November 4-12, 2016 FULL
Our trip begins in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Located just fifteen miles south of the equator and at an altitude of 9,350’, Quito sits in a high altitude valley that is known as the "Avenue of the Volcanoes." We explore the city's mix of colonial and modern streets and rich history while hiking in the surrounding hills to build our acclimatization.
After a couple days exploring the city, we head over to climb Ruku Pinchincha (15,696 ft.) to continue our acclimatization process. After a ride on the Teleferico we step out onto Pinchincha. Pinchincha has a mix of high grasslands and volcanic rock with beautiful views of Quito. A climb of Pinchincha is almost worth the trip on it's own.
After a day of rest, we will be picked up at our Hostel and head over to the Cayambe Refuge. We will spend the day practicing mountaineering skills and roped travel on Cayambe's glaciers. An early alpine start (11pm) on that night, leads to a 8 to 12 hour round trip to the highest point on the Equator.
After our long climb we shuttle back to Quito for the evening to relax and have a free night. Early the next morning, we head over to Termas Papallacta for some well deserved R&R. We will spend the night at the resort, soaking our tired bones in natural hot springs and taking in the beautiful views. After a day of pampering, we head back to Quito for one more night where we will have a chance to spend the night on the town. A good nights rest later and we will be boarding our flights back home.
$2250 per person
a $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot. Payments can be made in any amount up to 45 days prior to trip departure, 45 days prior to your departure the full amount is due.
All transportation to/from the mountains
All food in the mountains
All technical gear
Free use of any of our rental gear (Down Jackets, gaiters, goggles, rain jackets, etc.) on a first come, first serve basis. (We can bring these to Ecuador for you, although baggage fees may apply)
A night at the world famous Termas Papallacta spa
Certified Ecuadorian guide
1 to 2 guide ratio for Cayambe climb
Flights to/from Ecuador
Transportation to/from airport and around city(cabs available)
Travel insurance and rescue insurance
(Highly recommended, this is how you will get a refund if you need to cancel. Basic travel insurance coverage as low as $100 @ www.travelinsurance.com)
Food/Drinks while in the city
This is a required personal gear list for our Ecuador Expedition, you are responsible for bringing these items. All technical gear is included (Ice axe, crampons, helmet, ropes, mountaineering boots).
This is a high altitude expedition and a high level of fitness is required, all participants should be physically fit and prepared for long days in the mountains. Climbers should have previous crampon and ice axe experience. Climbers should be able to carry a 40 pd. pack through rugged terrain for 12+ hours.
Av. Coruña y Ernesto Noboa Caamaño N29-22
Quito - Ecuador
A non-refundable $500 deposit secures your spot. Trips run rain, shine, sleet, or snow. Any cancellations over 45 days of your adventure will receive a full refund minus the deposit. Any cancellations within 45 days of your adventure are non-refundable. We highly recommend travel and rescue insurance. If something happens, this will cover your expenses. NRMG reserves the right to dismiss any participant if they are not physically, mentally, or technically (inadequate gear) prepared. NRMG also reserves the right to dismiss anyone if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any dismissals by NRMG are not eligible for a refund. As professional mountain guides, our cancellation policy helps with our guides job security. There is no guarantee of reaching the summit, as peoples physical fitness, the weather, and the rigors of high altitude climbing can be a factor. Our job is to provide a safe and fun experience for everyone. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. 14+ with parent/legal guardians signature required.