Climb the Ecuador Volcanoes with International Mountain Guides
Ecuador is simply a great country to visit. It has everything from 20,000' glaciated peaks to the Amazon Jungle. Why more Americans don't spend time in Ecuador is beyond us. On our two-week trip, we will try to sample as much of this beautiful country as possible. Our two ascents will include Cotopaxi (19,347') and Cayambe (18,990'). Chimborazo (20,561') is available as a 3-day extension for the interested and capable climber.
Our contacts and relationships in Ecuador make this program unique. The climbs themselves are only a piece of the total adventure experience with IMG in Ecuador.
Time is spent in Quito before and after our ascents. We will also visit the famous Indian market in Otavalo and spend time with a friend who is a local weaver in the town of Peguche.
Our acclimatization schedule is quite good. We hike to the summit of Pasochoa, spend two nights at a beautiful hacienda at 12,000 feet and have a technique review session all before climbing Cotopaxi.
After climbing Cotopaxi, we spend two nights at the old hacienda of La Cienega and visit the market in Saquisili We will also have dinner one evening at the Hacienda San Augustin. Built on old Incan ruins, this is an evening you'll long remember.
After Cotopaxi, we head north to Cayambe which is located literally right on the equator. We'll have another opportunity for training on the glacier located near the hut. After our second night at the hut, we climb the mountain and head to Papallacta. There we'll celebrate our success while enjoying the thermal baths at the resort. Then, it's time to return to Quito and catch flights home.
An IMG Senior Guide leads each of these programs. We are joined by some of the finest Ecuadorian guides. We've climbed with them for over two decades. They are dear friends and add immeasurably to your Ecuadorean experience. Spending time with them will make the trip even more special.
You will see more of Ecuador than you ever imagined. Our goal is to make this trip so much more than just a mountaineering experience.
Required Skills and Physical Conditioning
Prior knowledge of ice ax arrest, cramponing and rope team travel are REQUIRED. Everyone needs to be familiar with these climbing skills. Crevasse problems should be no more difficult than those encountered in climbing Mt. Rainier. The routes are very exciting and much more involved than those on the Mexican volcanoes.
You cannot over train for high altitude climbing. You owe it to your team mates to be in excellent condition for the trip. Please see the Ecuador FAQ for more on this.