Elevations: Guided climbs of Cayambe 18,997 feet/5790 meters; Cotopaxi 19,348 feet/5897 meters and Chimborazo 20,703 feet/6310 meters
Options: 11 (ascents of Cayambe & Cotopaxi) and 15 day itineraries (includes Chimboarazo)
Client to Guide Ratio: 2:1 or 3:1 depending on the climb
The combination of challenging volcano climbs, creature comforts in charming haciendas, amazing food, and great Ecuadorian and American guides makes this one of our most enjoyable adventures and one of the best introductions to high altitude mountaineering for advanced beginners. Before climbing Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo you'll explore the city of Quito and the Indian village of Otavalo, where shoppers delight in the variety of handmade goods. After a skills review, we’re off to climb.
Ecuador’s famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes” offers some of the finest beginner-intermediate mountaineering in the Andes, set amid a fascinating cultural backdrop. While climbing Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo we’ll encounter crevassed glacier travel, 35-40 degree snow and ice slopes, and beautiful ridges. This trip offers the very best of a wonderful country, spectacular mountains, and diverse climbing opportunities. Read more about the country and climbs here.
In the event that the conditions on Chimborazo are unfavorable, climbers will have the option to summit Antisana or the Illinizas.
The food and lodging on these trips are uniquely Ecuadorian and have been carefully chosen. Historic haciendas dating back to the 18th century offer visitors charming places to relax after the climbs. For lunch you may find yourself strolling through amazing orchid-filled gardens before feasting on fresh local fruits, grilled trout, garlic chicken, and locro de queso,a delicious soup topped with wedges of avocado and cheese. And then there’s dinner! It’s no wonder one of our guides calls these trips “eating expeditions!”