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Mountain Climbing Ecuador
Mountain climbing is an exciting activity for the outdoor adventure enthusiast. Whether you are an advanced climber or a beginner, Geotours has an exciting trip waiting for you! Come see the world from another perspective, where the privileged few have conquered the challenge of the climb.
Your safety is our highest priority. Geotours follows strict international safety guidelines and will equip you with all you need prior to leaving our office in Baños. Our guides have extensive experience and will be with you for the duration of the activity
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING TOURS ECUADOR, DETAILS AND ITINERARIES
First conquered in 1873 by Wilhelm Reiss and Alphonse Stubel, Tungurahua is still one of the most active volcanoes in the Andes. The mountain is topped by a glacier and has an abundance of small volcanic material. During your hike you will see the activity of the chimney as it releases sulfuric gases around the top of the crater.
Tungurahua is an active volcano located just outside of Baños in the eastern Andes. It is one of the most popular climbing challenges sought out by mountain trekkers, climbers, and tourists. The summit is topped by a small glacier and volcanic material. Throughout the year, it is possible to see volcanic activity like gases and spume sputtered from the mouth of the volcano.
Depart the Geotours office in our comfortable van for the one-hour trip to the Pondoa area of the Sangay National Park. Beginning at an altitude of 2800 m (9186 feet), we will spend the next 3-4 hours walking through the Andean cloud forest while our naturalist guide offers interesting information about the volcano and flora and fauna of the area. We will recover, enjoy the view and eat lunch at the Nicholas Martinez shelter located at 3800 m (12467 feet) high and then descend back to Pondoa. A very exciting journey awaits, as we will head back to Baños by bicycle!
Come and climb Cotopaxi, considered the highest active volcano in the world! With it’s perfect cone shape and glaciers this is a challenging and fun mountain to scale.
We depart Baños in our comfortable van for the 4 hour trip to Cotopaxi National Park. Relax while our guide briefs you on the mountain and points out interesting sights along the way. Our starting point will be at 4800 m (15748 feet) and from there we will take a 30 minute hike to the Jose Rivas refuge. After lunch and during the evening we will be instructed in techniques and do practice drills in preparation for climbing the glacier. Dinner and relaxation follow, and our ascent begins at midnight!
Day two starts with a light breakfast while we equip and begin our climb to the summit. This will be a moderate but steady rise and pace. Depending on visibility due to weather conditions, some unique and spectacular landscapes will be seen. After seven hours of climbing we will reach the summit of Cotopaxi at 5897 m (19347 feet)! The experience of conquering Cotopaxi is an indescribable feeling, and will certainly be a topic of conversation throughout our lives.
After a descent of approximately four hours we will enjoy a meal while we reflect on the challenge we have met by summiting the highest active volcano in the world!
Another thrill for outdoor adventurers is to summit Chimborazo, the highest elevation in Ecuador, at 6210 m (20702 feet) in height. This inactive volcano was first peaked by British Mountaineer Edward Whymper in 1886.
Relax and enjoy the interesting mountain terrain as we embark on our three hour drive from Baños to the refuge. From the wetlands of Abraspungo Valley to the arid lands and snow-peaked mountain top, the Chimborazo province is beautiful. Look carefully and you may see a pack of wild Vicuña traversing the land.
Our first walk, approximately 30 minutes long, will be to the second refuge that stands at an altitude of 5000 m (16404 feet). We will spend the afternoon there, eating lunch and listening to safety and instruction briefings and interactive demonstrations of climbing techniques. After dinner it’s time to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature and sky full of stars!
At midnight our adventure continues! Embrace the challenge of our 7-8 hour hike to the summit of Chimborazo, the highest point in Ecuador. We reverse our trek and return to the shelter, where we will have lunch and head back to Baños. Climbers will certainly be proud of their accomplishments after this trip!
Kapak Urku, “mighty mountain” in the indigenous Kichwa language, or El Altar (the Alter) as named by the Spanish conquistadores, is an extinct volcano complemented by a unique presence of crystal clear lakes hiding behind the peaks. Portions of El Altar are a technically challenging climb whose highest peak (5319 m/17451 f) was only summited once, in 1963, by an Italian expedition.
Depart Baños for La Candelaria, the main entrance to the El Altar area of Sangay National Park. Our walk will take us through the incredible valley of Collanes and arrival to the refuge of Hacienda Releche where we will set up camp, eat lunch, hike and discover the natural beauty of the area. Dinner and relaxation for the evening in the peaceful surroundings.
Day two will begin with breakfast and then we pack up the gear and head out for our two hour climb to El Pedregal. We will set up camp and eat lunch and head out to explore the stunning crater lake, Laguna Amarillo, nestled among the ridges at an altitude of about 4200 m (13808 feet). This is one of the most picturesque climbs in all of Ecuador.
After breakfast on Day three we will have one last opportunity to appreciate the beauty of El Altar on our descent back to the park entrance. Reminiscing about our experience on the ride back to Baños will be a great way to end a great trip.
As part of the National Protection System of Ecuador, the Carihuairazo Reserve area serves as a preservation site for the native llama, alpaca and vicuña. Expect to see these beautiful creatures wandering the land freely. The mountain itself has a huge top, opened to the north with two major peaks. The Mocha peak stands 4960 m (16273 feet) and was first summited in 1880. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Maxima peak (5018 m/16463 f) was conquered.
Depart from the Geotours office in Baños for a three hour drive to the main entrance of the Carihuairazo climbing area. Our first hike will bring us to the base of the glacier where we will set up camp and have lunch. Guides will give a safety and instruction briefing about the mountain and climbing techniques necessary for the trip. Spend the evening enjoying the fresh, clean, mountain air and preparing the equipment for an early morning departure.
At 6:00 am we begin our climb up the glacier to the base of the Maxima peak. A rigorous four hour adventure lies ahead as we ascend to an altitude of 5018 m (16463 feet) to the summit of Carihuairazo! Our descent to camp will be followed by lunch and a relaxing ride back to Baños. This experience will be sure to exhilarate even the most seasoned mountain climber!
Located between Pichincha and Cotopaxi provinces, the Illinizas are twin volcanic peaks that offer a variety of difficulty suitable for all levels of mountain climber. North Illiniza stands at 5126 m (16818 feet) and is relatively simple to scale. Expert climbers will be excited for the technical and steep climb to the summit of South Illiniza, at 5305 m (17405 feet).
Our journey to the snowy Illinizas begins in Baños where we leave the Geotours office in our comfortable van. Upon arrival at the entry point, we will hike for approximately 3 hours to the shelter for lunch. The remainder of the day is spent with the guide and learning climbing techniques and safety procedures. After dinner we will relax and get excited for the amazing day ahead!
In order to reach the summit of North Illiniza we will leave the shelter at 7:00 am and spend the day marveling at the wonders of nature during our trek. Climbers will be in awe of the magnificent landscapes below the 5126 m (16818 feet) high crown. We will descend the mountain and head back to beautiful Baños with memories that are sure to last a lifetime