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2008 - Chimborazo, Ecuador

1st - 23rd June 2008
Day 1 Evening departure from London.
Day 2 Morning arrival in Quito 2,800m.Transfer to your hotel.Spend the day preparing for the expedition and checking your gear. Dinner in the hotel.
Day 3 Transfer to the Papallacta Highlands and meet up with the local guides, trek porters and mules. Trek to the base of Plaza de Armas Peak. Set up camp 3,800m near some hot springs. Approx. 5–7 hours.
Day 4 Trek to Lake Volcano. Camp 3,900m / 5–7 hours.
Day 5 Contingency / acclimatisation day.
Day 6 It’s a longer day today through ‘condor’ country to the base of Antizana Volcano.Camp at 4,200m / 7–10 hours.
Day 7 Trek towards the base of Mt Sincholagua. Camp at 4,100m / 5–7 hours.
Day 8 Trek through the Limpiopunga valley. Camp at 3,800m / 5–7 hours.
Day 9 Acclimatisation summit of Mt Sincholagua 4,893m which offers fabulous
views of Cotopaxi. Return to the camp.
Day 10 Transfer day to start your ascent of Cotopaxi.The mules will be left behind so you’ll be carrying your own gear to the refuge at 4,800m / 1–2 hours.
Day 11 Instruction and practice day on using crampons, an ice axe, roping up and crevasse rescue.
Day 12 Set off just after midnight for the ascent of Cotopaxi 5,897m / 7–9 hours and the descent to the vehicles / 3–4 hours.Transfer to a hotel.
Day 13 Transfer to your hotel in Ambato, stopping en-route to walk into the Quilotoa Crater.
Day 14 Transfer to Pogyos.Collect your guides, helpers and mules and commence the climb of Chimborazo.Camp at 4,000m.
Day 15 Trek to Plaza Roja camp at 4,800m / 4–6 hours.
Day 16 Acclimatisation day with a hike up to Murallas Rojas 5,200m and back to camp. Most of your equipment will be taken back down to Pogyos by the mules because refuges will now be used, but you will have to carry your own gear and food.
Day 17 Just after midnight commence your ascent on the Murallas route of Chimborazo.You will be aiming for the Whymper 6,310m and Veintimilla 6,250m summits / 10–12 hours. Descend to the Whymper refuge at 5,000m / 4–6 hours.
Day 18 Continue the descent to the vehicles in Pogyos and then transfer to your hotel in Banos and a well-earned celebratory dinner.
Day 19 Transfer back to Quito. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 20 Contingency day at leisure in Quito.Farewell dinner.
Day 21 Depart Quito.
Day 22 Arrive London.

Chimborazo, Ecuador

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