This Chimborazo climb program is the perfect way to enjoy the thrill of the majestic Avenue of the Volcanoes. The tour starts with climbing Pasochoa and Illinizas North volcanoes as part of the acclimatization. Next up is a rest day and the program ends with the finale of climbing the mighty Chimborazo Volcano. The Chimborazo volcano, is the highest volcano in Ecuador, and world’s closest point to the sun.
With our 5-day package you have the chance to climb to the famous summit and break the 6,000 meter barrier. With our licensed, qualified and bilingual guides, you learn skills that enable you to climb and to reach Ecuador’s most amazing summits. This program instructs you how to deal with the altitude and provides you stunning views of different kinds of landscapes. Reaching the summit of an active volcano, is an experience you will never forget.
We also offer options such as Illiniza South, Antisana and Cayambe for excellent glacier climbing for those who are more experienced and looking for an even greater challenge! Contact our expert travel agents specialized in mountain climbing today!
A truly stunning climb, Illinizas is the perfect final preparation for climbing Cotopaxi. For this reason, prepare for a steep climb through a magnificent landscape. In continuation, an exhilarating scramble to the summit. The day will start with breakfast at Hosteria Papagayo, following a transfer to the starting point. You enter the Ilinizas Reserve with your guide and hike to “The Virgin”, consequently called so because local people worship the mountain and earth Gods at this location.
The climb will take between 4 and 5 hours, whereas the descent will take about 2 hours. During the climb you will enjoy varied views of snow-capped mountains, rainforest and beautiful green lagoons. Temperatures will be around 5 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit). And most importantly, guides will assist with rope and harness for the last section of the climb.
Night at Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi
Equally as important as the climbs, a rest day is scheduled. Following breakfast, you are free to enjoy a day at leisure. While at Papagayo you can enjoy various activities. For example, visit the neighboring Eco Roses plantation (Monday to Friday), go for a bike ride, soak in the Jacuzzi, or even take a short hosreback riding lesson. Surely, you will find something to pass the time and enjoy the farm life. However, remember to check with reception first in order to coordinate the activity.
Night at Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi.
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At 6,310 meters, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. Leaving Papagayo at 10:00 will allow you to reach Chimborazo refuge in time. You will have dinner and rest before beginning the climb just before midnight. The refuge is subject to be closed, in this case you will camp on higher ground. The final summit takes approximately 12 hours. This challenging Chimborazo climb offers the opportunity for you to break the magical barrier of 6,000 meters.
Any mountain expedition, including those such as Cotopaxi and Chimborazo can be difficult and dangerous. For this reason, acclimatization programs are vital to your success. Each program is specially designed to provide a successful and gratifying experience with safety in mind.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.