Trekking Central Andes 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Time in hours

Day

Itinerary

Accommodation

Altitude in m

Altitude Accommodation in m

Walk

Drive

1

Pasochoa Lodge

4200

2500

5

1

2

Rumiñahui Lodge

4600

2500

6

1

3

Ilinizas trekking Lodge

4600-5116

2500

6-7

0.5

4

Quilotoa loop Lodge Chimborazo

3914

4000

5

2

5

Chimborazo trekking and back to Quito  –

5000

2700

4

2

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Itinerary

Day 1: Pasochoa trekking
The Pasochoa, an extinct volcano that is very fertile in consequence of the lava and the thousands of years that passed by the eruption. Covered in Andean forests and moorlands, you can find many different species of plants, trees, animals and insects. Our trekking takes about 6-7 hours in total. After reaching Pasochoa Summit (4’200 m / 13’779 feet) we head to our lodge to rest for the night.
Accommodation:Lodge                    
Meals:
box lunch, dinner

Day 2. Rumiñahui

We continue to Cotopaxi National Park. We start our tour at the edge of the stunning Limpiopungo lagoon at 3900m. Rumiñahui is a beautiful rocky mountain which its name means: face of rock: Rumi (piedra) Ñahui (cara). We hike to the summit and back in approx. 4-5h. We traverse beautiful moorlands and the last part to the summit is a fun rocky easy climb to Rumiñahui Central. The view is amazing to active Cotopaxi volcano, Sincholagua, Pasochoa and surrounding valleys. We return to our lodge to rest.
Accommodation:Lodge                    
Meals:
Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 3. Ilinizas Reserve Trekking –  Iliniza Norte 5116m

The journey takes us about 30min to the Virgin statue nearly at 4000m. The hike to the hut will take us about 2hrs and one hour back. Traversing moorlands and a small polilepis forest, the hike is very scenic with great views of the valley. If guests desire, we can try for the summit of Iliniza North adding additional 2 hours from the hut up, and 2 hours descent total.
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, dinner

Day 4. Quilotoa Loop

We head to the central Andes. The Quilotoa Lake is one of Ecuador’s most spectacular sites, although relatively off the beaten path. The crater lake was formed when the volcano erupted many thousands of years ago. It is about 250 meters deep and is characterized by its stunningly bright turquoise color. We walk around the lake about 4-5 hours to complete the loop around the crater. Then we will be transferred south to Chimborazo province to our hotel to spend the night.
Accommodation: Lodge / Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 5: Chimborazo trekking and back to Quito
Afrer breakfast 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. We return to Quito for our next adventures.
Accommodation: Hotel in Riobamba
Meals: breakfast, box lunch

Includes:

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

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Extras and services not mentioned above
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional Glacier, climbing and trekking gear (we can assist with the rental)
  • Taxes 14% VAT if invoiced to Ecuadorian company or guest

Payment Policy: 

Full prepayment is required 30 days’ prior guests’ arrival to confirm services.

We accept MasterCard and Visa via our online secure payment system. We accept payments through bank wire without surcharge. Checks not accepted.

Cancellation Policy: 

Cancellations must be notified at least 15 days prior to the date of guests’ arrival. If notification is received in less than 14 days’ prior arrival, no refund applies. Refund of the prepayment will be upon agency´s discretion and cancellation motive.

Security and health is a priority in our programs. If weather and mountain conditions are not safe/optimal or if guests are not in a good health condition, the guide and agency reserves the right to modify itineraries

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