Ecuador's Triple Crown

Trekking and climbing in Ecuador including 3 volcanoes over 5000m!

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Climb Chimborazo (6310m), the furthest point from the centre of the Earth
  • Summit Ecuador’s third largest peak Cayambe (5790m) and Illiniza Norte (5020m)
  • Preparation climbs on Imbabura (4616m) and Yanaurco (4535m)
  • Four-day acclimatisation trek through the Pinan Highlands
  • Full cultural programme included

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 peaks over 5000 metres 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 4-day trek across the Cotacachi-Cayapas highlands, one of the most diverse and spectacular of Ecuador's bio-preserves and including the ascent of Yanaurco (4535m) and rocky Imbabura volcano (4609 m). We then turn our attention to our ‘Big 3', two of which are climbed from high refuges. First in line is Cayambe (5790 metres), a peak which boasts the world's only glaciers which actually straddle the equator. Next, we tackle Illiniza Norte (5020m) an entertaining climb to a rocky summit with sensational views of nearby Cotopaxi. Descending from Illiniza Norte, we travel directly 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 Ecuador's Quechua-speaking Indians.

 

Cotopaxi Update

Until August 2015 this holiday included the ascent of Cotopaxi. On 14 - 16 August 2015 Cotopaxi erupted with several explosions and some minor lava flows. The immediate area around the volcano was evacuated and the National Park was closed to visitors. Since then the activity of Cotopaxi, both at the surface and internally, has gradually decreased with occasional upsurges in activity. Cotopaxi is closely monitored for seismic activity and there is a safe exclusion zone around the volcano. While Cotopaxi remains in an active state we will not be including this as part of our Triple Crown itinerary and we will now be climbing Illiniza Norte as an alternative 3rd peak over 5000m. The updated version of the itinerary also now allows for further acclimatisation and skills training on Chimborazo (where it will be possible to climb to higher altitudes). The remainder of the itinerary including the ascent of Chimborazo is unaffected. We will look to review the situation should the status of climbing on Cotopaxi change.

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 four-day acclimatisation trek through the high Paramo of the Cotacochi-Cayapas Nature Reserve. This involves continuous trekking above 3,000 metres and up to 4,535 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 and previous experience using ice axe and crampons are a pre-requisite to complete all of our objectives.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation in Quito. A single transfer from Quito Airport is provided.
  • A day for acclimatising in Quito (2800m). Breakfast briefing from our Tour Leader and walking tour of the Old City
  • Drive to Imbabura Province. Walk around Cuicocha lake. Drive to Tumbabiro (2045m)
  • Trek in the Cotacochi-Cayapas nature reserve to the village of San Francisco (3070m).
  • Trek acrossa pass (3960m) and descend to Yanacocha (3870m).
  • Climb Yanaurco (4535m).
  • Trek to Chachimbito hot springs, drive to Tumbabiro (2045m).
  • Trek to summit of Imbabura Volcano (4616m). Return to Tumbabiro (2045m).
  • Morning drive to Cayambe refuge (4700m). Afternoon skills training.
  • Climb Cayambe (5790m) and return to the refuge. Afternoon drive to Quito.
  • In Quito. Day at leisure.
  • Drive to the Cotapaxi National Park and ascent of Illiniza Norte (5029m).
  • Acclimatisation and skills practice on Chimborazo. Drive to Riobamba.
  • Drive to Carrel refuge (4800m).
  • Climb Chimborazo (6310m), Ecuador's highest peak. Return to the refuge and drive to Quito (2800m).
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Quito Airport is provided.
2016
Fri 11 Nov - Sat 26 Nov Code ECU /05/16/ Adult$3,220 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Ecuador's Triple Crown
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECU /05/16/
  • This tour begins on Fri 11 Nov and departs on Sat 26 Nov
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $315 - Includes all group hotel & lodge nights (n/a in huts and single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $60
Sat 17 Dec - Sun 01 Jan Code ECU /06/16/ Adult$3,220 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Triple Crown
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECU /06/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 17 Dec and departs on Sun 01 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $315 - Includes all group hotel & lodge nights (n/a in huts and single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $60
2017
Fri 20 Jan - Sat 04 Feb Code ECU /01/17/ Adult$3,380 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Triple Crown
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECU /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Fri 20 Jan and departs on Sat 04 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $315 - Includes all group hotel & lodge nights (n/a in huts and single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $60
Sat 01 Apr - Sun 16 Apr Code ECU /02/17/ Adult$3,380 Status 1 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Ecuador's Triple Crown
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECU /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 01 Apr and departs on Sun 16 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $315 - Includes all group hotel & lodge nights (n/a in huts and single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $60
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • peaks
  • airport
  • point
  • transfer
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group accommodation in Quito. A single transfer from Quito Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group's accommodation in Quito. A complimentary single, timed group transfer from Quito Airport is provided. Our accommodation is situated in the modern part of Quito city within easy walking distance of a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Meals are not included on this day and KE Land Only services begin with the overnight stay.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

