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Glacier Climbing to the Highest Points of the Equator

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Chimborazo (20,564′)

Ecuador 

 

June 18-26, 2016

January 21-29, 2017

(9 days)

Climbs of Rucu Pichincha,

Cayambe and Chimborazo

$2900

 

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Trip Ascents include:

  • Rucu Pichincha (15,250′)
  • Cayambe (18,995′)
  • Chimborazo (20,565′)
Ecuador is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in South America and a trip here is one of the ultimate adventures for any climber (and skier) who wants to discover the thrills of high-altitude glacier climbing in an exotic location.  

IFMGA Guides Eli Helmuth and Alejo Lazzati have successfully climbed these volcanoes hundreds of times over the last 22 years with a diverse variety of climbing clients.  This is one of our favorite areas due to the beauty of the country and its people, and the quality of the climbing on these high-altitude volcanoes.

Alejo is a local Quiteno of Argentinian descent which explains his love for quality beef.  As a paramedic and WMI trainer, Alejo provides top-notch guiding services while sharing his love of the Ecuadorian culture and countryside.

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All of our trips are inclusive with in-country transportation, hotels, 2-1 IFMGA guiding ratio on Chimborazo, group equipment, and tasty mountain food included.

June 18-26 Itinerary

June 18:  Arrive in Ecuador, stay in Quito Hotel.

June 19:  Hike and 3rd class climb to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (15,230′).

June 20:  Rest day and visit old town Quito.

June 21:  Travel to the base of Cayambe and stay in a comfortable lodge on the flanks of the mountain.

June 22:  Climb Cayambe via 3,600′ of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito for celebratory dinner.

June 23:  Rest day in Quito, visit Capilla del Hombre.

June 24:  Travel to the lower Chimborazo hut. Prepare to climb.

June 25:  Climb Chimborazo via 4,000 feet of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito.

June 26: Return flights to the United States or continue to visit Ecuadorian Amazon or Galapagos Islands

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Happy team on the summit of Cotopaxi on a picture perfect day.
 

Price Includes:

1.   Services of an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide.

2.   Shared lodging in Quito at 3 star hotel with free wireless and breakfast.

3.  Transport to/from mountains via 4×4 vehicle.

4.  All hut and park entrance fees.

5.  All dinners and breakfasts in huts.

6.  Group-climbing equipment.

Price Does Not Include:

1. Personal travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.

2. Transfers to/from airport in Quito.

3. Personal clothing and gear.

4. City meals and drinks.

5. Recommended travel and trip insurance.

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Weaving through seracs on the Cayambe Glacier.


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Please call with questions or to book your next big trip

970.744.4898

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Technical Summits in the Southern Incan Empire

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Bolivia
Technical Alpine
May 7-20, 2016
$3350
14 days

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The north face of Condoriri holding the afternoon light. Our intended ascent follows the left-hand skyline to this impressive summit.

Climbs:

  • Pequeno Alpamayo
    (17,613′)
  • Condoriri
    (18,524′)

Bolivia is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South America and the Cordillera Real Range offers easy access, spectacular basecamps, and an intriguing culture. This trip visits the jewel of the Real: the Condoriri Valley nearby the capital city of La Paz.

This is one of the world’s great climbing ranges due to the year-round ice climbing,  typically good weather, quick access, and high quality services that make for a comfortable and enjoyable mountain experience.

Our guides are fluent Spanish and English speakers who have lead climbing trips in the Andes for decades.

14 day Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart U.S. typically through Miami, night flight to La Paz (Airport at 13,900′).

Day 2: Arrive in Boivia  in am, check-in Calacoto Hotel @ 11,ooo’.  Tour old city, group dinner.

Day 3: Acclimatization hike in the nearby Valle de la Animas (spirit valley) to 14k.

Day 4: Rock climbing nearby hotel, review of technical climbing systems.  Pack/prep for mountains.

Day 5: Drive 2.5 hrs and hike 1.5 hr. to Condoriri basecamp.  Set-up camp, acclimatize, day-hike to glacier.

Day 6:  Travel to glacier for warm-up.

Day 7: Climb Pequeno Alpamayo- 10 hr. avg multi-pitch ice day.

Day 8: Rest day at basecamp.

Day 9: Move with porters to high camp on Condoriri.

Day 10: Summit day on Condoriri (WI3 M2) return to high camp.

Day 11: Weather day.

Day 12: Return to basecamp then trailhead, return to La Paz in evening.

