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Glacierschool - Cayambe and Cotopaxi (9 days)

Our 9-day tour is the ideal combination of acclimatization and glacier school at Cayambe volcano, in which you will learn the snow climbing techniques, energy saving, efficient climbing movement, rappel, ice-axe use, anchors use and self-braking techniques in the case of a fall; all of this with the best and most experienced high mountain instructors in Ecuador. Besides, you will get the chance to climb two of the most famous and desired mountains by climbers in the whole world, Cayambe (5790 m.) and Cotopaxi (5987 m.).
 

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Day 1: Quito – Cuicocha Lagoon (3.246m.) - San Clemente  BL 
Day 2: Imbabura Summit – (4630 m) – El Indio Inn Hotel  - B – BL
Day 3: Otavalo market – Ruales-Oleas-Berge Hut (4600 m.)  B – BL - D
Day 4: Glacier school  B – BL - D
Day 5: Glacier school  B – BL - D
Day 6: Hut – Cayambe Summit (5790 m.) – Quito  B – BL 
Day 7: Relax day in Quito   B 
Day 8: Quito – Jose Ribas Hut (4800 m.)   B – BL - D
Day 9: Hut – Cotopaxi Summit (5897 m.) – Quito   B – BL 

OPTIONAL:

Day 10: Free Day in Baños    B
Day 11: Baños – Chimborazo Hut (5.000 m.)  B – BL - D
Day 12: Hut – Chimborazo Summit (6310 m) – Quito   B – BL
 

Day 1: Quito – Cuicocha Lagoon  (3.246 m.)
We left Quito after breakfast to Cuicocha, where we’ll start a short acclimatization hiking (approximately 4 and a half hours). We’ll have a box lunch on the trail. Come back to the vehicle and continue to San Clemente community where we’ll spend the night attended by indigenous families. (BL - D)

Day 2: Imbabura Summit – (4630 m)
We’ll begin our hiking at 6 am and, after a 5-hour climb along the ridge, we’ll reach the summit. The descent will take us another 3 hours. Return to San Clemente Community. (B - BL)

Day 3: Otavalo market – Ruales-Oleas-Berge Hut (4600 m.)
We'll start our hike at about 7 am and after a climb of 5 hours along the ridge we'll reach the summit. Descending will take us another 4 hours. Return to Otavalo. ( B - BL)

Day 4: Glacier school
After breakfast we will continue with our glacier school, we will go over ice and snow anchorages, rappel and crevasse self-rescue. Return to the Hut and preparation of our equipment for the next day’s ascent. (B – BL – D)

Day 5: Glacier school
Continuation of the glacier school. Rope handling, routs’ search and ice axe use, and preparation of our equipment for the next day’s ascent. (B – BL – D)

Day 6: Hut – Cayambe Summit (5790 m.) – Quito 
Around midnight we will get up and, after 7 hours, we will reach the summit. The return will take us approximately 4 hours. In the afternoon we will be back in Quito (B – BL)

Day 7: Relax day in Quito
This day we'll use to know Quito, we will visit the main attractions like the historic colonial downtown, the Panecillo, the churches and squares, as well as the modern city. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will continue at the northern part of the city heading up to the “Middle of the World City” where the monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern Hemisphere will be visited, and then the Intiñan Museum can be also be visited. (B)

Day 8: Quito – Jose Ribas Hut (4800 m.)
We will leave Quito in the morning and after a one-and-a-half-hour by car we will arrive to Cotopaxi National Park. We will hike for one hour until we reach the Jose Rivas hut (4800 m.). Relax in the hut, dinner and then we’ll get ready for the ascent. 
(B - BL - D)

Day 9: Hut – Cotopaxi Summit (5897 m.) – Quito 
We’ll get up at midnight and after 7 hours we will reach the summit. We’ll be back down at the hut in 2-3 hours and there we will pack and go back to Quito. (B – BL)

OPTIONAL:

Day 10: Free Day in Baños
This picturesque city offers you several options to spend an unforgettable day. It is well known for its thermal springs. We will explore the surrounding cloud forest with its numerous waterfalls, such as the Pailón del Diablo, Manto de la Novia.  (B)

Day 11: Baños – Chimborazo Hut (5000 m.)
We’ll leave in the morning after breakfast towards the Hermanos Carrel Hut, located 4800 m. altitude. From there we will carry our backpack and hike to Whymper Hut at 5000 m. altitude. We will prepare the equipment for the ascent, have dinner and rest before climbing the tallest Ecuadorian mountain. (B – BL – D)

Day 12: Hut – Chimborazo Summit (6310 m) – Quito
At midnight, after a light breakfast, we’ll begin the ascent taking the Castillo Route, which, depending on the physical fitness and weather conditions, will take us between 7 to 9 hours to reach the highest summit at 6310 m. The descent will take 3 to 4 hours, until we arrive to the hut, and finally our trip will come to an end with the return to Quito. (B – BL)

This tour is available as fixed departure tour: >> please check our fixed departures! and also as private tours.

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Our services include:

- Private transportation to the whole tour.
- Professional guides ASEGUIM member (ratio 2 climbers - 1 guide in Cayambe and Cotopaxi)
- Accommodation in hotels. ( Double accommodation & breakfast included)
- Accommodation in huts Ruales-Oleas-Berge (Cayambe) and   José Ribas (Cotopaxi) 
- Meals on the mountains as mentioned above (B: Breakfast; BL: Box Lunch; D: Dinner),
- Technical mountian gear (double plastic boots until (# 12,5), crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet)
- National Park Entrance fee and patents.

Our services do not include:
- Personal mountain gear (sleeping bags, mittens, sun glasses, head lamp, water thermos bottle, etc)
- Lunch and dinner while you stay in Otavalo and Quito.
- Extra drinks in huts
- Travel insurance
- Tips


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