Exact dates TBD November, 2019
Join NRMG for a our 3rd annual adventure to Ecuador. Trek through grassy highlands, climb the Cotopaxi Volcano, and explore Ecuador's local artisan markets and shops. Finish off the trip relaxing at the famous Banios de Agua Santa in Ecuador's subtropical region. This is an experience you will never forget.
Day 1: Arrive Quito (2.800 m / 9,184 ft). (Transfer in-Airport-Hotel)
Overnight: Hotel in Quito. (no meals)
Day 2: Free day in Quito Today we have a free day to explore the city, take in the culture, and do a little light shopping before the climbing itinerary begins. (no meals)
Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Pasochoa volcano (13,878ft / 4.230 m)
We’ll leave from Quito (9,186 ft. / 2.800 m.) early in the morning and we'll drive southeast for about 1.5 hours through the Andean highlands until reaching to the trail head (11,483 ft / 3.500 m). As we gain elevation, we’ll be able to see the surrounding snow-capped mountains, such as Antisana, Cayambe, Illiniza, Cotopaxi and even Chimborazo far away to the south on clear days. Once nearing the summit, we will be hiking by the ridge of the deep forest-covered caldera, which takes us to the true summit soon after. It’ll take us about 5 hours round trip. Drive to the Mountain Lodge Chilcabamba where we will overnight. (B/BL/D)
Day 4: Climb Rumiñahui Central (15,190 ft/4630m)
Our daily goal is the easy climb of the central peak of Rumiñahui at 15,190ft/4630m. After a half an hour drive, we will reach our starting point, the lake "Limpiopungo" (12,565ft/3830m). We will hike up the green valley (valley of silence), then go on to the summit of Rumiñahui. Total time 5-6 hours. Drive back to the same Mountain Lodge Chilcabamba. (B/BL/D)
Day 5: Climb Sincholagua (16,073 ft/4899m)
Sincholagua is one of the least frequently climbed mountains in Ecuador due to it's difficult access and being far less known compared to other mountains and volcanoes in the country. We start early in the morning because afternoon weather changes are common on Sincholagua. The final stretch to the peak is steep and a technical climb. The descent can be done by placing a webbing as an anchor on the top and rappelling down to the basin. Total time 6 to 8 hours. Drive to the same Lodge Chilcabamba. (B/BL/D)
Day 6: Rest day
Today we enjoy the day with the view of Cotopaxi, our next goal. Optionally you can book a tour for horseback riding. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Hike to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748 ft. / 4.800 m), Glacier training
We’ll leave from the Lodge after breakfast and will drive to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764 ft.) and then hike up for another hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748 ft). We will head up to the glacier for ice practices and training. We will learn some basic techniques which will include how to basic glacial travel skills (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc.). We will go back to the Refuge and to the parking lot and drive to the beautiful Mountain Lodge Tambopaxi for dinner and rest. (B/BL/D).
Day 8: Hike to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748 ft.)
We will relax in the morning and prepare everything for the ascent to Cotopaxi in the night. After a delicious soup in Tambopaxi Lodge we will once again drive to the parking lot and hike for another hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748ft.). The rest of the afternoon is spent resting followed by an early dinner. Overnight in the refuge. (B/BL/D).
Day 9: Climb Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 5.897 m) and transfer to Banios (6,232 ft. /1.900 m.)
Midnight will be our wake up time, and the departure to the top (19,347 ft. / 5.897 m) will be just past midnight. After we wake, we will have a hot drink and get our gear ready for the ascent, which will take us about 6 to 8 hours. Each climber will get a box lunch for the climb. Once at the summit, we’ll take our time to take pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we’ll head down back the refuge (3 to 4 hours).
Once back at the refuge we’ll pack our belongings, have something to eat and drink and go back to the parking lot. Our transportation will be waiting to take us South, to the subtropical town of Banios. In the afternoon we will celebrate the success or our climbs. Overnight: Hotel in Banios. (B/BL).
Day 10. Free day in Banios.
Enjoy “Banios de Agua Santa” and its charming atmosphere. Today, we have the option to go on an excursion to the waterfalls, visit the Zoo, rent a bike, or explore the surroundings by foot. There are many options, activities, and much fun! Overnight: Hotel in Banios. (B).
Day 11. Banios – Quito.
Free morning in Banios, after lunch transfer to Quito. (about 3 hours drive). Spend a night on the town drinking and dancing, or relax in your room preparing for the flight home. Overnight: Hotel in Quito. (B).
Day 12. Transfer to the airport and flight home. (B).
B= Breakfast L= Lunch BL= Boxed Lunch D= Dinner
$2250 per person
All transportation to/from the mountains
Transportation to/from airport
All meals listed on the itinerary
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)
Certified IFMGA guide
1 to 2 guide ratio for Cotopaxi climb
Flights to/from Ecuador
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. Please do not make travel arrangements until a confirmation email is received. 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. Cotopaxi is an active volcano, and last minute changes may be necessary if the mountain is deemed unsafe for climbing. 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.