean high forest. Access is at an altitude of approx. 2,700 m. You walk past bromeliads, orchids and cedars up to an altitude of over 3,500 m. The Cerro Pasochoa itself reaches an altitude of 4,200 m and is covered with diverse paramo vegetation. Over 120 bird species live here. You can see hummingbirds here and with a bit of luck you can even see condors.

Overnight Hotel (B/-/D)

After a hearty breakfast, your guide will take you to the cable car, the so-called teleférico (cable car), where you will take the gondola to an altitude of 4,050 m. From there you hike about 3 hours to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4,698 m). Rucu, in the indigenous Quechua language, means “ancient”. The volcano is about 10 km west of Quito. The summit is characterized by many small crags. After a 2-hour descent and a ride in the gondola, you will return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight hotel (B/-/D)

Today begins with a drive south from Quito via the Panamericana to Tarqui and from here to the village of El Chaupi, 7km away. Now it goes over a dirt road to La Virgen (3,950 m), a small plain with a Marian shrine below the Illinizas. In La Virgen you can admire the Polylepis (paper tree) forest, whose trees have a very fine multi-layered bark, which gives them their name. You can use the afternoon to relax and to get used to the altitude with a walk.

Overnight hotel (B/L/-)

In a good three-hour hike from La Virgen you reach the Nuevos Horizontes refuge at an altitude of 4,600 m. With good acclimatization, you will tackle the ascent to the North Summit, the twin peaks separated by a saddle. You will then reach the summit cross at 5,126 m in another 2 hours, and it’s an hour back. The way from the hut to the car takes about 2 hours. Then you drive on the Panamericana through a unique mountain landscape to Otavalo, where you will spend the night.

Overnight hotel (B/L/-)

Today you have time to recover from the mountain ascent. For example, you can visit the Otavalo market. Regional markets have played an important role in the life of the indigenous people for centuries. They regularly provide opportunities to hold gatherings, trade and meet people. The Otavalo market has been around since pre-Inca times and is undoubtedly South America’s most famous. Here the Otavaleños negotiate in peace and quiet, without the usual hustle and bustle of other markets. You’ll have plenty of time to wander the city’s cobbled streets and see the Otavalo Indians and their traditiobright blue ponchos, white pants and long braided hair.

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

In the morning you drive north to Ibarra, the capital of the province of Imbabura at an altitude of 2,100 m and from there to the idyllic small town of La Esperanza. This village with its small adobe houses, inhabited by indigenous farmers and artisans, lies at an altitude of 2,600 m and is the starting point for the drive on the cobblestone road that leads to Cayambe. On the way you will pass fields and pastures. A country road takes you past the Hacienda Piemonte to the hut at an altitude of 4,600 m. In the afternoon explore the best route with the guide. With a bit of luck you will see condors soaring elegantly in the sky. Return to the hut for dinner and early bed.

Overnight hotel (B/L/D)

Around midnight preparation and departure to the summit. In normal weather conditions, the ascent takes about 6 – 7 hours. The fantastic glacier landscape lies on the equator line, which is unique in the world. You will never forget the wonderful view. Even the way back (approx. 4 hours) to the hut over the snow fields will be an experience. In the afternoon your tour in Papallacta will be finished.

Overnight hotel (B/L/-)

rest and relaxation in the small Andean village of Papallacta. Here you have the opportunity to relax in the hot springs, enjoy the scenery and take walks through the Andean countryside.

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

From Papallacta drive to Cotopaxi National Park. You stop briefly at the visitor center to visit the Natural History Museum and then drive up the plateau to the Limpiopungo Lagoon at 3,800m at the foothills of the 4,712m high extinct volcanic peak Ruminahui. Here you have a spectacular view of the gigantic volcanic cone Cotopaxi. After about an hour’s drive across the plateau and up the foothills of the Cotopaxi, you will reach the car park at an altitude of 4,600 m. From here you walk about 200 meters up to the Jose Rivas Refuge at about 4,800 m. After lunch hike to the glaciers. In the afternoon return to the hut for dinner and early bed.

Overnight hotel (B/-/D)

After a small breakfast, the ascent to the summit (5,897 m) begins. Weather and conditions permitting, you will reach the summit in about 6-7 hours! In good weather you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the summit and of course photograph all the peaks of the snow-capped volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Andes. Then you descend to the hut. In the afternoon drive to Baños where you will spend the night.

Overnight hotel (B/L/-)

Baños is known for its thermal baths and mild climate. On a tour of the town you will see, among other things, the church with the famous Virgin de los Aguas Santas, who is said to have many miracles, walk through parks and taste melcocha, a candy made from sugar cane for which Baños is known nationwide.

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Today you drive to the Chimborazo plateau at an altitude of approx. 4,800 m. You will have a snack along the way. Ascent to the refuge. Hike to the rock formation “El Castillo” on the Anchmit Valley.

Overnight hotel (B/-/D)

The ascent of the summit starts at midnight and will take about 8-9 hours if the condition and the weather cooperate. You climb over the stone fields of the base up to the long ridge (La Arista), to the rock formation El Castillo and further over the Arista the long climb, over the sub-summit Veintimilla to the summit named after the first climber Edward Whymper at 6,310 m altitude. From here you have a fantastic view over the Andes with their many snowy peaks to the blue of the Pacific – an incomparable panorama. The descent to the lower hut then takes about 4 – 5 hours. From there you will then drive back to Quito.

Overnight hotel (B/L/D)

Today the return flight to Germany or the individual extension starts. Departure from Quito expected in the evening towards home.

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Depending on the flight connection

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Flight booking option *on request we take care of your flight*
  • Additional local mountain guides for the summit ascents of Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimorazo, one mountain guide for every 2 participants (this is also mandatory in Ecuador!)
  • emergency pharmacy
  • 5 x Hotel Quito (DBL)**** probably Old Cuba
  • 1 x Chuquiragua Lodge (DBL)****
  • 2 x Palmeras Inn Otovalo (DBL)****
  • 3 x Refuge (Cotopaxi, Oleas Mountains, Chimborazo) in shared rooms
  • 2 x Hotel Termas de Papallacta **** (double room)
  • 2 x Hotel Isla de Banos **** (double room)
  • Full board during mountain climbs
  • National park fees
  • All fixing material + walking ropes

Not included:

  • International flights to Quito / Ecuador round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Emergency telephone *Availability on the tour*
  • Cancellation insurance including COVID-19 protection
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Quito
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips

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Duration: 18 days
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Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Eric Albino Lliuya
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