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Cotopaxi & Chimborazo Ascent

Quito - La Cienega - Chimborazo - Cotopaxi
6 days / 5 nights.
Cotopaxi & Chimborazo Ascent
Day 1: Quito - Cotopaxi José Ribas Mountain Refuge

We will leave Quito in the morning and head south through the valley of the volcanoes to the Cotopaxi National Park. We will start our one hour hike before reaching the Jose Rivas refuge (4800 m). After doing some ice climbing techniques and exercises on the glacier, we will have dinner and prepare for the ascent.

Meals: D

Day 2: Refuge - Cotopaxi Summit (5897m) - La Cienega Hosteria

Wake up at midnight for the 7 hour climb through the glacier before reaching the summit. After the descent we, will rest for a while in the refuge before continuing on to La Cienega hosteria.

Day 3: La Cienega Hostelry

A day of relaxation, or some activities such as horseback riding.

Day 4: La Ciénega - Chimborazo Mountain Refuge

After breakfast, we will head further south until we reach the Hermanos Carrel refuge (4800m). From here we will walk for another 45 minutes to the Whymper refuge (5000 m), where we will relax, have supper and prepare for the ascent.

Meals: B

Day 5: Refuge - Chimborazo Summit 6.310m - Quito

We will wake up at midnight again and after 8 hours of climbing, we will first reach the Veintimilla summit (6270m) and afterwards the Whymper summit (6310 m). After enjoying the spectacular views, we will descend to arrive back in the refuge around midday. Here you will relax before returning to Quito.

Day 6: Extra Day

This day is used in case of bad weather conditions on either Cotopaxi or Chimborazo. If it is not required, we will arrange a city tour in Quito, visiting a Museum and colonial Quito.

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Cotopaxi & Chimborazo Ascent Itinerary Overview:
Day 1. Quito - Cotopaxi José Ribas Mountain Refuge
Day 2. Refuge - Cotopaxi Summit (5897m) - La Cienega Hosteria
Day 3. La Cienega Hostelry
Day 4. La Ciénega - Chimborazo Mountain Refuge
Day 5. Refuge - Chimborazo Summit 6.310m - Quito
Day 6. Extra Day
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