Expeditions - Climbing

Climbing Expeditions

Andeanface offers Climbing Expeditions exploring some of the most interesting ascents of the Ecuadorian Andes, including climbing Cotopaxi and climbing Chimborazo. These intensive climbing itineraries have been designed to allow a progressive elevation gain. We start with some moderate altitude hikes, to end with the summit attempt of Cotopaxi.

NOTE OF ADVICE: Due to its changeable conditions, we offer Chimborazo as a separate extension to our mountaineering expeditions. Since the summer of 2004, the amount of the snow that Chimborazo gets, does not allow safe ascents under the current commercial guiding ratio. Please let us know if you would like to include it in one of our programs and we will send you specific information.

Each one of the following options presents its own challenges, from long journeys to technical terrain. Please click on an image to select a mountain climbing expedition:

4 summits

Antisana treck and climb

Volcanoes

Glacier school

Volcanoes

 

 











 

Climbing Difficulty Levels

The following scale reflects the difficulty of the climb considering the technical specifications, experience required, altitude and duration of the ascent. The grades are roughly estimated and you have to take into account the difficulty varies depending on your personal fitness and experience.

Intermediate - No previous mountaineering skills are required. Climbers should be in acceptable physical condition and it is highly recommended that participants have some backpacking experience. In some cases a rope may be used to belay some exposed places.

Advanced - Basic mountaineering skills required, experience in high altitude and use of climbing gear such as crampons, rope and ice axe is preferred, but not required. A moderate climb usually is on a glacier, you may have to cross some crevasses, the slopes are not so steep (max. 40%) and full gear is used on all climbs. Very good physical condition is required.

Strenuous - More than 6.000 m / 19,600 ft technical climbs with steep snow slopes and exposed ridges, you may encounter some crevassed sections. Experience in high altitude and proper use of equipment as well as some knowledge of mountaineering techniques are required. Climbers should be comfortable on snow and ice up to 50 degrees. An excellent physical condition is a must.

Ascension Success Rates

The following information is based on our own records since 2005. It represents the percentage of trips in which we have taken at least one client to the summit.
Besides the percentage, we also give you a brief description of the most common cause for not been able to reach the top.

Chimborazo: 50%
Icy conditions and lack of stamina from climbers

Cotopaxi: 85%
Strong winds.

Cayambe: 55%
Bad Weather.

Antisana: 60%
Not being able to cross the bergschrund around the summit.