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ECUADOR Cotopaxi 5.897 m. and Chimborazo (6.310 m.) IHE 03

The northern capital for the Incas, Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful of all South American capital cities with its well preserved colonial architecture and mild climate. We visit the old town of Quito which has been declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO. The region around Cotopaxi has the highest number of clear days per year in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Cotopaxi 5.900 m. It is the most beautiful and regular of all the colossal peaks in the high Andes. It is a perfect cone covered by a thick blanket of snow...”  
Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and located in the Western Cordillera, 150 km to the south west of Quito and 20 km North West of Riobamba. For this climb you need ice-climbing equipment, excellent physical condition and lots of stamina. Most of the time, it is not a  difficult climb but there are periods when hard ice conditions due to ash cover from Tungurahua (black ice) makes it very challenging.  Avalanches are also a problem on that climb and proper pre-cautions are to be taken.

Going to Chimborazo, we visit San Augustin de Callo. This hacienda was built on the site of an Inca palace. It constitutes one of the two most important archeological sites in Ecuador, and the point furthest from Cuzco of Imperial style construction. Beside the hacienda, the farmhouse has a unique blend of architectural styles: 15th century Inca, 16th century Colonial and 19th century Republican. There are several opportunities to spot vicuñas once we reach the foothills of Chimborazo. These camelids together with the other members of their family: alpacas and llamas are the biggest native South American mammals.

Day 01:  Quito City (2.850 m): Arrival to the capital city of Quito. It lies on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by high volcanoes at an elevation of 2,850 meters. Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to the hotel.

Day 02:  City tour in Quito (2.850 m): In the morning city tour in Quito. Taking an easy walk through narrow streets and historical squares, admiring the old colonial churches, buildings and houses. Enjoying a great view of Quito from the top of the El Panecillo hill. In the afternoon, we check our equipment. Night in a hotel.

Day 03:  Chilcabamba (3.487): From Quito we will travel by exclusive transport to Chilcabamba (3.487m) a small and beautiful lodge in the center of cowboy country and close to Cotopaxi.

Day 04:  Cotopaxi National Park (3.766 m): In the morning. We will enjoy fantastic views of Cotopaxi. In the afternoon we travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. On our drive, we pass through several vegetative zones and anticipate encountering llamas, herds of wild horses, foxes, Cara-Cara falcons, eagles, Andean gulls, lapwings, etc. The rest of the day we will prepare for the upcoming climb.

Day 05:  Ribas Refuge (4.800 m.): We departure by transport to the park land on the northern slopes of Cotopaxi (4.600m). From there, we hike for approximately an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4.800m ). Once at the hut, we prepare the climb of the most snow covered Ecuatorian mountain of Cotopaxi.

Day 06: Summit of Cotopaxi 5.900 m: At one in the morning We begin the climb, it  allows us to take advantage of the better snow conditions and thus travel more quickly and safely. The normal route is technically not challenging but physically demanding.  After 7 to 9 hours of climbing we reach the top where we can enjoy magnificent views of the gigantic crater and of mountains such as Antizana, Cayambe and Chimborazo. After the summit, we descend Cotopaxi and rest. Night in a refuge.

Day 07:  Chimborazo base camp (3.950 m): Today we go to Chimborazo base camp, on our way we visit San Augustin de Callo. After visiting this interesting place, we travel by bus to the base camp lodge (3.950 m) located at the foothills of the highest volcano in Ecuador. Night in a lodge.

Day 08: Whymper refuge (5.047 m.): We travel by bus to the Carrel hut (4,862m). From there, it takes us between thirty and forty five minutes to walk to the Whymper refuge (5.047m) where we spend the afternoon preparing for the climb the next day.

Day 09: Summit of Chimborazo (6.310 m.): At about midnight we start the climb following the El Castillo route. It normally takes 8 hours to get to the summit of Chimborazo from where you will enjoy one of the best views in Ecuador. To the north and north-east: mountains like the Ilinizas, Antisana and the famous Cotopaxi. The descent to the Whymper hut takes between three and four hours. After returning to the hut, we pack and descend to Riobamba town. Night in a local accommodation.

Day 10: Relax day: Visit the Baños; it has always been famous for its thermal hot springs. Transfer to Quito. After having breakfast we drive along the Avenue of the volcanoes back to Quito. Arrival to your hotel.

Day 11: Indian Market: Excursion to the Otavalo. It gets busy as the stallholders set up their displays. Handicraft workers from the outlying districts come to negotiate their wares. Indian market. Afternoon transfer out. Hotel – airport and end of our services.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Transport service during the excursion.
  • UIAGM Mountain guide during the expedition.
  • Bilingual cultural guide for classic tours English.
  • Refuge, lodge and local accommodations.
  • Camping organization.
  • Collective camping equipment.
  • Three meals a day. (FBP Full Board Pension: Lunch, dinner and breakfast).
  • Cook and kitchen equipment. . (Table, Chairs).
  • Kitchen and dinning tent.
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Dinning tent. (Table, Chairs).
  • Medical kits during the expedition.
  •  Satellite phone during the expedition (US$ 6 a minute).
  • Pulse and Oxygen daily monitored to check acclimatization
  • Communications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • Personal equipment.
  • Tents for clients and insulation mat.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Restaurant service in the cities.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Bottle of Waters and Spirit drinks
  • Tips.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 11 Days/10 nights
Season: November – March
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569