As a Club, we understand how important it is to travel and climb with friends, new and old, that share the same outdoor values, passion, and ethics. AAC members embrace the same spirit and mission across every climbing discipline. 

In coordination with Topo Expeditions, the American Alpine Club is offering  the opportunity to participate in an eight day authentic & traditional Ecuador experience Guided mountaineering on iconic objectives with qualified guides.

We will spend eight days exploring the Volcano Avenue in Central Ecuador with vehicle transfers (private vehicles) throughout the expedition as needed. The itinerary will include three separate climbs with a choice of Cotopaxi or Chimborazo for the final climb. Accommodation in comfortable local lodging with double occupancy as well as all breakfast and field lunches will be provided.

Objective overview:

Quilotoa Crater Lake -  Altitude 12,841 feet / 3,914 meters, this is the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. A training hike involving the full circumference of the crater with stunning panoramic view of the colorful lake filling the caldera

Illiniza Norte -  Altitude 16,818 feet / 5,126 meters, Illiniza is the 8th highest peak in Ecuador and one of two primary peaks which sit in the Reserva Ecologica Los Illinizas. This climb offers a semi-technical acilimization climb offering trekking, rock scrambling and a 5,000 meter summit.

Cotopaxi* - Altitude 19,347 feet / 5,897 meters, This world reknown active stratovolcano is the 2nd highest peak in Ecuador.  An iconic volcano known for its near perfect conical apperance and unique ring shaped summit crater, Cotopaxi is well worth a trip to Ecuador on it's own. 

Chimborazo* - Altitude 20,548 feet / 6,263 meters, the highest peak in Ecuador.  It’s summit is the furthest point from the center of the Earth and closest point to the moon on the Earth’s surface.  Offering a mixture of trail, rock scrambling and glaciated ridge climbing to achieve a 6,000 meter summit.

*One of these objectives will be chosen by the expedition team as the third and final objective of the included itinerary.

● Day 1 - 06/29/19  Travel / Arrive Quito
● Day 2 - 06/30/19 / Quilotoa Crater Lake
● Day 3 - 07/01/19 / Rest & preparation day / Activities onsite
● Day 4 - 07/02/19 / Illiniza Norte
● Day 5 - 07/03/19 / Transfer to Cotopaxi or Chimborazo National Park
● Day 6 - 07/04/19 / Skills and preparation day
● Day 7 - 07/05/19 / Cotopaxi or Chimborazo summit bid
● Day 8 - 07/06/19 / Cultural day exploring markets and local sites in Quito. Depart Quito

$3000 per person

Price Includes:

  • Ground transportation once in Ecuador

  • Accommodation in comfortable local lodging with double occupancy

  • All breakfast and field lunches will be provided

  • Private vehicle transportation within Ecuador

Price Exclusions: 

  • Airfare

  • Baggage charges

  • Personal gear & items

  • Topo mountain guide / expert logistician gratuities


To make your reservation, please contact Vanessa Logsdon at (303) 384-0110 ext 109 or [email protected] . A $500* deposit is required at the time of reservation.

We are limiting this trip to 12 individuals, so please sign up early!

 *Non-Refundable $500 deposit required.