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11-Day Five Ecuadorian Peaks With Cotopaxi

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Day 1 : Quito, Trek Cuicocha Lake (3400 m / 11,155 ft), Otavalo

Visiting: Quito, Otavalo

Departure at 07:30 A.M. from your hotel in Quito by private vehicle. Road to the north by the Pan-American highway to to the beautiful Cuicocha lagoon (3000 m / 9,845 ft), an old volcanic crater transformed by nature into a lake. Acclimatization walk of 3 to 4 hours around the crater and at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano (11,155 ft aprox.).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel in Otavalo

Day 2 : Otavalo, Mojanda Lagoons, Fuya-Fuya Summit (4294 m / 14,088 ft), San Clemente

Visiting: Fuya-Fuya

Departure from Otavalo to go up to the Mojanda lagoons (3800 m / 12,470 ft). Hiking and easy climb of the Cerro "Fuya-Fuya" (4294 m / 14,088 ft). This ascent demands about 2h30 to 3 hours to reach the summit. Box lunch. After the climb transfer to the small village of San Clemente.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Guesthouse in San Clemente

Day 3 : Imbabura Volcano (4621 m / 15,160 ft)

Visiting: Imbabura Volcano

Early morning departure by vehicle for the Imbabura trailhead. Acclimatization hike from 3300 to about 4300 m with a great view of the Otavalo region. It is possible to reach the summit of "Taita Imbabura" depending on the fitness of the group. This ascent does not involve any difficulty but it demands a steadfast physical effort of at least 6 hours. Return to Quito late in the afternoon.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Day 4 : Quito, El Chaupi

Visiting: Quito and El Chaupi

Breakfast and departure for the ascent in cable railway of Cruz Loma at 4050 m in altitude for an unforgettable point of view on the capital and the highest Ecuadorian summits.

Descent by the same way and drive to the south, following the famous "Valley of the Volcanoes", to reach the small village of El Chaupi located at the foot of the twin summit Illinizas Norte and Sur. Here you will spend the night in a rural hostel.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Inn of El Chaupi

Day 5 : Illinizas Norte summit (5116 m / 16,784 ft) to El Chaupi

Visiting: Illinizas Norte

Early in the morning we leave the refuge by vehicle up to the place known as "La Virgen" (3950 m / 12,960 ft). From there 2 or 3 hours walking up to arrive at the pass between the two summits. And from there 2 more hours will be necessary to climb the north peak of the Illinizas (5116 m / 16,784 ft). This route does not present any difficulty. Sometimes you just need ?to use your hands." Back to "La Virgen" and we go down by vehicle back to El Chaupi.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Inn of El Chaupi

Day 6 : Cotopaxi Refuge (4800 m / 15,748 ft)

Visiting: El Chasqui, Cotopaxi Refuge

After breakfast we leave for the Cotopaxi National Park. We go up by vehicle on a dusty road that ends 200 m below the Cotopaxi refuge (4600 m). Picking up of your equipment, loading of the food in your backpacks and up to the refuge: there are about 45 minutes walk on a cinder path to reach the refuge (200 m of slope / 660 ft).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Cotopaxi Refuge

Day 7 : Ice Skills Workshop from the Cotopaxi Refuge

Visiting: Cotopaxi

Walk up to the glacier at about 5000m to start a practical snow and ice technique course - ice axe and crampon work, progression in snowfields, rope handling, self-arrest, different progression techniques on 40 to 80 degree slopes. Back to the refuge at the end of the afternoon.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Cotopaxi Refuge

Day 8 : Cotopaxi summit (5897m / 19,347 ft) to Baņos

Visiting: Cotopaxi

Waking up at midnight and departure from the refuge at 1:00 A.M. to climb the world?s highest active volcano (5897m/19,347ft). This is an almost glacier ascent but without major difficulties. Crevasses are not numerous and well marked. Only the presence of fresh snow or strong winds can make this ascent a difficult one. It will take you around 5 to 6 hours to appreciate the magnificent huge summit cone. Back to the refuge around 10:00 AM at the latest. Light lunch and down to the parking lot. Lunch at Latacunga and we continue in south direction to Baņos, a charming little thermal town (1800 m / 5900 ft) located at the food of the active Tungurahua volcano and well known for his warm sulfurous water pools.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel

Day 9 : Free day in Baņos

Visiting: Baņos

Rest or enjoy numerous optional activities (rafting, canyoning, horse riding, mountain biking, warm sulfurous water pools, etc.). Lunch is on your own, or it maybe be included in your activity.

  • Meals: BD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel

Day 10 : Hike to Chimborazo refuge

Visiting: Chimborazo

We leave Baņos by vehicle and reach the first Chimborazo refuge (4800 m / 15,748 ft) after about three hours ride. From there on, walk for about 45 minutes with your equipment to the Edward Whimper refuge (5000 m / 16,404 ft). If weather conditions are good, we will have a look at the ascent route (+/- 1 hour).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Chimborazo Refuge

Day 11 : Chimborazo summit (6310 m / 20,702 ft) to Quito

Visiting: Chimborazo

This is an endurance route, but according to the seasons, following the conditions of snow coverage or the state of the ice, the route can also present technical or important security problems. In every case, it is essential to be in excellent physical condition, enduring and well acclimatized. The difficulties are mainly the altitude and the height difference (1,300 m / 4,265 ft). From 8 to 9 hours are necessary to reach Ecuador's highest summit. Back to the refuge and we leave to go back to Quito (about 4 hours ride).

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel San Francisco de Quito (optional additional overnight at additional cost)

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