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Climbing in Ecuador: volcanos Pasochoa (4 230 m), Corazon (4786 m), Illiniza Norte (5126 m), and Cotopaxi (5897 m).

   
In this unique program you can climb 4 volcanoes including the peak of the most beautiful and highest active volcano in Ecuador Cotopaxi (5,897 m).
6 days
Group: 2 pax and more
1 400 USD
Deposit: 350 USD
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Day 1
QUITO - HIKING PASOCHOA (13875 ft /4 230 m) HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m) We will leave from Quito (9186 ft / 2800 m) early in the morning and drive southeast for about an hour through the Andean highlands until we get to the trailhead (10,827ft/3.300m). The hike goes through an amazing primary Andean forest, great for bird watching, we can easily encounter the exotic hummingbirds during the hike, as we gain elevation will be able to see the surrounding snow caped mountains such as Antisana, Cayambe, Illinizas, Cotopaxi and even Chimborazo far away to the south on a clear day. Once close to the summit (13 875 ft / 4230 m), we will start hiking by a ridge of the deep forest covered caldera which takes us to the true summit soon after. It will take us about 6 hours round trip. Drive to the south to the hotel in Machachi, Overnight here (BL).
Day 2
HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m) - CORAZON SUMMIT (15702 ft / 4786 m) HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m). We start early in the morning and drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of El Chaupi. We will continue driving up to the trailhead (13120 ft / 4000 m), where we start our hike. The first part of the hike takes us up through the small Andean grass. Then we will get on the sandy and scramble section, which leads to Corazon summit (15702 ft /4786 m). We will have lunch during the hike; the whole hike will take us about 8 hours. Return to Hotel in Machachi by late afternoon (B/BL).
Day 3
HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m) - NUEVOS HORIZONTES HUT (15580 ft / 4750 m) We will leave from Machachi in the morning and drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of El Chaupi. We will continue driving up until we get to La Virgen parking lot (12795 ft / 3900 m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike up to the Nuevos Horizontes Refuge (15580 ft / 4750 m). We will relax for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner will be served by late afternoon. (B/BL/D)
Day 4
ILLINIZA NORTE SUMMIT (16818 ft / 5126 m) HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m) Our climbing day starts at 5 am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge an hour later. We will continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to Illiniza Norte summit (16818 ft / 5126 m). The approach to the top involves an easy 3-hour scrambling. Once at the summit, we will enjoy and admire the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in hotel (B/BL/-)
Day 5
HOTEL IN MACHACHI (10168 ft / 3100 m) - COTOPAXI REFUGE (15748 ft / 4800 m) We will leave from Machachi in the morning and drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here we will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14764 ft / 4500 m). We get our gear ready and hike up for an hour to the José Rivas Refuge (15748 ft / 4800 m). In the afternoon we will go to the glacier for ice practices and training. We will learn some basic techniques, which include last but not least proper handling of the climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc.) We will go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest. (B/BL/D)
Day 6
COTOPAXI REFUGE (15748 ft / 4800 m) - COTOPAXI SUMMIT (19347 ft / 5897m) QUITO (9184 ft / 2800 m) We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (19347 ft / 5897 m) around 1 am after a light breakfast. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. The first part is about an hour hike to the glacier, where we put the crampons on and start the glacier ascent. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings and then we will head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the refuge we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and go down to the parking lot, from where we drive further to Quito. (B/BL)
Date Price Group
August 04 - August 09, 2021
1 400 USD
August 18 - August 23, 2021
1 400 USD
September 01 - September 06, 2021
1 400 USD
September 15 - September 20, 2021
1 400 USD
October 06 - October 11, 2021
1 400 USD
October 27 - November 01, 2021
1 400 USD
November 03 - November 08, 2021
1 400 USD
December 08 - December 13, 2021
1 400 USD
December 22 - December 27, 2021
1 400 USD
December 29, 2021 - January 03, 2022
1 400 USD
January 04 - January 09, 2022
1 400 USD
January 12 - January 17, 2022
1 400 USD
January 26 - January 31, 2022
1 400 USD
February 02 - February 07, 2022
1 400 USD
February 16 - February 21, 2022
1 400 USD
February 23 - February 28, 2022
1 400 USD
March 01 - March 06, 2022
1 400 USD
March 08 - March 13, 2022
1 400 USD
March 15 - March 20, 2022
1 400 USD
May 02 - May 07, 2022
1 400 USD
Date Price Group
August 04 - August 09, 2021
1 400 USD
August 18 - August 23, 2021
1 400 USD
September 01 - September 06, 2021
1 400 USD
September 15 - September 20, 2021
1 400 USD
October 06 - October 11, 2021
1 400 USD
October 27 - November 01, 2021
1 400 USD
November 03 - November 08, 2021
1 400 USD
December 08 - December 13, 2021
1 400 USD
December 22 - December 27, 2021
1 400 USD
December 29, 2021 - January 03, 2022
1 400 USD
January 04 - January 09, 2022
1 400 USD
January 12 - January 17, 2022
1 400 USD
January 26 - January 31, 2022
1 400 USD
February 02 - February 07, 2022
1 400 USD
February 16 - February 21, 2022
1 400 USD
February 23 - February 28, 2022
1 400 USD
March 01 - March 06, 2022
1 400 USD
March 08 - March 13, 2022
1 400 USD
March 15 - March 20, 2022
1 400 USD
May 02 - May 07, 2022
1 400 USD
Price includes

- Superior service

- A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator

- Land transportation and transfers

- Professional UIAGM or ASEGUIM mountain guides (Radio: 1 guide 2 climbers in Glacier Mountains)

- Accommodations in hotels (double room)

- Refuges: Nuevos Horizontes Hut, Jose Ribas

- All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)  

- National parks entrance fees

- Permits

Price does not include

- International flight tickets

- Climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, etc.)

- Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)

- Insurance of any kind

- Tips

- Other non-specified expenses

Trip overview

Volcanos Pasochoa (4 230 m), Corazon (4786 m), Illiniza Norte (5126 m), and Cotopaxi  (5897 m).

In this unique program you can climb 4 volcanoes  including the peak of the most beautiful and highest active volcano in Ecuador Cotopaxi (5,897 m).

Accommodation
Hotel accommodation in Machaci, hut in Cotopaxi BC
Meals
All meal according the program.
Weather
There are two climbing seasons in Ecuador, June to August and November to February. November to February is considered to be the best time for climbing. Cotopaxi can be climbed year round because it creates its own microclimate and has the most number of clear days of all the Ecuadorian mountains.
Extra expenses
- accommodation and extra service in Quito
- medical insurance
Possibility of renting personal equipment
We have climbing, hiking and trekking gear/equipment available for rent in Ecuador.

CLIMBING GEAR/ EQUIPO DE MONTAÑA

(Prices per day/precios por día)
Backpack / Mochila ($5,00)
Snow Pants / Pantalón Impermeable ($5.00)
Fleece Pants / Pantalón Térmico ($5,00)
Waterproof Jacket/Chaqueta Impermeable ($5,00)
Fleece Jacket/Chaqueta Térmica ($5,00)
Wool Hat / Gorra ($ 1,00)
Pair of Gloves / Guantes ($5,00)
Sleeping bag / Saco de Dormir ($10,00)
Headlamp / Linterna ($ 5,00)
Boots/Botas ($12,00 to $15,00)
*Please write size of your daily shoes and in one of the measuring system (US, EU, UK, etc.)
Crampons / Crampones ($8,00)
Ice Axe / Piolet ($5,00)
Harness / Arnés ($5,00)
Sunglasses / Gafas ($5,00)
Helmet / Casco ($5,00)
Personal gear
Personal and climbing gear (an example for Ecuadorian Glacier Mountains)

FOOTWEAR:
Running Shoes and/or Sport Sandals: For travel and easy walking.
Hiking Boots
Climbing Boots (double plastic boots at least like Sportiva Spanticks, anyways they have to be for - 10 C )
Lightweight Socks: 2-3 pairs synthetic/wool blend
Midweight Socks: 2-3 pairs synthetic/wool blend
Thickweight Socks 2 pairs synthetic/wool blend for the summit day.

CLOTHING:
It is very important that your clothes fit loosely and comfortably so you can layer your clothes appropriately. This is the key for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
Lightweight Long Underwear Tops
Midweight Long Underwear Tops: A zip-t neck design is good. Light colours are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colours when worn underneath other layers
Lightweight Long Underwear Bottoms
Midweight Long Underwear Bottoms:
Short-sleeved T-shirts: Two or three synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work well.
Jacket Synthetic or Fleece: Synthetic jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended.
Synthetic Insulated Pants: Primaloft or Polarguard 3D. Full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardware Chugach 3D pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile.
Down Insulated Jacket with Hood
Waterproof/Breathable Jacket and Pants (Gore-Tex): Your jacket must have a hood; your pants should have full-length side zips.



HEAD & HAND GEAR:
Liner Gloves: Any brand of Wind stopper fleece.
Waterproof thick Gloves
Down Mitts
Bandana: traditional cotton
Sun Hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor.
Wool or Fleece Hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears.
Balaclava

ACCESSORIES
Sunglasses #1: For high altitude. 1 pair of high quality 100%UV and 100% IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction sunglasses. Side shields such as those found on glacier glasses are not required, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum coverage of the eyes to protect them from bright light on snow.
Sunglasses #2: 1 pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses.
Ski goggles
Gaiters: You may choose to bring larger gaiters for your double boots as well as short gaiters, for your hiking
boots.
Headlamp with Spare Bulb: Plus two sets of extra batteries. (Petzl or Black Diamond)}

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT:
Ice Axe: General mountaineering axe, mountaineering walking length, 65 90 cm length, depending on your height.
Crampons:
Helmet
Harness


CAMPING/REFUGE GEAR
Backpack: (60/70 litres)
sleeping pad
Inflatable sleeping mattress
Sleeping Bag: (for -10 C to -15 C)
Water Bottles: Two 2-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth bottles. (Nalgene)
Lightweight Steel Thermal Bottle: Some type of thermos to keep liquids hot.
Trekking Poles
Swiss Army Knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international

MEDICAL & PERSONAL
Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily
Lip screen: SPF 30 or higher
Toiletry Kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small)
First Aid Kit: ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, small amount of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
Zip-lock Bags: Always useful, bring them for personal trash bags and to organize small items.
Baby Wipes or Wet-naps
Ear Plugs: Very useful in noisy refuges and tents.

TRAVEL ITEMS
Expedition Duffel Bag: (130 or + litres). This will hold all your gear as you move between hotels and main camps/refuges loading on the mules.
Small Travel Bag:
Nylon Stuff Sacks: For storing and organizing; light colours preferable for labelling. (Outdoor Research)
Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt: cotton, comfortable
Lightweight Pants: 1/2 pair/s (for traveling or light hiking)
City Clothes : casual, one or two changes
Passport belt/pouch
Small Padlocks: for locking duffel bag(s) while being stored at the hotel/refuges/camps. Some airlines do not allow them on checked luggage.
Book(s)
Journal Photography: Camera / Film / Memory Cards / Charger for Camera / Extra batteries
Additional information
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