THE 7 VOLCANOES
This two and a half week expedition will see you making ascents of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador. After exploring the sights and sounds of Quito, you will follow our specially designed acclimatisation programme, which includes reaching the peaks of Pasachoa, Ruminaui, Illiniza North, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Antisan and Chimborazo.
This a particularly tough expedition with many mountains climbed back to back and without long periods of rest. It is also a fantastic opportunity to climb almost all of the highest peaks in Central America.
Accommodation & Service
There are a handful of rustic Norwegian lodges to choose from, and on this programme we use a traditional cabin on a tiny island. There are also numerous options for camping, as well as hotels in the local towns.
Transfer from the airport
Welcome to Ecuador!
Free day in Quito
This is your rst chance to explore Quito and remember your Spanish from school. A whole day at leisure and to acclimatise.
The extinct volcano of Pasochoa (4,199 m) is one of the best places to see the famous Andean Condor. The climb offers superb views to the mighty Cotopaxi and surrounding volcanoes, and inside the crater you can see the last remnants of primary Andean forest. This is
a perfect rst hike for those who are new to altitude or those who are beginning an acclimatization program.
Rumiñahui, the long extinct volcano, is located in Cotopaxi National Park south of Quito. The three highpoints are Rumiñahui Norte (4,712 m), Rumiñahui Central (4,631 m), and Rumiñahui Sur (4,696 m), but unlike Illinizas, Rumiñahui is not considered as separate mountains. This tour is an excellent acclimatization climb with an exciting nish and epic views of El Corazón, Illinizas, Sincholagua, and the majestic Cotopaxi.
Illinizas North Climb
Illinizas (5,116 m) is an ancient volcano South of Quito which split into 2 separate peaks over 5,000 years ago. This tour climbs the Northern peak which reaches an altitude of 5,126m. Illinizas Norte is a moderate trek with an exhilarating but easy scramble to reach the top. It offers superb views to the mighty Cotopaxi
and surrounding volcanoes. This climb is perfect for acclimatization and for those aspiring to climb Cotopaxi. The climb takes approximately 6 hours going up to a height of 5,126m.
Ecuador Line & Old City Relaxation day
We start our day at the perfect place to begin, on the Equator! Take your picture at the Mitad Del Mundo
as you stand simultaneously in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Learn about the rich culture of Ecuador with a visit to the national museum. During our stop at Museum Intiyan you can see for yourself the uniqueness of this midpoint-- watch the water swirl down the drain clockwise and counter- clockwise, or defy gravity by balancing an egg on the tip of a nail.
We will continue to the romantic views of the old town
for a city tour. This beautiful city tour will take you back through 500 years of history, cultural sites and views which you will never forget. The old city of Quito contains a
rich and attractive diversity of churches, structures and historical sites, such as “La Plaza De La Independencia”, “La Iglesia De San Francisco” and of course, the mighty “Basilica de voto Nacional”.
Volcano Cayambe is the 3rd highest volcano in Ecuador (5,790m). It is located in the Cayambe - Coca Ecological Reserve in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes, 70 km North-East of Quito. At the altitude of 4,690m on its South slope, is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator and the only point on the Equator with snow cover.
Reaching the top may be very technical, and requires knowledge and mountaineering experience, however, the effort of climbing through the immense glacier and its massive ice, will arrive by sunrise, as the landscape of the northern hills of Quito and surrounding cities and lagoons such as Lago San Pablo and Laguna Cuicocha are discovered from the summit.
Transfer for Camping in Cotopaxi National Park
Today is your opportunity to relax and recuperate after you exciting Illinizas climb, and prepare for the following days challenge – the mighty Cotopaxi!
Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m). The climb to the summit is completed during the night; this allows watching the sunrise from the summit and displays unsurpassed views over Quito to the North, Chimborazo and Tungurahua to the South. From the
top you have a magni cent view of the snowcapped crater where it is possible to see steam emissions. The ascent departs from the “Jose Rivas” refuge at 4,800 and climbs through a mixture of volcanic sand, snow and glacier to the summit. The climb, although not classi ed as technical, requires the use of professional guides and specialized mountaineering equipment. The ascent takes between 6-8 hours while the descent requires 2 hours.
Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. Baños de Agua Santa, also known as Baños, is a city in eastern Tungurahua province, in central Ecuador. Baños is one of the most popular cities in Tungurahua for adventure and tourism. It is known as the “Gateway to the Amazon” as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. The city is a major religious hub, as most Catholic believers say that the Virgin Mary appeared nearby the waterfalls to protect the city from natural disasters. The city is intimately linked with the highly active Tungurahua volcano. The city
itself boasts a beautiful central park and waterfalls that include the magical “Pailón del Diablo” and “Manto de la Novia”.
Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the country
and the northern Andes, with an elevation of 6,310m. Chimborazo is located in the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes of central Ecuador, 150km (93 miles) South- West of the capital Quito. Chimborazo’s majestic summit rises 2,500m above the surrounding highlands (3,500 to 4,000m) with a 20km wide base. The timetable is similar to the Cotopaxi tour but involves a longer climb of approximately 11 hours, which takes around 7-9 hours to the summit and 2-3 down, and includes a glacier training session, dinner, and a night at the refuge (4,800m).
The climb is a real challenge and offers climbers the opportunity to break the magical 6,000m barrier.
Additional day for Chimborazo / Papallacta Termas
Today provides additional time to summit Chimborazo in the event climatic conditions on the previous days prevent the group summiting. Otherwise we will spend the day enjoying the city of Riobamba.
Termas de Papallacta Spa, Resort and Convention Center is located 40 miles east of Quito, the capital
city of Ecuador in the heart of South America. Perched on a high Andean valley at the entrance route to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle, the spa resort offers its visitors recreation, adventure and rest. Whether relaxing in the thermal baths or indulging in pampering spa treatments.
Antisana is an impressive and beautiful 5,755m high volcano and it’s the 4th highest volcano in Ecuador. The Antisana volcano is located in the Antisana Ecological Reserve along the Western margin of the Cordillera Real, 50km South-East of Quito. The Mountain has 4 peaks and massive ice forms.
Therefore, reaching the top is a unique opportunity
to enjoy one of the most important volcanoes in the Andean Mountains. The climb itself is considered very technical, and requires knowledge and experience in mountain climbing; however the landscape and sunrise is incredible with the reflection of the mountain in the surrounding lagoons inside the reserve, and the other surrounding volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Illiniza, Chimborazo.
There are countless treks and challenges which we can offer in this region so we are able to build an itinerary to your exact requirements, so please contact us for more details
Leadership by qualified Guides
All accommodation and meals as described in the final itinerary
Transfers as described in the final itinerary
Private transfers throughout the programme
Specialist equipment required for sea kayaking
Entry visas if required
Alterations to the itinerary
Beverages in hotels
Norway enjoys long, defined seasons, however the winter months are significantly colder with low temperatures and short daylight hours. For this programme we recommend late Spring to late Summer.
This example programme involves ascents of one mountain, and several hours of kayaking. The terrain is not technical and the trip is suitable for somebody with good basic fitness.
A full kit list will be sent to you at time of booking.