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Climb with a 2 to 1 guide ratio on Cayambe
At a glance
All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included
Trek in Ecuador's volcanic backbone
Ecuador is liberally sprinkled with some of the world's highest peaks. Our acclimatisation starts with the Pinan trek in the highlands of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve before we head south to discover Otavalo Indian market and relax in the hot springs, ready for our first climb of Imbabura Volcano. Ice skills practice on Antisana's glaciers will prepare us for the tough (but optional) ascent of Cayambe, Ecuadors third highest volcano. On Cayambe we climb with a ratio of one guide to every two trekkers to maximise our chance of summiting.
Daily distance in km/miles:
Number of days walking:
Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour
High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain, snow and ice
Quito city tour and equipment check.
Acclimatisation hike at Cuicocha Crater Lake.
Start Pinan trek; walk to a small Indian village.
Camp beside Yanacocha Lake.
Climb the extinct volcano of Yanaurco (4530m).
End Pinan trek; relax in hot springs.
Visit the Otavalo Indian Market.
Summit Imbabura Volcano (4600m).
To Antisana National Park; ice skills class on glacier (approx 4700m).
Ice skills training; to Quito.
Free day in Quito to relax.
To Cayambe N.P.; hike to mountain hut (4700m).
Climb Cayambe (non climbers hike in N.P); to Quito.
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.
All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
What's not included
This trip uses a variety of accommodation, including 9 nights hotels with en suite facilities, 4 nights full-service camping and 1 night in a mountain hut with shared facilities. In Quito we stay in a charming hotel well located for restaurants and sightseeing. We also spend two nights in a beautiful hacienda before and after the Pinan Trek, and another two nights in a hacienda close to Otavalo. Both properties are tastefully decorated and are set in delightful gardens and have a bar and dining room. While on the Pinan Trek and in Antisana we camp using spacious two person tents. There is also a separate kitchen and dining room tent as well as toilet tents. Whilst camping all tents will be erected and taken down for you and you will be woken with a hot drink and personal washing water every morning. We stay in a communal mountain refugee for a night on Cayambe, this was substantially renovated in 2015 and is clean, modern and spacious.
|Date||Price excl. flights (pp) from|
|Sat 19 Nov 16 - Sat 03 Dec 16||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,405|
|Sat 03 Jun 17 - Sat 17 Jun 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,625|
|Sat 18 Nov 17 - Sat 02 Dec 17||Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,625|