Climbing to Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Ilinisas
Climbing to Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Ilinisas
INITIATE IN QUITO
At the Day before, we will have a briefing to check the equipment.
In the morning we will take the route to the north part of Quito through to the beautiful Andres of Ecuador until arrive to Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserva. There we will be ready to do our first training around the Ciucocha`s Lake. Cuicocha is a volcanic crater that has a diameter of 3 kmh. in the middle is a lake full of little islands. If you go on one of these islands one will find a small canal called “the dreamless canal”. The islands have exuberant vegetation that has been able to grow through the volcanic lava. One can also find medicinal plants that are both used for decorative and for medicinal purposes. Some of the plants are: bromelias, orquideas, cerote, palo rosa, puma maqui, arrayan, and others.this activity is goint to take as from 5 to 7 hours depending of the experience of our clients. Later, we will go to our hotel near to this Ecological reserve.
after breakfast we will go to Mojanda Cajas withits diferent atractions like: Fuya Fuya Volcano and Mojandas lakes. Mojanda is a paramo ecosystem where there are three beautiful lakes that originally formed part of glacial volcanoes. These are Karikocha (3721 m. – 12208 ft.), the largest of the three, Warmicocha, and Yanacocha. These lakes are considered male and female, respectively; another popular attraction is the Black Lake. Yana Urcu or Fuya Fuya is where the adventurous traveler can ascend to peaks of more than 4,200 m (13780 ft). On clear days visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the region´s many famous volanoes: Imbabura, Cotacachi, Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Illinizas and Antisana to the south and the San Pablo and Cuicocha lakes. In the afternoon we will come back to Quito and time to rest.
Early in the morning we will to the Cable car of Quito Telefèrico) from Cruz Loma 4050 mtrs. (13287 ft.) We will climb to the Guagua Pinchincha. Pichincha is complex and consists of two volcanoes: Rucu and Guagua Pichincha, translated from Quichua language in “old” and “child”. Overlooking the city of Quito, it offers a unique view of the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
The “Guagua” Pichincha (4780 m.- 15682,41 ft.), which is our goal that day, is an active volcano located just 10 km west of Quito. It is the highest of the two peaks of this mountain range, the Rucu Pichincha only rises to 4627 meters (15328,08 ft.). In the afternoon we will move to lasso.
After breakfast we will go to Ilinizas Ecological Reserve. Illinizas are two mountains that hold the 6th and 8th highest Ecuadorian peaks titles, Illiniza Sur (5,263 m / 17,267 ft.) and Illiniza Norte (5,126 m / 16,818 ft.) respectively. They used to be one whole volcano featuring a crater, but eventually split up in two. These peaks are located 55 Km south of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, in the Occidental Andean range. Illiniza Sur holds more humidity than Illiniza Norte, and therefore Sur has a permanent snow and glacier. It is said that Illiniza Norte (North) is known for being less difficult to climb than its neighboring peak Illiniza Sur (South). Indeed, Illiniza Sur is advised for experienced climbers with knowledge on technical gear and its use on steep snow ramps, while for the former the deal is good hiking and scrambling skills. However, Illiniza Norte can feature snow conditions from time to time, turning this rocky peak into a technical one and a real challenge even for experienced climbers. Later, we will move to Chugchilan where we will stay and overnight.
in the morning we will have a rest day just doing a little hike in Quilotoa. You will get close to rural indigenous life and enjoy a variety of landscapes with majestic canyons, lakes and volcanoes. Get inspired by the pictures and start planning your trek with this article. Just when you’re sweating, sunburned, and too short of breath from a few days of the Quilotoa Loop trek, you will wind up at a summit like you’ve never seen before. Who needs a peak when you can end up at Laguna de Quilotoa? Inside the 3km (2 mile) wide caldera is a lake, brilliant green with minerals. The crater rim climbs to 3,915 meters (12,844 feet) at its highest point, but when the clouds roll in and swallow the sides of the caldera, it is just you and the lake below. And after a few days of hiking, we’d say Laguna de Quilotoa is nothing short of a spectacular finish. Trekking the Quilotoa Loop is definitely one of the best opportunities for trekking in Ecuador. The route is customizable with trekking routes taking between two days and two weeks. You will get lost, but the opportunity to explore the rarely visited parts of Ecuador is well worth the adventure. Think you are up for it? Here’s our guide for trekking the Quilotoa Loop, complete with where to stay, how to get there, where to leave your luggage, and suggested Quilotoa Loop routes. In the afternoon, we will make our way into the Cotopaxi National Park and up to the refuge center with our gear. After lunch, we will put on the gear and go through a glacier training course with the guide before having dinner and resting until midnight.
Our climb to the summit will begin at approximately 1:00 am and will take five hours to reach the top. The return climb takes approximately two to three hours. Then we will take our transportation and we will take the way to go to Baños de Agua Santa, day to rext and prepared to the next experience. We will have free time, rest and accommodation.
After noon, we will take the way to going to the camp base on the Chimborazo Reintroduction Reserve. We will then head towards the first refuge which is located at 4,800 mtrs. (15748,03 ft.) To the second refuge which is at 5,000mtrs. (16404,2 ft.). We will then have an appetizing boxed lunch, and will get a short talk about all the safety precautions and climbing technique the guides can give us. We will have dinner at 6:00 pm to later go rest until 12:00 am for the climb.
We’ll wake up at midnight and have breakfast, and then we will make our way up to the Whymper Peak; which is at 6310 mtrs. (20702,1 ft.). It will take us approximately 7 to 8 hours to get to this top; but when we arrive, it will be very well worth the effort, you’ll be able to take in a once in a lifetime view of all the Andes. It’ll take us about 3 to 4 hours to get back down to the refuge where we will pick up all of our equipment and go back down to our car, and make our way back to Quito.
END OF THE TRIP QUITO