Hike up to Ruco Pichincha (4.796m / 15.724ft) We leave from Quito at 8.00am after breakfast, and travel to the Teleferique in Quito to make an initial height gain. We ascent at the 4.796m (15.724ft) peak of the ancient volcano Rucu Pichincha. From the top we can see the Guagua Pichincha active volcano. Quito is nestled on the slopes of this active volcano. Our primary goal here is to help each team member begin testing his or her response to higher elevation and to give our bodies a chance to get used to altitude, while enjoying the many photographic opportunities. the hike up is around 3-4 hours up and 2 hours hike down to the cable car, arrive at the hotel around 4-5pm. (BL) NO HOTEL
After breakfast a mid-morning departure from Quito to Ilinizas parking lot. We will leave Quito on the Pan-American Highway southbound where we cross a rich green and fertile valley of Machachi, commonly referred to as “The Valley of the Volcanoes”. After one and a half hours drive from Quito we will arrive at a remote paramo in an area called la Virgins parking lot at 3900m. from here we can hike for 3 hour or a bit more to reach the refuges at 4600m (15092ff) on our hike we can cross the wonderful forest Polilepis trees (called polilepis or árbolde de papel or quinuar to) in the hike up you have joy with beautiful landscape. Arrive in the refuges around 3-4pm. Rest, dinner – go to bed. (BL/D) Refuges is Included.
We leave out to summit day attempt on Iliniza Norte. This peak is normally a fairly straight forward climb for acclimatization to develop your body on good healthy and strenuous for climbing the highest peaks. The trail way up on this mountain is sound and easy for most of the way, when is without snow or so, but if the weather condition is bad with cloud or snow, it is very easy to lose the trail and your bearings last the person too. On one part of the route we will use a fixed rope to pass the “Death Pass.” When de condition is the risk, our guide bring and give you all the safe to enjoying your climbing acclimatization day, After this pass we continue hike up and climbing until reach the summit. The average time to the summit is three hours or less, this depending to on you’re healthy to. On the summit yet, Pictures time, resting to recover the energy, enjoining the nature Etc. After good rest prepare for to descend for one 1/2h to the refuges. After an 1h rest we packing our back pack for going down the car park were is our car transportation will take us out for one of our hotel destination near to Cotopaxi National Park for a good rest Night, Delicious Dinner how is not Included. Hotel La Estacion. Hotel La Estacion. (B/BL) Delicios dinner which is not Included.
Depart from la Estación at 10:00 A.M., From machachi we drive North direction, we pass same important villages like EL QUINCHE the very catolich town, were is the most important church on this region of the Andes. We have the oprtunity to visit the (QUITSATO)means(THE ECUATORIAL LINE IS NOT ONLY AN IMGINARY LINE, IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THIS; IT’S IS A PROFOUND SENCE OF BEING) we stop here for one hore to visst this very important informatio. Aftr we cotinue drive and arrive at the Cayambe bellage were we can have tipical luch form the people of this area. For 1:30minuts drive more we can reach the Cayambe volcano and refuge by 3-4 pm.(4700m / 15,416ft) Located northeast of Quito on the eastern ridge of the Andes, Cayambe is Ecuador’s third highest peak and stands at 5790m (18,991ft.) and his summit is just 3km north of the Equateour Line.The glacier of this mountain is large and among the most active of all equatorial ice flows, and its varied glacial terrain here provides an excellent training skiils ground and a rewarding to summit climb. Overnight at hut. (B/BL/D)
Cayambe Glaciers School day. Wake up at 7 am for breakfast. We continue adjusting to altitude acclimatization. We go on the glacier at 8h30 AM. And engage in the moderate glacier section a good activity. Where well be familiarize ourselves with the various climbing techniques, equipment work for climbing. Our guide get to you on a glacier skills all of techniques necessary for climbing the high peaks like Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and others mountains to. We’ll be beginning to learn with ice-axe and cramponds using well handling, hike glacier travel snow, four piont climbing using, cross over steps, three O’klok techniques and much more skills to safety procediures you need to now for climbing!! and practice rope-handling treverses with the team over the glacier, all the general procedures for highst peak mountains. After 6 hours training we are back to refuge for delicious lunch and resting afternoon, Of course we Prepare a the teams for a midnight departure for Cayambe day summit. Early dinner and early to bed usually by 6:30 P.M. Refuge. (B/BL/D)
Wake up at midnight. Breakfast and final equipment check. We leave the refuge at 1:00 A.M. and climb with headlamps for the first four hours. We have an easy glacier climb to a saddle and then continue onto steeper and exciting grounds. We’ll traverse around large crevasses and pass some spectacular seracs. Climb 40 degree slopes with occasional short steeper sections. 200mt velow to the summit we willcloimbing over 60 degree for two peach of rope then the final part we hiking up for 1 more houra to reach the Cayambe summitm we reached at about 9-10.A.M. You will have a view of photogenic lines and spectacular mountains. If the weather dondition is nice;-) short rest and return down for 3-4 to the refuge around 2:00 P.M. short rest and then we can drive down to Cayambe City and continue drive back to Quito. (B/BL) No hotel
This climbing trip we can run all of the year around.
GoreTex park jacket, Thermals Fleece, 1 Pair of light inner gloves, Balaclava, cap, Wool or synthetic socks, Headlamp, Glacier glasses or dark sunglasses, Sleeping bag (20-30 degress Fahrenheit), Backpack, 3 pair outer socks, long underwear, worm jacket, worm pants, Gore-Tex pants or bib, pair glove liners or Mitons.