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Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Crater of Cotopaxi 5897m / 19,342 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Guagua Pichincha 4870m / 15,768 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Iliniza North 5116m / 16,780 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Cotopaxi volcano 5897m / 19,342 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Chimborazo volcano 6310m / 20,696 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Avenue Of The Volcanoes
Otavalo indigenous market

Avenue of the Volcanoes
12 days - 5 mountains

Sun and Snow offers you a 12-day itinerary where you will experience high altitude mountaineering and a good blend of easy acclimatisation hikes. During the Avenue of the Volcanoes Expedition you will stay in a wide range of accommodations including historical haciendas and cozy country side hostels.

The Volcanoes Expedition is not only an excellent mountaineering experience, you will also observe the daily life of the Ecuadorian Andean region.


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  • What is included?
  • Difficulty
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  • Good introduction to high altitude mountaineering in the Andes
  • Guide ratio of 1:2 on Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo
  • Certified guides and instructors ASEGUIM / UIAGM with local and international experience
  • Diversity of ecosystems
  • Five summits


  • All ground transportation in private vehicles
  • English-speaking professional ASEGUIM/UIAGM Mountain guides.
  • Meals conform itinerary (B=breakfast, BL=box lunch, D=dinner)
  • 11 breakfast
  • 11 box lunch
  • 6 dinner
  • Special or vegetarian meals can be arranged in advance
  • Accommodations in huts while in the mountains based in shared rooms
  • 1 night in a country side hostel
  • 2 nights in Baños
  • 3 nights in mountain huts (Cotopaxi 1/Iliniza 1/Chimborazo 1)
  • 3 hotel nights in Quito
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves
  • Accommodations in hotels while in cities based in double occupancy


  • Domestic and/or international flights
  • Airport taxes in Ecuador when leaving the country
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra transportation or other activities
  • Excess baggage fees
  • All items of personal nature
  • Personal mountaineering gear such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc.
  • Other personal expenses
  • Additional accommodations not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours or other activities not indicated on the itinerary
  • Insurance (we strongly recommend you to get one)
  • All drinks
  • Tips/gratuities

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Refers to the longest mountain routes and physically more demanding but not necessarily the most technical. The total number of hiking hours exceeds nine and can reach up to twelve between climbing to the summit and returning to the mountain hut or camp. It is also necessary use ropes, crampons, ice axes, ice screws, etc.


Minimal Requirements: Good physical condition, being able to walk at least 5 hours, previous basic mountaineering experience, mountaineering at high altitude (above 4500 m/14,760 ft).


What to expect:

Temperature ranges from 20 Celsius to minus 10 Celsius on the top of Cotopaxi and minus 15 Celsius on Chimborazo.


Iliniza Norte: Some rock scramble, short rock climbing, dealing with fixed lines, rock fall hazard, eventually use of crampons.


Cotopaxi: 8 hours or more on glacier with mountaineering boots and crampons, some crevasses, glacier travel, early departure and ascent in the dark.


Chimborazo: Some black ice at the traverse. Due to glacier melting unstable rock up to 5600 m/18,360 ft. Good cramponing skills is a must.

2018 Departures





5-16 / 2018
12-23 / 2018
19-30 / 2018
26.May-6 Jun./2018

2-13 / 2018
9-20 / 2018
6-27 / 2018
23 Jun- 4 Jul / 2018

7-18 / 2018
14-25 / 2018
21 Jul-01 Aug / 2018

4-15 / 2018
11-22 / 2018
1-29 / 2018

1-12 / 2018
8-19 / 2018
15-26 / 2018
22 Sep. 3 Oct./2018

6-17 / 2018
13-24 / 2018
20-31 / 2018

3-14 / 2018
10-21 / 2018
17-28 / 2018

1-12 / 2018
8-19 / 2018
15-26 / 2018
22 Dec-2 Jan /2019

Reccommended packing list
  • Large size backpack
  • day pack (hiking)
  • ice axe (70 cm length is ok)
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • heavy duty climbing boots
  • 12 point crampons (reasonably sharp)
  • climbing harness
  • climbing helmet
  • 1 locking carabiner (big one)
  • 3 regular carabiners
  • sleeping bag
  • sunglasses
  • ski googles
  • sunscreen (50 or more protection factor)
  • lip balm
  • plastic water bottle
  • thermos
  • gaiters
  • wool socks
  • light cotton shirts / t-shirts
  • hiking trousers
  • Gore-tex trousers
  • wind and snow shell-type parka
  • light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
  • polypropylene underwear (2 tops, 1 bottom)
  • wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • wool or fleece cap
  • Gore-tex gloves
  • polypro gloves
  • headlamp (and spare batteries)
  • First aid kit and personal medication
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, hands sanitizer, soap, shampoo, towel, etc.


You will need a sleeping bag for the huts (there are mattresses).  


In the case of traveling light there are in Quito several mountain climbing outfitters where you can rent equipment like mountaineering boots, crampons , ice-axes, harnesses, helmets, etc. but we strongly recommend to bring, at least, your own boots.


Most technical and group equipment, such as: ropes, snow pickets, ice screws, etc., will be provided if you travel with our guides.
NOTES ON THE ITINERARY: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, the day-by-day activities and camping locations listed on this itinerary are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including group pace, interests and acclimatization, weather, trail, on road conditions and/or water availability at the campsites according to the time of the year. Hiking distances and altitudes are approximate, and times indicated are net hiking or driving times that do not include lunch breaks, rest stops, time to explore the area, etc. This program is suitable for physically fit participants accustomed to outdoor activities. Contact Us.


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