  • A day for acclimatising in Quito (2800m). Breakfast briefing from our Tour Leader and walking tour of the Old City

    Over breakfast, we have a briefing from our tour leader on the days ahead. After breakfast we have a guided walking tour of the old city of Quito which contains many architectural gems from the Spanish Colonial era in the form of churches and grand public buildings. The afternoon is free for further independent sight-seeing or to visit Quito's fashionable Avenida Amazonas for shopping. In the evening we can choose a restaurant for dinner and we make final preparations for our trekking.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals b

  • Drive to Imbabura Province. Walk around Cuicocha lake. Drive to Tumbabiro (2045m)

    We make an early departure for the drive northwards to Imbabura Province where we stop at Cuicocha Lake. We will take a warm-up stroll around above this stunning aqua-marine crater lake,walking along the caldera rim. This is good acclimatisation at an average altitude of 3500 metres and will take around 4 - 5 hours to complete at a steady pace. There are good views of the volcano, Cotacachi (4939m) directly to the north of the lake. After our walk we visit Tumbabiro, a small rural village approximately 40 minutes northwest of the main town of Ibarra. Most of the people who live in this area still cultivate crops of maize, beans and sugarcane using largely traditional methods and many of the buildings in and around the main square are very old and constructed using adobe mud bricks and local timbers. We stay overnight here in a charming hosterìa.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Trek in the Cotacochi-Cayapas nature reserve to the village of San Francisco (3070m).

    After breakfast we have a short transfer to a village on the edge of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Nature Reserve, one of the most diverse and spectacular of Ecuador's protected areas. Here we start our four-day acclimatisation hike through the reserve. Beginning at an elevation of 2500 metres, today’s walk takes us along a ridge from where we can see all the northern volcanoes. We hike through tilled lands and natural gorges to reach the small village of San Francisco (3070m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek acrossa pass (3960m) and descend to Yanacocha (3870m).

    While we take breakfast, our luggage and camping equipment is loaded onto mules, and we then set off toward the grasslands of the high paramo. We first pass through mountain forest and then climb to a pass at 3960 metres. After a short descent we continue through the fascinating scenery of the Paramo to reach our campsite, a very scenic spot beside Yanacocha lake.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Climb Yanaurco (4535m).

    Accros the lake from our campsite, the peak of Yanaurco (4535m) cries out to be climbed. Making a circumnavigation of the lake we can take in the summit of this easy peak which will afford good acclimatisation. Yanaurcu is an extinct volcano which for pre-Columbian peoples was a mysterious and sacred mountain. Several years ago a pre-Columbian structure believed to be an altar, was discovered on the summit. We will see if we can recognise which of the summit rocks formed the ritual table. Completing our traverse of the volcano we then continue our trek through the highlands to our next camp at 4100m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Chachimbito hot springs, drive to Tumbabiro (2045m).

    Our path today heads generally east as we make a gradual descent from the Paramo. We pass an ancient crater containing pre-Inca ruins and further down, we pass two more ruins which are thought to be ancient temples. Finally we reach a small village where we meet up with our transport. Here we say goodbye to the mule team and we head directly to the Chachimbito thermal springs for a relaxing hot bath. We now return to our hosteria at Tumbabiro.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to summit of Imbabura Volcano (4616m). Return to Tumbabiro (2045m).

    We make an early start today for the ascent of Volcan Imbabura (4609m). We drive up to around 3400 metres on the eastern flank of this long-extinct volcano. Following a good trail through rich farming land, we reach the open paramo and then gain the east ridge which is grassy and steep in places. The final 100 metres or so is rocky scrambling along the remains of the crater rim which is airy in places. From the top there are great views of our next objective and the first of our three big mountains, Cayambe. It will take a little over 4 hours for the ascent and 2 hours or so for the descent. Reunited with our vehicles, we drive to San Clemente where we have a homestay with this small village community. Many of our clients have commented that the stay with the San Clemente community with its insight into rural life in Andean Ecuador, is a real highlight of their holiday.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Morning drive to Cayambe refuge (4700m). Afternoon skills training.

