Volcanoes of Ecuador by Alpine Ascents

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Upcoming Dates

  • 01/01/2022 to 01/06/2022
  • 01/22/2022 to 02/06/2022
  • 07/02/2022 to 07/17/2022
  • 07/23/2022 to 08/07/2022
Climb with Alpine Ascents to the top of Ecuador’s most famous volcanoes on this 16-day climb to Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Chimborazo. Tackle this trio of peaks, which range from 18,993 feet to 20,701 feet above sea level, after a series of scenic acclimatization hikes and relaxing cultural excursions, including a soak in private, natural hot springs.
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You’ll also visit the capital city of Quito, a UNESCO heritage site, the charming village of Papallacta, and the Quitsato Sundial, a nonprofit project designed to highlight the astronomical knowledge of native South American cultures in the region. You’ll also visit Cotopaxi Jose Rivas Refuge, making this climb as cultural as it is adventurous.

Guests who want to deeply explore Ecuador, and have the time to extend their stay, can add 5 days at the Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador’s Amazon, a community-owned conservation encompassing 82 square miles of lowland rainforest. The lodge offers a luxurious respite from the demands of the climb, including waterfall-style showers, fluffy robes and slippers, and even a 120-foot viewing tower for a sneak peek of life on the forest floor.

Click or tap “Book Now” for details of the itinerary and Napo extension.

Alpine Ascent offers a low climber-to-guide ratio of 2:1 for Catopaxi and Caymbe, and a 1:1 ratio for the ice-capped and technically difficult Chimborazo. The skills learned and conditions faced are good practice before advancing to more difficult destinations, such as the Himalayas.

This climb requires previous experience and sport-specific training. Visit Alpine Ascents directly for training plans and specific requirements.
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This Escape Is For

  • Experienced big mountain climbers looking for a unique experience that combines culture with adventure
  • Climbers who aspire to climb the world's biggest mountains, such as the Seven Summits, and want to gain glacial and high-altitude experience
  • Climbers who want to become more comfortable with the technical demands of glacier climbs

What Else To Know

  • Climbers must have basic knowledge of progression on snow and ice, self-arrest, and glacier travel, and the strength to carry a 35-pound pack.
  • Climbers should have successfully completed an approved Alpine Ascents training courses, or have equivalent skills and experience.
  • Travelers without climbing experience may reach out to Alpine Ascents for private program options that meet their experience level.

Alpine Ascents's Values

Alpine Ascents has a global reputation for safety and sustainability. An official partner of Leave No Trace, the team stresses ethical and culturally aware travel practices with every climb, trek and expedition it offers.
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