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Climbing Cayambe

Come touch the sky of the northern Andes!

Located within the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve about 70 kilometers from Quito, Cayambe is a magnificent 5,790-meter volcano. Thanks to its perpetual snow cap, its massive ice formations, and the rocky cracks near the summit, Cayambe is a great challenge for intrepid mountain climbers. Sign up for one of our guided tours below and head to the summit of a geological wonder in Ecuador! Explore-Share only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Peter Krzanowsky

5.00

June, 2022

2-day climbing trip to Cayambe, Ecuadorian Andes

What a trip and what an adventure. Our guide, Rafael M, did an amazing job on our climbs. They were perfect logistically and his guiding skills are excellent. The original plan was an attempt at Cayambe, but due to the civil unrest occurring in Ecuador at the time, he totally re-adjusted our plan and itinerary and gave us the opportunity to stay in Cotopaxi National Park and climb Cotopaxi. The trip went off without a hitch, even with the last minute changes he had to make. The climb itself was excellent and Rafael showed many skills including pacing, navigating, and an overall focus on safety. We had rough conditions on Cotopaxi, but I felt safe and at ease with Rafael as our guide. I would highly recommend him to others looking at an attempt at an Ecuadorian volcano or other peaks in South America.

Justin Johns

5.00

January, 2022

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

Highly recommend!

Matthew Fleischman

5.00

December, 2021

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

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Kaleb Gerke

5.00

January, 2021

2-day climbing trip to Cayambe, Ecuadorian Andes

This was an excellent climb and Rafael is a very professional and experienced guide.

Umesh Katdare

5.00

December, 2020

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

Outstanding job done by Edgar and Ivan who were professional and patient Recommend to all without a doubt

Shaughn MC Arthur

4.00

February, 2020

2-day climbing trip to Cayambe, Ecuadorian Andes

Fantastic trip. Rafael is knowledgeable, extremely experienced and safety-focused. Great climb!

Adam Behmer

5.00

January, 2020

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

Edgar Parra's guiding service was excellent. His guide understood the mountain, made sure I understood the approach, and did a good job of communicating. While Edgar can't control the weather, his guide did a great job of controlling the situations he could control. Highly recommended and would climb with him again.

Adam Burrage

5.00

December, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

Great experience climbing with Fernando: Well organised and we made the summit with him on Chimborazo. I'd recommend him for guiding in Ecuador.

Dick Fields

5.00

December, 2019

Cayambe plus 4 more summits 11 day guided climb

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Paul Walprecht

5.00

November, 2019

Climbing trip to Cayambe and acclimatization ascents

Had an amazing time with my guide Ramiro. He selected the perfect mix of mountains in order to properly acclimatize so I could achieve the summit of Cayambe. With his vast experience of more than three decades he was able to teach me a lot of skills and know-how along the way so I’d always feel safe on the mountains. I can only recommend a trip with Ramiro. You’re definitely in good hands and going to make wonderful experiences.

Barbara Matter

5.00

July, 2019

Cayambe plus 4 more summits 11 day guided climb

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Steven MISHOE

5.00

June, 2019

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

Edgar was an excellent guide. I have little climbing experience and Edgar was very knowledgeable and instructive. He is a life long climber and he has tons of experience and passion climbing through out the world. He was pleasant and a very nice guy. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad while I was in Ecuador so Edgar came up with a great alternative climb to Cayambe, which was not in good condition due to storms. He knows the mountains like the back of his hand and can relay tons of information, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. His 4x4 transport and climbing equipment were all top notch. He understood safety and made sure to avoid unnecessary risks. I will climb with Edgar again.

jw and sharlene

5.00

May, 2019

5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador

we had a great time with the guide,  knows his buissnis , he took wonderfull shots from us at tungurahua during the climb. im sure he would have made great pics aswell during the cotopaxi climb,  very experienced guide indeed, and a friendly man with nice girlfriend elisabeth who went with us to tungurahua refugio,   and he can cook

The Reality Twister

4.00

March, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It's not billed as an instructional course, so that's not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.

