THE SUMMITS OF ECUADOR -
ESCORTED TOUR
A Forward Great Walk
THE SUMMITS OF ECUADOR, A FORWARD ESCORTED JOURNEY
COTOPAXI ∙ CHIMBORAZO ∙ ILINIZA NORTE ∙ IMBABURA ∙ CORAZON ∙ QUITO ∙ EQUATOR
13 DAY GREAT WALK 18 FEBRUARY - 02 MARCH 2019

Join us to reach the peaks on six of Ecuador’s volcanoes. Stand on top of The World as you climb Chimborazo, the furthest point from the Earth’s centre. The 13 day journey is a perfect introduction to high altitude climbing, with plenty of acclimitisation days and technical training by experience guides

You will be escorted by Dan Slater, an experienced tour leader, traveler and mountain guide, plus expert local guides throughout Ecuador. More technical than Kilimanjaro but a whole lot easier than Everest, these really are the ‘high’lights of Ecuador, so we hope you will join Dan on what will be a great adventure.

Tour Highlights
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OF DAN SLATER AS TOUR LEADER TRANSFERS TO AND FROM AIRPORT
  • PRIVATE GROUND TRANSPORTATION
  • ACCOMMODATION IN HOTELS, LODGES AND REFUGES
  • CITY TOURS
  • PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH SPEAKING MOUNTAIN GUIDES
  • DAILY BREAKFAST LUNCH AND WATER ON HIKING DAYS
  • LUNCH AND DINNER WHEN SPECIFIED
  • MOUNTAIN CLIMIBING EQUIPMENT: CARABINERS, GLACIER BOOTS, CRAMPONS, ICE AXLE, HELMET, HARNESS.
  • ENTRANCE AND PERMITS TO THE NATIONAL PARKS

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    ECUADOR

  • When
    :

    18 FEBRUARY – 02 MARCH 2019

  • What
    :

    WALKING AND HIKING, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, ESCORTED JOURNEY

Itinerary

Our bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel in Quito. You will get a first glimpse of Quito and its surroundings. The guide will also give you a briefing of the activities to come the next days in our adventure towards the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo summits.

In 1978 Quito was the first city to be World Heritage listed and is one of South America’s biggest. We start our tour in the oldest street of the city, La Ronda where we will encounter the traditions of the city. In this gastronomic capsule, we’ll learn of the local spices used in Ecuadorian cooking. Visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood most of them designed for the traditional churches and made by hand for furniture decoration.

We head to the main square surrounded by churches, palaces, and public buildings. The La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, and the nearby Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century) is not to be missed. Finally, we will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill where you will have a wonderful view over the city, mountains and volcanos.

We will then drive 30 kms north of Quito towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honour of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Afterwards we will return to Quito to rest.

Pasochoa is an old and very weathered volcano. Its last eruption was during the most recent ice age, resulting in the collapse of the west side of its crater. This created a horseshoe shaped caldera which is still present today. The hike to the summit is straightforward, and not very steep. It is a perfect choice for a first climb to acclimatise and to prepare for larger mountains ahead. From the summit on a clear day, we will have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

PHYSICAL: LOW-MID

TECHNICAL: LOW

DETAILS: It will take us approximately 3-hours to climb up to the summit and 2-hours to descend.

Imbabura is a long-extinct volcano located 60km northeast of Quito near the town of Otavalo. It is a stand-alone peak that resides over the breathtaking Lago San Pablo outside of Otavalo. The gentle slopes make this mountain the perfect acclimatisation climb for the higher peaks in Ecuador.

PHYSICAL: MID-HIGH

TECHNICAL: LOW-MID

DETAILS: It will take us approximately 5-hours to climb up to the summit and 2-hours to descend.

Visit the Otavalo Indigenous Market, where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colours of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewellery and others artisan work. We then return to Quito to rest.

El Corazon is an eroded and extinct volcano located about 40km southwest of Quito. It is a mid-hiking tour through the páramo vegetation and it is perfect for acclimatisation as well as for people who simply want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Cotopaxi and its neighbouring mountains with the valley below. The hiking route is straight forward and requires a little bit of rock experience and equipment in the last part to the summit.

Corazon is Spanish for heart and is said to refer to the two gullies on the northwest slopes, which, when seen from a distance, appear to join together in the shape of a heart.

