Summits of Ecuador

Summits of Ecuador information and booking

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    Entry level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks
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Schedule Details

  • 16 day trip
  • 10 day trek/climbing
  • 11 nights hotel
  • 4 nights mountain hut
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Fully supported expedition including services above base camp
  • The opportunity to summit up to 5 peaks including Cotopaxi (5897m) & Chimborazo (6310m)
  • Basic mountaineering training
  • Ride the Devils Nose Train
  • Experience the culture of Ecuador with market visits & Quito city tour

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Ecuador is a climbers delight with a diversity of vegetation zones, from the jungle ‘cloud forest’ to the high ‘paramo’ where the vast alpine plateau is dotted with majestic snow-capped volcanoes rising to over 6000m. To appreciate these remarkable contrasts, we combine 5 peaks including Cotopaxi, the second highest volcano in the country, and Ecuador's highest peak, Chimborazo. Under the guidance of our mountain guides we undertake glacier training and learn the basics needed for the bigger peaks. Providing you have an excellent level of fitness this is suitable for experienced trekkers that are keen to go a step further and climb their first 6000m peak. Visits to the Otavalo market, Quito and the famous Devil's Nose train ensure this expedition is more than just mountains but a complete Ecuadorian experience.

What's included

  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Bilingual mountain guide, either uiagm or aseguim certified (ratio of 1 guide to 2 climbers on cotopaxi and chimborazo, and 1 guide to 4 climbers on illiniza)
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 16
  • Private internal transportation
  • Good quality accommodation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • Devil's nose train
  • National park fees
  • Group medical kit
  • Mountain refuge accommodation
  • Group climbing equipment, sleeping mat, climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, harness & carabiners


Day 1 Join Quito
You will be transferred from Quito Airport to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. A group briefing with our senior leader will be held from 5 - 6pm; please ensure you are at the hotel at this time. A welcome dinner will be held afterwards.
Day 2 In Quito, city tour
Today we will explore Quito, taking in the colonial architecture of the Old City - a UNESCO World Heritage Site; plus other fascinating sights, such as the Equatorial Monument.
Day 3 Drive to the Northern Province of Imbabura, visit Otavalo market, and afternoon acclimatisation walk to Laguna Cuicocha
Today we will leave Quito, and drive north through beautiful Andean countryside to the famous market town of Otavalo. The markets here date from pre-Incan times, when people came from jungle areas to trade their produce with those of the highlands. This is still the case today, as well as being many crafts and wares for tourists. It is considered by many to be one of the best markets for textiles and crafts in South America. In the afternoon we will undertake a 3-hour acclimatisation hike to Laguna Cuicocha - a crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano.
Day 4 Ascend Fuya Fuya (4197m), and Lagunas de Mojanda
Today we will hike up Mt Fuya Fuya (4197m), with spectacular views of the Lagunas de Mojanda consisting of three pristine crater lakes, wide expanses of páramo grasslands, and achupallas (andean tall pineapples). At the summit on a clear day, it may even be possible to see the surrounding volcanoes of Imbabura and Cayambe.
Day 5 Climb Imbabura (4580m), and return to Quito
Climb up Volcan Imbabura (4580m). The land around Imbabura is extensively farmed with maize, sugarcane, and beans being the staple crops of the region. Cattle also graze on the high-altitude meadows above the tree line. In the afternoon, we will return to Quito in order to organise our mountain gear rental.
Day 6 To Mt Illinizas, via Avenue of Volcanoes
This morning we will depart Quito, travelling south on the Avenue of Volcanoes towards Mt Illinizas. This route offers great views of some of the highest volcano peaks in the world including: Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Sangay and Altar. From the Illinizas parking area, we will commence a 3-hour hike up to the refuge (4600m).
Day 7 Climb Illiniza North (5125m)
After an early wake-up call and breakfast, we will depart for our summit attempt of Illiniza North (5125m). After our descent, we will be transferred to our hotel in Machachi.
Day 8 To Cotopaxi National Park. Technical training.
This morning we will be transferred to the Cotopaxi National Park. From the Cotopaxi parking area, it will be a 45 minute hike up to the Jose Rivas refuge. After a short rest, a technical training session is scheduled for the remainder of the day.
Day 9 Technical training. Commence summit attempt of Mt Cotopaxi.
We will continue adjusting to the altitude and acclimatizing. After 5 hours technical training, we will return to the refuge and prepare our mountain gear. At midnight, we will depart for our summit attempt of Mt Cotopaxi (5897m).
Day 10 Climb Mt Cotopaxi (5897m)
From midnight, climb Mt Cotopaxi. After our descent, we will be transferred to our hotel in Riobamba. Total ascent/descent - approximately 8 to 10 hours.
Day 11 Devil's Nose Train
Today is a well-earned rest day, with a ride on the historic Devil's Nose Train. After an early breakfast we will be transferred to Alausi, where we will take the best portion of the infamous Devils Nose Train journey to Sibambe. This short section gives the railway its name with a series of ‘hair raising’ switchbacks that negotiate the descent down to the lowlands. This was one of the great train journeys of the world and a fantastic piece of engineering with a maximum gradient of 5.5%. The track originally climbed from Duran on the coast to its highest point at 3700m. It has recently been re-constructed to once again be Ecuador’s pride and joy. Return transfer to our hotel in Riobamba. Please note that the Devil’s Nose Train does not operate on Monday’s or due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
Day 12 To Mt Chimborazo. Technical training.
After breakfast, transfer to Mt Chimborazo. After a short rest, a technical training session is scheduled for the remainder of the day. Overnight refuge.
Day 13 Climb Mt Chimborazo (6310m)
Early morning departure for our summit attempt of Mt Chimborazo (6310m) - Ecuador's highest mountain. In the afternoon, we will be transferred to our hotel in Baños.
Day 14 Contingency day
Extra summit day, or free time in Baños. Overnight hotel in Baños.
Day 15 In Baños. Return to Quito.
Free morning in Baños. In the afternoon, we will be transferred to Quito. Overnight hotel.
Day 16 In Quito, trip concludes
Transfer to Quito Airport, where trip concludes.