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5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador

5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador | Ecuador

Join Jaime, an UIAGM-ASEGUIM-certified mountain guide, on this 5 summit mountaineering tour in stunning Ecuador!


11 Days

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Join me on this 5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador!

I invite you to come with me on this 11-day adventure by discovering 5 amazing mountains the beautiful country of Ecuador has to offer. During our 11 days, I will be happy to safely guide you through stunning ridges and ice walls surrounded by breathtaking views.

Our meeting point will be in Quito, the country's capital. After our transfer to the hotel, we will have a meeting in the evening and prepare ourselves to start our 5 summit adventure the next morning.

It will be on our second day that we will start our mountaineering trip by climbing the Rucu Pichincha at 4.696 meters. This active stratovolcano can be seen from the city of Quito and we will approach the summit from the western side of the city by going up with the TelefériQo. 

During the next few days, we will be moving across different parts of the country and climbing the fantastic mountains that can be found here.

From the Rucu Pichincha at 4.696 meters to the highest mountain in Ecuador, the Chimborazo (6.263 meters)!

By the end of our trip, we will have reached the summit of five powerful mountains:

  • Rucu Pichincha (4.696 m / 15,407 ft)

  • Iliniza Norte (5.126 m / 16,818 ft)

  • Iliniza Sur (5.246 m / 17,211 ft)

  • Cayambe (5.790 m / 18,996 ft)

  • Chimborazo (6.263 m / 20,549 ft)

You will find a more detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that for this 5 summit mountaineering tour all participants must have previous mountaineering experience (high mountains) and have an excellent fitness level. This 11-day tour will be a very physically demanding trip.

So if you are ready for this 5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador, request to book this trip!

If you are looking for another mountaineering program in Ecuador, you can also join me on this 13-day from Quito to Chimborazo mountaineering program.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

Price details

Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.


Day 1: Meeting point in Quito

Arrival in Quito. Transfer to the hotel. Meet and greet your guide in the evening.

Day 2: Rucu Pichincha (4.696 m / 15,407 ft)

RIDGE RUCU PICHINCHA (4.696 m / 15,407 ft). First going up with the TelefériQo, we start our hike at approximately 4.100 m – a 3-hour-tour to the summit over the so called “paso de la muerte – step of death” rigde. Difficulty up to grade 4 as per UIAA scale.

Day 3: Refugee Nuevos Horizontes

We leave Quito in the morning and drive to the Natural Reserve Los Ilinizas. From the parking area we hike up to the Refugio Nuevos Horizontes (3 – 4 hours), where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Iliniza Norte (5.126 mt/ 16,818 ft)

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent via the RIDGE to ILINIZA NORTE (5.126 m / 16,818 ft). 4-hour-tour to the summit with difficulty up to grade 6 as per UIAA scale. Descent to Refugio Nuevos Horizontes.

Day 5: Iliniza Sur (5.246 m / 17,211 ft)

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to ILINIZA SUR (5.246 m / 17,211 ft). 4 to 5-hour-tour to the summit in rock and ice. Descent to El Chaupi, where we will spend the night.

Day 6: Refugio Ruales Oleas Berge

We drive to Cayambe, up to the Refugio Ruales Oleas Berge. No strenuous activities on day 6. Time for rest and exploring the surroundings. Early dinner and rest.

Day 7: Cayambe (5.790 m / 18,996 ft)

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to CAYAMBE (5.790 m / 18,996 ft), which takes approximately 6 to 7 hours. Descent to the hut and drive to Baños de Agua Santa.

Day 8: Baños

Rock climbing or eco hike in Baños – half day program. The other half day is for exploring Baños and resting a bit for example in its nice hot springs.

Day 9: Chimborazo

We drive to the Reserva de Producción de Fauna Chimborazo and hike up to our base camp on approximately 5.100 m /  16,700 ft (5 to 6 hours). There we spend the night in tents.

Day 10: Chimborazo Summit (6.263 m / 20,549 ft)

Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to CHIMBORAZO via the SOUTH FACE (6.263 m / 20,549 ft) which takes approximately 8 to 9 hours. Descent to Riobamba, where we spend the night.

Day 11: Last day!!!

Relaxing morning, visit of the markets of Riobamba. Return to Quito and “good bye”.



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Upon request:

  • climbing & personal camping equipment

Meeting point


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.


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What people are saying about this trip



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

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