Cayambe Volcano 2 Day Guided Climb

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.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Jun, Jul, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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 Quito. 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 Quito.

    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    630 USD

    Group of 2
    320 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    The Ruales Oleas Berge Refuge


    About the Guide


    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.



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    What People are Saying about Edgar Parra


    Edgar was an excellent guide. I have little climbing experience and Edgar was very knowledgeable and instructive. He is a life long climber and he has tons of experience and passion climbing through out the world. He was pleasant and a very nice guy. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad while I was in Ecuador so Edgar came up with a great alternative climb to Cayambe, which was not in good condition due to storms. He knows the mountains like the back of his hand and can relay tons of information, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. His 4x4 transport and climbing equipment were all top notch. He understood safety and made sure to avoid unnecessary risks. I will climb with Edgar again.
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    Steven MISHOE
    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.
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    John Stansfield
    Edgar Parra is a great guide: thoroughly professional, safety conscious, always on time and with an engaging personality. He came highly recommended and I can only heap additional praise. He guided my son and I up Cotopaxi to a successful summit and made it a trip of a lifetime. In so far as putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to hire him in the future (2020) with my entire family for a trip to Machu Picchu. No better praise than a repeat customer.
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    John Stansfield
    I did not guide with Fredy, I was passed off to another guide (who was IFMGA certified and great), just fyi, if this is something that is important to you. Accommodations are basic but good. I would add only that Chimborazo is a VERY difficult mountain with a ~10% success rate, so you really need to know what you are getting into. Do NOT rush acclimatization. You may consider doing Cotopaxi and then after choosing either Cayambe (same level as Cotopaxi) or Chimborazo, depending on how you feel.
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    Daniel Davidson

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