trip duration TRIP DURATION
11 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
2 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


There are a number of absolutely breathtaking volcanoes on the famous volcano avenue in Ecuador. And 2 of the most famous are Cayambe (5,790) and Chimborazo (6,310m), which you will get to climb on this 11 day trip.

Beginning in Quito, which is remarkably less than 90 kilometres away from the famed volcano avenue, we will transfer to the town of Otavalo. From Otavalo, the journey will begin.

Prior to climbing Cayambe and Chimborazo you will get to see and visit several amazing highlights in the area. Those highlights include several lakes: Cuicocha, Caricocha, Huarmicocha and Yanacocha, which you will get to hike around and admire, and the Fuya Fuya volcano (4,200m), which you will get to ascend. Hence giving you a chance to properly acclimatize for the climbs to come.

Another climb you will get to enjoy, and will also help you acclimatize even more, is Imbabura (4,600m). From the summit, you will be able to see the Yaguarcocha lagoon.

Following all of those highlights, on the second half of the trip, we will climb Cayambe and Chimborazo. The climbs will be long, and at times challenging. They will also take place at night, as both climbs begin at around midnight. However, the views you will get, as the sun rises on both occasions, are, to put it simply, unbelievable!

Cayambe and Chimborazo are spectacular peaks. And for 11 days, I would like to take you to each of their summits, while also exposing you to many more of the area’s most beautiful spots. So send me a request, come to Ecuador, and let the adventure begin.

Would you like to experience a shorter climbing trip in the Ecuadorian Andes? Then join me on this 2 day ascent of Illiniza south.


Day 1

Quito - Otavalo

We will leave from Quito to Otavalo and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2

Otavalo - Cuicocha (3,500m)

After breakfast, we will take a short transfer to Cuicocha lake (3,100m) where we will start our hike around the lake to an altitude of 3,500 metres before returning and then going back to the hotel in Otavalo for the night.

Day 3

Otavalo - Fuya (4,200m) - Otavalo

Following breakfast we will hike for approximately 4 hours to the summit of Fuya. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel in Otavalo for the night.

Day 4

Otavalo - Imbabura (4,600m) - Otavalo

Today we will make our way to the summit of the Imbabura volcano before returning to our hotel in Otavalo. The ascent and descent should take approximately 6-7 hours.

Day 5

Otavalo - Cayambe (5,100m) -Oleas refuge (4,600m)

After breakfast, we will take a transfer to the town of Cayambe. From the town we will hike to the Oleas refuge where we will practice ice climbing, get acclimatized and spend the night.

Day 6


Today we will continue to practice ice climbing and continue to acclimatize. We will spend another night in the Oleas refuge.

Day 7

Cayambe summit (5,790) - Banos

Today we will wake up at midnight, prepare, eat breakfast, and make our way to the summit. If weather is agreeable, we should reach the summit by sunrise, where you can enjoy some amazing views. The climb should take approximately 6-7 hours. Afterwards, we will descend to the refuge, and then transfer to Banos, where we will spend the night.

Day 8

Rest day in Banos, city tour

Today we will spend the day in Banos, where you can relax and enjoy  a city tour.

Day 9

Banos - Riobamba - Whimper Hut (5,000m)

Today we will leave Banos and make our way to the Whimper refuge, where we will rest.

Day 10

Chimborazo summit (6,310m) - Quito

Early in the morning, we will make our way to the Chimborazo summit. The climb should take approximately 8-10 hours. Afterwards we will return to the Whimper refuge and take a transfer to Quito, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 11

Transfer to airport

After breakfast, you will take a transfer to the airport where you will catch your flight home.

Price per person

1 Person2900USD
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Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
The price does not include insurance, additional beverages and personal equipment.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point



Oleas Refuge, Whimper hut, hotel in Quito, Banos and Otavalo.

More info

Participants on this trip should bring the following items: personal clothing, warm clothing, rain jacket, sunglasses, sun screen, gloves, tennis shoes or hiking boots, sleeping bag, head lamp.