Chimborazo (6,310m) with high camp


Day 1: Quito (9,186 ft/2800m) Cunuyacu waterfall & thermal baths trip (4123m)
Day 2: Pastocalle- Cotopaxi José Rivas Refuge (15,958 ft/4864m)
Day 3: Cotopaxi Summit (19,347ft/5897m) return to Quito

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Quito (9,186 ft/2800m) Cunuyacu waterfall & thermal baths trip (4123m)
We will leave Quito early in the morning and drive towards the south, through the Avenue of the Volcano until we arrive in the town Pastocalle. From here we will then head to the Ecological Ilinizas Reserve, here in the middle of the moorlands you will find a mythical waterfall and some natural thermal baths. The water flows from inside the south peak of the Ilinizas to these thermal pools that are called ‘Cunuyacu’ meaning ‘water cradle’ in English. In ancient times this is where our ancestors would practise traditional ceremonies. This is the perfect place for you to take a relaxing bath in fresh mountain water, at an altitude of 4123m, as well as making a visit to the Polylepis forest which is found at 4064m altitude. Here you will be able to get to know the flora and fauna of the area and identify the native plants that are used in natural remedies for medical purposes.

Day 2: Pastocalle- Cotopaxi José Rivas Refuge (15,958 ft/4864m)
After enjoying a delicious lunch in the Cotopaxi Campground we will travel in car to the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. One of the most visited parks in Ecuador, where you will find Cotopaxi which is one of the highest and most active volcanos in the world standing at 5897m. We then continue 45 minutes to the carpark at (14,764 ft/4500m). From here we begin our walk of approximately an hour in order to arrive in the refuge José Rivas (15,748 ft/4800m) where we will learn some basic techniques that include: how to use the climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope etc.) have dinner and rest.

Day 3: Cotopaxi Summit (19,347ft/5897m) return to Quito
We will wake up at midnight and start our climb to the summit at 1am, after a light breakfast. The hike up to 5897m normally takes around 6-8 hours. The first part is about an hour until the start of the glacier, where we have to put on crampons and we start the glacier hike. Depending on the climate we will take our time for photos of the impressive smoking crater, surrounding views and then afterwards return to the refuge which will take no more than 2/3 hours. In the refuge we will collect all of our belongings, quickly eat something and walk back to the car so we can begin our journey back to Quito.


  • Private transfers.
  • Registration in the SIB system (System of information of Biodiversity)
  • Professional mountain guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) 2 hikers per 1 guide.
  • Technical mountain equipment (plastic boots, crampons, harness, picks and helmet.)
  • Accommodation in the José Rivas refuge.
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to national parks.
  • Personal mountain equipment/clothes (warm clothes, waterproof clothes, head torch, gloves etc..(see packing list)
  • Extra beverages/food
  • Tips
  • Anything else that is not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Personal insurance

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