CHIMBORAZO (6263 m./20548 ft.)
The summit of Chimborazo is not only the highest of Ecuador but also, due to the earth’s equatorial bulge, the farthest point on the earth’s surface from the center of the earth. This massive mountain was formed by he remains of two ancient volcanoes and has five summits. On our climbing tour you can reach the Veintimilla summit (6227 m. / 20.429 ft. ) and the maximum Whymper summit (6263 m. / 20548 ft.). This climb is not apt for beginners; the route to the Whymper summit has some rocky and icy sections, which do require previous mountaineering experience. You also need a very good acclimatization plus an excellent physical condition.
COTOPAXI (5897 m./19357 ft.)
Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. It has a perfect cone-shaped peak and snow-covered crater, and it is the main attraction of the Cotopaxi National Park. The ascent is not technically difficult, but a sufficient acclimatization and good physical condition are essential for this climb.
NOTE: Due to recent volcanic activity, until further notice Cotopaxi volcano is closed for climbing tours.
SOUTH ILINIZA (5263 m./17267 ft.)
The ascent of Iliniza Sur, the sixth highest summit of Ecuador, is a real challenge for experienced mountaineers. This mountain has steep ice walls (some are 80 degrees) and many crevasses. Previous experience in ice climbing is a must.
NORTH ILINIZA (5126 m./16817 ft.)
The summit of Iliniza Norte is the easy one of the twin-peaked mountain Ilinizas. It is a rocky mountain with no permanent snow, and an ideal acclimatization climb. With clear weather you will have marvelous views of Cotopaxi.
CARIHUAIRAZO (5018 m./16496 ft.)
Carihuairazo - the name means ‘mountain of the wind’ - is a collapsed volcano near Chimborazo. A good trip for those who want to practice the use of crampons and ice axe, as well as acclimatization for the highest peaks of Ecuador.
CAYAMBE (5789 m./18.992 ft.)
Cayambe is Ecuador’s third highest peak and, at 5789 m. / 18.994 ft., the earth’s highest point on the equator line. The ascent of this massive glaciated volcano requires a good acclimatization and some previous mountaineering experience, including the use of crampons and basic ice axe techniques.