Ecuador is an incredible country with rich culture, vast beauty, and stunning mountains. This expedition is tailored for and led by women, with the intention of bringing strong female climbers together to adventure in the mountains. This expedition will start off with more technical, lower elevation mountains in El Altar and finish on the summit of Chimborazo, giving us the full Ecuadorian climbing experience.
This expedition is led by Alpenglow Expeditions guide Carla Perez. Carla is an extremely experienced mountaineer and guide. She has made multiple successful summits of Everest, including an ascent without the use of supplemental oxygen. She was also the first woman from the Americas to summit K2 without supplemental oxygen, and was the first woman to summit Everest and K2 in the same year.
She was born and raised in Ecuador, and knows the mountains there like the back of her hand. She loves showing others the vibrant Ecuadorian culture and its beautiful mountains, and has a deep passion for empowering other women in mountain environments. Alpenglow Expeditions is incredibly lucky to have her as the lead guide and curator of this expedition.
This 16-day Itinerary is packed with climbing, starting with rock climbing and skills practice the day after we arrive in Quito. We’ll then spend a day acclimatizing and hiking Ruco Pichincha before heading to our base camp in Sangay National Park where we will make attempts of Pulpito, Monja Grande, and El Obispo. After our successful ascents of these three incredible peaks, we’ll make our way to Chimborazo. Chimborazo is the tallest mountain in Ecuador, and it will take us two days and all of the skill that we have dialed in as a team throughout the expedition to reach its summit. Upon a successful summit of Chimborazo we’ll make our way back to Quito and wrap up the expedition.