Ecuador Glacier School
9 days - 4 mountains
This is a compact itinerary that provides the "entry level" knowledge, skills, and experience for safe and enjoyable mountaineering experience at high altitude and a glaciated mountain environment.
The itinerary includes some good acclimatization activities where you can gradually get used to the high elevation during the first stage of this expedition. The 35-45 degree angle slopes of Cayambe and Cotopaxi, and their elevation is an excellent introduction to mountaineering techniques on big peaks.
Depending on the technical and skill level of the participants we will focus and put more efforts in advance topics such as ice climbing and crevasse rescue.
During the training you will learn about:
• Basic knots and rope techniques
• Glacier travel
• Rest-step techniques
• Crampon techniques
• Ice axe and self-arrest
• Crevasse rescue
• Ice climbing
• Use of mountaineering equipment
• Leave no trace practices
Safety comes first! In this program we do emphasize on safety and security along with a great learning experience.
- Tour Hightlights
- What is included?
- Packing list
- Good introduction to high altitude mountaineering in the Andes
- Guide ratio of 1:2 on Cayambe and Cotopaxi
- Certified guides and instructors with local and international experience
- Suitable to any level of experience
- All ground transportation in private vehicles
- English-speaking professional ASEGUIM/UIAGM Mountain guides.
- Meals conform itinerary (B=breakfast, BL=box lunch, D=dinner)
- 9 breakfast
- 9 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 at San Clemente indigenous community
- 4 nights in mountain huts (Cayambe 3 / Cotopaxi 1)
- Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves
- Accommodations in hotels while in cities based in double occupancy
- 2 hotel nights in Quito
- 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
Physical Conditions Technical Conditions
This case generally applies to our mountaineering trips where the effective walking hours exceed six and can be extended up to nine hours round trip. Technically speaking, these activities generally occur in areas covered with snow and glacier where technical mountaineering equipment is mandatory.
Reccommended packing list
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.