DAY 1. Ascending the Rucu Pichincha (4,698 m. / 15,413 ft)
Hiking up to the summit of Rucu Pichincha is an excellent way to begin the process of acclimatization. After going up in the cable car, you will be able to enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the capital city of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes, such as Antisana, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, and the Ilinizas. The real trek to the top begins here and will take us around six hours.
DAY 2. Mount Corazón
Corazón is an inactive volcano located 30 kilometers southwest of Quito, in the Western Andes mountain range. This is also an excellent place to adapt to the altitude. From Mount Corazón—which means "Heart"—you will appreciate some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes. This trek will take us around 6 to 8 hours.
DAY 3. Ascent to Pasochoa Volcano (4,200 m. / 13,779 ft)
Our hike begins in a forest covered with wild flowers, such as bromeliads and orchids, as well as a wide variety of birds. The climb is not a difficult one and is a great hike to prepare for our acclimatization for the higher mountains. This hike will take us 7 to 9 hours.
Day 4. Ascent to Iliniza Norte (5,124 m. / 16,814 ft)
After breakfast, the group will have an early departure towards the small community of Chaupi, near the Iliniza Mountain. We'll leave our car a few kilometers from Chaupi, and begin our three-hour trek to the shelter known as New Horizons. Before reaching the shelter, we'll be passing through wonderful Andean landscapes with incredible fertile valleys and unique Polylepis trees. We'll have time for a snack and a little rest around noon. The path leading from the shelter to the summit is rocky and takes about 3 hours. The descent takes an additional 2 hours. In the afternoon, we'll be back in time to relax and unwind in an Hacienda house.
Day 5. Day of Rest
A free day on a beautiful ranch. Here you can either choose to relax, take part in canopy tours, go rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, or visit a local handicrafts market (depends on your selected hotel).
DAY 6 & 7. Ascent of Mount Cotopaxi / Cayambe (5.897 m. /19.347 Feet)
These are the most important days of our adventure. At this point, the group should be acclimatized and ready for the ascent to the summit of Mount Cotopaxi or Cayambe, depending on the natural state of the volcano. We'll spend the night in the mountain shelter built high on the slopes, from where we'll begin the climb near midnight. This is truly an amazing experience for anyone who loves mountains, nature and adventure. Everyone that reaches the summit will be filled with a sense of awe and deep fulfillment. In the morning of the second day, we'll return to Quito.