Lodge to Lodge Trekking


Without doubt, Antisana is considered one of the most beautiful peaks of Ecuador. Due to its eastern location, it has one of the largest glaciers and in its region we still find native Andean wild life such as wolfs, deer, spectacle bears and the majestic condors. At the same time Antisana is one of the less visited peaks. The region has been untouched by time and well preserved due to the fact that for many years the only road that reaches the mountain used to be privately owned by the Delgado family. However in 2010 the Ecuadorian government created the Antisana Reserve and the access to the mountain became easier. Most climbers that attempt Antisana normally drive into the reserve, climb the mountain and leave again. But…Antisana and its surrounding areas offer much more, including excellent acclimatisation opportunities.

So we would like to offer you Antisana in a different way…

Instead of the normal Antisana climbing tour, driving in and out, you will be hiking towards the mountain during a couple of days. In this way, Andeanface offers you a fantastic chance to enjoy and experience the wonderful landscape of the remote Papallacta- Antisana region also known as the “lake district of Ecuador”.
During this trip you will enjoy the combination of camping in remote areas where the only sounds you will hear, will come from nature & relaxing in comfortable hotels. You will get inspired and reenergized in Ecuador´s most beautiful spa hotel where you will enjoy the hot springs.


After a five day hike in which we trek to the Volcano lake 3.500 m /11,480ft, hike up Chusolongo 4.600m / 12,300ft you will be well acclimatized to climb & summit Antisana. This itinerary has proved to be excellent for acclimatisation. It provides the best chance to summit Antisana 5.740m / 18,827ft in a short period whilst minimising the amount of driving.


Day 1Papallacta
Drive to Papallacta hot springs - 3.280m / 10,758ft. Night at the lodge

We leave Quito driving east, following the main road that goes into the jungle.  While crossing the Andes from the west to the east, at its highest point of 4.000m, we will stop to enjoy the wonderful view of the forest of Antisana. We will descend to Laguna Papallacta and will arrive to the hot springs where we visit the interpretation centre, have lunch and do a short walk in the afternoon. During the rest of the day we enjoy & relax in the hot springs of Papallacta. www.termaspapallacta.com.

Day 2Laguna Tumiguina
Hike to Laguna Tumiguina known as “Laguna Volcan” 3.400m / 11,152ft. Night camping

Today we leave in the morning around 9am. After a short drive on the main road we arrive at a location called el Tambo, where we meet the rest of our team and our horses. It is here, where our trek starts. Along the trail we need to cross a couple of small rivers and pass a small water fall. The hike to Laguna volcan takes 4 to 5 hours. Laguna Volcan is located at the beginning of a massive lava flow that descended from Cachaco Volcano a long time ago.
Once we get to the camp, the tents will already be there and during the rest of the afternoon we explore the lake and it´s north side, where the ancient lava flow starts.

Day 3Santa Lucia
Hike to Santa Lucia - 4.300m / 14,432ft. Night camping
We start the hike at 9am. Today´s hike is steep, especially during the first two hours. We walk through an amazing polilepis forest and some of the vegetation we will see are Chuquiraguas, Pumamaquis and Achupallas. There is a chance you will meet spectacle bears as they are fond of Achupallas.
The last part of the trek is easier as we get into the plateau, where we can appreciate the majestic of Antisana. The hike of today takes 6 hours. Once we get to the camp the tents will already be there and you will enjoy your well deserved rest.

Day 4Chusolongo
Hike to Chusolongo grande 4.600m / 12,300ft. Night camping
From Santa Lucia camp we start hiking towards Chusalongo Grande, also known as “Antisanilla”, a hill that stands out on the plateau in front of Antisana. We will hike as high as 4.650m and descent via a lake to our next camp on La mina camp 4.075m. This hike takes normally 5 hours.



Day 5Antisana
Hike to the Glacier of Antisana at - 5.000m / 16,400ft. Night at Hacienda Guaytara
We meet our driver and our 4x4 transport in the morning. After a short drive today we do a gentle 2 hours hike to 5.000m on Antisana to increase our acclimatisation and to enjoy good views of the surrounding peaks such as Sicholahua, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa and the Ilinizas. Afterwards we drive down to Hacienda la Guaytara at 3.500m for the night. Guaytara is a comfortable hacienda converted into a hotel, located at the base of Antisana. It is an excellent location to rest at a lower elevation before our summit push.

Day 6 Antisana
Antisana drive and hike to camp - 4.600 m / 15,088 ft. Glacier Practice

From Guaytara we drive one hour to the base camp on Antisana. After we set up our camp and have lunch we walk to the glacier where we will do some glacier skills review prior to the ascent. Also you will be briefed about the technical aspects of the ascent. Night camping.


Day 7 Antisana
Antisana Summit - 5.740m / 18,827ft - Return to Quito.

The long awaited day is there… we will be climbing Antisana. We leave the camp around 1am for a six hours climb. Along the way we will walk over complex crevasse patterns and snow bridges. Route finding makes the climb very interesting. After passing through a crevassed area, we reach the final summit slope. Here a challenging section of 38-45 degrees snow leads to the abrupt finish of the climb on the main summit of this beautiful mountain.
From the top of Antisana we hope to see most of the peaks of Ecuador and towards the east a sea of clouds over the amazon jungle. The view from the summit is one of the most spectacular one´s in Ecuador.
Technically the normal route is not difficult, but special care has to be given to potential hidden crevasses. The descent usually takes around two hours.

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


Also see our Interactive Map.

lodge to lodge map


Antisana trek and climb - Departures


- We run this trip only on  private basis for groups

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Antisana trek and climb - Logistics

Duration: 7 days

Leader: Qualified bilingual mountain guide

Pre-requisites: Some climbing experience with crampons and ice axe

Equipment: Climbing Expeditions Gear List
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Accommodation: Papallacta, hacienda Guaytara and camping


Difficulty Levels:


Antisana trek and climb - Prices


2 pax USD 1.700 per person in double occupancy
3+pax USD 1.500 per person in triple occupancy

Single room USD 390,00 extra.

What the price includes

      • All transport by private vehicles during the program.
      • Horse support for the trek
      • • All accomodation: 1 night at: Termas de Papallacta and Hacienda Guaytara in triple basis
      • • All the food once out of Quito.
      • • Camping gear.
      • • Permits and park fees.
      • • One guide for the acclimatisation hikes.
      • • One bilingual qualified mountain guide per every two climbers on Antisana.
      • • Climbing gear: crampons, harness, ice axe and group gear such as ropes.

The price does not include

      • International flights.
      • Hotel nights in Quito
      • Travel insurance.
      • Airport transfers
      •  Lunch and evening meals while in Quito.
      • Alcoholic drinks.
      • Extras, laundry, tips
      • Double plastic boots for rent at $10 per day

Antisana trek and climb - Highlights

      • An off the beaten track expedition.
      • Enjoy the comforts of Papallacta.
      • Hiking combined with mountaineering in a remote area.
      • Climbing the least frequently climbed high mountain of Ecuador.
      • A step further than Cotopaxi and Cayambe
      • Antisana is home to the magnificent condor and highlands wildlife.
      • Camping in a remote desolated environment.