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13 days for perfect acclimatization and Ecuador's highest mountains: Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Step by step you will be led to the point on earth which is closest to the sun, the summit of Chimborazo. The difficulty of the summits rises steadily, which assures perfect preparation for maximum results. Good fitness and some previous experience are highly recommended for this tour.


DAY 1 - Quito:

Arrival in Quito. Transfer to the hotel. Meet and greet your guide in the evening.


DAY 2 - Pasochoa Summit:

We leave Quito after breakfast and climb PASOCHOA (4.200 m / 13.780 ft). The hike to the summit takes about 4 hours.


DAY 3 - Guagua Pichincha Summit:

GUAGUA PICHINCHA (4.794 m / 15.728 ft) is the next acclimatization peak on our itinerary, going a bit higher this time. We reach the summit after approximately 4 hours.


DAY 4 - Corazón Summit:

CORAZÓN (4.791 m / 15.718 ft) - one last hike staying below the 5k mark. We hike up to Corazón summit in about 3 to 4 hours and enjoy marvellous views.


DAY 5 - Refuge Nuevos Horizontes:

We drive to the Natural Reserve Los Ilinizas. From the parking area we hike up to the Refugio Nuevos Horizontes (3 - 4 hours), where we will spend the night.


DAY 6 - Iliniza Norte Summit:

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to ILINIZA NORTE (5.126 m / 16.818 ft). 3 to 4-hour-tour to the summit. Descent to El Chaupi.


DAY 7 - Saquisili or Pujili markets:

We visit the indigenous markets of Saquisili or Pujili (depending on the day). In the afternoon we drive to Cotopaxi National Park and spend the night in the mountain hut of Tambopaxi.


DAY 8 - Tambopaxi:

In the morning we hike up to the glacier for some technical training. Rest in the afternoon. Early dinner and rest in Tambopaxi.


DAY 9 - Cotopaxi Summit:

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to COTOPAXI (5.897 m / 19.347 ft), which takes about 7 to 8 hours. Descent and drive to Baños de Agua Santa.


DAY 10 - Baños de Agua Santa:

We visit the waterfall Pailón del Diablo and the casa del arbol - half day program. The other half day is for exploring Baños and resting a bit.


DAY 11 - Refuge Carrel:

We drive to the Reserva de Producción de Fauna Chimborazo and stay at Refugio Carrel at 4.800 m / 15.750 ft, there we spend the night.


DAY 12 - Chimborazo Summit:

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to CHIMBORAZO (6.236 m / 20.549 ft) which takes approximately 8 to 9 hours. Descent to Riobamba, where we spend the night.


DAY 13 - Riobamba:

Relaxing morning, visit of the markets of Riobamba. Return to Quito and "good bye".


our package includes:
- transportation
- park entrance fees & climbing permit
- accommodation as per program
- food & beverage (as stipulated)

upon request:
- climbing equipment
- download checklist for equipment

Prices depend on services included. Please contact us for your individual offer.

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steadily up, from Quito to Chimborazo (6.263 m / 20.549 ft)

happy and successful mountaineers