I climbed Cayambe and Cotopaxi in Nov 2018 with CTSS. Not my first climb with Mike Hamill as guide but my first climb with his company. Right from the start Mike was available to answer any and all of my questions which I really appreciated. The logistics of the trip were also seamless. Accommodations and food both on and off the mountains were outstanding and the local guides that CTSS partners with are amazing. Ecuador is a beautiful country that should be on everyone's bucket list and the climbs of Cayambe and Cotopaxi, while not technical, were sufficiently challenging to make for rewarding summits. I would highly recommend CTSS - 5 star all the way!
This was a fantastic mountain experience and I would definitely recommend K&P together with its local partners in Ecuador (Andean Summit Adventure) for this or similar projects in Ecuador. I have done several other mountain projects / expeditions in the past with different tour operators and this was without any doubt the best so far. The program was diverse (mountain & a bit of culture) and well thought-through with an excellent acclimatisation strategy. There was always sufficient food and water/tea/coffee available, accommodation in huts/tents (on the mountain) and hotels / local families was really comfortable (with regular opportunities to take a shower^^), and logistics were easy. Besides a very professional & experienced, socially competent and dedicated mountain guide from Austria (Andreas Neuschmid), we were accompanied by two professional local Ecuadorian mountain guides and climbed in groups of three people in a rope team (1 guide + 2 guests). This allowed for optimal security and support on the mountain. Overall the quality of this trip was outstanding and for me it was definitely worth the bit of higher initial cost overall (as compared to other tour operators). It is likely that I will book my future mountain projects through Kobler & Partner again. Thanks to the entire team!