November 9-19, 2017
7 spots available
Join NRMG for a unforgettable adventure to Ecuador. Trek through grassy highlands, climb the Cayambe Volcano, and explore Ecuador's local artisan markets and shops. Finish off the trip with a soak in naturally fed hotsprings just outside our private bungalow at the world famous Termas de Papallacta spa. This is an experience you will never forget.
Day 1: Arrive in Quito at 2800m, Transfer In, Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2: Quito - Market Otavalo -Hike Cuicocha. We leave early from Quito and after two hours on the road we will reach Otavalo. We will visit the most famous and largest Indigenous handicraft fair in South America, the market at Otavalo. Otavaleños are most famous for their weavings, such as tapestries, sweaters, blankets, ponchos and other woolen goods. You will also find paintings, ceramics and jewelry. After that we will drive to the Reserva Cotacachi – Cayapas for our acclimatization hike (4-5 hours) around the crater lake Cuicocha (3.200 m / 10,498 ft.) on the flanks of Cotacachi volcano. Overnight in Otavalo’s outskirts. Hosteria “La Luna”. (BL,D)
Day 3: Climb Volcano Fuya Fuya.(4.263 m / 13,986 ft.) Our first acclimatization peak is Fuya Fuya. This extinct volcano is climbed from the inside of the Mojanda crater and is a very comfortable climb (4-5 hours). Return to the same Hosteria. Overnight. (B,BL,D)
Day 4: Otavalo –Imbabura volcano –(15,190 ft/4.630 m). A large hill with a long walk up it, Imbabura is excellent for acclimatization and fitness. This extinct volcano rises above Lake San Pablo but the easiest and most convenient route stands on the other side. Leaving La Luna before sunrise is mandatory for its five hours ascent. We will follow an old path straight up on the ridge until we find a non-complicated scramble just before the summit ridge. The descent is the same path as the ascent. Afterwards we will return to our previous accommodation (Hosteria La Luna). Easy to moderate physical strength for approximately 6 to 8 hours. (B,BL,D)
Day 5: Free day. Relaxing day. Overnight in “La Luna” (B/-/D)
Day 6: Cayambe, glacier training (15,188 ft/4.600 m). In the morning we will drive up towards the upper hills of the Cayambe volcano. We will organize our gear and get ready for the glacier training. Our focus will be on the most important and necessary skills for our climb. We will review glacier travel, crampon techniques, ice axe techniques and snow self-arrest. After five hours of training we will return to the hut in order to have a well-deserved rest. Dinner and overnight at the refuge. (B,BL,D)
Day 7: Cayambe Refuge (15,188 ft/4.600 m). Relax day, optional easy hike. We will organize and prepare our gear for the summit push. Dinner and overnight at the refuge. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cayambe summit day (18,993 ft / 5.789 m) -Descent to the refuge–Return to Quito. This peak is the highest and coldest point on the equator. It is the only point on Earth where the latitude is 0 so as the temperature. At midnight we will get up to prepare ourselves for the summit. The ascent will take around 7 hours of a steady-paced climb on snowfields that are crossed by a few crevasses that are easy to deal with. Return to the refuge and drive back to Quito. Hotel. (B,BL)
Day 9: Spa Day- Today we head over to the world famous Termas de Papallacta spa, and spend a night in our private, shared bungalow with naturally fed hot springs just outside our door.
Day 10: Today is all about celebrating our accomplishments. We will head back to Quito for the night where we will have a group dinner, and a night on the town
Day 11: Departures and flights 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.
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.