Mt Chimborazo, Peaks of Ecuador

A beautiful Latin American country, Ecuador is home to some of the world’s highest volcanoes, including Chimborazo, the country's tallest peak at 6,263 metres. Its glaciated summit is the furthest point from the centre of the earth, even ahead of Mount Everest's. We seek to get to know these volcanoes on this adventure, and our climbing objectives will be varied, including Pasocho (4200m), Corazon (4790m) Iliniza Norte (5248m), Cayambe (5,790m), all culminating with Chimborazo itself. Our trip begins in the capital city of Quito, high in the Andean foothills, and built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city. We will then move towards our acclimatization peaks near Iliniza and prepare ourselves for the next two big summits. There will be a glacier skills review on Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest peak. Finally, we will challenge ourselves with Chimborazo, truly one of the world’s great mountains. This trip is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to gain some high-altitude experience with relatively non-technical summits, all the while learning about the history, science, and culture of this stunning region of South America. We encourage those of you with general mountaineering experience to join us on what promises to be a fun and adventurous trip.

Camp Objectives

  • Mt Chimborazo (6263m)
  • Pasocho (4200m)
  • Corazon  (4790m)
  • Iliniza Norte (5248m)
  • Cayambe (5709m)
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

 

  • Day 1:  Arrival at Quito and Private transfer airport-hotel
    • Overnight at Hotel Vieja Cuba (2850m)
    • Meals included: None
  • Day 2:  Full Day City tour, visit Pichincha by cable car (4100m )
    • Overnight at Hotel Vieja Cuba (2850m)
    • Meals included: None
  • Day 3:  Drive to northern Ecuador and hike around Cuicocha Lake (15km 3050m-3350m)
    • Overnight in Hotel Vieja Cuba (2850m)
    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Drive south from Quito and ascend Pasocho (4200m)
    • Overnight at foot of Iliniza volcano at Chuquiragua lodge (3400m) 
    • Meals included: Breakfast,  Boxed Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 5:  Climb Corazon volcano (4790m)
    • Overnight at foot of Iliniza volcano at Chuquiragua (3400m) 
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 6:  Transfer to El Chaupi (10 min) and hike to campsite at 4000m      
    • Overnight in tents
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 7:  Climb Iliniza Norte (5248m), Drive to Antisana Region
    • Overnight in Guaytara Lodge
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8:  Transfer to Cayambe and visit glacier
    • Overnight at Cayambe refuge 4600m
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9:  Climb Cayambe. (5790m)
    • Drive to Quito- overnight in Hotel Vieja Cuba
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 10: Leisure day in Quito. (Wash clothes, recover)
    • Overnight in Hotel Vieja Cuba
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch,
  • Day 11:  Drive to Chimborazo reserve, hike to high camp at 5300m
    • Overnight in tents
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Diner
  • Day 12:  Climb Chimborazo (6263m)
    • Drive to Quito, late arrival overnight in Hotel Vieja Cuba
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
  • Day 13:  Transfer to Airport
    • Fly home
    • Meals included: Breakfast
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate Level

Cayambe and Chimborazo are glaciated volcanoes with travel on rock, snow, and ice. The climb up to the summit of Chimborazo is not highly technical, but it does require the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes. Snow and glacier travel experience is beneficial. Climbing days will be demanding, with long days at elevations above 5,000m. While these climbs take place from 5000m to 6263m, it is not necessary to have altitude experience. This is a good opportunity to experience high altitude mountaineering with easy access and relatively non-technical summits. This trip will be active and steady and will be most enjoyable to people with good fitness and some mountaineering skills.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food
See itinerary for which meals are provided.

Accommodation
Accommodation includes a variety of hotels, mountain huts and one night of camping on Chimborazo. All accommodation is on a twin share basis. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.  

Guiding

ACMG certified Mountain guide, Helen Sovdat will be leading you on this trip. You will also be guided by local IFMGA certified local guides. Their local knowledge and expertise will be invaluable. 

Your Guides

HELEN SOVDAT

Helen is a certified IFMGA guide (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) and is currently based in the Canadian Rockies. She is one of nine internationally certified woman guides in Canada. An ACC member for 35 years, she has been involved with a variety of outdoor programs ranging from skiing to climbing and leadership training. Helen leads international expeditions all over the world and has visited the Andes, Nepal and Mongolia with her groups. She looks forward to sharing adventures around the globe with ACC members.


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  • Jan 15-27 2023
  • $5995 + Tax
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  • Accommodation
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PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE

  • Airfare to and from Ecuador
  • Extra Snacks
  • Dinners and Lunches in Town (See Itinerary for details) 
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