    Now much more acclimatised we turn our attention towards the first of the big peaks, Cayambe (5790m). Heading south on the Pan American Highway to Cayambe Village, we leave the tarmac and follow a dirt track which climbs steadily through farmland and open grassland. Passing several working haciendas, the track becomes narrower and bumpier and it will depend on the road condition as to how far the vehicles can go. We have a final walk to the hut which will take between 30 minutes and an hour. The Bergé, Ruales, Oleas Refuge (4,650m) is located on a ridge of Cayambe giving spectacular views over the Hermoso Glacier. It is equipped with running water and gas and is well maintained. Accommodation here is in dormitories. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to practice techniques and sharpen our skills before an early dinner and bed.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 1 hr walking

  • Climb Cayambe (5790m) and return to the refuge. Afternoon drive to Quito.

    We rise at midnight and start after breakfast, initially walking on rock and scree by the light of headtorches until we reach the glacier. The climb of Cayambe is not technically difficult or steep and the difficulties of the ascent are those of a high glacial peak. The ascent should take us 6 or 7 hours from the hut with a further 3 to return. After some rest and refreshment we return to the vehicles and make the 2½ hour drive to Quito where we check into our accommodation. Tonight we can choose a suitable restaurant for our 'one-down' celebration.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bl

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs climbing

  • In Quito. Day at leisure.

    A free day for rest and recovery. Time to catch up on laundry, diaries, blogging etc and/or for independent sightseeing. A very worthwhile excursion is to the Mitad del Mundo just outside Quito. Here there is a museum to all things equatorial and you can straddle a line with one foot in each hemisphere.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals b

  • Drive to the Cotapaxi National Park and ascent of Illiniza Norte (5029m).

    We have a very early wake up call this morning and heading through the still dark streets of the capital, we drive south to the Cotopaxi National Park. We pass through El Chaupi and continue to the roadhead at 3900 metres. From here a trail leads up to the Nuevos Horizontes refuge located below the saddle between the twin summits of Illiniza Sur and Illiniza Norte. The saddle is reached in just 10 or 15 minutes from the hut and here the path splits. We head up the ridge that ascends the North peak of the twins. The climb is not difficult but it does require some scrambling up and down as we continue along the rocky ridge. We have to negotiate the ominously named 'Paso de la Muerte' before a final scramble to a perfect summit adorned with an iron cross. If the weather is kind, we have a sensational view over the surrounding countryside, including of Cotopaxi. We may even be lucky enough to witness the billowing cloud from its summit. Nearby the snowy dome of Illiniza Sur is also very photogenic. All in all this is a superb climb in a fantastic situation. Having taken our photos we retrace our steps to the refuge and back down to our waiting vehicle, before continuing to the Hacienda Cuello de Luna.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs climbing

  • Acclimatisation and skills practice on Chimborazo. Drive to Riobamba.

    Leaving the Hacienda, we head toward the Chimborazo nature reserve. Our vehicle will drop us at an altitude of 4600m where the Carrell refuge is located. From here we start our acclimatisation climb and skills practice session, following the original Whymper route. From the hut we first head to the right and hike up the slope negotiating a boulder field to reach slopes of snow and ice. We aim to reach a ridge with some spectacular views on both sides and from here we will continue to around 5600m before returning to the refuge. We then drive to the nearby town of Riobamba where we chack into our hotel and enjoy a hot shower before dinner.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 - 12 hrs climbing

  • Drive to Carrel refuge (4800m).

    We can enjoy a leisurely morning in Riobamba and make final preperations for our main climb, befiore returning to Chimborazzo, once again driving up to the Carrel refuge at 4800m. This high mountain hut was named after Jean Antoine Carrel a famous Italian mountaineer who with Edward Whymper, made the first ascent of Chimborazo in 1880. Arriving at the hut, we have an early dinner and settle down to bed ready for a midnight start.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bld

  • Climb Chimborazo (6310m), Ecuador's highest peak. Return to the refuge and drive to Quito (2800m).