Day 13: Rest day in La Paz, shopping, etc.

Day 14: Return to U.S., early am departures from La Paz.

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Hiking the ridges at 14k above the capital city of La Paz.

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Acclimatizing in the Valle de las Animas.
 

Price Includes:

1. Services of an IFMGA Licensed Guide.

2. Transfers to/from airport in La Paz, 6 nights hotel in La Paz.

3. Transport to/ from mountains, burros for equipment, and full porter and cook services for all mountain days included.

4. All park entrance fees.

5. All meals in camp.

6. Group climbing and camping equipment.

 

Price Does Not Include:

1. Personal travel costs to La Paz, delays, taxis, etc.

2. Personal clothing and gear.

3. City meals and drinks, climbing snacks.

4. Personal first aid, pharmaceutical supplies.

4. Recommended travel/trip cancellation insurance.

 

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Eli Helmuth on the summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo.

For more photos of this trip and others in the Bolivian Andes, check-out the Climbing Life Blog at:

http://climbinglifeguides.blogspot.com/

Please call with questions or to book your next big trip:

970.744.4898
or contact us atguide@climbinglife.com


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Bolivia trip leader Eli Helmuth is an AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide, and an IFMGA Mountain Guide plus Spanish speaker with 21 years experience leading trips in South America.

 

 

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Steeper climbing in the heart of the Peruvian Andes

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Cordillera Blanca

August 7- 21st, 2016
9 day trip $2,600
15 day trip $3650
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The west face of Chopicalqui catching the afternoon light. Our ascent follows the right-hand skyline to this impressive summit.

Climbs:

Vallunaraju (18,963′)

9 day Itinerary

Chopicalqui (20,817′)

15 day Itineray

 

Peru is the land of the pyramidal peaks in South America and the Cordillera Blanca Range offers the closest experience to the Himalaya outside of Asia. This trip visits the jewel of the Blanca: the Llanganuco Valley nearby the mountain village of Huaraz.

This is one of the world’s great climbing ranges due to the high quality ice and rock climbing on these peaks, the  typically good weather, easy access, and high quality services that make for a more comfortable and enjoyable mountain experience.

Trip Leader Alejo Lazzati is a fluent Spanish speaker who has lead climbing trips in Peru since 2002 with the same team of professional cooks and porters who are some of the very best in the region.

8 & 15 day Itineraries:

8/7: Depart U.S. arrive in Peru, night in Lima Hotel.

Day 2: Travel day to Huaraz via plane, arrive for dinner and rest. Night in Huraraz (10k)

Day 3: A six hour (rt) acclimatization hike to Laguna Churup (14.7k) above Huaraz, night in hotel (10k).

Day 4: Travel by private van to Vallunaraju basecamp(14k), hike and rock climb to acclimate.

Day 5: Hike to Vallunaraju high camp w/ porters(15.5k)

Day 6:  Acclimatization and warm-up day on Vallunaraju.

Day 7: Climb Vallunaraju then descend to road & Huaraz.

8/14: Rest day or depart to Lima, return flight U.S.

Day 9: Drive and hike to Chopicalqui base camp.

Day 10: Move with porters to high camp on Chopi.

Day 11: Rest day at high camp/ weather day.

Day 12: Summit day, return to basecamp.

Day 13: Hike out and return to Huaraz.

Day 14: Return to Lima via bus, transfer to airport, pm flight to states..

8/21/16: Return to U.S.

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Vallunaraju high camp with Ranrapalca behind.

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The summit ridge of Vallunaraju. 
 

Price Includes:

1. Services of Alejo Lazzati, IFMGA Licensed Guide.

2. Transfers to/from airport in Lima, 1 night hotel in Lima  plus flight to Huaraz and express bus on return.

3. Accommodation in comfortable Huaraz Hotel.

4. Transport to/ from mountains, mules for equipment, and full porter and cook services for all mountain days.

5. All park entrance fees.

7. Full, deluxe meal service in all camps.

8. Group climbing and camping equipment.

 

Price Does Not Include:

1. Personal travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.

2. Personal clothing and gear.

3. City meals and drinks, climbing food on summit days.

4. Recommended travel/trip cancellation insurance.

 

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Frontpointing up the summit headwall of Vallunaraju in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca.

For more photos of this trip and others in the Peruvian Andes, check-out some of our trip reports at:

ClimbingLife.com

Please call with questions or to book your next big trip:

970.744.4898
or contact us at guide@climbinglife.com


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