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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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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Cayambe

What should I know about Mountain Climbing 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.

Why should I choose Cayambe for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Tallest Spot on the Equator!

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.

Plants and Animals!

The allure of Cayambe grows exponentially when the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve is taken into account. Ecuador as a whole is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth, and nowhere is this more true than Cayambe. Spot Andean condors in the sky and marvel at the paramo lining your trails. The endemic populations of Cayambe are spectacular!

Cultural Enrichment!

Whether in search of hot springs or ancient ruins, tourists and travelers are certain to find what they are looking for at Cayambe. On your way to the snow-covered summit, you can experience enriching programs that teach you about the indigenous villages and their history within the region. It's yet another fulfilling way to enjoy the mountain.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Cayambe?

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.

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What currency is accepted around Cayambe?

United States dollar (USD)

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.

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When is the best time to travel to Cayambe for Mountain Climbing?

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.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Cayambe



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



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



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.



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.



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

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