Come and experience a fantastic 2 day climb of the incredible Cayambe volcano in Ecaudor's famous volcano avenue with IFMGA certified mountain guide Edgar.
Jan, Jun, Jul, Dec
The third highest peak in Ecuador, Cayambe (5,790m) is a breathtaking volcano. And on this 2 day trek, you will have the chance to reach its summit. And from there, I can promise you that you will get to enjoy a view you will never forget.
Because Cayambe is not as famous as the highest peak in the country, Chimborazo (6,268m) or the second highest peak, Cotopaxi (5,897m), it doesn't attract as much traffic. Hence making the ascent a much less crowded, more peaceful adventure, but one that is still well worth enjoying.
On the first day of this trip, we will start in city of Machachi. We will leave the city early in the morning and drive through the famed avenue of volcanoes until we reach the town of Cayambe. After that we will drive to the Ruales Oleas Berge refuge (4,600m). Once there, we will go to a nearby glacier and practice ice climbing techniques, necessary for the climb to come, before returning to the refuge for food and rest.
On the second day of this trip, we will start the ascent of Cayambe to its summit at midnight. The climb should take between 6 to 8 hours. When we reach the summit, the sun should be up and shining, allowing you to enjoy a fantastic early morning view. The descent back to the refuge should take between 2 and 3 hours. From the hut, we will then make our way back to Machachi.
A person should not be able to climb a peak as amazing Cayambe in just 2 days. However, on this trip, that is exactly what you will have the chance to do. And in doing so, you will get to behold the whole avenue of volcanoes from one of its most glorious peaks. Contact me if you want to join me on this journey.
If you would like to climb the legendary Chimborazo in just 2 days, you can also join me on this trip.
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Ice axe
What experience and how fit do I need to be?
This is a challenging climb, and it is important to be in good physical condition and have some mountaineering experience before attempting it. The climb involves glacier travel and ice climbing, so it is important to be familiar with these techniques.
What equipment do I need to bring?
You will need a variety of mountaineering equipment, including crampons, an ice axe, a harness, a helmet, and a glacier rope. You will also need warm clothing, appropriate footwear, and a backpack.
How will accommodation be arranged?
We will stay at the Ruales Oleas Berge refuge on the first night.
Where will we meet at the start of the trip?
We will meet in Machachi
Why climb Cayambe?
Cayambe is a beautiful and challenging mountain that offers stunning views of the surrounding Andes. It is also a less crowded alternative to other popular peaks in Ecuador, such as Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.
What is the best time to climb Cayambe?
The best time to embark on this trip is during the months of June, July, December and January
What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?
We will have a 1:2 guide-to-participant ratio.
What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?
UIAGM/IFMGA-ASEGUIM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.
I am a mountain guide, but also a passionate traveler, climber in rock and ice, and photographer. I spend my free time and holidays exploring new destinations, discovering new mountains and cultures.
I have more than 17 years of experience climbing mountains and volcanoes not only in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and in the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, and Mt. McKinley in Alaska. This experiences prepared me to lead expeditions in challenging routes all around the world.
I studied 6 years of Tourism in the University, and followed ASEGUIM courses to become a mountain guide. I’ve also been evaluated by ENSA, and completed first aid courses in the Ecuadorian Red Cross.
I like guiding people from all around the world, and help them discover and enjoy the mountains, while reaching their objectives. I speak Spanish, English, German, Italian, and a bit of Russian.
Russian | Italian | German | English
ASEGUIM | UIAGM
Unable to complete this trip so review is not relevant
Unfortunately we were unable to complete any of the climbs due to political unrest in Ecuador. However the guide service took very good care of us make sure we were safe drove us everywhere and make sure we got to the airport safely. If we were to repeat a trip to Ecuador we would definitely use these guides again
Edgar is an amazing guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging. The combination makes you feel confident in the things that he teaches you and in your ability to reach the summit.
The only reason I give 4 to trip rating is that the first hike at Quilotoa was disappointing. The lake was definitely worth seeing but only going down and back up was not great. We would’ve much preferred hiking at least part way along the crater edge. Even if we only had enough time for there and back.
I highly recommend Edgar and Segundo Parra as your guides in Ecuador. Experienced and goal oriented service coupled with a safety first approach that will adapt to all levels of mountaineering.
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