Highest Summits

ECU-13a / 12-day trip / GradePD

PEAKS: Trekking: Cuicocha’s Crater lake trek (3400 m) – Imbabura volcano (4560 m) – Cayambe (5790 m) – Cotopaxi (5897 m) – Chimborazo (6268 m)

Highest Summits

Chimborazo (6268 m), the highest, Cotopaxi (5897 m) and Cayambe (5790 m), the second and third highest respectively are situated on the tropical belt close to Quito in Ecuador. Due to their infrastructure in roads and lodging they are very accessible volcanoes to mountaineers.

The surrounding Andes region with its numerous volcanoes at different altitudes, gorgeous nature and exotic indigenous villages and cultures, makes the acclimatization and climb the experience of a lifetime.

On this 12-day itinerary we offer you an excellent acclimatization program, including a trekking in around Cuicocha crater lake and an ascent to Imbabura volcano. We provide excellent professional guides, equipment, good accommodation, transportation, food, etc. Also, we recommend that you take a look at our extensions trips–these will add to your adventure and show you some of the natural wealth and variety a small country like Ecuador has to offer.


Day 1 Arrival to Quito
Day 2 Quito – Full day City Tour (2850 m)
Day 3 Cuicocha lake trek (3400 m) & Otavalo
Day 4 Climb: Imbabura volcano (4560 m)
Day 5 Cayambe – Glacier training (4680 m)
Day 6 Climb: Cayambe Volcano (5790 m)
Day 7 Cotopaxi – High hut (4847 m)
Day 8 Climb: Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m)
Day 9 Town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m) – Rest Day
Day 10 Chimborazo – Carrel hut (4800 m)
Day 11 Climb: Chimborazo Volcano (6268 m)
Day 12 Departure
Tags: Climbing, Ecuador, Volcanoes, Cotopaxi, Iliniza, Chimborazo, Cayambe, PD, PD grade, Cotopaxi’s National Park, Baños, Imbabura volcano, Otavalo, Cuicocha, Otavalo market, Imbabura