    Given good weather and good snow conditions, Chimborazo presents a quite straightforward though long climb. Starting out at midnight, and following the Normal route, the climb begins on slopes of scree and volcanic talus before getting onto the expansive glacier. We will encounter snow slopes of average angle of 25 - 30 degrees with the occasional steeper section. It takes around 6 - 7 hours to reach the crater rim at the Ventemilla summit and a further hour of traverse and slight ascent to reach the Wymper Summit which is the point on the Earth furthest from its centre. (Mount Everest is higher above sea level but owing to the Earth’s ‘squashed sphere’ shape, Chimborazo has this attribute). From time to time the contortions of the glacier on Chimborazo can make the normal route technically more challenging for a whole season and in these circumstances we establish a fixed camp on a different side of the mountain which will enable us to make an ascent in most seasons, weather permitting. After enjoying the sensation of being on top of the world, we make the descent which will take around 2 to 3 hours to get back back to the refuge, and after a late breakfast or early lunch, we drive back to Quito where we check into our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or for enjoying Quito's many charms. We will no doubt wish to go out all together for a celebratory dinner this evening and our guide can give us some good suggestions for a suitable restaurant.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bl

    • Time 10 - 12 hrs climbing

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Quito Airport is provided.

    The morning is free to relax or for last minute souvenir hunting. In the afternoon a single timed group transfer is provided to Quito Airport where KE Land Only package services end. If your flight is earlier in the day, your guide can assist you in arranging a taxi to the airport or you can also do this through your accommodation.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English speaking local leader
  • Qualified mountain guides (1:2 guide/clients) on Cayambe Cotopaxi and Chimborazo
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • A full trek service including cooks baggage animals and all equipment (excluding personal equipment) required for the 3 day trek in the Cotacachi-Cayapus National Reserve
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Quito and Riobamba have a wide variety of restaurants providing excellent cuisine from around the world including good vegetarian food. At the smaller towns where we stay in small hotels or hosteria, there will usually be a set meal. Ecuadorian cuisine is varied across different regions and includes excellent seafood, potatoes, toasted corn, and pastries stuffed with spiced meats. For those wishing to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, you can try roasted cuy (guinea pig) or tronquito (bull penis soup), but these dishes are strictly optional. Breakfasts consist of muesli, porridge, fruit, yogurt, eggs and toast. Depending on the day’s itinerary lunches may be taken in a restaurant or café, or they may be provided as a packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit and biscuits. During the camping nights, evening meals will consist of a three course dinner using locally sourced ingredients cooked for us by our trained cooks.

All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners are included in the holiday price. In Quito and Riobamba there is a wide range of dining options (and budget choices) and we have therefore not included the cost of meals in the holiday price (other than breakfasts) while staying in these towns, preferring to leave the choice to you. Clients will pay directly for a total of 4 lunches and 6 dinners. We suggest you budget between $7 and $20 for each of these meals.
The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Quito on Day 1 of the trip itinerary. A single timed transfer to the group hotel is arranged to coincide with the prefered group flights arriving in the late afternoon of Day 1. A KE representative will meet all clients using this transfer. At the end of the holiday a group transfer to Quito Airport from the the group hotel is provided to meet check in for the group flights, which depart in the early evening. Land Only clients must let us know their flight details and should indicate whether they wish to use the group transfers provided. Clients whose flight schedules do not allow them to take advantage of the group transfer, should make their own arrangements for airport transfers. Independent Quito Airport transfers can be arranged at additional cost. Please contact the KE office. Taxis are available 24 hours a day from outside the arrivals hall. It is approximately 5 miles to the city from the airport and this journey will take 20 - 30 minutes. Fares are in the range of $5 - 10. The airport has ATMs (located at the domestic terminal a few minutes walk away) and they accept all major credit and debit cards. A bureau de change is located in the international departure hall. Hotel contact details along with an emergency contact number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend a total of 6 nights in comfortable tourist standard hotels in Quito and Riobamba and a total of 4 nights in more basic hosteria accommodation in the small towns or villages of Tumbabiro, San Clemente and nearby Cotopaxi following the ascent. Accommodation here will have hot showers but these will not necessarily be ensuite. During the trek in the Cotacachi-Cayapas there are 2 nights wild camping and during the ascents of Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo we spend a total of 3 nights in mountain huts. All accommodation except the huts is on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. In the mountain huts the accommodation is in dormitory beds. It is possible to book a single tent for the 2 nights camping at an extra cost. (please note single tent hire does not include hotel rooms). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single rooms for the 10 nights that you spend in hotels and lodges. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

This trip will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader. In addition, on the ascents of the three main peaks of Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo, we use additional qualified mountain guides up to a guide to client ratio of 1:2. We also use various support staff such as minibus drivers, and on trek the group will be accompanied by a team of cooks, camp staff, and horsemen.

