This is an amazing expedition to conquer two of the tallest summits of Ecuador, Cayambe and Cotopaxi!. Besides the experience of climbing these two giant volcanoes and other amazing peaks to properly acclimatize and prepare yourself physically, you will also know the Andean cultural richness reflected in the colorful indigenous markets, beautiful colonial towns, old haciendas and the Andean farming lands.
Cayambe is a beautiful 18.996 ft / 5.790 m active volcano and the highest point on the equator that splits the Earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It is located inside of the Cayambe-Coca National Park in the eastern Andes of Ecuador, 60 km / 37 mi north of Quito. It is the third highest elevation in Ecuador and due to the low skill level required, is an ideal option as an introduction to high Andean summits.
Cotopaxi at 5.897 m/19.347 ft is the second tallest mountain in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world! This beautiful, glacier covered volcano lies two hours south of Quito inside of the Cotopaxi National Park surrounded by gorgeous Andean landscapes. Climbing Cotopaxi neither requires prior highly technical knowledge, since it is a travel glacier ascension. However, this iconic climb requires proper acclimatization and being in very good shape, making this the most climbed peak by non-experienced adventurers and experts mountaineers around the world.
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A Tatoo Expeditions representative will meet you at Mariscal Sucre airport to accompany you to the hotel in Quito. Depending on the arrival time, we can recommend some activities or you can simply rest to start the expedition the next day!
MEALS: DinnerACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Quito
This first day in Quito, we will walk around downtown, touring through the colonial part of the city, which is the largest and best preserved colonial downtown of America. This area was declared first Cultural Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO in 1978 and is undoubtedly a place you should not miss visiting in Ecuador.
After lunch, we will drive to the Teleférico on Pichincha, a giant rocky volcano that stands in front of Quito. There we will take a cable car to the mountain’s moor at 13.100 ft / 4.000 m, which offers a spectacular view of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes. During this day, we will also check some last details of the expedition, help you prepare everything and buy any other supplies that you may still need.
MEALS: Breakfast + Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Quito
We will start our acclimatization process hiking around Cuicocha Lake, located at 10.170 ft / 3.100 m in Imbabura Province two hours north of Quito. This is a short but beautiful hike in one of the most gorgeous places of Imbabura, also known as the Lake Province. Cuicocha Lake is the ancient crater of the Cotacachi Volcano, the highest point in the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. The hike travels along the surrounding crater edge that shelters the lake, rising to 3.500 m/11.480 ft at the highest point, where we will have a beautiful view of the Yerovi and Wolf volcanic domes. After the hike, we will visit Otavalo and the Plaza of Ponchos, the largest artisan market in Latin America known for wonderful handmade arts and crafts.
Rumiñahui is an extinct volcano inside Cotopaxi National Park. This rocky mass, whose Quichua name means “Rocky Face,” has three main summits; the tallest is the north with an elevation of 4.722 m/15.492 ft On this occasion, we will ascend from Limpiopungo Lake towards the central summit of 4.630 m /15.190 ft which is surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and great expansions of moor.
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Countryside Hotel in Illinizas
Continuing our acclimatization and training process, we will climb this extinct volcano is located inside of the Illinizas Ecological Reserve in the western Ecuadorian Andes. We will drive to the southeast flank of this beautiful mountain to start hiking at 3.700 m/12.140 ft through the moor until take the southern ridge, which has enjoyable rock sections with amazing views. Finally, after approximately 4 hours of ascend we will reach the summit!
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Countryside Hotel in Imbabura
We will wake up early in the morning and drive to the foothills of Imbabura volcano, which is traditionally considered by indigenous people of the area as a sacred mountain. We will start the hike to its highest summit from the east side of the mountain, which takes about 6 hours depending on the pace. At the beginning, there is a steep moor section before reaching the rock ridge that takes us to the northern summit. Then we will hike one hour more by the ridge of the crater to the southern and tallest summit, which requires some easy scrambling passages. After enjoying this second summit we will hike back about 4 hours. Without doubt, a long but perfect hike to finish our training before the glacier ascends!.
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Countryside Hotel in Cayambe
This day we will drive to Cayambe-Coca National Park and settle-in at Oleas Berge hut at 4.600 m / 15.100 ft. Then we will get ready for practice basic techniques for glacier travel. In the afternoon, we return to the hut to prepare equipment and rest for a while. Then an early dinner at 18:00 and sleep, since we will wake up at midnight to attempt the summit!
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Hut in Cayambe
We will wake-up at midnight, dress up and have breakfast. The ascent hike start around 1:00 and takes approximately 6-7 hours to get the summit depending on the pace. After enjoy the summit for a while start the descent that takes about 3-4 hours. Once in the hut, we will have time to have a nap and then pack up everything to travel to Quito. On the way to Quito, we will have a well deserve lunch to celebrate!.
MEALS: Box Lunch + Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Quito
We have a free day in Quito to rest, renew strengths, buy supplies, wash clothes and get ready for the final goal!
After a well-deserved day of rest, we will drive to Cotopaxi National Park and hike 45 minutes to José Ribas hut at 4,800 m/15,748 ft and settle-in, prepare equipment and rest for a while. Early dinner at 18:00 and sleep time, since we will wake up at midnight to attempt the summit!
MEALS: Breakfast + Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Hut in Cayambe
We will wake-up at midnight, get ready and have breakfast. The ascent starts around 1:00 and takes approximately 6-7 hours to get the summit depending on the pace. After enjoying the summit for a while, we start the descent of about 3-4 hours. Once in the hut, we will have time to nap and pack up everything and start the hike down to take the car.We will travel back to Quito, where you will have time to rest at your hotel. Later on, we will have a well deserve farewell dinner and some beers to celebrate end of this amazing expedition in the Ecuadorian Andes!
If you do not have an extension program in Ecuador, we will take you to the airport to take your trip back home.
Travel or duffel bag for all equipment and personal stuff.
Day backpack for the acclimatization hikes and climbs (25-35 L)
Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
Winter hat and/or face mask
Thermal and waterproof gloves*
Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
Cap, sunglasses and sun screen
Headlamp* with extra batteries
Personal grooming kit
Change of clothes and shoes
Bottles or thermos to refill water
*You can rent this items with us
Extra thermal gloves
Dry bags to protect personal stuff
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