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Nestled in a lush Andean valley, giant volcanoes beckon adventurers from all over the world. Are you ready to climb them all? Embark on an epic 10-day adventure, scaling not one, not two, but five awe-inspiring volcanoes. This journey leads you through the legendary Avenue of the Volcanoes, where expert guidance, acclimatization, and skill-building pave the way for successful ascents. Amidst the striking volcanic terrain and vibrant vegetation, you’ll climb Corazon, tackle Illinizas Norte, and take your pick between Cayambe and Cotopaxi. Finally, stand atop Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak, and the closest you’ll ever be to the Earth’s outer limits.

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  • Quadruple Volcano Challenge

    Embark on a transformative expedition taking you to the top of five volcanoes in just 10 days

  • Low Client-to-Guide Ratio

    We maintain the ratio of 2:1, maximizing flexibility and increasing the the odds of successful summits

  • Extra Activities

    Stay in a luxurious hosteria (guest house) and engage in activities like horseback riding, bike rides, flower garden visits, and more!


Embark on a 10-day adventure Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes. Climb five remarkable peaks with experienced local mountaineering guides. Your journey includes a transfer from Quito to your accommodation and back, where you'll stay at a comfortable hosteria. During your ascents of Cotopaxi or Cayambe, you'll rest in a mountain refuge, and for the Chimborazo climb, you'll camp under the stars in tents. All your meals are covered, both at your hosteria and the mountain refuge. Plus, all the technical mountaineering equipment is provided for a more hassle-free experience.

  • Your adventure begins as you arrive in the vibrant city of Quito. After meeting your experienced guides, the group will be transferred to your comfortable accommodation. Once settled in, you’ll do an extensive gear check and have an in-depth discussion about the exciting journey ahead. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know your fellow adventurers and your guides over a delightful dinner. As anticipation fills the air, you’ll retreat to your cozy bed, resting up for the exciting hike awaiting you tomorrow.

    A gothic revival church in the historical part of Quito.
  • After a hearty breakfast, the day kicks off with a transfer to the trailhead. Today’s adventure involves acclimatizing to the altitude while hiking to the stunning Quilotoa Lagoon, situated at 12,841 feet (3,914 meters). The lagoon, a well-kept Ecuadorian secret, is nestled high in the Andes within a typical indigenous community. The three-hour journey to this natural wonder takes you along the Panamericana Highway, passing through picturesque landscapes before ascending a regional road to the village of Quilotoa. The crater measures 2 miles (3 kilometers) in diameter, boasting a circumference of approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) . The emerald-green hue of the lake’s water is a result of volcanic minerals, and you’ll notice the water’s color changing throughout the day as the sunlight dances upon it. After a day of hiking in this enchanting environment, return to your comfortable accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner.

    The emerald green crater lake at the top of the Quilotoa Volcano, Ecuador.
  • Fuel up with another delicious breakfast, for today, you’ll set your sights on Corazon Volcano. Located approximately 24 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Quito in the “Illinizas Ecological Reserve,” this climb is a relatively easy hiking excursion through the Paramo vegetation. It’s an ideal opportunity to acclimatize while relishing the beautiful surroundings and vistas of Cotopaxi and its neighboring volcanoes. The hiking route is straightforward and doesn’t require any rock-climbing equipment or experience. The hike typically takes around 3 to 5 hours, leading you to an elevation of 15,718 feet (4,791 meters). After another thrilling day of adventure, return to your accommodation to rest and savor another sumptuous dinner.

    Marshland terrain encountered while climbing the Corazon Volcano, Ecuador.
  • Day four starts with a hearty breakfast as you gear up for your next mountain adventure. The Illinizas, a pair of volcanic mountains situated south of Quito, await your exploration. These twin peaks are separated by a kilometer-long saddle, with Illiniza Sur rising to an elevation of 17,261 feet (5,248 meters) and Illiniza Norte to 16,817 feet (5,126 meters). Iliniza Norte, the remnant of an old volcanic edifice, offers non-technical climbing opportunities in a stunning environment. For experienced hikers or those seeking a rewarding climb with some exhilarating scrambles, the northern peak provides an excellent challenge. During the ascent, you’ll have the chance to observe volcanic craters, the Paramo, and the entire Avenue of Volcanoes. The climb usually takes approximately 6 hours and reaches an elevation of 16,817 feet (5,126 meters). After a fulfilling day, return to your comfortable accommodation and enjoy another delicious dinner.

    Two mountaineers walking gin the volcanic terrain while climbing one of the Ilinizas, Ecuador.
  • Day five begins with another nourishing breakfast as you prepare for the initial phase of your ascent to either the Cotopaxi or Cayambe refuge, depending on your group’s preferences, skill levels, and weather conditions. The journey takes you to rustic accommodations nestled in the heart of the magnificent Andean landscapes, providing an authentic mountain experience. After a satisfying dinner, it’s time to rest and recharge for the more challenging climb awaiting you tomorrow.

