The third highest mountain in Ecuador.

The Cayambe is located 70 km northeast of Quito and is, after Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, the third highest mountain in Ecuador. It is located in the Cayambe-Coca Ecolo­gical Reserve in the eastern Andes Mountains. To reach the peaks, 2 days are needed.

The ascent to the Cayambe lasts appro­xi­m­ately 7 hours and the descent lasts appro­xi­m­ately 3 hours. The ascent of this volcano is a little technical and it is preferable to have knowledge and experience in mountai­neering. At the top you can enjoy impressive landscapes, such as the sighting of Lake San Pablo and the Cuichocha Lagoon. The summit is more than 5,000 meters high, therefore, an adequate accli­ma­tization process is required, and a good physical condition because the walk is long.

* inter­na­tional flights not included

HIGH: 5.796 m

TYPE: Stratovulkan

CHARAC­TE­RISTIC: Active volcano


Day 1: Cayambe´s mountain refuge

Glacier of CayambeWe meet at 10 o’clock in Quito (the meeting point will be announced in the mandatory regis­tration). We strongly recommend that you have a very good breakfast. First, We drive into the Cayambe National Park. Then you will settle in the refuge/​shelter of the Cayambe and have free time until dinner. After a forti­fying dinner, you will go to bed early at 6:30 p.m. Finally, you will begin your climb to the summit of the volcano early at 11:30 p.m.

Day 2: Summit Day (5796 m)

After a hearty breakfast, the adventure begins on the southern flank of Cayambes. At about 4,880 m, you reach a plateau. On the way you will face some snow bridges until you reach 5,280 m. The walk is long therefore demands a good physical condition. You will receive the reward after appro­xi­m­ately 7 demanding hours. From the top you can enjoy a magical view of the surrounding mountains. With good weather condi­tions you can see the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes. The descent lasts appro­xi­m­ately 3 hours and also requires its full concentration

  • Profes­sional bilingual guide (English Spanish, extra charge Spanish German)

  • Two people per guide

  • Transport (Meeting point – Volcano – Meeting point)

  • Overnight in the mountain refuge
  • Helmet, harnesses, crampons, gaiters, ice ax
  • A lunch, dinner and breakfast at the mountain refuge

Not Included
  • Tips for the guide
  • Trans­por­tation not mentioned

Recom­mended equipment (not included)
  • A small backpack (35 liters) is needed for the ascent from the refuge to the summit. In addition, a large backpack (50-70 liters) to transport all personal equipment from the parking lot to the shelter. It can be rented locally.

  • Sleeping bag (-5 ° C), bottle of water to drink, headlamp (Can be rented locally)
  • Equipment for your upper body:
    You’ll need a windproof, breakable jacket and a medium/​heavy jacket full of down or synthetic fill. You’ll need a fleece as a warm layer, a down/​synthetic sweater/​vest. White color is best because dark color absorbs the heat of the sun and make you too warm.
    Women – you may prefer a synthetic sports bra, cotton is not appro­priate for climbing a mountain.

  • For your lower body:
    You’ll need a pair of gore-tex windproof, water­proof and breat­hable trousers. Medium weight polar fleece trousers, medium weight thermal leggings, a pair of walking trousers (not cotton).
  • For your hands:
    Water­proof gloves with a polar fleece liner.
  • For your head:
    You will need a warm balaclava. Take 100% UV protection glacier glasses and a headlamp with batteries and bulbs.
  • For your feet:
    Plastic boots (can be rented locally), and warm socks.
  • Camera, sunscreen
  • Water, energy drinks, snacks
  • Positive attitude and teamwork is required.

  • Safety first: our goal is to reach the top. However, reaching summits can be considerably more difficult due to unfavorable climatic condi­tions (strong wind, fog, conti­nuous rains, snowfall) and other adverse circum­s­tances, such as the physical condition and health of the parti­ci­pants. The leader guide, who is respon­sible for the well-being of the parti­ci­pants, has the right to interrupt the ascent to the summit if he/​she considers it necessary for the protection of the health and life of all the parti­ci­pants. No claim from the parti­ci­pants is valid in this circumstance.

  • You will climb over 5.000 meters above the sea level. Therefore, we recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor for a general medical exami­nation beforehand.

  • It is recom­mended to have a travel and health insurance in force.

BW-1 (gentle walk)

The simplest form of hiking uses only wide and well-developed roads. Mainly on flat terrain and little inclined, without descents and exposed stairs. Usually well marked trails. No special equipment is required, it is recom­mended to wear comfor­table walking shoes. More comfort and less physical activity. Cultural walks with contact with people. No prior knowledge required.

BW-2 (challenging walks / activities)

Activities partially challenging or longer than BW-1 (hiking and cycling). Partially difficult terrain (very steep terrain). Good health and good physical condition are required. Availa­bility to light physical efforts, such as cycling and hiking.

BW-3 (mountains tours / outdoors activities)

Activities or hikes that are often demanding and / or extensive. Trails with considerable slopes, narrow, and not always well marked. For mountai­neering an accli­ma­tization process is required (heights more than 4.000 m). Safety when walking. Predis­po­sition for heights. It requires very good health and good physical condition. Adven­turous spirit.

BW-4 (Heavy Mountain Tour / outdoors activities)

In this category, mountai­neering begins on a high alpine landscape (heights more than 5,000 m). For mountai­neering, an accli­ma­tization process is required. Use of crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are required. It requires excellent general health and physical condition. A sporting spirit and predis­po­sition for demanding weather conditions.

BW-5 (extremely heavy mountain tour / outdoors activities)

Very serious mountain tours that demand a high level of risk-taking even for experi­enced mountai­neers. Routes over very steep, and very exposed rock. As a rule, these alpine excur­sions are unmarked. The knowledge of the use of the equipment is extremely important. Technical mountains are climbed on this type of tour.

Our active trips are generally not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to advise you.

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