Day 1: Arrive Quito, overnight in Hacienda Rumiloma
Day 2: Quito city tour, equipment check, and hotel night Hacienda Rumiloma
Day 3: Acclimatization hike. Overnight at Hacienda Rumiloma.
Day 4: Travel to town of Otavalo to visit its colorful markets, afternoon hike to Lake Cuicocha, overnight at Hacienda Pinsaqui.
Day 5: Review skills on Cayambe. Overnight in Hacienda Tupagachi.
Day 6: Return to hut on Cayambe. Rest and prepare for our climb.
Day 7: After an early morning departure, we will climb up the crevassed slopes of the glacier. After 9 to 10 hours we will come to the summit of Cayambe. We then descend to the Hacienda Los Mortiños.
**Substitute Illiniza for Cayambe if you are joining the May-Aug trips; days five and six will be spent approaching Illiniza where we spend three nights in the hut. Skills will be reviewed here before our ascent on day seven.
Day 8: Today we will take the scenic drive to Cotopaxi National Park and overnight at Tambopaxi.If Cotopaxi is closed due to volcanic activity, we will use this day to either drive to Antisana base camp or for Illinizas; or organize for the climb and rest at the hacienda.
Day 9: After driving to approximately 15,092 feet we take a short 45 minute hike to Jose Ribas Hut where we rest and prepare for our climb. If Antisana is the objective the group will either make an ascent today or prepare fro the climb at base camp.
Day 10: We will depart at 1 a.m. and hike up the scree slopes until we arrive at the glacier. From here we ascend moderate snow and ice slopes until reaching a steep section just below the crater rim. After ascending this short section, we arrive at the summit where we can peer into the mountain's crater or enjoy the views of the countryside and Chimborazo, our final objective. Tonight we return to Quito and overnight. Those continuing enjoy the night at Hacienda La Cienega.
Climb Antisana if this is the objective.
Day 11: (Cayembe and Cotopaxi only) Climbers return home.
Day 11: (For Chimborazo Climbers) Drive to lower hut on Chimborazo and prepare for climb.
Day 13: Hike to high camp. Rest and prepare for summit attempt.
Day 14: Leaving at midnight we will hike up the scree slopes until reaching the glacier. After a couple of steep sections on the glacier, we will arrive at the false summit. From there it is about an hour climb to the highest point in Ecuador. After enjoying the views we descend to vehicles and return to Quito.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our best to follow the schedule listed, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. In the event that the conditions on Chimborazo are unfavorable, climbers will have the option to summit Antisana or the Illinizas.