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Ecuador Mountaineering School and instruction with climbs and Mountain Madness guides

Ecuador Mountaineering School

Brush up your mountaineering skills in the Andes and climb to 20,703 feet / 6310 meters

Our hands-on Ecuador Moun­taineer­ing School gives par­tic­i­pants a sol­id base of adven­ture skills that are applied to high-alti­tude ascents of Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimb­o­ra­zo, Ecuador’s high­est peak (20,703 ft / 6310 m). Whether your goal is to pre­pare for big­ger climbs, gain high alti­tude expe­ri­ence, or get the skills need­ed to climb on your own, with­out guides, this course accom­plish­es it all. Our Ecuador pro­gram pro­vides the bench­mark for defin­ing Moun­tain Mad­ness-style” — between the hard work of the school and climbs, you’ll enjoy amaz­ing food, com­fort­able, unique accom­mo­da­tions, and the sup­port of our high­ly expe­ri­enced staff.

Ecuador Climbing School: What to Expect

Going back to school has nev­er been so good! You’ll be well-fed; you’ll work hard, but at night sleep in a com­fort­able hut or cozy hacien­da; you’ll be chal­lenged men­tal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly, and may even ques­tion why you chose this as the way to spend your vaca­tion time. But when all is said and done, you’ll go home as a tried-and-true moun­taineer with a wealth of new skills and expe­ri­ence — and like any edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence, new oppor­tu­ni­ties will now be pos­si­ble, out there wait­ing for you in the moun­tains of the world.

The moun­tains of Ecuador’s famous Avenue of the Vol­ca­noes” offer some of the finest moun­taineer­ing objec­tives in the Andes of South Amer­i­ca and are set amid a fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tur­al back­drop, all mak­ing this one of the best pos­si­ble adven­tures for those look­ing to get into the big moun­tain experience.

**Note we’re con­tin­u­ing to track the vol­canic activ­i­ty on Cotopaxi. If Cotopaxi does not reopen in advance of this pro­gram we will climb the Illinizas or Anti­sana as an alter­na­tive objective.


  • Ecuador Moun­taineer­ing School

    $4,575 – 15 Days / Includes trav­el time

  • Sin­gle Sup­ple­ment (I want my own room) – $600

  • Ecuador Moun­taineer­ing School w/​Chimb­o­ra­zo Extension

    $5,275 – 18 Days / Includes trav­el time

  • Sin­gle Sup­ple­ment (I want my own room) – $750


Custom Dates Available — Contact Us



Flight Information

The total num­ber of days for your trip includes all trav­el to and from your des­ti­na­tion, with some excep­tions. Dates list­ed on the web­site start with a depar­ture date from the U.S. and include the day you arrive home. For this trip you will need to arrive in Quito, Ecuador on Day 1, which in most cas­es will have arrival times late evening; any­where from 7 pm to 11:30 pm. You will be met at the air­port by a Moun­tain Mad­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive and trans­ferred to your hotel.


  • Ecuador Moun­taineer­ing School


    15 Days / Includes trav­el time

    Book Course
  • Ecuador Moun­taineer­ing School w/​Chimb­o­ra­zo Extension


    18 Days / Includes trav­el time

    Book Course


Cayambe 18,997 ft / 5790 m 

Cotopaxi 19,347 ft / 5897 m 

Chimb­o­ra­zo 20,703 ft / 6310 m 

** If Cotopaxi is closed due to vol­canic activ­i­ty we will use Anti­sana or the Illinizas as alter­na­tive objectives. 



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