A 4 days Condor trekking in the Cotopaxi area.
From 4 to 9 participants.
Leaving in the morning from Quito to El Tambo by jeep. On the way we cross the high Andean pass of Papallacta (4.050 m).
From El Tambo we set off on foot and our gear is loaded on horseback. We will hike across a small polylepis forest and some ponds. Campsite nearby the Volcano Lake (Laguna Volcán) at 3.600 m. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Today we go uphill admiring the varied flora of the Andes until reaching the high plateau of the Antisana Volcano (5,704 m) Santa Lucía.
On the way we shall find huge herds of feral horses. We establish our camp at 4,250 m. From here we have a spectacular view of the Sincholagua Mountain (4,803 m). Dinner and overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Today we walk along this huge plateau, where we could probably observe the Condors and other Andean Birds. In the afternoon we head toward the Sincholagua mountain. Campsite at the foot of Sincholagua at 3.800 m. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. We will walk around the Sincholagua Mountain. Here, with some luck we can observe several wild rabbits, deer and wolves. Box lunch on the way. In the afternoon we will get to the Cotopaxi National Park at the base of the Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m).
Our private transportation will be waiting for you in order to take you up to the refugee of the highest volcano in the world. We will make some practicing on the glacier, then ,return to the refuge, break and dinner. Overnight at the Refuge until midnight.
Our day will start at midnight when everybody will wake up and get ready with the technical equipment in order to have a quick breakfast (hot tea or coffee), and start our ascension at 01h00 am.
Then continue to the top of the mountain which will be reached in five or six hours. If the day is clear we shall have of the whole surrounding landscape is magnificent. Breakfast in the refuge after returning from the top, take all our equipment and back to Quito.
- Private 4 x 4 transportation.
- English speaking mountain guide/ or German upon request.
- Full Camp Equipment.
- All meals.
- Climbing equipment.
- Mountain hut overnight.
- Entrance fee to the National park of Cotopaxi.
- Entrance fee to the Antisana reserve.