Day 1: Arrival. Pick up in the airport transfer in to your hotel.
Day 2: Acclimatization Pichincha (4.794m/15.724ft). We take our first acclimatization ascent on the 4.794m (15.724ft) peak of the active volcano Guagua Pichincha. Quito is nestled on the slopes of this active volcano. Our primary goal here is to help each team member begin testing his or her response to higher elevation and to give our bodies a chance to get used to altitude, while enjoying the many photographic opportunities. Afternoon drive back to Quito.
Day 3: Acclimatization Iliniza North Refugio (4.600m/15.092ft). After breakfast a mid-morning departure from Quito to Ilinizas and to the parking lot. We travel for the Panamericana high way, We passing for very nice and agriculture areas and very grin areas and many Volcanoes on front of us you can see nice view and good time for pictures too. We will be arrival a remote Paramo which is to an area called la Virgén. From here it is a 3 hour hike up to the refuge with our full back packing on us, the refuge is situated at 4.600m. Dinner and sleep in the refuge.
Day 4: Iliniza North (5.125m/16.815ft). Wake-up early in the morning at 5:00am breakfast, and departure for our 5.125m summit day attempt on Iliniza Norte. This peak is normally a fairly straight forward climb that sometimes requires for acclimatization days the trail on this mountain is send and Rock almost difficult for fine the way, if the water condition is bad with cloud for sure is very ease for last the way and last the person too. On one part of the way we will be use a fixed rope for pass or negotiate "Death Pass." After this pass we have the summit.
Three hours average to reach the summit. Pictures time, Lunch. Descent for one 1,1/2 to refuge, resting before to going down to the parking lot at our private car 4x4 transportation will take us to hotel near to Cotopaxi National Park for one hour driving and put on our hotel resting night. Hotels, La Estación, La Ciénega o Volcano Land.
Day 5: Cotopaxi Refugio (4.800m/15.744ft). Depart from Hosteria in the morning where we will cross a rich green and fertile valley, commonly referred to as "The Valley of the Volcanoes". After one and a half hours, we head east into The Cotopaxi National Park, where our driving destination ends at the Cotopaxi car park, situated at 4.550m (14.924ft). From here we have a forty-five minute hike with full packs up to the Jose Rivas Refuge on the Cotopaxi flank north West at 4.800m (15.744ft) After arrival at the hut, we will enjoy a hot tea and a short rest before a training to the climbing rope nuts, Pruxiks and good driving for safety climbing in the mountains, rest, delicious dinner relax evening.
Day 6: Cotopaxi Refugio (5.897m/19.427ft). Wake up at midnight. Breakfast and equipment check-up. We leave the refuge at 1:00am. We will pass a group of uniform slopes and ice ramps of 30 and 35 degrees before reaching a glacier platform. We enjoy one of the spectacular color displays in the Andes. From this point we see the valley below us where the morning sunrise welcomes us with incredible colors. Our route will pass under a base of rock 400 feet wide called Yanasacha. The quichua name says it all, its a black wall of impressive size.
The Indians called it the route of the moon. Here we start climbing glacier slopes of 35 and 45 degrees, at the top of which we will only have 15 more minutes climb to emerge onto Ecuador's second highest summit: Volcano Cotopaxi at 5.897m (19.427ft) Our approximate climbing time will have been 7 hours. Return to the refuge around 9 or 10:00am. Rest and drive to La Cienega, a beautiful country-side hacienda located at the base of Cotopaxi.
Day 7: Chimborazo - Refugio (4.800m/15.744ft). Depart from La Cienega at 10:00 a.m. Drive south of Cotopaxi where we will pass the agricultural towns of Latacunga and Ambato. Five hour drive crossing agricultural and indigenous areas where a picture or two may attract you. We will arrive at the lower Carrel refuge of Chimborazo at 4.800m (15.744ft) at 3 or 4:00 in the afternoon.
Day 8: Chimborazo – Refugio (5.000m/16.400ft). Breakfast 8:00 a.m. This day we will need to rest and acclimatize for a higher altitude climb. We begin the day with a forty-minute walk with full packs up to the Whimper hut on the Chimborazo West flank situated at 5.000m (16.400ft) Later we will take a short 2 or 3 hour hike around the ridge and then return to the refuge where we will rest and prepare ourselves for the early morning departure. Early dinner and once again we will go to bed as early as 6:30 p.m.
Day 9: Chimborazo Summit (6.310m/20.697ft). Chimborazo, with 5 summits, is Ecuador's highest mountain and one massive volcano! We rise at midnight for breakfast and an equipment check-up. Leave the hut at 1:00am. We move immediately to the huge glacier on Chimborazo's southwest face where we first traverse moderately angled ice slopes, climb through a series of ice falls and up the steep ice ramps. Climbing simultaneously on moderate grounds belaying up the steep pitches. Our team will rope together in order to cross crevasses. and finally make it to the summit.
This is the highest point of the Andes and from here we have a magnificent view of the emerging volcanoes that form the eastern and western Cordillera. The said volcanoes seem to emerge from the clouds below our feet. Chimborazo summit is at 6.310m (20.697ft). Our approximate climbing time is 8 to 9 hours. Return to the refuge around noon. Lunch and return to Quito, arriving in the hotel in Quito at 8:00 p.m.
Day 10: Departure out to international fly to home.
Note: The client is responsible for additional expenses incurred due to changes/ variations in the above itinerary (food, gas, hotels, guide, etc.).
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