Climbing Cotopaxi (19,342ft/5.897m) and Chimborazo (20,697ft/6.310m) in 5 days


We will drive from Quito southern through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here we will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764ft/4.500m). We get our gear ready and hike up for an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748ft/4.800m). In the afternoon we will go to the glacier for ice practices and training. We will learn some basic techniques, which include last but not least proper handling of the climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc.). We will go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest. (B/BL/D)

We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (19,347ft/5.897 m) around 1 am after a light breakfast. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. The first part is about an hour hike to the glacier, where we put the crampons on and start the glacier ascent. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings and then we will head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the refuge we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and go down to the parking lot, from where we will drive to Machachi. Overnight in the hotel (B/BL/-)

Today we rest in the charming town Machachi; there is an optional tour to the Tesalia Water Springs. On Sundays we like to visit the local indigenous market (animals, fruit, handicraft, etc.). There are many other options for you to choose from, like horseback riding, cow milking or sampling of a local delicatessen, guinea pig. We will spend a restful night in a hotel in town (B/-/-)

From Machachi we will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes for 3,5 hours to the Chimborazo reserve. From "Hermanos Carrel Refuge" (15.744ft/4.800m) it's an hour walk to Whimper's Hut (16,400ft/5.000m) where we will have dinner and get some rest. Around 11pm we will be served a light breakfast, just before we get our gear ready and start heading up the mountain (-/BL/D)

We strive to leave the hut by midnight and start our climb to the top of Ecuador's highest mountain, Chimborazo. The climb will take us between 8 and 10 hours and we will top out (20,702ft/6.310m) early in the morning. The summit of Chimborazo allows a fantastic view of the beautiful Andean surroundings and your cameras will get a good workout. The descent back to the refuge will take us 3 to 4 hours. On arrival we pack up and head down to "Hermanos Carrel Refuge" from where we have organized your transport back to Quito (B/BL/-)

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Superior service
Private transportation and transfers
Professional Mountain Guide
IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide) or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) / ratio 2 climbers - 1 guide
Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
Accommodation in hotels (double occupancy), José Ribas and Whymper Refuge
All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
National Park fees and permits registration
Personal Mountain Gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
Single supplement
International flights
Meals and beverages at the hotels (lunch, dinner)
Personal insurance
Other non-specified expenses


Lonely Summits

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