Antisana 5.758 m / 18,886 ft

A more adventurous experience to the fourth highest volcano in the country

DURATION 2 days

DIFFICULTY Advanced

TRIP OVERVIEW

Antisana is Ecuador's fourth highest mountain. It is pretty remote and offers some of the most interesting climbing in Ecuador. Unlike the other big mountains there is no refuge and a base camp is needed.

Despite its spectacular appearance and the quality of the climbing, Antisana is rarely climbed. This is due to a combination of two factors. First, its moderate technical difficulty, there are no "walk-up" routes on the mountain which means that those who attempt Antisana must have glacier climbing skills. Second, the fact that access to the area around the mountain is restricted in order to protect the wildlife and environment.

Arrive/Depart: Quito

Group Size: 1:2

Pre-requisites: Some previous glacier travel experience

Difficulty Levels: Advanced
EXPLAIN DIFFICULTY LEVELS

Extension: Optional 1 extra day for weather contingency

Access/Depart: Drive in and drive out with 45 minutes hike to camp

Accomodation: Camping (4.600 m / 15,088 ft)

Activity: Hiking / Climbing

Seasons: All year round, slightly better from November to February

Equipment: Climbing Excursions Gear List
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ITINERARY

The glaciers on Antisana are very active. Their configuration is complex and they are always in process of evolution. Our choice of route will depend on the conditions at the time of our climb. Most likely it will include a combination of moderately angled glacier travel and short, steep sections that require the use of the full range of snow techniques for intermediate terrain. During the last part of the climb we will have to route find. Special care has to be given to the bergschrund below the summit and to potential hidden crevasses.

From the summit there's a wonderful view at the north face of Cotopaxi and a remarkable vista across parts of the Amazon Basin. Summarising, the ascent of Antisana offers great adventure and high quality alpine climbing in a spectacular and seldom visited equatorial environment. The ascent normally takes seven hours and the descent three hours.

DAY
01

Travel to Antisana Ecological Reserve

  • Pick up at Quito at around 8:30
  • Travel for 2 hours to the Antisana Ecological Reserve
  • Installation of base camp
  • Skills review and safety talk during the afternoon
  • Early dinner at 18:00

Activity: 1 hour trekking

Transportation: 2-hour private van/jeep transfer

Meals: Lunch / Dinner

DAY
02

Summit Antisana / Return to Quito

  • Climb Antisana leaving at 01:00
  • Descend from mountain
  • Rest, lunch and packing
  • Return to Quito

Activity: 7 hours climbing up / 3 hours descending

Transportation: 2-hour private van/jeep transfer

Meals: Lunch

Important: Please note that this itinerary is a guideline only. We will do every effort to follow it, but in case of unforeseen circumstances we may have to make changes.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ecuador's fourth highest mountain
  • The least frequently climbed high mountain of Ecuador
  • Home to the magnificent condor and highland wildlife
  • Less than 2 hours away from Quito
  • Located at the edge of Andean range
  • Challenging climatic and climbing conditions
  • Camping in a remote desolated environment

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COMPLIMENTARY
EXTENSIONS

Our Complimentary Extension Packages offer great opportunities to explore some of Ecuador’s most dramatic scenaries, which have earned the country a reputation as one of the most bio diverse and unique regions on the planet.

We work with carefully selected tourism operators, which will offer the same quality and high standards of service that our clients expect from us.

You can choose from a selection of various (active) outdoor activities in the Galapagos, the Cloud Forest or Amazon Jungle. We highly recommend to extent your trip with a rafting experience.

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WHY TAKE THIS TRIP WITH US?

Our mountain guides are an integral part of Andeanface because they understand and share our climbing principles. The quality of our guiding staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors. The guides we employ are personally known to us for several years, this has given us some of the best reputation. More importantly we consider safety on the mountains our main goal when we run trips.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Activities

Glacier travel, route finding

Terrain

Glacier travel on 35-40 degrees, difficulty to cross the bergschrund

Travel

We travel to Antisana by jeep or van depending on the size of the group

Weather

Due to its position east of the Andean range, is one of the peaks which has more challenging & unpredictable weather

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