The Best Long Trek To Do In February - Summits Of Ecuador
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in March in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in March.
Name of the Trek: Summits of Ecuador Trek
Nearest Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 16 days
Distance: 120 km
Best Month To Go: February
Highest Altitude: 6,000 m
Average Temperature: 25 degrees Celsius
Average Cost: You may go solo on the trek, but will require the service of guides to take you through the summits in the Ecuadorian Andes. You can ascend several summits, and a few are off-limits. In any case, the cost per head for the hike of one summit is USD $130. However, if you carry your tent, the cost might come down. Camping and food are available at selected spots through the 16-day trekking route.
The Ecuadorian Andes has sparked the curiosity of many trekking enthusiasts from around the world. The trek routes are full of high and snowy mountains. The variety of mountains you will cross in this trek is what makes it so enjoyable. From climbing high mountains to a few not so high ones, you get them all here. The ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ is not just a term given out of thin air to this region since there are several active volcanoes, which you can hike.
What to Expect?
Start from Quito, where you can acclimatize before the trek begins. The next point is Fuya Fuya that stands at the height of 4197m. Next, you climb Imbabura summit and then pass through the Avenue of Volcanoes to Mt Illinizas and to Cotopaxi. This is the second-highest peak in this trek and stands at the height of 5897 m. Take the adventurous Devil’s Nose Train, and then begin your trek to Mt Chimborazo, the highest peak in this region, before heading to Banos. Finally, head back to Quito.
Visit Antisana, Cayambe, Rucu Pichincha, Lake Quilotoa, and other such spots. Lake Quilotoa is a lake formed in the crater of a volcano. There are other lakes to witness as you trek the path. There is no need for any technical mountaineering experience. However, if you require any help in the high altitude glacial lakes, you can get the gear from tour operators.
The trek route requires AESGUIM certified guides on the route for your safety. The trek route is exhausting, but there are regular off-days in the interim to give your joints and back a bit of relaxation. The trek route costs include entrance fees and sightseeing.