Antisana 5704 m (Add-on)

ECU-33b / 5-day trip extension / Grade: PD

Antisana (Add-on)

The extension (Add-on) climbs that we offer are thought to be added to our climbing programs. For this add-on its is require that the climber is already acclimatized before the start, fx the climber has ascended Chimborazo (6268 m), Cotopaxi (5897 m), Cayambe (5790 m) or North Iliniza (5126 m) before hand. We provide excellent professional guides, equipment, good accommodation, transportation,food etc.

Day 1 Pick-up & transfer to Quito/Papallacta (2800/3300 m)
Day 2 Rest day – Quito or Papallacta (2800/3300 m)
Day 3 Antisana’s high camp (4500 m)
Day 4 Climb: Antisana volcano (5704 m)
Day 5 Departure
Day 1

Pick-up & transfer to Quito or Papallacta (2800/3300 m)
Pick-up and transfer to the city of Quito (2850 m) or the town of Papallacta (3300 m). Depending on the pick-up place, it can take between 2 to 4 hours to reach one of these towns.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Rest day – Quito or Papallacta (2800/3300 m)
Today is an easy going day to rest, recover and enjoy before the next climb.
It is possible to choose to stay in Quito or Papallacta, but it has to be decided in advance. There are plenty of activities to do either at the capital or at Papallacta’s hot springs.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Antisana’s high camp (4500 m)
After a good resting day, the team will get ready for one of the best climbs in Ecuador: Artisana volcano! The group will depart from Quito or Papallacta and drive about 2-3 hours, depending on the road conditions, to Artisana’s high camp (4500 m) located at the base of the volcano on the western flank. The transport will stop right at the campsite, which is very confortable. The idea is to get there after lunch and use the afternoon to prepare for the climb. The guide will provide all the necessary help and instructions for the climb. An early dinner and a good rest before the night’s challenge.
Night in tents.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Climb: Antisana Volcano (5704 m)
The team will wake up early, around midnight, and have some breakfast before the departing. Once on the move, the guides will lead the way by the moraine up to the glacier’s edge. After gearing up and dividing the group in teams with a ratio of 2 clients per guides, the climb will begin by the spectacular Artisana’s glacier. One of the most challenging part of the climb, is the route finding, as it is one of the less climb volcanoes and the “standard route” is seldom marked, so the guides have to do a good job navigating through a sea of seracs and snow fields. Our goal is Artisana’s main summit (5704 m), the highest of the four, and also the most accessible. The climb, though not technically difficult, presents a series of obstacles, which makes the climb real fun. The ascent is very beautiful, as the glacier has beautiful shapes and colors. It is definitely one of the best climbs in the country!
The summit has a fantastic panoramic view towards the neighboring volcanoes: Sincholagua, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Cayambe, between others and to the East the mighty Amazonas.
The descent is following back the ascent’s route down to the high camp. After packing down and taking a good break, the transport will take the group back to Quito (2 h).
Ascent: 904 m / Descent: 904 m / Highest altitude: 5704 m / Activity duration: 12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 5

Time to leave the volcanoes of Ecuador!
Pick up at hotel and transfer out to Quito’s Airport (1-2 h) – End of services
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking mountain guide on days: 1, 3, 4
  • Local English speaking assistant mountain guide on days: 3, 4 from 5 PAX
  • Private transportation on days: 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in Quito/Papallacta
  • 1 night in shared double room in hotel in Quito
  • 1 night in shared tent at campsite
  • Entry fee to the national parks and natural reserves
  • Group climbing common equipment
  • Climbing assistant guides on Antisana, ratio: 1:2
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic or international flights
  • Guide and transportation on day
  • Separate airport transfers in case of multiple arrival/departures
  • Personal climbing and camping gear
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

QUITO: Hostal Fuente de Piedra 1 & 2  or similar

PAPALLACTAHotel Termas de Papallacta or similar

ANTISANA: Campsite (no website)

Tags: Ecuador, Volcanoes, Antisana, PD grade