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2-day guided ascent to Cayambe, Ecuador

Join Pablo, an UIAGM/IFMGA certified guide, in this ascent to Cayambe Volcano in Ecuador. Enjoy the view of the most beautiful glaciers in the country!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Would you like to climb up to 5790 metres in Ecuador? Come and join me in this 2-day guided ascent to Cayambe! It’s the third highest peak in Ecuador.

Cayambe is a glaciated extinct volcano in the Andes range. Also, it’s the highest point along the ecuatorial line. Besides, it’s the only spot of snow and ice located on the equator.

The peak is located 70 km northeast of Quito, in the Cayambe-Coca National Park. This park was created in 1970. It ensures that the special flora and fauna of the volcano is preserved.

Also, the most beautiful and largest glaciers in Ecuador are located here. There are many crevasses and massive ice formations near the peak. So, it’s a perfect spot to practice glacier climbing techniques. However, the normal route to the summit does not require technical skills.

Nevertheless, the climb is challenging, so you should be in good physical condition. Additionaly, it requires a high level of route finding skills. So, I will be there to guide you along the way!

Cayambe is one of the more exciting ascents in Ecuador. So you shouldn’t miss this opportunity! Please contact me if you have any questions. I also offer an amazing 15-day climbing trip to Ecuadorian volcanoes. Check it out!



We'll sleep in a refuge.


Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary, but unforeseen circumstances may require last minute changes. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of climbers can all contribute to schedule alterations. Please be prepared to be flexible when necessary.

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Day 1: Quito -Berge/Ruales/Oleas Refuge

We’ll drive for two hours up to Berge, Ruales, Oleas Refuge (4,650 m), in the Cayambe-Coca National Park.  We’ll have a box lunch while we get used to the altitude. Then, we’ll revise climbing skills and safety. We’ll also check our equipment.

Day 2: Cayambe Summit - Quito

We’ll start our day early to make sure we have enough time to reach the summit by 7:00 am. We’ll start climbing up to the edge of the glacier until the standard route. In roughly 6 hours we will make the ascent, under good weather conditions. Once at the summit, we will enjoy amazing  views. We’ll start then our 3 to 4 hour descent back to the hut. Then, we’ll drive back to Quito.

About the guide

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UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I fell in love with the mountains at a young age while climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes with my father. I guided in the Andes for 8 years and have been guiding for the past four years in the Northwest United States. In 1997 I expanded his adventure skills by taking on rock climbing. I represented Chimborazo province three times as the Ecuadorian National Rock Climbing Champion.

I completed his UIAGM certification with the Bolivian Mountain & Trekking Guide Association, accredited by the National School of Ski and Alpinism of Chamonix (ENSA), and completed Advanced Alpine and Rock Guides Courses with American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).

I usually spend some months every year in Ecuador (from October to January, but it varies every year). The rest of the year I am based and guide in Europe.

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