Summits of Ecuador

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-16416
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Quito, Ecuador
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Climb Chimborazo (6310m), Ecuador's highest volcano and the farthest point from the Earth's centre
  • Climb Cotopaxi (5897m), one of the highest active volcanoes in the world
  • Climb Illiniza Norte (5125m), the northern of the two popular Illiniza peaks, and Ecuador's 8th highest mountain
  • Improve your mountaineering skills with hands-on glacier training
  • Undertake a fully supported expedition with expert mountain guides
  • Visit Quilotoa Lake
  • Discover the culture of Ecuador with market visits & Quito city tour
  • Stay overnight in the community of Pondoa for a true Ecuadorian experience
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The "Summits Of Ecuador" tour starts from and ends in Quito. It is a climbing tour that takes 16 days taking you through Cotopaxi National Park, Otavalo, Banos and 3 other destinations in Ecuador. "Summits Of Ecuador" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Climb Illiniza Norte (5125m/16,818ft), Cotopaxi (5897m/19,347ft) and Chimborazo (6310m/20,703ft) in an incredible 16-day adventure in Ecuador. With ample acclimatisation, time exploring Quito and the famous Otavalo markets this itinerary is a classic!. Ecuador is a fantastic place to climb and a great travel destination in its own right. With a diversity of vegetation zones, from the tropical equatorial jungle to the high alpine plateau, Ecuador is dotted with majestic snow-capped volcanoes rising to over 6000m. To appreciate these remarkable contrasts we climb a range of peaks (Cotopaxi, Illiniza Norte,etc), culminating in an attempt on Ecuador's highest peak, Chimborazo. Under the guidance of our mountain guides we undertake glacier training and practice and develop the skills needed for the bigger peaks. Providing you have an excellent level of fitness this trip is suitable for experienced trekkers that are keen to go a step further and climb their first 6000m peak. Visits to the Otavalo market, Quito and the beautiful Quilotoa Lake ensure this expedition is more than just mountains but a complete Ecuadorian experience.
  • Day 1 : Join Quito (2850m)
  • Day 2 : Quito city tour and Equatorial Monument
  • Day 3 : Drive to the Northern Province of Imbabura, visit Otavalo market, and afternoon acclimatisation walk to Laguna Cuicocha
  • Day 4 : Ascend Fuya Fuya (4197m)
  • Day 5 : Climb Imbabura (4580m), and return to Quito
  • Day 6 : Day at leisure in Quito
  • Day 7 : To Mt Illinizas, via Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Day 8 : Climb Illinizia Norte (5125m)
  • Day 9 : To Cotopaxi National Park and technical training
  • Day 10 : Climb Mt Cotopaxi (5897m)
  • Day 11 : Quilotoa Lake, transfer to Riobamba
  • Day 12 : To Mt Chimborazo (4800m)
  • Day 13 : Climb Mt Chimborazo (6310m)
  • Day 14 : Contingency day, local community experience
  • Day 15 : In Banos (1820m). Return to Quito (2850m)
  • Day 16 : In Quito, trip concludes
  • Mountain refuge accommodation
  • Good quality accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers in Quito (up to 3 days before the start and last day of the trip)
  • Private internal transportation
  • Bilingual mountain guide, either UIAGM or ASEGUIM certified (ratio of 1 guide to 2 climbers on Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, and 1 guide to 3 climbers on Illiniza)
  • Climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, rope, and carabiners
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • Group medical kit
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature - ie excess baggage costs, beverages, laundry and phone calls
  • Travel Insurance and Emergency evacuation charges (required)
  • Visas
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any and all costs associated with evacuation and/or early departure from the expedition
  • A personal guide can be hired for the summit ascents. This guide will not carry your gear but will walk with you at your own pace. This can be beneficial if you think you might be slower or faster than the rest of the group.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 01 2019
5 - Excellent
The trip was excellent and the logistics ran like clockwork, well worth the effort to get fit for. Local guides were first class and a pleasure to spend time with.
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 19 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Our trip leaders Miguel and Marco were fabulous and I would go anywhere with those two.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Summits of Ecuador tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 01 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 August 2024, a deposit of 318 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Summits of Ecuador tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Summits of Ecuador tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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