There are many technically straightforward ascents at 5.000-meter-high peaks and in close proximity to the main cities. This avoids long commutes and elaborated expedition planning often necessary in other high mountain ranges.
The most inviting and most frequently-climbed glaciated peak in Ecuador is the active volcanic cone Cotopaxi rising 5.897 meters above sea level. Chimborazo , another snow-capped volcano rising over 6.263 meters above sea level, is not only the highest in Ecuador but also the closest point to the sun- this is due to the earth’s equatorial bulge.
Most of the climbs are not difficult in themselves but are often considered technical because of the equipment required for the ascent. They also demand a good physical condition and an adequate high-altitude acclimatization program beforehand.
Our certified mountain guides will prepare you, through an acclimation program, for your night climb of one of the volcanoes.
The programs usually start with a hike at lower altitudes, such as the Cuicocha loop or Pasochoa summit (4.200 m.). As you gain more experience, you will be exposed to climbs with higher altitude and summit ascents such as Rucu Pichincha (4.697m), Corazón (4.800m) or Rumiñahui (4630). The last acclimation climb will take place at Illiniza North (5.126m). At this point of your training, you will be ready for your attempt to conquer Cotopaxi (5897m) and, after a day for relaxation, the Chimborazo summit (6.263m).