    Lush terrain at the foot of Cotopaxi, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Ecuador,
  • Today marks the culmination of your efforts as you aim for the summit of either Cayambe or Cotopaxi. With elevations reaching 18,996 feet (5,790 meters) or 19,347 feet (5,897 meters), respectively, these mountains promise awe-inspiring vistas. Your summit attempt commences around midnight, allowing you to ascend through the night and witness the breathtaking sunrise from the top at 6 am. Both peaks offer unique challenges and rewards. Cayambe Volcano, located in the small town of Cayambe, boasts the distinction of being the third-highest mountain in Ecuador and the only major peak in the world to intersect the equator. Alternatively, Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, features a stunning snow-capped crater and an elevation of 19,347 feet (5,897 meters). The evening before your summit attempt, you’ll receive a short training session on using crampons, ice axes, and ropes. After completing your ascent, return to the refuge for a well-earned rest.

    A mountaineer standing near the summit of Cotopaxi.
  • After a series of exhilarating and challenging climbs, it’s time for a well-deserved rest day. Take the opportunity to bond with your fellow climbers and your guides, engage in extra activities like bike rides or horseback riding, explore nearby attractions in Quito, or simply relax to regain your energy for the demanding climb awaiting you tomorrow.

    Landscape in Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes.
  • As day eight begins, savor another delicious breakfast as you prepare for the first stage of your Chimborazo climb. The choice between the two routes depends on factors like your group’s preferences, skill levels, and weather conditions. This leg of your journey leads to a refuge in the heart of the breathtaking Andean landscapes, providing a unique opportunity to connect with nature and recharge for the challenging climb on the horizon. After a hearty dinner, enjoy a well-deserved rest.

    Mountaineers walking in steep volcanic terrain in Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes.
  • Prepare for the grand finale of your adventure by summiting Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest volcano. Rising to an impressive 19,685 feet (6,000 meters), this ancient volcano offers a profound challenge. Climbing Chimborazo involves a long ascent lasting approximately 12 hours. Your journey includes a glacier training session to refine your skills, as well as a delicious dinner at the refuge, where you’ll spend the night at 15,748 feet (4,800 meters). Climbers who conquer Chimborazo have the privilege of reaching beyond the remarkable 6,000-meter (19,685-foot) altitude barrier.

    The snow-capped cone of the Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador.
  • Enjoy breakfast and bid farewell to your mountain accommodations. You’ll then embark on your return journey to Quito, marking the end of this unforgettable expedition. Take advantage of this last opportunity to celebrate your achievements with your fellow climbers and guides before heading to the airport. Whether you’re bidding farewell to Ecuador or continuing your travels, the memories and accomplishments of your mountain adventure will stay with you as you move forward.

    A street in the old part of Quito.
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Meet your guides

Perry Sugarman
Perry Sugarman
Introducing Perry, a seasoned mountaineer and adventure guide. With numerous successful ascents of peaks like Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Aconcagua, Mont Blanc, and Mt. Elbrus, Perry has honed his skills and developed a deep love for the mountains. His goal is to empower individuals to undertake life-changing adventures and surpass their personal limits. Perry's wealth of experience, coupled with his certifications as an Ironman, Marathon, and Cycling Coach, ensures clients receive expert guidance in challenging environments.
PJS Challenges
PJS Challenges
Founded by Perry Sugarman PJS Challenges is your gateway to climbing awe-inspiring mountains. With a repertoire that includes the rugged Toubkal in Morocco, the iconic Aconcagua in Argentina, the majestic Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the breathtaking Mont Blanc in the French Alps, and the colossal Elbrus in Russia, PJS Challenges opens up a world of mountain experiences. Joining their team of seasoned guides, means embarking on thrilling adventures and take on the ultimate mountain challenges.
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Incredible Experience
Zachary A (source: TripAdvisor )

PJS challenge provided experience that was like no other tour company I worked it. The company leader Perry takes pride in the services he provided and made everyone on our trip feel taken care of and above all safe. His staff was super friendly and happy to help us reach our goal. If it wasn’t for perry our trip goals would not have been reached.

Trip if a lifetime
Justine S (source: TripAdvisor )

Wow! What an amazing trip. Everything ran smoothly, from booking to the adventure itself. We felt truly looked after – everything was well planned. PJS were a great team. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Will definitely be doing another PJS challenge!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, local mountaineering guides with extensive knowledge of the area (1 guide per 2 climbers)
      • Transfer from Quito to your accommodation and back
      • Accommodation at a hosteria, a refuge (during Cotopaxi/Cayambe climb), and a campsite in tents (during Chimborazo climb)
      • Breakfasts at the hosteria, box lunches during climbing days, and all meals at the refuge and while camping
      • Camping equipment for the Chimborazo climb (except for a sleeping bag and pad)
      • Technical mountaineering equipment

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Quito, Ecuador
      • Personal mountaineering equipment
      • Travel and medical/rescue insurance — highly recommended
      • Meals other than breakfast while at the hosteria 
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To fully participate in our guided mountaineering adventure in Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, you must be in exceptional physical condition. While prior mountaineering/alpine climbing experience is advantageous, it’s not mandatory, but it will prove valuable for mastering the mix of climbing techniques required. These volcanic ascents present unpredictable climate shifts and challenging terrains. Expect to carry heavy loads across multiple days.

