The Andean region of Ecuador is well known because of the several stunning peaks you can see at one glance, amazing weather, and especially the easy access to high elevation. Ecuatraveling created a program where you will definitely feel challenged to excel past your own limits.
The trail running camp is an 8-day program that will combine interesting trail running paths with really good change of elevation, technical routes, and fantastic landscapes, everything accompanied by professional local trail runners.
This program will run all year long, areas to be visited are not affected by extreme weather conditions
Day 1: Today our guide will meet you at your hotel in Quito to tell you detailed information about the program and how every day is going to be managed, accommodation provided at Hotel in Quito.(-/-/-)
Day 2: After breakfast, our private transportation will take us to “Parque Metropolitano” a forest located in the north part of Quito, this park has an extension of 557 hectares and is considered the main “lung” of the city, here we will run its paths touring around 1Km over 2900m over sea level, after this activity we’ll take a really healthy and well-proportioned lunch, leaving the afternoon free to explore the old part of Quito. (B/L/-)
Day 3: Early after breakfast we will drive in direction to Valle de los Chillos, after a 40 minutes drive we will arrive at the base of Ilalo Hill, from there we will start running up to reach the top at 3194 over sea level, single tracks and open roads will take us to the highest point of Ilalo. After our morning run, we will return to Quito, to have lunch and some time to relax and recharge energy for the upcoming days. (B/L/-)
Day 4: Today we will have to wake up earlier than usual in order to drive to the Pichincha Volcano, we are going to Lloa located in the south part of Quito, from this village we will keep driving all the way up until the refuge of our first volcano located above 4500 mts. from here our hiking – running session will start and it will take around 16 km long, we will visit two volcano peaks, one is Guagua Pichincha 4767 and second Ruco Pichincha 4696 will be part of our touring, this path is a loop, at the end of the day we will return to the refuge at Guagua Pichincha.
We estimate that we can complete this path in around 5-6 hours, elevation accumulated 2700 mts, over 4000 mts sea level. (B/L/-)
Day 5: Today we will have an easy morning, we will have enough time to take a relaxing breakfast before heading to the east part of the city, today we will run inside of the Cayambe – Coca, in the Papallacta reserve, here we will cover around 8kms over 3800 mts. We had planned today to be a recovery one, after this quick run we will enjoy a couple of hours inside of some natural hot springs, at this point of the program you will notice that your legs will thank you for this. (B/L/-)
Day 6: Today we will have a great combination of culture, sports, and nature, we will drive to the north part of Ecuador, to the Imbabura province, on the way we will have the opportunity to check an awesome project located on the EQUATOR, here we will get really interesting information about astrology and how the Incas used stars for their own benefit hundreds of years ago. After this experience, we will have the opportunity to run in one of the most beautiful places in the Ecuadorian Andes, Cuicocha Lagoon, located on over 3068 mts. Here our run will take more or less 12 Km around the loop, this is a very scenic run, that we are sure you will enjoy. return to Quito. (B/L/-)
Day 7: Today around 10 am, our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and immediately you will head towards the Cotopaxi National park, on the way you will stop to have lunch, get ready with your climbing clothes and keep going to the refuge, from the point where the car stops to the refuge it takes more or less 40 minutes hiking, and we will go from 4600 mts up to 4860. The rest of the afternoon you will spend it at the refuge getting ready for the climb, which is planned to start at midnight. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Around 00:00 we will start our climbing to the summit of Cotopaxi, the distance from the refuge to the top vary from 3200 mts to 3500 depending on the path available, we will start our climbing at 4860 mts, and we will get to 5897mts, where the summit is located, in average this part takes between 5-6 hours.
After we reached the top, we will start the descent to the refuge, it will take more or less 3 hours. Once we are back at the refuge we will have a quick breakfast, collect our luggage and start our descent to the parking where the car is waiting to drive back to Quito, where the program ENDS. (B/-/-)
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations, or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
– 6 Nights Comfortable Tourist Class Hotel
– 1 Night in Cotopaxi refuge
– Unique routes
– Full climbing gear
– Breakfast: 7
– Lunch: 6
– Dinner: 1
– 8 Days Private Transportation
– Mountain Bilingual guide
– Running leader
– Coordinator 24/7
– Extra expenses, meals not mentioned in the itinerary and tips