Avenue of the Volcanoes

Imbabura, Pichinchas, Pasochoa, Iliniza Norte & Cotopaxi

Avenue of the Volcanoes

Venture into the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the long valley that separates the major Cordillera ranges, in this 10 day trekking itinerary that will take you to the summit of some Ecuador’s most impressive mountains, including the magical Cotopaxi.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Quito

    Arriving Quito early morning, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in the centre of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Quito’s sights and shops.

  2. Day 2: Sightseeing in Otavalo

    Depart Quito this morning and drive 2-3 hours to Otavalo.

  3. Day 3: Imbabura trek (4,000m)

    Depart Otavalo this morning and drive to Imbabura, an inactive volcanic peak located amid beautiful countryside some 30 minutes’ drive from Otavalo.

  4. Day 4: Pichinchas Trek (3,700m)

    Drive west of the city towards the Pichincha Volcano for a five hour trek through forest and meadow before reaching a high point that overlooks Quito (3,700m).

  5. Day 5: Pasochoa Volcano Trek (4,200m)

    Depart Quito this morning and drive 1½ hours to Pasochoa Volcano.

  6. Day 6: La Virgen Base Camp (3,860m)

    Early morning drive to the small town of El Chasqui, from where you walk for about 3 hours to get to our camp (3,860m) at the base of Iliniza. In the afternoon there will be time for a short trek in the vicinity of the camp.

  7. Day 7: Iliniza Norte Summit trek (5,126m)

    The summit climb begins at approx. 1am, and will typically take 5-6 hours. You will be walking on a ridge, where there is a possibility of snow (there is snow on the ridge for around 5 days a year) and if this happens crampons and ice axes are needed.

  8. Day 8: Cotopaxi Plateau

    After breakfast at camp drive to Cotopaxi plateau for dinner and overnight at Tambopaxi mountain lodge.

  9. Day 9: Tambopaxi rest day

    If renting locally, your equipment for tomorrow’s Cotopaxi climb will arrive early in the morning. An hour’s drive will take you to the parking spot, which is a one-hour trek from the refuge at 4,800m.

  10. Day 10: Cotopaxi Summit Trek (5,897m)

    This is a tough semi-technical climb and the weather can be extremely cold. You will wake early, and walk through the night, climbing steep icefields en route to Cotopaxi’s summit. You will be using crampons and ice axes and will be roped to a professional guide.

  11. Day 11: Departure

    Morning transfer to the airport your homeward flight.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary and can be tailored to your interests, and priced for larger group sizes.

11 days from £2430pp


11 days from £2430pp

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