    Participants should have experience with multi-day treks in high-mountain environments, which will serve as a valuable foundation for the challenges ahead. Our experienced guides will accompany you every step of the way, providing continuous support and encouragement. They will teach you the essential skills needed to navigate glacial terrain and ensure your safety throughout this awe-inspiring journey.

    To prepare for this adventure, we recommend a comprehensive fitness regimen that includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and endurance exercises. Additionally, hiking in high-altitude areas or participating in mountaineering training courses will be immensely beneficial. Mental preparation is equally vital, as climbers should be ready to confront sudden weather changes and complex landscapes with determination and resilience.

  • To participate in this guided mountaineering adventure at the Avenue of the Volcanoes, prior mountaineering or alpine climbing experience is not a mandatory prerequisite. While it can be advantageous to have previous climbing experience, our expeditions primarily consist of steep treks up the sides of the volcanoes, sometimes through glaciated terrain. The climbs do not involve complicated technical ascents, but ice or rock sections can be at an angle of 45°, meaning that having experience with crampons and an ice axe is recommended.

    You should be in excellent physical condition and possess the mental resilience necessary for a high-altitude ascent. The journey will challenge you with sudden climate changes and demanding landscapes, and you must be well-prepared for these hazards. A comprehensive understanding of the requirements for a successful summit is crucial.

    Our guided expeditions are exceptionally strenuous and involve resistance to extreme weather conditions over extended periods. Participants may need to carry heavy loads for multiple days. To ensure your safety and success during this adventure, it is essential to have a high level of all-around fitness and experience of high-altitude multi-day treks. Keep in mind that our experienced guides will accompany you every step of the way, providing continuous support and encouragement. They will teach you the essential skills needed to navigate glacial terrain and ensure your safety throughout the journey.

  • All technical mountaineering equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Plastic climbing boots
      • Crampons
      • Rope
      • Climbing harness
      • Locking carabiner
      • Ice axe
      • Thermal mittens

    For backpacks and bags, you’ll need to bring:

      • Day Pack (30-40 L)
      • Duffle Bag (70-90 L)

    For camping equipment, you’ll need to bring:

      • 4-Season sleeping bag
      • Sleeping pad
      • Sleeping bag liner — optional

    For footwear, you’ll need to bring:

      • Walking boots with ankle protection
      • Thermal hiking socks (at least 5 pairs)
      • Sturdy comfortable shoes (for evenings around the camp)

    For trekking equipment, you’ll need to bring:

      • LED Head Torch (plus spare batteries)
      • Water bladder (3L capacity)
      • 2 Nalgene water bottles (1L capacity each)
      • Sunglasses
      • Walking poles

    For clothing, you’ll need to bring:

      • Waterproof jacket
      • Waterproof trekking pants
      • Down summit jacket (600/700 down fill)
      • Windproof softshell jacket
      • Lightweight fleece tops
      • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve T-shirts
      • Thermal long johns and thermal long-sleeve tops (varying thermal qualities – light weight, medium weight and heavy weight)
      • Underwear (light and moisture-wicking)
      • Neck buff
      • Sun hat and thermal hat
      • Thin liner gloves and insulated gloves/mittens
      • Casual clothes and personal Items for the last day at the hotel and the journey home

    For toiletries, you’ll need to bring:

      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Antibacterial liquid soap
      • Wet wipes and antibacterial Wipes
      • SPF lip balm
      • Travel towel (microfiber towel that is space-saving and fast-drying)
      • Deodorant
      • Insect repellent containing DEET
      • Malaria tablets (under advice from your doctor)
      • Aftersun/moisturizer cream
      • Sunscreen (minimum SPF30)

    For personal items, you’ll need to bring:

      • Camera
      • Contact Lenses (plus spare glasses) — if applicable
      • Ear plugs
      • Small first aid kit
      • Painkillers
      • Band aids
      • Compeed blister pads
      • Diarrhea tablets
      • Electrolyte tablets
      • Personal medication — if applicable
      • Knee support

    You’ll get a chance to discuss the packing list with your guide prior to the adventure. Given the extreme weather conditions and overall challenging conditions during the trek, it is essential that you bring all the items listed above. You’ll go through an extensive gear check before the tour, giving you an opportunity to purchase or rent any missing items in Quito.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 2:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate, while the maximum number of participants is 20.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Mountaineering in Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors are not permitted to join this tour.
  • To get to Quito, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Quito Airport. From there, we recommend taking a taxi ride to the city.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place in Quito to meet, followed by a transfer to your accommodation.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountains, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Ecuador please refer to the Ecuador Travel Advisory.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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