5 Day Condor Trek

Manolo Guerra

This is a famous trek in Ecuador that takes you through the vast highlands of the Eastern Ecuadorian Andes passing by the Antisana Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. We will hike over five days at an average of 13.000 ft / 4.000 m through the foothills of giant volcanoes such as Antisana, Sincholagua, and Cotopaxi. Definitely an amazing expedition for people who love to be in the wilds of nature.

*It is also possible to do this trekking in 4 or 6 days, ask for details!

Distance: 55 km
$950.00 USD
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Tour 5 Day Condor Trek

Day 1: Tambo –Tuminguina Lake

Early in the morning, we start our adventure driving from Quito for about 90 minutes to El Tambo in the highlands of the Eastern Andes, where the trek begins. In this place, we will have time to ready our luggage and equipment on the mules and our day backpack. We will hike through the moor for 4 hours until we reached our first camp located at the Laguna de Tuminguina or Laguna del Volcán at about 11.800 ft / 3.600 m. In the afternoon we will have time to rest and have dinner.

MEALS: Box Lunch + Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Camping 

 

Day 2: Tuminguina Lake  – Antisana

This will be a tough day. After breakfast our day begins, this day we will reach almost to one of the highest points of the trek at 14.100 ft / 4.300 m.  This day we can enjoy a spectacular view of this volcano and the diversity of its moorlands. After about 6 hours of hiking, we reach the second camp, where we will rest and have dinner with a beautiful view of Antisana. 

MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Camping

 

Day 3: Antisana - Pullurima

This day we continue hiking towards to Sincholagua Volcano through the Andean highlands passing through unique landscapes surrounded by flora and fauna such as rabbits, paramo wolves and, if luck is with us, we will have the opportunity to see the impressive Andean condor. In the afternoon, after 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the Pullurima camp at 13.100 ft / 4.000 m at the base of Sincholagua, where we will rest and spend the night. 

MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Camping

 

Day 4: Pullurima - Sincholagua 

This day the journey continues, this tima getting closer to the second high altitude pass at the bottom of Sincholagua Vocano at 4.400 m / 14.400 ft. After approximately 5 hours of hiking we will set up our last camp of this incredible crossing, getting closer to our final goal, Cotopaxi volcano! 

MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Camping

 

Day 5: Sincholagua  - Cotopaxi 

Finally, on this last day we will descend along the slopes of Sincholagua, until we reach the Pita River in the northern limit of Cotopaxi National Park. To celebrate the end of this amazing expedition, we will eat a delicious and well-deserved dish of food in a cozy restaurant with a spectacular view of Cotopaxi. Then we start the trip back to Quito.

MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + Lunch

INCLUDED

  • Transportation 
  • Bilingual certified guides (ASEGUIM/IFMGA)
  • Local guide and pack mules
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Safe drinking water during the whole program
  • Camping equipment: double tents, sleeping pad, plate, cup, and spoon
  • Group camping equipment: cooking stoves, cooking tent, cooking supplies, etc
  • Permits and park fees

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight tickets
  • Airport transfers
  • Arrival day lodging and meals in Quito
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • Travel or duffel bag for all equipment and personal stuff. You should put all your stuff in plastic bags to be carried by the mules. We will only have access to them once we reach the campsites
  • 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
  • Hiking boots
  • Rubber boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp* with extra batteries
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Sleeping bag*
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Bottles or thermos to refill water

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Gaiters*
  • Sport drinks
  • Dry bags to protect personal stuff

*You can rent this items with us  

 

5 DAY CONDOR TREK
DAY ACTIVITY DISTANCE TIME FITNESS LEVEL SKILL LEVEL HIGHEST ELEVATION LOWEST ELEVATION ELEVATION GAIN
1 Tambo - Tuminguina 6 km / 6.2 mi 5 hrs moderate novice 3.900 m / 12.800 ft 3.600 m / 11.800 ft 350 m / 1.150 ft
2 Tuminguina - Antisana 7 km / 6.8 mi 6 hrs intermediate novice 4.300 m / 14.100 ft 3.600 m / 11.800 ft 750 m / 2.460 ft
3 Antisana - Pullurima 16 km / 8.4 mi 6 hrs moderate novice 4.350 m / 14.270 ft 4.000 m / 13.120 ft 180 m / 590 ft
4 Pullurima - Sincholagua 11 km / 6.8 mi 6 hrs intermediate novice 4.300 m / 14.100 ft 3.850 m / 12.630 ft 500 m / 1.640 ft
5 Sincholagua - Cotopaxi 18 km / 1.9 km 6 hrs moderate novice 4.400 m / 14.430 ft 3.600 m / 11.800 ft 190 m / 620 ft
TOTAL
  58 km / 34 mi 28 hrs intermediate novice 4.400 m / 14.430 ft 3.600 m / 11.800 ft 1.970 m / 6.460 ft

 

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