Ecuador's Volcano Triple Crown
- Trekking and climbing in Ecuador including the 3 highest peaks
- Climb Chimborazo, Ecuador`s highest peak
- Cotopaxi, the world`s highest active volcano
- Acclimatise on Imbabura and a 3-day trek through the highlands
- Free time in Quito, Riobamba and Banos
Some of the highest volcanoes on earth can be found in Ecuador, at the northern end of the Andean Chain. This exciting trekking and climbing holiday will give you the opportunity of climbing three of the highest peaks in Ecuador including reaching the furthest point on the planet from the centre of the Earth! Starting out to the north of the capital city of Quito, we gain acclimatisation with a circuit of the amazing Cuicocha crater lake, followed by a 3-day trek across the Cotacachi-Cayapas highlands, one of the most diverse and spectacular of Ecuador's bio-preserves and finally, the ascent of the rocky Imbabura volcano (4609 metres). We then turn our attention to the ‘Big 3', each of which is climbed from a high refuge. First in line is Cayambe (5790 metres), a peak which boasts the world's only glaciers which actually straddle the equator. Next, we tackle the challenging Cotopaxi (5895 metres), Ecuador's second highest summit and one of the world's highest active volcanoes. Descending from Cotopaxi, we travel via a stopover in the city of Riobamba, to our last peak, the stunning, snow-capped Chimborazo (6310 metres), which is the highest summit in Ecuador. On the summit you will be 2168 metres further from the earth's centre than the top of Everest! This justifiably popular holiday includes a varied programme of trekking and climbing, as well as the chance to visit a number of fascinating towns and villages for an insight into rural life and the culture of Equador's Quechua-speaking Indians.
Is this holiday for you?
Our climbing holiday to Ecuador has its emphasis on climbing a number of peaks which are situated in different parts of Ecuador, rather than a continuous trek. Our vehicular transport allows us to reach well into the mountain areas and often the approach days are quite short. By contrast the climbing days can be relatively long and strenuous. The holiday also includes a three-day acclimatisation trek through the high Paramo of the Cotacochi-Cayapas Nature Reserve. This involves continuous trekking above 3,000 metres and up to c. 4,000 metres, mostly on established trails and paths. All baggage during this trek is carried by pack animals and group members will carry only what they need for the day. Overall this is a fairly ambitious programme and a high level of fitness is pre-requisite to complete all of our objectives.