Chase Taylor

4.00

March, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

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Michael Langone

5.00

June, 2018

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

A fantastic trip! Segundo was a wonderful guide and made the trip a lot of fun. Even during difficult weather and when things didn't go as expected, he kept a positive attitude and continued to motivate me when I was beginning to lose momentum. I would absolutely recommend this trip and Lonely Summits to anyone looking to visit the beautiful country of Ecuador - whether you're an experienced climber or not, the services provided by Lonely Summits are fantastic for any skill level or price point.

Gareth Treharne

5.00

June, 2018

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

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Chase Merriam

5.00

April, 2018

9-day Climbing trip to the Ecuadorian volcanoes

This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!

Kally Chamberlin

5.00

March, 2018

12-day climbing trip in the Ecudorian Andes

Fredy Tipan is like a superhero of the outdoor world. He knows absolutely everyone, has climbed and guided in the most epic of locations all around the world, knows the mountains like old friends, and really loves what he does and who he does it for. Our trip was completely messed up after an issue with our airline tickets. We weren't going to be able to leave until a week after our planned departure which jeopardized our entire trek with Fredy. We didn't expect him to take any sort of responsibility in replanning as it was our mistake that caused the airline issue but he absolutely did. Within days he rearranged the entire trek so that we would be able to summit all our desired peaks without cutting the days down and without changing the cost. He is a class act and an incredible guide and I'd say my husband and I both consider him a friend as well. We will definitely be booking another trip with Fredy Tipan and recommend him to anyone looking for the real deal in outdoor Guides. Thank you, Fredy!

Luis E Valdes

5.00

February, 2018

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

It was a great experience. Everything was very well arranged and taken care of. The guide (Fernando Iza) was extremely professional, safe, and friendly. I was very happy about everything, and would recommend booking with Fernando Iza for any hiking trip on Ecuador.

Angela deJong

5.00

January, 2018

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

I have travelled for several years to climb and hike mountains all over the world. I've had numerous guides, many of which were wonderful. However, I have to say, Edgar Parra has been the best climbing guide I've ever had. He was extremely professional, on time, motivated, encouraging, explained everything and translated for me (due to my lack of Spanish), adjusted our schedule when we had bad weather to ensure we were safe and yet still has a good experience climbing, and has a passion for mountains and climbing like nobody I've ever met before. I will most certainly come back to Ecudor specifically because of Edgar and his positive outlook on life and passion for mountain climbing. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to climb the mountains in Ecuador many of the other other countries he climbs in (Peru, Bolivia, and Russion to name a few more).

Andrew Eremenko

5.00

June, 2017

Cayambe, Chimborazo 5 Day Guided Climb

Edgar Parra is an excellent mountain guide. He cares about clients very well. Everything went super smoothly. I enjoyed the trip a lot!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Mountain Climbing in Cayambe

Not only is it the third tallest peak in Ecuador, Cayambe is also the world's highest point that lies along the equator. The distinction of being the furthest point on Earth from the axis adds an extra bit of wonder to climbing this volcano. Being the third highest summit above the equator in the American continents doesn't hurt, either.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+593

Language:

Spanish

Currency:

United States dollar (USD)

Best Time to Visit:

This is a year-round objective for ambitious mountain climbers, but the conditions during autumn from October to January are the most accommodating for an excursion

How to Get There:

Reaching Cayambe is best done from Quito, roughly 70 kilometers to the south. Quito has an international airport that allows you relatively seamless entrance into the region

Weather:

Cayambe has notoriously volatile weather. Snowstorms and high winds are common, creating substantial hazards for summit ascents. Plan accordingly by coming prepared for adverse weather

More info about Mountain Climbing in Cayambe:

Cayambe (5,790m) is one of the best climbs in Ecuador and the Andes. You should be in good physical shape to undertake the journey, even on the popular Standard Route. This ascent generally takes two days – one to reach the mountain hut and the next to reach the peak. The Cayambe Hut is located at 4,600 meters and provides accommodations to climbers on their way to the top. The volcano can usually be summited within a day, an exhilarating six-to-eight hour challenge. The Hermoso Glacier is nearby, offering a useful area to practice ice climbing and glacier travel. Along with snow, ice, and mixed climbing to the top, hiking and trail running are also popular activities in the region

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