Cotopaxi and Cayembe Climb

Technical skills

Moderate

Fitness level

Moderate

Trip length
11 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$3,495
per person, excluding flights

Overview

Ecuador is an incredible country that is made for climbing. The country is small so it is easy to get from peak to peak, the food is healthy and fresh, Ecuadoreans are hospitable and welcoming, accommodations are first rate…. and the climbing is excellent. ...
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Ecuador is an incredible country that is made for climbing. The country is small so it is easy to get from peak to peak, the food is healthy and fresh, Ecuadoreans are hospitable and welcoming, accommodations are first rate…. and the climbing is excellent.
Ecuador’s famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes” offers some of the finest beginner-intermediate mountaineering in the Andes, set amid a fascinating cultural backdrop. While climbing Cayambe and Cotopaxi we’ll encounter crevassed glacier travel, 35-40 degree snow and ice slopes, and beautiful ridges. This trip offers the very best of a wonderful country, spectacular mountains, and diverse climbing opportunities.
This expedition is our traditional guided team climb which ascends both Cotopaxi and Cayembe. We start with an acclimatization peak before moving on to the picturesque Cotopaxi in the south, then in a gradual altitude progression, heading North to Cayembe as our next ascent.

Trip highlights

  • Experience the unique beauty of Ecuador and it’s culture
  • Celebrate a climb of Cayembe by bathing in the lavish natural hot spring pools at the plush Papallacta resort
  • Summit two absolutely classic volcanoes with the ability to tag on a third
  • Stay in some of South America’s finest haciendas, all of which are hundreds of years old, steeped in history, and offering exquisite dining and accommodations
  • Peer out onto the rest of Ecuador’s mighty peaks to the south at sunrise from the top of Cayembe
  • Bring your spouse/friends along for the cultural tour and experience Ecuador together.

Availability

Custom Adventure
Custom adventures are a great way to push your limits, pick your own route, and design a special itinerary
11 days
From $3,495/day/person

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 2: Gear Checks/Old Town Tour
Day 3: Climb Pasachoa
Day 4: Travel to Cotopaxi for training
Day 5: Hike to the hut on Cotopaxi
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Questions & Answers

Climbing Cotopaxi or any Ecuadorian volcanoe requires solid fitness and an ability to perform well at altitude, but it is not beyond the abilities of many people who are willing to train for the climb and work hard on the trip. Prior use of crampons and an ice axe is preferred but not mandatory as we will do a brief snow school for those with experience to touch up their skills and for others to become familiar. If you want to join this expedition but feel unsure of your ability, chat to us as we can work with you to get you up to speed prior to the climb as we take immense pride in helping people achieve their goals.
We strongly recommend the purchase of an insurance plan to protect you from the unexpected.
Not incuded:
Flights to and from Ecuador
Any extensions prior or post the specified itinerary (however we can help you plan these add-ons). Please inform us if we need to book extra accommodations for you.
In town meals: We will just split the bill and the end of each meal
Personal gear: all personal climbing gear is the responsibility of the client
In the event of a rescue, evacuation, or early departure from the group, any rescue expenses incurred or excess expenses above and beyond our normal trip costs including transport, hotels, evacuation, flight changes, and gear shipping are the responsibility of the client.
Guide Tip (Customary but optional)
Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
Single Occupancy rooming: If you would like single rooms you may add this on by paying a fee with your application or balance. Please inform us if you would like single occupancy rooming
Snack food: We recommend bringing about 3lbs/1.5kg of snack food that you know you like and will be able to eat at altitude when you’re not hungry.
Bar tabs, mini bars, hotel internet bills, laundry etc
Included:
Guides
Accommodations at double-occupancy
Transportation: All group transportation while on the expedition. If you depart early then the added expenses for transport, lodging, rescue, and evacuation is your own responsibility.
Food: While we’re on the mountain dinners and breakfasts will be provided but it’s best to supplement as usual with a few pounds of your favorite snack and climbing food. Make sure it’s palatable up high.
All Group Gear: Four season tents, cooking gear, group duffels, stoves, etc.
Satellite Phone: Available to clientele at $3/min
Trip length
11 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$3,495
per person, excluding flights

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