Ecuador COMPLETO Central Andes + Main Glaciers Cayambe and Chimborazo 8 Days / 7 Nights

Completo-Cayambe
This program starts with light acclimatization, then more difficult mountains until the first highlight: Cayambeending with another highlight, Chimborazo. Cayambe (5.790 m — 18,966 ft.) is the third highest mountain in Ecuador and of the most climbed. Chimborazo (6,268 m — 20,564 ft.) is the goal of many climbers who come to Ecuador. It is the highest mountain in the country and if measured from the center of the earth it’s the highest mountain in the world! The ascent of Chimborazo is not to be underestimated because a good acclimatization such as this program is required and is certainly the highlight of this trip.

Time in hours

Day

Itinerary

Accommodation

Altitude in m

Altitude Accommodation in m

Walk

Drive

1

Rucu Pichincha Hotel in Quito

4696

2500

0.5

1

2

Corazón Lodge

4781

2900

5

1.5

3

Iliniza Norte Lodge

5116

2900

6

0.5

4

Refuge Cayambe Mountain Refuge

4600

4600

0.5

2

5

Cayambe Lodge

5790

4000

9

3.5

6

Short trekking and day off Lodge

4000

4000

1

7

Refuge Chimborazo Mountain Refuge

5000

5000

0.5

0.5

8

Chimborazo and back to Quito

6310

2800

10

3.5

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Itinerary

Itinerary 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Ruco Pichincha 4696m
Early in the morning we head to the Telefériqo cable cars where we ride the gondola up to 4000m with amazing views of Quito and the Andes. From here we start our trekking towards Ruco Pichincha 4696m, the beautiful rocky mountain overlooking Quito. Then we go to rest to our hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Quito
Meals: box lunch, dinner

Day 2: Climbing Corazón 4781m
Pickup at hotel in Quito, then we will drive 1.5 hours to the Corazón Mountain which has a fantastic view toCotopaxi, Rumiñahui, Illinizas, Sincholagua, Pasochoa, Pichincha, Atacazo, etc. Ourtrekking tour starts at 4000mts (13’200feet) to the summit at 4781mts (15’777feet), itwill take us around 3 hrs. We will drive to our lodge, have dinner and relax in the SPA as tomorrow we will have an early wake up.
Accommodation:Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 3: Iliniza Norte 5116m
Today we have early breakfast and start our next trekking adventure. The journey takes us about 1h to the Virgin statue nearly at 4000m through a bumpy track. The hike to the hut will take us about 2hrs, from the cottage to the main summit of the Illiniza Norte another 2hrs and for the descent, we need about 2-3 hours until we reach our transfer. We head to Chimborazo area, with beautiful moorlands where we can observe vicuñas on the highlands. Our lodge is located at the foothill of Chimborazo with impressive views and a great altitude to recover and acclimatize.
Accommodation:  Lodge
Meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 4: Cayambe refuge 4600 m
Today we head to the Cayambe volcano, the third highest mountain in Ecuador after the Chimborazo and the Cotopaxi. We will drive to the Oleas refuge (4600 m). Here we will get accommodation and enjoy the spectacular view over the Ecuadorian highlands. Food will be served at the refuge and we will spend the afternoon here resting for the big ascent at night.
Accommodation: Mountain Refuge
Meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 5: Cayambe 5790 m
Our ascension will begin at midnight. The Cayambeis the third tallest mountain in Ecuador. The ascension is not of a technical type, it consists in crossingsome crevasses and hiking up a beautiful glacier. We reach the peak early in the morning where a spectacular view will be presented in front of us to the valley and nearby mountains such as Antisana, Cotopaxi. For the ascension and back we will need around 9 hours. Afterwards we willtransfer to the central Andes to the beautiful area of Chimborazo.
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: box lunch breakfast (ascent), box lunch, dinner

Day 6: Chimborazo trekking
We enjoy a tranquil breakfast with views to imposing Chimborazo. Then we go for a wonderful trekking around the area and base of the mountain to admire the moorlands, views and meet the Andean camelid, alpacas and vicuñas. We reach the mountain refuges and reach up to 5000m at the base of the mountain. Today we rest, the big challenge comes tomorrow!
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Chimborazo, Refuge Whymper 5000m
After a light lunch we drive (4800m Carrel Refuge) up to the first hut of Chimborazo. Then we walk about 45min to the second refuge Whymper. Here we will have early dinner and try to rest. We sleep in the shelter and get up at 10pm. A steep climb awaits us to the top of Ecuador!
Accommodation: Mountain Refuge
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Chimborazo 6310 m and back to Quito or extension
The ascent of Chimborazo normally takes 7 hours to the main summit and 3 1/2hr. for the descent. We will thus be on foot for over 10 hours, which will certainly be working our legs. The summit is huge and breathtakingly beautiful. If we are lucky we can see the Tungurahua, an active volcano that spits out ash clouds from time to time, but is not dangerous. After the descent of Chimborazo we drive back to Quito or to our following destination.
Meals: box lunch breakfast, lunch

Included:

  • Local certified English/Spanish-speaking mountain guide
  • Accommodation mentioned above
  • Private transportation
  • Meals mentioned in program above
  • Transportation, Accommodations, meals for all guides and driver

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Extras and services not mentioned above
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Glacier, climbing and extra trekking gear (we can assist with the rental)
  • Taxes

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