Technical Ice and Glacier Climbing to the Highest Points of the Equator


Rucu Pichincha (15,250′), Cayambe (18,995′), Chimborazo (20,564′)

Quito, Ecuador    $2900, 9 days                   November 1-10, 2017  or January 21-29, 2018


Climbs of Rucu Pichincha, Cayambe and Chimborazo 

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.

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.

November 1-10, 2017 Itinerary  or January 21-29, 2018 Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Ecuador, stay in Quito Hotel.

Day 2:  Hike and 3rd class climb to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (15,230′).

Day 3:  Rest day and visit old town Quito.

Day 4:  Travel to the base of Cayambe and stay in a comfortable lodge on the flanks of the mountain.

Day 5   Climb Cayambe via 3,600′ of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito for celebratory dinner.

Day 6  Rest day in Quito, visit Capilla del Hombre

Day 7: Travel to the lower Chimborazo hut. Prepare to climb.

Day 8:  Climb Chimborazo via 4,000 feet of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito.

Day 9: Return flights to the United States or continue to visit Ecuadorian Amazon or Galapagos Islands.

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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