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Title image - BAI takes you to: Ecuador

Climb Ecuador's Volcanoes with Berg Adventures International – Itinerary

Day 1 – International flight to Quito, Ecuador. Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel.

  • Overnight Quito, Marriott Hotel
  • Altitude: 9,350ft/2,850m

The Colorful Markets and Indigenous People

Day 2 – Quito is the highest capital city in the world. The city’s origins are highly preserved and proudly displayed in the historical center. Looming above the city is Guagua Pichincha at an elevation of 15.696ft/4,784m. Today is an acclimatization day; our goal will be to reach the summit of Pichincha.

  • Overnight Quito, Marriot Hotel
  • Altitude: 9,350ft/2,850m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 4-6 hours
Guagua Pichincha

Guagua Pichincha

Day 3 – After breakfast we head north to Otavalo, a town known for its famous market. It is one of the largest markets in Latin America. Our home base will be at a beautiful hacienda, which is a restored 17th-century Andean estate at 8,530ft/2,600m.

  • Overnight at Hacienda Cusin
  • Altitude: 8,530ft/2,600m
Beautiful photos taken by the Hacienda Cusin of their property

Beautiful photos taken by the Hacienda Cusin of their property

Day 4 – Our acclimatization hike will be in the Cotacachi-Syapa ecological reserve. We will hike around a spectacular lake, Cuicocha (Guinea Pig Lake). A high viewpoint on the far side of the lake will take us to 11,300ft/3,445m.

  • Overnight at Hacienda Cusin
  • Altitude: 8,530ft/2,600m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Day 5 – An early morning departure from the hacienda to climb Fuya Fuya at 13986ft/4263m.

  • Overnight at Hacienda Cusin
  • Altitude: 8,530ft/2,600m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 6 - 7 hours
Top left: Beginning of Fuya Fuya climb; Top right & bottom left: Rock section as we approach the summit; Bottom right: At the end of a successful climb of Fuya Fuya

Top left: Beginning of Fuya Fuya climb; Top right & bottom left: Rock section as we approach the summit; Bottom right: At the end of a successful climb of Fuya Fuya

Day 6 – We depart to the city of Cayambe where we will stop for lunch and then drive to Cayambe hut at 15,100ft/4,600m on the shoulder of Ecuador’s third highest summit, Cayambe at 18,900ft/5,790m. Cayambe will be our first glacier climbing goal. It is a unique summit because the equator line passes exactly over the top!

  • Overnight at Cayambe Hut
  • Altitude: 15,100ft/4,600m
Cayambe Hut where we will stay during our climb

Cayambe Hut where we will stay during our climb

Day 7 – Today will be spent reviewing and learning skills. We usually take the opportunity to review rope techniques inside the hut. In the afternoon we will climb a short distance above the hut to scout out the climb where we will begin to use crampons.

  • Overnight at Cayambe Hut
  • Altitude: 15,100ft/4,600m
Learning knots at the Cayambe hut

Learning knots at the Cayambe hut

Day 8 – Summit day of Cayambe. We will be up around midnight for a pre-dawn start. On a clear day, we will be able to see many of the other high peaks of Ecuador. Summit day will be long, but with an early start, we should be back for a big lunch in the hut.

  • Overnight at Hacienda Guachala
  • Altitude: 8,960m/ 2,730m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 7-9 hours
Climbing high on summit day

Climbing high on summit day

Summit success!

Summit success!

Day 9 – Alternative summit day and travel to Termas Papallacta, a hot springs resort in the upper Amazon Basin at 11, 000ft/3,300m. We come down here to rest at slightly lower altitude with thicker air in order to help our muscles and minds recover from the climbs, and also to prepare ourselves to Chimborazo. This is a technique acquired from many seasons on Everest. It is always good to come down to a lower elevation before going high again. Termas Papallacta will be the perfect place to relax after our Cayambe climb.

  • Overnight at Termas Papallacta
  • Altitude: 10,824ft/3,300m

Day 10 – Rest day at Termas Papallacta will give everyone the opportunity to soak and relax or may decide to go for a day hike around the resort. Several hiking options are available.

  • Overnight at Termas Papallacta
  • Altitude: 10,824ft/3,300m
Relaxing at the hot springs of Termas Papallacta

Relaxing at the hot springs of Termas Papallacta

Day 11 – Morning departure to our next destination: Chimborazo. By day’s end we will have arrived at a beautiful mountain lode with stunning views of Chimborazo.

  • Overnight Estrella del Chimborazo Lodge
  • Altitude: 13,123ft/4,000m

Day 12 – Our final climbing destination is Chimborazo, 20,703ft/6,310m, the highest peak in Ecuador. We will stage our climb from Whymper hut at 16,405ft/5,000m. The hut is named after Edward Whymper; the British climber who made the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1880, and also was the first to climb Chimborazo.

  • Overnight Whymper Hut
  • Altitude: 16,405ft/5,000m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 1-2 hours
Climbing Chimborazo

Climbing Chimborazo

Day 13 – SUMMIT DAY of Chimborazo; 20,703ft/6,310m.

  • Overnight Estrella del Chimborazo Lodge
  • Altitude: 13,124ft/4,000m
  • Climbing/Trekking time: 13-16 hours
Team on top!

Team on top!

Day 14 – Alternate Summit day of Chimborazo and return to Quito.

  • Overnight in Quito
  • Altitude: 9,350ft/2,850m

Day 15 – Flight to home country. BAI Trip Ends.