Day 1: Airport – Quito (2800m)
Transfer to hotel in Quito. Meeting with guide, gear check and welcome dinner.
1 hour drive (D) Hotel 2*
Day 2: Quito – Rucu Pichincha (4696m) - Quito
In the morning after breakfast we start our acclimatizing by making a short trek to a
small peak near Quito called Rucu Pichincha. From the Hotel we take a taxi to the
cable car which take us up a small part of the way to the start of the trek. On a clear
day we can see Quito down below us. Same way back down to Quito. Free afternoon in
Quito to explore the sights.
5 hour round trip (BL) Hotel 3*
Day 3: Quito - Nuevos Horizontes hut, Ilinizas (4650m)
From Quito we first have a drive of about 2 hours, to a place called La Virgen. From
here we start our trek up to the Nuevos Horizontes hut. The hut is close in the saddle
of the Ilinizas Norte and Sur, and we can see the summit in the distance We stay the
night in the Nuevos Horizonte hut.
2 - 3 hour drive, 3 - 4 hours trekking (BLD) Refugee
Day 4: Ilinizas hut - Summit Illiniza North Peak (5126m) - Nuevos Horizontes hut - Quito
We'll get up at the break of dawn have some breakfast and head out for the summit.
The first part we follow a small trail and near the top we have some easy rock climbing
which leads us to the summit. After some photos and a rest, we head back down
via a different route. We take a more direct route down to the car park. At the end of
the trail we take transport back to Quito.
7 - 9 hours climbing, 2 - 3 hour drive (BL) Hotel 2*
Day 5: Quito - Cayambe town (2850m) – Refugee Cayambe (4650m)
We have an easy day today, this means sleeping in a bit this morning. After breakfast
we drive to the start of the trail to climb Cayambe. The road ends at 4650m at the hut.
Sometimes the road is in bad condition and this means we have walk a bit to reach the
hut. In the evening we prepare our gear for the ascent for the next day.
2 - 3 hours driving (BLD) Refugee
Day 6: Refugee - Cayambe Summit (5897m) - Banos (1826m)
A midnight start for our ascent. Leaving the hut we following a small trail which takes
us to the glacier. On the glacier will need to rope up and put our crampons on. After
crossing and weaving our way through crevasses we'll reach the summit. We head back
down the same way to the hut. Here we have a short rest before driving down to Banos.
10 - 12 hours climbing, 3 - 4 hour drive (BL) Hotel 2*
Rest day In the town of Banos. There are a lot of different activities to do in Banos, eg
MTB biking, horseback riding, rafting, zip lines, hot springs. It’s a great place to
relax in one the hot pools around the city.
(B) Hotel 2*
Day 8: Banos - Rio Bamba - Chimborazo high camp, Carrel hut (5000m)
We drive south towards Chimborazo, until we reach the start of the trail. A place
called Carrel refuge (4800 m). We can drive right to the hut without any walking. We
can have time to relax and prepare our gear for the very early start tomorrow. You can
make a small walk in the afternoon.
NOTE; this route can be different depending conditions on the mountain.
2 - 3 hour drive (BLD) Refugee
Day 9: Carrel Refuge - Chimborazo Summit (6310m) - Quito
We'll get up just before midnight, have something to eat and start our climb. Routes
can depend on conditions of the mountain which we will decide on the day. It’s a long
way navigating through the crevasses. The first part we following a small trail which
takes us up to the ridge. We keep following the ridge up to the summit. The ridge has a
mix of rock at the lower part and turns into snow fields and ice on the upper parts We'll
first reach the Veintimilla summit (6270m) and after a bit more climbing the Whymper
summit, the main summit. Same way back down. We’ll have a bit of a rest at the high
camp, before we take our transport back to Quito. Once back in Quito we can shower
and later in the evening a farewell dinner.
10 -12 hours climbing, 3 hour drive (BLD) Hotel 3*
Transfer to airport
1 to 1 1/2 hours driving (B)
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