Ecuador Volcanoes Climb Overview

Chimborazo and Cotopaxi are challenging and beautiful mountains, but technically not too difficult. The Ecuador volcanoes expedition is done "alpine-style" with all the climbs done out of comfortable mountain huts instead of tents. A great mountaineering trip for those with high altitude climbing goals and who want to put their abilities to the test in a beautiful location.

A great introduction into high-altitude international climbing, the Ecuador volcanoes climbs offers some of the best volcano climbing in the world inlcuding Chimborazo, the highest volcano in the world. On the Chimborazo and Cotopaxi climbs you also have the opportunity to experience the rich Ecuadorian culture while gaining high altitude mountaineering climbing experience.

Join us on one of our favorite South American climbing expeditions. Climbing the Ecuador volcanoes with a highly experienced American mountain guide is a perfect high altitude climbing trip for those who just want an introduction of high altitude climbing or for those with even larger mountains in mind. Large glaciers and big views await.

We begin in the capitol city of Quito and climb a smaller local peak for acclimating before moving on to Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and much sought after by mountaineers around the world.

Then it's on to the big one - Chimborazo. The climb of Chimborazo is a long one, strenuous but not too technically challenging. While standing on the summit of Chimborazo you are rewarding with knowing you are standing on the furthest point from the center of the world!

Success on the Chimborazo & Cotopaxi climbs requires basic ice axe and crampon skills and a very good fitness level. Early in the trip, your American mountain guides will review with you the glacier skills necessary to the magnificent Ecuador volcanoes.

We build flexibility into our itinerary in case of inclement weather or other unforeseen delays. We go with small group sizes, no more than six total, for more personal attention and flexibility.



On the Climb of Chimborazo and Cayambe it is not required to have previous high altitude mountaineering experience. However, we do ask that you do have at least some basic experience using ice axe and crampons, but it is not required. You must be in very good physical shape.

2018 DATES

January 25 - February 5
November 15-26


COST: $3400


  • Private ground transportation throughout Ecuador
  • Local logistics support
  • Small group sizes, no more than 6 climbers
  • Lodging in 3-4 star hotels in Quito and country hacienda's outisde of the city at double occupancy and dorm-style mountain huts while on the peaks
  • All food while at the mountain huts and on the mountains


Day One
Arrive in Quito (9500 ft) and overnight at our cozy hotel in the Mariscal Sucre district.

Day Two
We will explore Quito while acclimating, including a tour of the old city 

Day Three
Today we take a gondola ride up towards Pichincha high above the city at 13,000 ft for an acclimating hike. Overnight again in Quito.

Day Four
We leave Quito in the morning and drive into the beautiful highlands around Cotopaxi. The night is spent at a beautiful country Hacienda.

Day Five
Today is an acclimating day in the Cotopaxi area. 

Day Six
A rest day preparing for your ascent of Cotopaxi

Day Seven
Leaving around midnight, today is summit day on Cotopaxi and back to our hotel in Quito.

Day Eight
Rest day in Quito or built in extra summit day

Day Nine
Drive and then hike to the hut on Chimborazo. Overnight at the hut.

Day Ten
Acclimating day at the hut on Chimborazo with a short acclimating hike. Overnight at the hut.

Day Eleven
Summit attempt day on Chimborazo (20,564 feet). A long day of steep snow and glacier climbing rewarded by standing on the top of the furthest point from the center of the earth. After our descent, we travel back to a luxurious hacienda resort in nearby Riobamba.

Day Twelve
Travel back to Quito and overnight at our hotel in Quito, or catch evening flights home.

Itinerary subject to change