We suggest you allow approximately US$400 for miscellaneous expenses. This amount should be sufficient to cover the above meals, plus your tips to local staff (allow approximately $100), drinks etc. It is possible to use credit and bank cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in Quito and other major towns. Credit cards can also be used in restaurants and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. If you intend to bring your spending money out with you, we recommend carrying it in the form of cash US dollars which is the accepted currency in Ecuador.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your guides and trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that tips are given by the group as a whole rather than from individuals and that the group decides on a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around $100 from each group member should provide an appropriate 'pool' for tipping your crew.

Your baggage on the trek will be carried by baggage animals. The packed weight of your trek bag including your sleeping bag, during this part of the programme should not exceed 15kg (33 pounds) . It is possible to leave items not required on trek in the group hotel or in the support vehicle. For the remainder of the holiday your bag will be transported in the support vehicle.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and climbing to over 5000 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking or climbing above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Gaiters

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Ski goggles

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°C)*

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Daypack (approx. 50 litres)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Mountaineering boots (see note below)*

  • Ice axe *

  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*

  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*

  • Climbing helmet*

The following items are optional:

  • Thermarest (a foam camping mat is provided)

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Scarf or buff

  • Earplugs (especially if you are not the one snoring in huts)

  • Swimwear (for use in thermal baths)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Down Jacket (for use in huts)

Notes

Mountaineering boots: We recommend either double mountaineering boots or insulated mountain boots designed for the conditions encountered at 6000 metres. Examples of the latter type of boot are the Sportiva Batura 2 and the Scarpa Phantom Guide.

Equipment hire / rental:Items marked * can be hired locally in Quito. The contract for any hire equipment will be between the hire shop and the client and not with KE Adventure Travel. However, any hire equipment required can be reserved in advance through the KE office. The approximate price** for hire equipment is given below.

  • Insulated ‘double boot’ mountaineering boots: $65

  • 12 point crampons: $45

  • Ice axe: $30

  • Climbing harness with karabiner: $50

  • Climbing helmet: $30

** The above prices are approximate and for guidance only. KE Adventure Travel cannot accept any responsibility for changes to the price of hire equipment.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition. www.phdesigns.co.uk/gearadviser

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store. View >>http://www.needlesports.com/

 

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Ecuador

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Zika

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill or back-country is probably the best preparation for a trip of this nature but any form of regular exercise such as running or swimming will be useful for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. You should also ensure that your basic 'alpine' or winter walking skills are reasonably current and if not, consider taking a weekend course or joining one of our more straightforward Alpine mountaineering trips prior to departure.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the great basin of the Amazon to the east, Ecuador has a complex pattern of weather. In general the eastern highland region receives the most precipitation. In the Central Highlands it is drier though cloud and rain can and do occur at any time during the year. In general the days are warm with temperatures between 12 and 22°C. Evenings can be chilly in the higher towns with night-time temperatures at freezing point above 3500m. When staying in the refuges on Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo the outside temperature will drop well below freezing level but is less likely to do so inside. There is no real 'settled' weather period in Ecuador and the mountains can be attempted at any time of the year given suitable weather conditions on the day.

  • Ecuador. Rough Guides

  • The Andes – A guide for Climbers.

  • John Biggar Trekking in the Central Andes

  • Lonely Planet Ecuador and Galapagos

  • Galapagos Islands (Natural History guide) Pierre Constant

Ecuador. ITMB 1 ; 700,000

Double-sided map dividing the country north/south with a generous overlap. Relief is depicted by altitude tinting and spot heights for peaks and volcanoes. Glaciers, swamp areas, national parks and reserves are marked. Intermediate driving distances are indicated and further symbols depict places of interest, archaeological sites, thermal baths, beaches, etc. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1° intervals. There is an index of place names and the legend is in English and Spanish.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Galapagos Islands Extension

The Galapagos Islands are said to be the crown jewels of the natural world. These paradise islands have a mythological status following Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals,turtles, dinosaur-like marine and land iguanas are just a few of the species you will encounter. Part of the magic of the Galapagos is getting up close to the wildlife that has lost all fear of man. Please call us for an accurate quote for your departure.

Galapagos Islands Extension

From $3290 per person

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Amazon Rainforest Extension

Located on Challuacocha Lake, deep within the Amazon Rainforest and accessed only by canoe, the Sani Ecolodge provides a comfortable base for wildlife exploration. The lodge is part of a sustainable ecotourism project of the indigenous Kichwa community. Accommodation is in comfortable cabanas built with natural materials and equipped with modern ensuite bathroom and showers. During your stay, you will go out each day with a guide to explore the rainforest either by canoe or on foot.

Amazon Rainforest Extension

From $1350 per person

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