Arrival into Quito, Transfer IN Hotel Sierra Madre.
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, afternoon drive to Machachi city. Hosteria la Estación. (B/BL).
Hotel – Guagua Pichincha hut. This day we leave at 9 am from the hotel with direction to Quito. Through the Llloa village on the slopes of the volcano greenish valley, just behind the big city Quito. We went by car to a height of 3400m to the site called milking, from where we start to walk toward the shelter, we walked over the old path climbing adventurers to guagua Pichicnha, admirable vegetation distinctly flowering of the Andes. The refuge is at 4600m, today we can hike 1200m different on altitude, and hike time is around 4h. Arrive at hut around 4-5pm, rest, dinner and sleep. (is very important to sleep on this altitude in process the good acclimatization to go to Antisana mountain) overnight at hut. (B/BL/D)
Breakfast around 7am, we can move up to climbing Guagua Pichincha 4790m. just for 1:30 minutes. The project for this day is to cross the massive peaks of several peak of Pichincha massif, we reach to the summit of 4790m of Guagua Pichincha. The delighted with her father summit 4385m, with 4000m an intermediate Summit. And then continue to the summit of Rucu Pichincha at 4696m. The crossing of this route is very interesting because of its nature and geography with several summits and landscape makes it different and optimal acclimatization process to continue with the plan to move to the highest summit of Antisana. We leave at 8 am from the shelter, making intermediate peaks, bequeath to the summit of Pichincha Rucu between 2-3pm. after making the summit directly down to the cable car for 2-3 more, by the cable car we move down to the base of the mountain where we take a car to drive to the hotel. (Hiking time is 7-8 hours, cool to make 3 summits in 1 day.) Hotel Sierra Madre (B/BL)
Quito – Iliniza Hut. Rest morning, Lunch at 12 on the Papallacta resort, we leave out at 1pm. Drive for 3h until we reach the parking lot at 3900m. From here we hike up for another 3h until reach the refuges. Arrive at hut around 6pm. (the heavy gear we can send up by the Mules) you hike up just with the day pack. (B/BL/D)
Climbing Iliniza South back down to la Ciénega. Wake up at 3am, breakfast, equipment check-up, all ready with the gear on each climber we leave out form the hut at 4am, we hike up for the moderated terrain until we reach the more were we can climbing on the rock. After a good climbing this parte we have reach the glacier. Illiniza South features steep ice/snow technical ramps (45 – 75 degrees) and it can be heavily crevassed depending on snow accumulation. The use of technical ice axes, crampons, helmet is highly advised. You’ll be using the front points of your crampons for the most part of the climb, which it could be tired above the 5,000 m.
The difficulty of the peak can increase or decrease depending on the presence or lack of ice or snow and its quality on the ramps. Climbing South under mixed conditions could increase the difficulty of the climb and therefore objective dangers (rock/ice fall), while climbing on good compacted snow will minimize objective dangers and will increase the grade of success, safety and enjoyment of the climb. In the top we can have a rest, eat, many Fotos, after recover your energy we can begin to descend for the same way. Climbing time up is 5-6h down 2-3h. Arrive at hut, rest, packing the gear and down to the parking lot, drive to la Ciénega, and arrive here around 4-5pm. Hostaria La Ciénega (B/BL) (if do you have enough energy we can make the Iliniza North summit as well today too;-)) for me is not problem)
Cienega – Antisana Camping. Mid-morning departure from Quito to travel to our base camp in Antisana at 4700m (15,416 ft). This is a remarkable journey, passing lava flows in the country side, you will have an idea of volcanic parasit-crater at the Páramo area, and finally a four-wheeling romp through ancient stream beds. It is common to spot Andean eagles and condors during this trip. We will establish the base camp and settle in for the night. Driving from Quito to the base camp takes 4 hours. (B/L/D)
Antisana Glaciers reconosinces and open the route. The guide and you hiking up to will open the way up for the next morning to climb. After noon we coming down to the camping, Of course we prepare for a midnight departure to Antisana summit day. In case you will have enough energy!. Other way we can have to night for full resting night and day too in the camp. (Early dinner and early to bed, usually by 6:30 P.M. (B/BL/D)
Antisana Resting day. To day we can use the day for relax and hike a bit around the area to acclimatize well. Early dinner and early to bed, usually by 6:30 P.M. (B/BL/D)
Antisana Summit Day; wake up at midnight. Breakfast and equipment check-up. An early morning start will enable us to reach the summit by 8:00 A.M. The route is complex, offering spectacular views of surrounding mountain form the Ecuador Andes The glacier on Antisana is very active, and the complex configuration will require us to include a combination of snow and ice techniques for intermediate terrain. Resuming, this expedition to Antisana offers great adventure and high quality climbing in a unique equatorial environment, all the way skirting among gaping crevasses. After the required summit and taking pictures, we will descend to the base camp and then head to Quito Hotel. Resting full nigh in Papallacta hot spring resort. (B/BL)
Resting day in Papallacta, enjoying those nice area, relax and recover your energy for Chimborazo. (B)
Papallacta – Chimborazo hut. Today we can drive for 5 hours to reach the parking lot, hike to the Whimper hut is 45 minutes, arrive in the hut around 3pm, prepare dinner and try to sleep early, to early wake up to the summit attempt the next morning. (BL/D)
Chimborazo summit day. Day 13-July 03rd: Chimborazo is Ecuador’s highest peak and is a massive glaciated volcano that consists of five summits. Rise at midnight for breakfast and equipment check-up. Leave the hut at 1:00 A.M. We move immediately to the huge glacier on Chimborazo’s southwest face where we first traverse moderately angled ice slopes, climb through a series of icefalls and up the steep ice ramps. Climbing simultaneously on moderate grounds belaying up the steep pitches. Our team will rope together in order to cross crevasses and finally make it to the summit. This is the highest point of the Andes and from here we have a magnificent view of the emerging volcanoes that form the eastern and western Cordillera. The said volcanoes seem to emerge from the clouds below our feet. Our approximate climbing time is 8 to 9 hours. Return to the refuge around noon; use the time to back down 4-5hours to the refuges. Short rest, packing the gear and travel back drive to Quito (8:00P.M. arrive in Quito) Hotel Sierra Madre B/BL)(If we stayed at in Chimborazo your have (B/BL/D)
Spar day in case bad weather condition. Sleep in the hut. Hotel Sierra Madre. (B/BL)
Transfer out (B)
Gore-Tex type jacket, Fleece thermals or worm fleece, Pair of light liner gloves, Balaclava or polypropylene cap, Wool or synthetic socks, Headlamp, Glacier glasses / dark sunglasses, Sleeping bag (20-30 degrees Fahrenheit), Backpack, Trekking Boots, Plastic climbing boots, crampons, gaiters, 3 pair outer socks, 3 pair liners, 2 pair long underwear, down jacket, Gore-Tex parka, worm pants, Gore-Tex pants or bib, worm gloves/mitts, Gore-Tex over mitts, cap/hat, helmet, ice axe w/leash, harness, 2 locking carabineers, some oval bineers, prussic slings/ascenders, ski poles, plastic garbage bags, compass, personal toilet/first-aid kit including drugs/sunscreen/chap stick, camera, and a two-liter poly bottle.