The four-day acclimatization program is designed to educate and instruct people in high altitude mountain climbing between 4,000 and 6,000 meters (13,123-19,685feet) in Ecuador, South America. Our mountain base will be in Quito, nestled in the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and a perfect location because of its altitude (2,800m/10,498feet) and proximity to the volcanoes. With the assistance of a qualified and bilingual guide, this program acclimatizes and increases the fitness of climbers, making it possible to successfully climb some of the highest volcanoes in South America. Over the course of these four days, you will reach the summit of some of Ecuador’s most famous volcanoes, the Illinizas North and the mighty Cotopaxi, which is the highest active volcano in the world! These climbs offer spectacular and unsurpassed views of Ecuador and the Avenue of Volcanoes. Specially designed, this program enables people with little or no experience to gain the ability and skills necessary for climbing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
4 Day Climbing Cotopaxi & Ilinizas
Tour Schedule (Note: This is a tentative itinerary).
Day 1.- Transfer to our Andes Lodge – Hosteria Papagayo
Departure from Quito. In private transportation to the Andes Lodge located at 3,000 meters. We will have a free afternoon. Night at Papagayo (-/L/D)
Day 2.- Climb Illinizas Norte 5126m (16800ft)
We will get up at 6 am, after breakfast we will depart to la Virgen parking lot to start the climb to the summit of Illiniza Norte, which is at 5,150 meters height is about 5 hours with trekking equipment and then back to the Virgin parking lot where the transport waiting for us to return to the lodge. Night at Papagayo (B/L/D)
Day 3.- Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park
We leave from the Lodge at 2 pm. In private transportation to the Cotopaxi National Park and then to the parking lot at 4,500 meters. We will have a walk to the refuge at 4,800 meters. In about an hour where we will rest and take a box lunch and then take small talk and practice in the glaciers for about an hour and return to the refuge to take a special dinner at 6 pm and take a break. Night in the Cotopaxi refuge (B/L/D)
Day 4.- Climb Cotopaxi 5897 m (19300 ft)
We will get up at 12:00 a.m. to pick up our equipment and take a special tea then we will start the ascent to the summit which is 5,897 meters. From height in approximately 5 to 6 hours upon arrival, we will stay about 20 minutes to take pictures and look at the landscape, and back to the refuge in 3 hours then to transport to the Lodge and then to Quito from 1 to 2 pm. (B/-/-) SPA + massage service is available back in the lodge for an additional price.
End of Services
We also offer for experienced and acclimatized people, more options such as Illiniza South, Antisana, and the highest mountain in Ecuador the Chimborazo Volcano.
Minimum 2 pax
Price: $745 p.p
Price: $1150 p.p
Climbing Illinizas Norte
Visiting Cotopaxi National Park
Aseguim professional guide
Meals mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodation in the refuge
2 nights at Papagayo (or similiar)
Special climbing equipment: polar pants, polar jacket, waterproof pants/jacket, plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, gaiters, outside gloves, climbing harness
What's Not Included
The renting of equipment
Please note tips for our guides are not included in the price.