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Avenida de los Volcanes, Ecuador

Chimborazo Expedition

When: JAN-DEC

Where: Ecuador

Length: 2-12 days

Level: Hard

From: $299

Overview

An epic climbing adventure in the 'Avenida de los Volcanes' in Ecuador

Climbing in Ecuador is a climber's dream with a mix of challenging summits and diverse scenery

Chimborazo is the highest volcano in Ecuador reaching at 6310m above sea level. This volcano dominates the highlands around it, giving you the best view from the summit.

Not for the faint of heart or inexperienced, this expedition requires previous climbing experience to reach the summit of Chimborazo.

Standing at 6310 m, Chimborazo represents the point closest to space on Earth, and if you are measuring from the Earth’s center, it’s the highest mountain in the world--3597m higher than Everest. Intrigued yet?

The summit can be reached in 8 hr on average. The normal route has become a real challenge and requires a lot of skill and high mountain experience. It is very steep, but at least offers a direct uphill line.

Climbs should start around midnight from Refugio Whymper, so you can reach the summit in the early morning. The normal route through “El Castillo” is the most popular way to climb Chimborazo. This route leads to two of the highest summits: Veintimilla (6,267 m) and Whymper (6,310 m).

Over a 12-day period, you can spend time acclimatizing with hikes to different high altitude lakes, like Lake Cuicocha, Lake Mojanda, and summiting other smaller volcanoes such as Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, Guagua Pichincha, Illiniza North, and Cotopaxi. All points of interest lead to the grand summit of Chimborazo.

This expedition is a formidable challenge through the midst of Ecuador, and not to be missed!

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Quito - Cuicocha - Otavalo
Trek around the Cuicocha lagoon for 3-4 hr with with spectacular scenery. Return to Otavalo and spend the night in a comfy hotel.

Day 2 -

Fuya Fuya - El Lechero - Otavalo
Head to the lagoon of Mojanda, the starting point to hike to the top of the Fuya Fuya (4,265 m). Return to Otavalo and visit the Peguche waterfall.

Day 3 -

Imbabura - Otavalo
Very early in the morning you'll visit La Esperanza and climb the Imbabura volcano (4,630 m.) Head back to Otavalo for dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 -

Otavalo Market - Quito
Visit the most popular market in Ecuador, and find crafts like ponchos and tapestries, etc. After lunch return to Quito.

Day 5 -

Quito- Guagua Pichincha- El Chaupi
Leave Quito in the morning and continue to Lloa. Continue your journey to climb Guagua Pichincha. Stay in a comfy hotel in Machachi.

Day 6 -

Iliniza North (5,120m) - Machachi
Start very early and your ascent of Iliniza North. Head back to our hotel in Machachi.

Day 7 -

Machachi - Cotopaxi Refuge
After breakfast, walk to the José Rivas refuge (4,800 m). After lunch, practice basic techniques and review the climb for the next day.

Day 8 -

Cotopaxi Summit - Baños
Get up at midnight and after a light breakfast and get ready for the summit of Cotopaxi! Return to the refuge and head to Baños.

Day 9 -

Baños
Well deserved rest day in Baños visiting waterfalls and hot springs. Oh, yeah!

Day 10 -

Baños - Chimborazo refuge
Leave Baños and make it to the Hermanos Carrel refuge (4,800 m). Then, the Whymper refuge (5,000 m), where you'll review the climb, have dinner and prepare for the ascent to Chimborazo!

Day 11 -

Chimborazo Summit – Riobamba
Get up before midnight to climb Chimborazo and after 8hr you'll first reach the Veintimilla summit (6,270 m) and then the Whymper peak (6,310 m). Descend head to Riobamba.

Day 12 -

Riobamba - Quito
Have breakfast return to Quito.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All national park entrance fees

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

20th Dec 2018 - 21st Dec 2018

This is a 2 day climb of Chimborazo starting in Quito. Only recommended if you are already aclimatized and prepared for the climb. Final dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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10th Jan 2019 - 11th Jan 2019

This is a 2 day climb of Chimborazo starting in Quito. Only recommended if you are already aclimatized and prepared for the climb. Final dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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24th Jan 2019 - 25th Jan 2019

This is a 2 day climb of Chimborazo starting in Quito. Only recommended if you are already aclimatized and prepared for the climb. Final dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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7th Feb 2019 - 8th Feb 2019

This is a 2 day climb of Chimborazo starting in Quito. Only recommended if you are already aclimatized and prepared for the climb. Final dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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21st Feb 2019 - 22nd Feb 2019

This is a 2 day climb of Chimborazo starting in Quito. Only recommended if you are already aclimatized and prepared for the climb. Final dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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