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Ecuador Mountaineering Adventure

Ecuador Mountaineering & Service Course

The Summit Adventure Ecuador Mountaineering and Service Course is designed for participants who want to challenge themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally. The course combines high-altitude mountaineering and service projects in a rich cross-cultural setting. Whether you are an individual, family, church or group of friends, we’d love to embark on this adventure with you.

Based in the city of Quito (9,200 ft), this expedition immerses you in the rich beauty of Ecuadorian culture and the Andes Mountains. Ecuador is said to be the “Jewel of the Andes.” You’ll get the chance to experience this for yourself as you explore stunning mountain ridges, gleaming glacial slopes, and the mysterious grasslands known as the Páramo.


The mountaineering aspect of the course starts with an acclimatization climb up Guagua Pichincha. At 15,692 ft, Guagua overlooks the historic city of Quito. On this climb, you will be rewarded with great views and a sense of accomplishment as you travel across the ridge on fixed ropes. Shortly after, you’ll summit the peak after a short rappel and a bit more climbing.

The mountaineering experience culminates on one of Ecuador’s glaciated volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to climb Cayambe (18,996 ft) or Cotopaxi (19,347 ft). These climbs involve basic mountaineering knowledge, that you will gain through a training class on the glacier prior to your ascent. Ice axe and crampon use will become second nature as you challenge yourself on the slopes of these icy mountains and attempt the summit.

The reward of such challenges will not go unnoticed as you process the experience with your instructors and fellow mountaineers back in Quito, over a delicious dinner out. These climbs require no previous mountaineering experience, just some basic physical fitness and determination. Whether you reach the summit or not, this experience is


Additionally, the service portion of the course is incredibly rewarding. You get the opportunity to serve a local ministry called Remanso de Amor, located in Quito. Our goal is to partner with Ecuadorians to help provide for their needs in a real and tangible way. These needs can be physical, emotional or spiritual.

Therefore, as you engage with local Ecuadorians at each project site, the tasks you take on will be based on your interests, skills and the needs of the community. For instance, if you have an interest or a background in business, you might be involved in the development of a small, local fair trade business that will provide work for local mothers. Perhaps you’ll get the opportunity to work alongside a social worker in the home of a single mother, as you help care for her baby. If you’re skilled in construction, you might work alongside a teenage boy working hard to earn money for school. Or perhaps you’ll get the opportunity to play some street soccer with a group of talented and enthusiastic kids.

Regardless of what task you take on, connecting with and serving the locals, hearing their stories, and learning about the culture is a life-changing experience that provides depth and richness to our perspective of the world. Furthermore, you will certainly experience the love and joy of the people of Ecuador in an unforgettable way.

Throughout the trip, Summit staff are intentional about facilitating discussion about these experiences and how they impact you and your life following the course. The experience doesn’t just end as you board your return flight.

Course Elements

  • Cross-cultural immersion
  • Opportunities for high-altitude mountaineering
  • Service in partnership with local organizations
  • Facilitated dialogue following experiences

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador and a Summit Adventure instructor will meet you at the airport and take you to our facilities.

Day 2: Course Overview and Orientation

Spend this day getting to know other members of your group and talking about the adventures you will soon share. Spend the second half of the day exploring the historic city of Quito and experiencing the local culture.

Day 3: Service Day

Get to know the site where you will serve: Remanso de Amor. Pastor Carlos Ramiro Maldonado Ordonez will orient you and introduce you to his students, ranging from preschool to tenth grade. Spend the day working and playing with many of the kids who attend school at Remanso de Amor. Following this, you spend the evening preparing for your first climb.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day

Travel in 4×4 vehicles through the lush lands surrounding Quito. After driving through small villages and past farms on steep mountain roads, you will arrive at the base of 15,692’ Guagua Pichincha. Spend the day climbing this extinct volcano.

Day 5: Service Day

Return to Remanso de Amor for another day of service.

Day 6: Mountain Day

Travel to either Cayambe (18,996’) or Cotopaxi (19,400’). After a short hike to the hut, spend the afternoon resting, relaxing, eating, and preparing for the climb.

Day 7: Mountain Day

Wake up early for a summit attempt, beginning the climb under the stars of the southern hemisphere. Following the climb, return to Quito and enjoy a celebration dinner out.

Day 8: Service Day

Return to Remanso de Amor for the last day of service work and to say goodbye to all your new friends.

Day 9: Departure Day

A Summit Adventure instructor will take you to the airport for your return flight home.


Contact Us

For more information, give us a call at (559) 642-3899. If you need client references, we’d be happy to provide them.

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It takes a minimum of 5 participants to run this course.
If you have less than 5 in your group and you are flexible, we can pair you up with others to meet the 5 person minumum.
Provide as many as possible.