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» 4 SUMMITS A LONG THE AVENUE OF VOLCANOES -7- DAYS – Pasochoa – Ruco PICHINCHA – (Camp) ILINIZA NORTH & COTOPAXI (With Glacier Climbing School)

iconoAcclimatization walk 30 km south of Quito on Cerro Pasochoa, 4,199m.(13,773ft).

Hotel in Quito. ACCLIMATIZATION Pasochoa (4199m/13,773ft) We depart at 8.30 a.m. towards the 30 km south of Quito located Cerro Pasochoa at 4199m.(13773ft) It is an ancient and highly eroded volcano which has been inactive since the last ice age. We drive until the car park from where we follow the track as it contours the eastside of the mountain heading towards the rocky peak. This easy ascent will take us 3-4 hours to reach the summit. Rest for one hour, lunch in this time, and coming down to the parking car for 2 hours hiking down, bay our car back to Quito in the afternoon. (BL)

iconoDay 2: Quito – Acclimatization Pichincha (4.796m / 15.724ft)

Hike up to Ruco Pichincha (4.796m / 15.724ft)
 We leave from Quito at 8.00am after breakfast, and travel to the Teleferique in Quito to make an initial height gain. We ascent at the 4.796m (15.724ft) peak of the ancient volcano Rucu Pichincha. From the top we can see the Guagua Pichincha active volcano. Quito is nestled on the slopes of this active volcano. Our primary goal here is to help each team member begin testing his or her response to higher elevation and to give our bodies a chance to get used to altitude, while enjoying the many photographic opportunities. the hike up is around 3-4 hours up and 2 hours hike down to the cable car, arrive at the hotel around 4-5pm.(B/BL)

iconoDay 3: Quito – Refugio Ilinizas (4.600m / 15.092ft)

After breakfast a mid-morning departure from Quito to Ilinizas parking lot. We will leave Quito on the Pan-American Highway southbound where we cross a rich green and fertile valley, commonly referred to as «The Valley of the Volcanoes». After one and a half hours we will arrive at a remote paramo in an area called la Virgén. From here it is a 3 hour hike up to the refuge with our full back packing on us, the refuge is situated at 4.600m. Dinner and sleep in the refuge. OR we can set up the camping at 3900mt. If we have not enough room on the refuges.Camp. (B./BL./D)

iconoDay 4: Iliniz Norte (5.125m/16.815ft)

Wake-up early in the morning at 5 AM. Breakfast, and departure for our 5.125m summit day attempt on Iliniza Norte. This peak is normally a fairly straight forward climb that sometimes requires acclimatization days. The trail on the mountain is sound and easy for most of the way, if the weather condition is bad with cloud it is very ease to lose your bearings last the person too. On one part of the route we will use a fixed rope to pass or negotiate «Death Pass.» After this pass we make the summit. The average time to the summit is three hours. Pictures time, Lunch. Descend for one 1,1/2 to reach the refuge, resting before going down to the parking lot. Our private car 4×4 transportation will take us to drive back to Quito. (B/BL)

iconoDay 5: Quito – Cotopaxi Glacier school day:

Reconfortable breakfast in your hotel, we leave at 8:00 am from Quito to Cotopaxi national park. We do continue our altitude acclimatization on the proses of climbing Mt. cotopaxi. the Cotopaxi car park situated at 4.550m (14.924ft). From here we have a forty-five minute hike up with full packs to the Jose Rivas Refuge on the Cotopaxi flank north West at 4.800m (15.744ft). After arrival at the hut, we will enjoy hot tea and a short rest before climbing school training, after short rest we can go into the glacier around 11:00 am and work on the moderate glacier section a good area to familiarize ourselves with the various climbing techniques and equipment. Your guide will ensure you have the necessary glacier skills and all the techniques for climbing the high peaks like Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo. Etc. Etc. Etc… and other mountains, too. You’ll learn and practice rope-handling, glacier travel snow climbing and basic crevasse rescue skills and safety techniques……. The general procedures for high peak mountains. After 5 hours training we will return to the refuge around 5pm. Lunch on the glacier. Late in the afternoon we can go drive back down by car for sleep at. Tambopaxi Hostel (B./BL) Delicios dinner, relax full night.

iconoDay 6: Tambopaxi rest morning:

In the morning we can take a rest only if you fell tired we stay at the hotal just for relax. Or if do you feel good to make an amall and easy hike we can do it to. To visit the big spring weater who came out from the food of the cotopaxi, you can tuch it and drink to, also we can visit to the Incas runds (el Salitre) is important area were the Inkas med at that time, all of this hike during 3 hours, we can back at the hotel for Lucnh. After lunch around 2pm or noon we can move up to the refuges again for continue our process for climbing Mt. Volcano Cotopaxi. Arrive at the reguges a rund 3-4pm. Early dinner at 5:30 and early to bed, usually by 6:30 P.M. (B/BL/D)

iconoDay 7: Cotopaxi-summit (5.897m / 19.427ft)

Wake up at midnight. Breakfast and equipment check-up. We leave the refuge at 1:00 A.M. We will pass a group of uniform slopes and ice ramps of 30 and 35 degrees before reaching a glacier platform. We will enjoy one of the spectacular color displays in the Andes. From this point we will see the valley below us where the morning sunrise welcomes us with incredible colors. Our route will pass under a base of rock 400 feet wide called Yanasacha. The quichua name says it all, its a black wall of impressive size. The Indians called it the route of the moon. Here we start climbing glacier slopes of 35 and 45 degrees, at the top of which we will only have 15 more minutes climb to emerge onto Ecuador’s second highest summit: Volcano Cotopaxi at 5.897m (19.427ft.) Our approximate climbing time will have been 7 hours. Return to the refuge around 9 or 10:00 A.M. Rest and hike back down to the 4 x 4 where we’ll return back to Quito for a restful night. (B/BL)

The price includes:
  • Bilingual certified Mountain guide. (ASEGUIM MEMBER ONLY)
  • Hotel (1 night at Tambopaxi into the cotopaxi national park)(two night at the refuges)
  • Private transportation 4x4WD vehicles.
  • All meals while on the climbing trip. (If you have a special diet, no problem)
  • Refuges fees.
  • Rope and techniques climbing gear.
  • Entrance fee for the National Parks.
Do not included:
  • Insurance.
  • Trekking gear.
  • Any hotels in QuitO
  • Insurance.
  • Dineerd in the hotels and how is on the discription Itinerary.
  • Some mountain gear (boots, crampons, ice axe, harness and carabineer)
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Tips.

P.D. For abbreviation words is, Breakfast (B) Box Lunch (BL) and Dinner (D). I hope you understand!.

    • BASIC EQUIPMENT LIST (minimum required for this trip):
    • GoreTex park jacket, Thermals Fleece, 1 Pair of light inner gloves, Balaclava,  cap, Wool or synthetic socks, Headlamp, Glacier glasses or dark sunglasses, Sleeping bag (20-30 degress Fahrenheit), Backpack, 3 pair outer socks, long underwear, worm jacket, worm pants, Gore-Tex pants or bib,  pair glove liners or Mitons.