Why Climb With Us

Why Climb in Ecuador with Alpine Ascents?

Alpine Ascents has been guiding climbs in Ecuador for the past 20 years and has built close relationships in the communities in which we guide and tour. We run several expeditions every year. Our familiarity with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge of mountain climbing, lend a depth and richness to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community.

Our guides were excellent at making sure I got on track for acclimatization despite arriving an entire 24 hours late due to a flight delay. They were patient teachers, and gave us great motivation as we moved up the mountains. On Chimborazo, they were very relaxed and confidence inspiring. I’m not sure we would have made it to the summit on time without their steady pace and determination.

Key Elements of our Climb and Success

The Mountains We Climb

Antisana (18,874 ft./5,752 m), Cayambe (18,993 ft./5,789 m), and Chimborazo (20,701 ft./6,310 m) are each unique. The challenges they provide and the beauty of their environments are truly amazing. These climbs are an excellent training ground for those looking to take on higher mountains. They’re perfect for those who successfully climbed Rainier and have an eye on Denali.

Gradual Acclimatization

We spend multiple nights in Quito (9,000 ft.) and Papallacta (11,800 ft.), followed by two more nights in our own private Base Camp at 13,300 ft. before moving to High Camp (15,500 ft.). Traditionally, climbers have had to move from one camp at 10,000 ft. directly to another at 15,500 ft., which can be challenging for acclimatization.

Quito

We spend three nights in the capital city, enjoying incredible restaurants and local entertainment. During the days, we have cultural tours combined with acclimatization hikes. On our second day, we take a gondola to 13,012 ft. and slowly hike to the summit of Ruco Pichincha (15,413 ft./4,698 m). It is a magnificent hike with great views of the city and surrounding volcanoes.

Papallacta Hot Springs and Spa

We spend two nights acclimatizing at this magnificent spa and hot springs. In front of our rooms are spotless baths of different temperatures that are drained and refilled every day. Papallacta is a real luxury following a mountain hike.

Private Cooks and Accommodations in the Huts and Our Base Camp.

Each of our climbs has dedicated chefs who prepare excellent meals so the guides can focus on you. In the sometimes-busy huts, our group has a private dormitory to allow for better rest and a quicker start in the morning. Our Base Camp on Antisana has cooks with a large dining tent.

The people and the guides were absolutely awesome. I can’t say enough about the guides. They were the highest caliber I have ever climbed with. They did the best glacier and crevasse rescue overview I have done since my initial course. They showed patience and worked with everyone to help them understand techniques in the […]

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