August 16, 2019
Mountaineering shoulder seasons in North America can be challenging with unpredictable and often inclement weather. Lamenting the lack of outdoor activity isn’t going to make you feel any better. However, heading to the equator most definitely will!
We have the perfect itinerary lined up for you, including ascents of Cayambe (18,990′) and Cotopaxi (19,347′). Chimborazo (20,561′) is available as a 3-day extension for the interested and capable climber. Explore cathedrals and sample local cuisine in Quito. Visit the famous Otavalo Market and spend time in the town of Peguche.
Acclimatize with hikes of Fuya Fuya (13,986′) and Imbabura (15,190′) prior to attempting Cayambe. Review basic mountaineering techniques on the slopes of Cayambe and spend two nights at the Oleas-Ruales-Berge Refuge prior to climbing. After our summit attempt, we will drive to the jungle town of Papallacta, where we can soak in the hot springs for which this town is famous.
Cotopaxi, which just may be the most picturesque volcano in the world, is up next. The climbing begins at the Jose F. Ribas Refuge (15,973′) and is followed by a night at the hacienda of La Cienega. Wrap up the trip with a traditional home-cooked meal and celebration at our local Ecuadorean guide’s home and a visit with famed Ecuadorian photographer and explorer, Jorge Anhalzer.
You simply do not want to miss this!
Register today for our November 7-19 trip with Lead Guide, Rikki Dunn!