8-Day Climbing Volcanoes

Volcanoes, volcanoes, volcanoes! This is your complete Climbing Ecuador Adventure. In 8 days you will hike and climb five of the country’s major volcanoes.
Rumiñahui, Corazón and Illiniza are waiting for you!
But, without a doubt, the highlights will be these two: Cotopaxi, with 5897m Ecuador’s second-highest volcano, and probably Latin America’s most beautiful mountain.
And Chimborazo, at 6263m the world’s highest summit, measured from the centre of the earth, and therefore the place closest to the sun!

  • Destination

  • Included

    24/7 Assistance
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    Domestic Flights
    International Flights
    Personal expenses
    Services not described
    Tips
    Transportation
    Travel insurance
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Day 1: Rumiñahui Summit

Today your adventure begins!
    You will be picked up in your hotel in Quito and driven to the Cotopaxi National Park.
    Here you start with your acclimatization hike at Cotopaxi’s neighbouring volcano, Rumiñahui, with a height of 4721m.
    At 3900m, next to Limpiopungo lagoon, the trek begins. You will hike approximately 5 hours to the summit and back, passing impressive moorlands, and  the last part to the summit is an easy rocky climb to Rumiñahui Central.
    You will enjoy dinner later tonight at your lodge.
Meals included: Boxed lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Lodge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 2: Corazón Summit

Corazón’s summit is on today's schedule!
    You will start hiking at 4000m and will need around 3 hours to the top at 4781m.
    You will return early to your lodge, have dinner and the possibility to chill out in the spa area, since tomorrow will have an early beginning.
Meals included: Breakfast, Box lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Lodge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 3: Illiniza Norte Summit

After a very early breakfast, your ride to Illiniza begins.
    Over a bumpy road uphill, you will reach your starting point at around 4000m.
    Your hike will take you in 2 hours to a small hut, and in another 2 hours to the north summit at 5126m.
    After your descent back down you will be driven back to the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Box lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Lodge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 4: Cotopaxi Refuge

After breakfast, you will have time to spend a few relaxing hours in and around the lodge before you will be brought to Cotopaxi.
    Your driver drops you off at 4500m and you will walk the rest, a few hundred meters only, to the refuge.
    Dinner will be early today, before sunset, so you can catch a few hours of sleep since your ascent to the summit will start around midnight. Cotopaxi is waiting for you!
Meals included: Breakfast, Light lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Mountain Refuge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 5: Cotopaxi Summit

At 4800m, your trip starts in the darkness. The goal is to reach the summit before sunrise. With mountains around you and the distant lights of Quito in the background, you will walk across an alpine glacier in 5 or 6 hours to the top at 5897 m.
    At sunset, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views and beautiful colours, and of course take pictures of your achievement.
    Later on, you will descend back to the refuge.
    Here, you will be picked up and travel on to your next lodge, where you will get your much-deserved rest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Box lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Lodge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 6: Whymper Needles

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your lodge before you will head in the direction of Chimborazo volcano.
    Today, you will have a rather relaxing hike in the area, to the Whymper needles at 5300m.
    Afterwards, you will go to your lodge and spend the rest of the day relaxing before the absolute highlight of this trip of a lifetime starts!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Lodge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 7: Chimborazo Refuge

After a light lunch, you travel to the Carrel Refuge at 4800m.
    From there, you will walk to Whymper Refuge for about an hour.
    An early dinner is waiting for you and you will have time to catch some regenerating sleep before you will get woken up at 10 pm to start your grand final ascent.
    A steep climb awaits you to the top of the world!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Mountain Refuge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
 
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Day 8: Chimborazo Summit

The ascent to Chimborazo normally takes around 7 to 9 hours, so you will be on top before sunrise.
    The exhausting climb will be rewarded by stunning views on this huge and magnificent summit. You did it!
    With good weather conditions, you can see Tungurahua, which spits out clouds of ash from time to time.
    The way down will take another 4 hours to the refuge.
    From here, you will be taken back to Quito with loads of memories in your backpack.
Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch
    Type of service: Private
 

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