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14-Day Seven Ecuadorian Peaks With Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

Seven Ecuadorian Peaks With Cotopaxi and Chimborazo -- Trip Photo of Ecuador trek  Ecuador map

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Day 1 : Quito city - Otavalo (2,700 m / 8,860 ft)

Visiting: Otavalo

Quito city tour, visiting one of the best-preserved colonial cities in South America. Ornate churches, museums and beautiful squares make the city worthy of being a World Heritage site. After lunch you'll visit an ethnographic museum and the travel to Otavalo. Overnight in hotel.

  • Meals: L
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel in Otavalo

Day 2 : Cuicocha Lake (3,400 m / 11,155 ft)

Visiting: Otavalo

Visit of Ecuador's best-known native American market. In the afternoon hike near the Lagune de Cuicocha, a lake formed in a volcanic crater. 3-4 hour acclimatization hike. Overnight near the crater.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Guesthouse near Cuicocha

Day 3 : Fuya-Fuya summit (4,294 m / 14,087 ft) > La Esperanza

Visiting: Fuya-Fuya

In the morning we transfer to the Mojanda lakes and begin climbing Fuya-Fuya. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach the summit. The climb is easy but a little steep toward the end. Return to Otavalo. Overnight is a rural guesthouse in La Esperanza.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hostel

Day 4 : Culbiche Summit (12,552 ft / 3,826 m)

Visiting: La Esperanza

Early morning departure and a short drive to start the hike to the summit of the Culbiche volcano. The 6 to 7 hour hike is in a fertile farming area full of indigenous villages. Overnight in the guesthouse in La Esperanza.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hostel

Day 5 : Imbabura Summit (15,190 ft / 4,630 m)

Visiting: Imbabura - Quito

Early morning departure 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. Return to Quito late in the afternoon. Overnight in a Quito hotel.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Quito Hotel

Day 6 : Quito, cable railway > Rucu Pichincha > El Chaupi

Visiting: Quito - El Chaupi

Morning trip up TeleferiQo gondola to Cruz Loma at 4050 m of altitude (13,280 ft). From there an easy path leads you after one hour and a half to maximum 2 hours walk to the foot of the Rucu Pichincha. Thence climbing up a part of disunited rocks you reach the summit (15,406 ft). Descent by the same way and route this time southward, 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, where we set up in a rural guesthouse.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hostel

Day 7 : Illinizas Norte (16,785 ft / 5,116 m)

Visiting: El Chaupi

Early morning departure to the trailhead at 3950 m. After two or three hours of hiking we reach the pass that separates the two summits. It is an easy climb from there to the summit of Illinizas Norte (approximately 2 hours). Return to El Chaupi. Overnight in rural guesthouse.

Note : Depending on the physical condition and technical level of the group it is possible to attempt the Cayambe summit this day (5790m/18,996ft). Departure from the refuge at 1:00 A.M. in the morning. Back to the refuge at 10-11 A.M.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hostel

Day 8 : Cotopaxi High Camp (15,682 ft / 4,780 m)

Visiting: Cotopaxi

Transfer from El Chaupi to Ticatilin and the Cara Sur refuge on the south face of Cotopaxi. Hike to the campsite after lunch at the refuge. Overnight camping.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Tented camping

Day 9 : Cotopaxi Summit (19,347 ft / 5,897 m)

Visiting: Cotopaxi - Baņos

Wake up at 11pm for a midnight departure. The route follows the southeast face of the world's highest active volcano. The climb is almost entirely on glaciers but it is not difficult and crevasses are few in number and highly visible. Climatic conditions can make the climb more difficult. It takes 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit. We return to the refuge around 10am and then continue down to the charming town of Baņos.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Baņos Hotel

Day 10 : Rest Day in Baņos (5,740 ft / 1,750 m)

Visiting: Baņos

Free day in Baņos, well-known for its hot springs. There are several possible activities for the day: swimming pools, horseback rides, mountain biking, hiking, shopping.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Baņos Hotel

Day 11 : Baņos - Chimborazo Refuge (16,404 ft / 5,000 m)

Visiting: Baņos - Chimborazo

Departure for an approximately 3 hour drive to the Chimborazo refuge (4800 m). From there we hike up about 45 minutes to the Edward Whimper refuge (5000 m). If we have the time we will hike up to the start of the next day's ascension route (about 1 hour walking).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Refuge

Day 12 : Chimborazo (20,700 ft / 6,310 m) - Riobamba

Visiting: Chimborazo - Riobamba

Departure from the refuge around midnight. The route to the summit depends on the time of year and the snow and ice conditions. It is a more difficult route that requires good physical condition, good acclimatization and good climbing technique, especially in crampon technique. 8 or 9 hours are necessary to reach the summit. Return to the hut and then to Riobamba.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Refuge
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel

Day 13 : Extra Summit day for Chimborazo or Riobamba Area

Visiting: Chimborazo - Riobamba - Quito

This day is reserved as a second day to attempt climbing Chimborazo. If the summit was successfully climbed the previous day we can visit the surrounding area before returning to Quito with the possibility of visiting local markets depending on the day of the week.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Quito Hotel

Day 14 : Quito

Visiting: Quito

Breakfast at the hotel and end of services.

  • Meals: B

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