Ecuador’s Volcanos

Ecuador offers incredible climbing adventures and a rich cultural experience.


Our next trip January 30 – February 9, 2020 will be focused on attempting Chimborazo.  At 6310m/20703′ it is the highest mountain in Ecuador.  It also holds the unique distinction of its summit being the point on our planet farthest away from the center of the earth.  Our climb via the Whymper Route requires extensive cramponing and ice axe skills over heavily glaciated terrain.

Team members fly to Quito at an altitude of 9,000 feet. We spend two nights here exploring the city and hiking peaks such as Pasochoa, Corazon and/or Ruca Pichincha while we acclimatize. From Quito we will travel to stay at a climbers guesthouse at the base of the Illinizas positioning ourselves for an early ascent of Illiniza Norte the following day.

After Illiniza we will travel to Chimborazo.  The hut is at 5000m/16400′.  A day will be spent here reviewing skills in preparation for our summit attempt.

After Chimborazo, time and conditions permitting, there will be an option to visit Cotopaxi (5897m/19348′) or Cayambe (5790m/18997′) before returning to Quito and flying home.

The climbing is challenging and enjoyable. In between each climb and at the conclusion of the trip we will visit beautifully preserved haciendas, jungles, and indigenous people’s villages and markets.

See our Snow Travel School and Mountaineering Skills Seminar for more information about learning ice axe self arrest skills, cramponing methods, team rope travel, and other techniques applicable to climbing Ecuador’s Volcanoes.

SMI Instructional Programs.


January 30 – February 9, 2020


LAND COSTS INCLUDE: Professional guides, hotels, breakfasts and dinners while on the mountains, all group equipment, hut fees, private transportation to and from Quito and all destinations in between.

Airline tickets, meals in restaurants, lunch food, personal equipment and clothing, airport taxes, and tips.

Galapagos Islands

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands. Formed by intense volcanic activity and made famous by Charles Darwin and his scientific research on evolution, these islands host some of the most exotic wildlife in the world including the largest turtles on earth, sea lions, countless bird species, iguanas, dolphins, and much more. These animals, incredibly, show no fear of humans! Each island offers something unique and as we tour each the adaptive qualities of many animals become apparent. We visit several islands over a seven-day period. There are also unspoiled coral reefs that make for memorable snorkeling. This is a perfect way to end a mountaineering trip to Ecuador and also makes a great trip for non climbing friends and family to join us at the conclusion of our climbs.



$1400 plus airfare to and from the islands