After breakfast, we make a mid-morning departure from Quito to the Ilinizas parking lot. We’ll leave Quito, going south on the Pan-Americana Highway, where we cross a rich green and fertile valley, commonly referred to as “The Valley of the Volcanoes”. After an hour and a half, we’ll arrive at a remote paramo in an area called La Virgen. From here it is a 3 hours hike up to the refuge with our full back pack on. The refuge is located at 4,600m (15,092ft). We’ll have dinner and sleep in the refuge. (B/BL./D)
We’ll get up early in the morning at 5:00 A.M. for breakfast and depart for our summit attempt on Iliniza Norte. This peak is normally a fairly straight forward climb that sometimes requires acclimatization days. The trail on the mountain is rocky, almost difficult to find this way. If the weather conditions are bad and cloudy, it’s very easy to lose your bearings. On one part of the route we will use a fixed rope to pass or negotiate “Death Pass.” After this pass we’ll reach the summit. The average time to the summit is 3 hours. Here we stop for pictures and lunch, then descend for an hour and a half to reach the refuge, resting before going down to the parking lot. Our private car (4×4 transportation) will take us to a hotel near Cotopaxi, in the Cotopaxi National Park for a very restful night. Back to Quito. Hostal Casa helbling (B/BL)
From Quito we drive North direction for the Panamericana high way, we pass same important villages like EL QUINCHE the very catholic town from Ecuador, were is the most important church on this region of the Andes. We have the opportunity 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 1h to visit this very important information and interesting site. After this explanation we continue drive for 15 minute and arrive at the Cayambe village were we can have typical lunch from the people of this City. After lunch we need to drive for 1h30 more minutes drive, we can reach the Cayambe volcano and refuge by 3-4 pm. Arrive here at (4700m / 15,416ft) Located northeast of Quito on the eastern ridge of the Andes, Cayambe is Ecuador’s third highest peak and stands at 5799m (18,991ft.) and his summit is just 3km north of the Equate our 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 skills ground and a rewarding to summit climb. Overnight at the hut. (B/BL/D)
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 below to the summit we will be climbing over 60 degree for two peach of rope then the final part we hiking up for 1 more hours to reach the Cayambe summit we reached at about 9-10.A.M. You will have a view of photogenic lines and spectacular mountains. If the weather condition 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. Machachi, Hostaria la Estación (B/BL/D)
After Breakfast we can move south, we take the Panamerican high way to Latacunga City, Immediately we take West in direction Quilotoa area. On the way up we pass the Pujili town from where we drive up a hill until we reach 4200m and drive along of the Andes landscape how is so beautiful were life the Indian population only, on the way we can stop the take a picture form the places! After 3h. drive we can met the villages of Quilotoa, immediately I can pay a taxes here to go inside the villages and me the rim at 3900m from here you can see a beautiful panorama, the lagoon how is 600m deep down with the colorful of the water is green turquoise we can look also Cotopaxi, Ilinizas and Chimborazo if the weather is clear. We do hike down to the lagoon for 25 minutes going down until the side of the water and we can see the gas of the volcano how can go out with bulbs on the side of the water lagoon, If you have a good feeling you can do Kayak of the sea to. After same activity’s here we beginning to hike up, this is more hard of course, this hike take 1h to reach again to the top of rim, but there is possible to rent a mules, horseback drive up, easy way to go up, (you pay $10 dollars) Afternoon drive back to mama Hilda hostal (B/BL/D)
(About Quilotoa) is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometers (2 mills) wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this decade volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. Quilotoa is a tourist site of growing popularity. Form the small town of Quilotoa you can look the lagoon is a perfect example of one of the various extinct volcanoes that are now volcanic lagoons.)
Depart from Mama Hilda hostal we can depart at 9:00 A.M. From Chugchilan we drive East with direction to Cotopaxi mountain but in the province of the same name, where we will pass the agricultural and Andean towns like Sigchos, Toacaso etc. in order of the terrain we can pass a very nicer viewed from the landscape, also we can pass a very beautiful canyon how is the name (Toachi canyon) were is burning a big river form the cost or form the west side rich of the Andes of Ecuador. After two hours derive we can met Latacunga city were we can stop to by food, after we can pass and drive Ambato city. Today in all our drive we can cross agricultural and indigenous areas where a picture may attract you to stop. After 5 hours drive we will arrive at the lower refuge of Chimborazo 4800m (14,545ft) Carrel hut (B/BL/D).
Chimborazo, with 5 summits, is Ecuador’s highest mountain and one massive volcano! We get up at midnight for breakfast and an equipment check-up, leaving the hut at 1:00 A.M. We move immediately to the huge glacier on Chimborazo’s southwest face, where we first traverse moderately angled ice slopes, climbing through a series of icefalls and up the steep ice ramps, simultaneously on moderate grounds belaying up the steep pitches. Our team will rope together in order to cross crevasses and finally make it to the summit. This is the highest point of the Andes, and from here we have a magnificent view of the emerging volcanoes that form the eastern and western Cordillera. The volcanoes seem to emerge from the clouds below our feet. Chimborazo summit is at 6,310m (20,697ft). Our approximate climbing time is 8-9 hours and we’ll return to the refuge around noon. We’ll have lunch and return to Quito, arriving at the hotel in Quito at 8:00 P.M. We’ll stay overnight in Quito or on the way you have to go after climbing. (B/BL) No hotel