5 day Condor Trek

If you want to hike in the middle of nowhere, this is the answer! Five days being immersed in the vast highlands of the Eastern Ecuadorian Andes. This is a classic hike expedition through the moorlands of Antisana Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park, home of the Andean condor.

We will hike in average at 13.000 ft / 4.000 m at the foothills of giant volcanoes such as Antisana, Sincholagua, and Cotopaxi. Defenetely a journey with amazing views that will be always in your mind!
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Days of Hike 5 days*
Hiking Distance 37 mi/ 55 km
Hiking Time 25 hours
Fitness Level Intermediate
Skill Level Easy
Highest Elevation 14.450 ft /4.400 m
Lowest Elevation 11.800 ft /3.620 m

 

*It is also possible to do this trekking in 4 days, ask for details!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tambo –Tuminguina Lake

Early in the morning, we start our adventure driving from Quito for about 90 minutes from to El Tambo in the highlands of the Eastern Andes, where the trek begins. In this place, we will have time to ready our luggage and equipment on the mules and our day backpack. We will hike through the moor for 4 hours until we reached our first camp located in the Laguna de Tuminguina or Laguna del Volcán at about 11.800 ft / 3.600 m. In the afternoon we will have time to rest and have dinner. (BL / C)

Day 2: Tuminguina Lake – Antisana

After breakfast our day begins, this day we will pass through one of the highest point of the trekking at 14.250 ft / 4.350 m at the Antisana skirts. This day we can enjoy a spectacular view of this volcano and the diversity of its moorlands. After about 6 hours of hiking, we reach the second camp, where we will rest and have dinner. (B/BL/D)

Day 3: Antisana - Sincholagua

This day we continue hiking towards to Sincholagua Volcano through the Andean highlands passing through unique landscapes surrounded by flora and fauna such as rabbits, paramo wolves and if luck accompanies us we will have the opportunity to see the impressive Andean condor. In the afternoon after 5 hours of walking we will arrive at the Pullurima camp at 13.100 ft / 4.000 m at the base of Sincholagua, where we will rest and spend the night. (B/BL/D)

Day 4: Sincholagua – Taracocha

This day the journey continues with a beautiful journey of approximately 4 hours bordering the extinct Sincholagua, approaching each time more the giant Cotopaxi. Finally we will arrive to Taracocha lagoon to set up our last camp of this incredible crossing. (B/BL/D)

Day 5: Taracocha - Cotopaxi

Finally, on this last day we will descend by the edges of Sincholagua, until we reach the Pita River in the northern limit of Cotopaxi National Park. To celebrate the end of this amazing expedition, we will serve a delicious and well-deserved dish of food in a cozy restaurant with a spectacular view of Cotopaxi. Then we start the trip back to Quito (B /L)

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Panoramic view of “The Avenue of Volcanoes”
  • Illinizas Volcanoes and Ecological Reserve
  • Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park
  • Flora and fauna of moorlands
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified ASEGUIM guide
  • Local guide and Pack mules
  • Meals: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Supply of fresh, clean water
  • Camping equipment: double tents, sleeping pad, plate, cup, and spoon
  • Group camping equipment: cooking stoves, cooking tent, cooking supplies, etc
  • Accommodation in huts
  • Permits and park fees
  • Climbing gear: helmet, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, rope and carabineers
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport transfers*
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Lodging and meals in Quito*
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

*We can arrange and include airport transfers and your lodging and meals during your time in Quito.

REQUIRED

  • A duffel bag (50 L) and a comfortable day backpack (20-25 L). In the big one you should put all your stuff in plastic bags to be carried by the mules. We will only have access to them once we reach the campsites. The small backpacks will be for carrying the supplies that we will need while hiking.
  • Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
  • Winter hat and/or face mask
  • Rubber boots
  • Thermal and waterproof gloves
  • Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Cap, sunglasses and sun screen
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes, keeping in mind 4 nights of camping
  • Personal hygienic  kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water for the hikes

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Trekking poles
5 DAY CONDOR TREK
DAY DISTANCE  TIME FITNESS LEVEL SKILL LEVEL  HIGHEST ELEVATION LOWEST ELEVATION
1 3.7 mi / 6 km 4 hrs easy easy 12.700 ft /3.880 m 11.800 ft /3.620 m
2 4 mi/ 6.5 km 6 hrs intermeate easy 14.100 ft /4.300 m 11.800 ft /3.620 m
3 10.2 mi / 16.5 km 5 hrs easy easy 14.300 ft /4.370 m 13.100 ft /4.000 m
4 6.2 mi / 10 km 4 hrs easy easy 13.800 ft /4.200 m 13.100 ft /4.000 m
5 10 mi / 16 km 6 hrs moderate easy 14.450 ft /4.400 m 12.000 ft /3.680 m
TOTAL 34 mi / 55 km 25 hrs intermeate easy 14.450 ft /4.400 m 11.800 ft /3.620 m

 

*It is also possible to do this trekking in 4 days, ask for details!

5D CONDOR TREK
4P or more 3P – 2P 1P
$890 $990 $1690

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