Climb Ecuador's Volcanoes with Berg Adventures International – Trip Description
Berg Adventures Trip Highlights on Ecuador:
- Explore the highest capital city in the world, Quito.
- Sleep in first class accommodations: historical haciendas, scenic mountain lodges, and high mountain huts.
- Set foot on the Equator.
- Climb the highest volcanoes in Ecuador, Chimborazo
- Relax in the natural hot springs of Termas Pappallacta.
World Heritage Site
Our expedition begins in the city of Quito in the high Andes, surrounded by beautiful valleys and spectacular mountains. As soon as you step off the plane, you will notice the altitude as Quito sits at 9,350ft/2,850m. This city has been described as “where the old meets new”. Its historical, cultural, and contemporary heritage makes it one of the wonders of the world. In 1979, UNESCO declared Quito’s historic center a World Heritage Site. In 2004, the city was named the Cultural Capital of the Americas.
Ecuador, The Country
Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries, yet its location at the equator means that it spans two hemispheres. With its Andean peaks, Amazonia rain forests, and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has incredible diversity for a country the size of Italy.
We will climb 4 volcanoes during our expedition:
Guagua Pichinchaa, 15,696ft/4,784m – Our first acclimatization hike is above the city of Quito. The summit is composed of several spire shaped rocks. This is not a technical climb but due to its altitude and being our first hike it will be challenging.
Fuya Fuya, 13,986ft/4,263m – excellent acclimatization climb, near the summit we will be roped for a short rock climbing section.
Cayambe 18,993ft/5,789m - a massive glaciated extinct volcano located 65km northeast of Quito. It is Ecuador's third highest peak. It also has the distinction of being the highest point on the Earth's equator. In fact the Equator passes directly over the top of Cyambe and you can take a GPS receiver there and watch the display read all zeros! Although technically not difficult it has very active glaciers and crevasses and we will be roped for the climb.
Chimborazo, 20,703ft/6,310m – Chimborazo’s summit is the furthest distance from the earth’s core, due to its location on the Equatorial bulge. We will start our climb from the Whymper hut at 16,405ft /5,000m; moving NW up scree to access the glacier which can be difficult depending on the snow conditions. Once reaching the glacier ridge, it is a long ascent to the summit, 14 to 16 hours round trip from the hut.
Updates from your adventure will be posted on bergadventures.com and on Berg Adventures Facebook page. If you would like to have a specific dispatch posted for your expedition, please contact our office for details. We will be happy to accommodate your requests. Our dispatches have been used by family and friends to follow the progress of our groups and by schools to learn about the wild places we visit. They can be a wonderful lasting archive of your adventure.
The main challenge on this expedition will be the altitude. You will need to carefully monitor your body’s ability to acclimatize. This will require patience and good judgment. Your guides will help you make good decisions.
Prior mountaineering experience is recommended but not necessary. We will spend necessary time reviewing and learning skills. We will take the opportunity to review rope techniques inside the Cayambe hut. We also will climb above the hut to practice the use of crampons.