PHYSICAL: MID-HIGH

TECHNICAL: LOW-MID

DETAILS: It will take us approximately 4-hours to climb up to the summit and 3-hours to descend.

The Illinizas are a pair of volcanic mountains that are located to the south of Quito, in the Illinizas Ecological Reserve (Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas). These twin mountains are separated by a saddle that is about a kilometre long. The peaks are among the highest in Ecuador, with Illiniza Sur standing slightly taller than Illiniza Norte, its northern counterpart, at 5248 meters and 5126 metres respectively. The Illiniza Norte requires a little bit of rock climbing expertise in the last approach to the summit, while the remaining of the mountain may be climbed as a trekking peak. There is a rustic refuge located between the north and south peak that can be reached by a three-hour climb. The Illinizas are excellent mountains for acclimatization to altitude and are frequently used as a preparatory climb to higher peaks such as Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Chimborazo.

PHYSICAL: MID-HIGH

TECHNICAL: MID

DETAILS: We will first walk for about 3-hours from the parking lot at 3800 metres to the refuge at 4700 metres. After a small stop we will hike from the refuge up to the summit at 5125 metres in about 2-hours through a rock trail. We will then descend to the parking lot thru a sand trail (a different exit not passing by the refuge).

Cotopaxi volcano (5897 m) is at the heart of the Cotopaxi National Park. It’s one of South America’s most famous volcanoes and one of its most active ones, and it ranks among the world’s highest active volcanoes. The majestic, snow covered symmetrical stratovolcano is located on the Eastern Cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes, 60 km south of Quito and 35 km northeast of Latacunga.

PHYSICAL: HIGH

TECHNICAL: MID

DETAILS: We will walk for one-hour from the parking lot to the refuge carrying all our equipment and clothing.

We will head to the glacier 45-minutes from the refuge to learn the techniques to walk on snow and ice with crampons. We will also learn auto-stop, usage of rope, how to walk thru a crack/ fissure.

Return to the refuge and prepare the equipment for next day’s hike. Have an early dinner and rest, before waking at 11pm to start our hike.

0h: Start the hike

6h – 7h: Arrive to the summit at 6270 metres after having walked for 6 to 7 hours, if weather permits. We will enjoy beautiful views on the way up on a clear night, and definitely on the way down

10h: Arrival to the refuge after having walked for 3-hours from the summit

13h30: Lunch

15h: Drive to the hotel in Riobamba.

This will be a resting day from the hikes done in the past days in preparation for the Chimborazo hike. We will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains, the peace and beauty of the lodge, and the delicious home-made meals. We will take a small walk around the reserve if desired.

Chimborazo is the highest volcano in Ecuador and the farthest point from the centre of the Earth, surpassing in two kilometres the height of Everest. For this reason, it is said to be the closest point to the sun. It has a height of 6270 meters, and is located in the central Andes, 150km southwest of Quito in the city of Riobamba. It is a hard climb to make since the climb starts at the refuge at 4850 meters, in a journey that takes 10 to 12 hours to complete. However, with good training and acclimatization it can be a nice and enjoyable climb.

PHYSICAL: HIGH+

TECHNICAL: MID

DETAILS:

12h: Lunch (lodge)

14h: Arrival to the Chimborazo refuge

17h: Dinner and rest

22h: Wake up and prepare for the hike

23h: Hiking starts

7h: Arrive to the summit at 6270 meters after having walked for 8 to 9 hours, if weather permits. We’ll have beautiful views going up on a clear night, and again on the way down

12h: Arrival to the refuge after having walked for 4-hours from the summit

14h: Lunch

15h: Return to Quito

We have completed our journey to climb the highest mountains in Ecuador, enjoying the views and the company along the way. Congratulations for the effort made and the best wishes for all the journeys to come! Transfer to Quito airport.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

    INCLUSIONS

    LOCATION ACCOMMODATION
    QUITOHOTEL QUITO
    OTAVALOHACIENDA PALMERAS
    COTOPAXIHOSTERIA PAPAGAYO
    COTOPAXIHACIENDA PORVENIR
    COTOPAXI CLIMBREFUGE COTOPAXI
    CHIMBORAZOESTRELLA DEL CHIMBORAZO
    CHIMBORAZO CLIMBREFUGE CHIMBORAZO


    13 DAY TRIP

    2019 FROMTWINSINGLE
    PRICES PER PERSON$4,680$5,280
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