CLIMB THE EQUATOR
The Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador is the perfect place for first time climbers to build their skills with our experienced guides.
Unlike the Himalayas or the Alps the volcanic slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes offer:
1: Ease of Access.
2: Non-Technical Ascents.
3: Still get SERIOUS ALTITUDE.
If you want to pack as much climb time into your vacation as possible then the Ease of Access to the major peaks in the Ecuadorian Andes is ESSENTIAL.
EASE OF ACCESS means you will spend more time working on your ascents of Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo than being stuck in transport limbo between base camps.
Whats more is that these volcanic slopes are non-technical in nature – this means you get higher than anywhere in the entire Alps without sheer vertical walls and crumbly rock overhangs.
The simple fact is Ecuadors mountains are unique: there’s the beautiful mountain Cayambe with its height of 5,790 m (18,996 ft) making it the highest point on the planet that crosses the Equator and the only point on the Equator covered in snow.
Then there is Cotopaxi, which at 5,897 m (19,347 ft) is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, and has a stunning crater at the peak of its symmetrical dome shaped slopes.
Finally Mount Chimborazo at 6,268 m (20,564 ft). From the 16th century all the way to the beginning of the 19th century it was believed to be the highest mountain on Earth. Today it turns out those early European explorers weren’t wrong after all – because of the equatorial bulge Chimborazo IS higher than Everest when measured from the planets center instead of sea level. Its summit is also the place on Earth closest to the sun where one has less gravity than anywhere else as well.