International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Ecuador Volcanoes

Chimborazo (20,561')  •  Antisana (18,714')

Ecuador Volcanoes with International Mountain Guides

IMG Ecuador Volcanoes Itinerary

Note: new itinerary featuring an ascent of Antisana instead of Cotopaxi will be posted soon.

Day Itinerary
Day 01Depart home for flights to Quito. Night will be spent at the Embassy Hotel on Calle Presidente Wilson in Quito.
Day 02Morning tour of Old Town Quito. Depart Quito for the town of Otavalo. Lunch will be at a local restaurant on the way. Night will be spent at the Otavalo Hotel. Late afternoon visit to local weavers in the town of Peguche.
Day 03Early morning visit to the famous Otavalo Indian Market. Transfer back to Quito in the afternoon for final packing and preparations. Lunch in Quito. Night spent at the Embassy Hotel.
Day 04Depart Quito. Breakfast will be in the countryside at a beautiful and unique restaurant. We will then do an acclimatization climb of Pasochoa. The night will be spent at a small hacienda called Tiera del Volcan. It's at about 12,000 ft. making it a great place for us to continue to acclimatize.
Day 05Drive to the trailhead on Cotopaxi. We'll hike up to near the Cotopaxi hut and conduct a review session on the glacier nearby. We'll return to our hacienda for the evening.
Day 06Drive back to the trailhead and hike to the hut on Cotopaxi. We'll spend the night there.
Day 07Ascent of Cotopaxi. Return to the hut, pack gear and transfer to La Cienega for the night. La Cienega is an old hacienda that has been converted to a hotel. It's a beautiful spot.
Day 08Day of relaxation and clean-up at La Cienega. We will visit another Indian market in the nearby town of Saquisili. We will have dinner at San Augustin. This is another old hacienda and you'll find the visit and dinner to be very special. The night will be spent at La Cienega.
Day 09Drive to Cayambe, stopping at the Hacienda Guachala for lunch. Continue driving to the hut.
Day 10Acclimatization and/or weather contingency day and a great day for additional technical instruction on a nearby glacier. Night will be spent at the hut.
Day 11Climb Cayambe, pack and head to the vehicles. We'll return to Guachala for an early dinner and then its off to Papallacta. This is a resort with volcanic fed hot springs. What a way to end a climb.
Day 12Return to Quito. Afternoon free in Quito. We'll then have a final dinner at a beautiful restaurant in town. The night will be spent at the Embassy Hotel.
Day 13Morning departure from Quito to the U.S. and catch connecting flights for home.

Chimborazo Extension
Day 13Drive from Quito south to Chimborazo. Short hike to Whymper Hut. Night spend there.
Day 14Summit attempt or possible high camp move.
Day 15Summit bid/weather contingency day. Late evening return to Quito. Hotel night in Quito.
Day 16Morning departure from Quito to the U.S. and catch connecting flights for home.
Phil Ershler with one of the locals on the IMG Ecuador Volcanoes Climbing Expedition
I had the time of my life, and I look forward to my next trip with IMG...
IMG Ecuador Volcanoes Climbing Expedition
I was very impressed with how everything was so well organized. It seemed like every little detail was covered. IMG is way better than the others. Way better! You guys are the best in the business...
~Jim P.
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