Ecuador Volcanoes

Ecuador's famed volcanic peaks are renowned climbing and enjoy spectacular scenery enroute.
A climber on Cotopaxi, Ecuador at sunrise.
Climbers trekking up towards the staging point/hut base for their Ecuador climb.

Cayambe 5,790m/18,996ft
Cotopaxi 5,897m/19,347ft
Chimborazo 6,310m/20,702ft

Ecuador is a country of exquisite scenery, friendly people and outstanding mountains. Those of you who are relatively new to mountaineering or experiencing altitude for the first time will thoroughly enjoy this program.

Our qualified guides introduce you to international-standard climbing techniques through our glacier school, and you climb three splendid volcanic peaks including Ecuador’s highest, Mount Chimborazo. We begin by climbing the trekking peaks Ilaló, Pasochoa and Ruca Pichincha near Quito. These completed, we ascend Cayambe where we practice our climbing skills before moving onto Cotopaxi.

Chimborazo is the third summit that we climb on both névé and hard glacial ice. When travelling between our mountain destinations we stay in restored haciendas, some dating back to the early 1800s, which are now world-class resort hotels. On rest days we visit the majestic and wild ecological zone of the ‘cloud forest’ and revel in the region’s amazing biological diversity.

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  • Climb three mountains, including Ecuador’s highest peak
  • A cultural and ecological discovery
  • Experience high-altitude mountaineering on non-technical routes

Expedition Level

Expedition Level







15 days





Arrive in Quito, hotel night


Gear check and acclimatisation hike of Ilaló, hotel night


Acclimatisation hike Cerro Pasochoa, hotel night


Acclimatisation hike Rucu Pichincha, hacienda night


Travel to Cayambe, hut night


Skills practice Cayambe / Hermoso Glacier, hut night


Summit Cayambe, hacienda night


Travel to Cotopaxi region, hacienda or lodge night


Travel to Cotopaxi National Park and hike to José Ribas Hut, hut night

DAY 10

Summit Cotopaxi, lodge night

DAY 11

Travel to Chimborazo, lodge night

DAY 12

Hike to Stübel Camp, camping night

DAY 13

Chimborazo Summit, hotel night

DAY 14

Contingency Day. Return to Quito, hotel night

DAY 15

Depart from Quito

Interactive map of the Ecuador Volcanoes

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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8 Jun - 22 Jun 2024 $5,040 USD $ Book Now
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The need for excellent physical fitness cannot be over-emphasised. A regular, strenuous programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We suggest a programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from the Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

No technical climbing experience required, although team members should have previous backpacking or trekking experience.

Altitude Experience

No prior altitude experience required.

Climbers trek towards hanging glaciers on Ecuador Volcanoes
Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

We employ strong and specialized Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

Our Ecuador High Altitude Expeditions are a joint Adventure Consultants/American Alpine Institute trip. We use AAI’s experienced and motivated staff for these trips, offering you the best possible price and high quality expedition.

Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

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The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Qualified and experienced mountain guides
  • All expedition organisational requirements
  • Land transport within Ecuador
  • Lodging in hotels, haciendas, huts and tents on a shared basis during the expedition
  • All trek and mountain food ex Quito, excluding lunches and dinners in hotels, haciendas and lodges
  • Group equipment: ropes, tents, stoves etc. and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit(s)
  • Porters on Chimborazo for carrying group equipment
  • Climbing permits
  • National Park fees and admission to museums.
An Ecuadorian child sits on a concrete step in Quito

An important feature in any expedition is to meet and interact with the local population, a feature which we encourage and enjoy!

The stunning snow capped summit of Cotopaxi

From the city of Quito to the summits of 3 peaks between 5,700m and 6,300m - all in only 15 days! 

Stopping on the roadside in Ecuador

Enjoy the beauty and culture in Ecuador on this fantastic expedition and allows you to see what it is we that LOVE about Ecuador!

A group of local women sit in a market.

"AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."

John Riley, Australia
Two climbers make their way up a snow slope, the open expanse of Ecuador below.

"End to end professional. We were very lucky to summit. A major part in that is AC."

Mike Snelling, UK
Climbers 2 SL

"A massive thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make these trips safe, memorable and amazing experiences."

Lacy Shelby, USA
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