Cayambe Volcano 2-day guided climbing trip

Cayambe is the highest point of the planet measuring it from the Ecuadorian Line. Are you ready to reach its summit in a 2-day guided ascent? Do it under the supervision of Jaime, an ASEGUIM certified guide.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Welcome to the highest point on the Equator Line: the Cayambe volcano!

    It’s my pleasure to invite to a 2-day guided ascent up to the summit of Cayambe, the Ecuadorian third highest mountain. This climbing tour includes a low technical difficulty level. However, participants must have a good fitness condition since we’ll face demanding glaciers, crevasses and snow avalanches. In addition to that, a good acclimatization would be a plus as well as some previous mountaineering experience.
    Since Cotopaxi summit has been closed for climbing, the Cayambe volcano has gained popularity among mountaineers from all around the world. Moreover, the area offers a new and comfortable mountain hut with excellent facilities.
    This climbing adventure can be run all year round although from November to February the weather conditions are the best. The period from June to September is also good but it’s rather windy.
    You can choose your more convenient starting point among these options. There are other places available upon request:
    • Baños,
    • Riobamba,
    • Ambato,
    • Machachi,
    • Quito.

    Then, you can see a sample itinerary of this program. Any item can be adapted to your wishes and expectations.

    DAY 1

    A transfer will take you to the chosen starting point. Then we have a long drive to the Cayambe city. We’ll stop at the parking lot very close to the Ruales Oleas Berge Hut, at 4700 meters of altitude. Here we’ll spend the night. During the afternoon we’ll have some time to walk around and explore the surroundings. We can also have a training hike on a nearby glacier before having dinner and rest.

    DAY 2

    Depending on the group size and weather conditions we’ll start the climb up to the summit of Cayambe by midnight. After around 7 hours we’ll get there! Then, we’ll descend to the hut again (3 or 4 more hours). On the way back you will enjoy a great meal in a local restaurant. Finally, the transfer will take you back to your starting point. End of the program.

    So, remember this trip is available during all the year. If you’re planning to come to Ecuador do not hesitate to contact me. Live a unique experience in the highest point of the planet! 

    Show more

    Price per person

    Group of 1
    610 USD

    Group of 2
    370 USD

    Group of 3
    370 USD

    Group of 4
    370 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi, Quito or other places upon request.

    More info

    - Climbing equipment upon request

    - Prices depend on group size and services included. Please contact me for individual trip


    What to bring:

    Good mountaineering shoes, crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, warm mountaineering clothes incl. gloves, hat or buff, sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, drinking bottle, headlamp, personal items, special snacks.


    About the 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.



      Need help deciding?




    What People are Saying about Jaime Vargas


    I found it pretty expensive to have a private guide. The climb was only 8 hours in total and costs me €570,-. Well, that’s the only complain i have. The service all over was great. Jaime was not my guide so i can rate him, it was Juan of course. He was an ok guide, sometimes a bit hurry up. And next time it would be good to get some more explanations about the dangers of the glacier. I’ve spoken to some real mountaineers and found out there were far more dangers then i realized when climbing the cotopaxi. Maybe something for you guys to consider next time. Best regards, philippe coopmans
    Read review


    The reviewer did not leave a comment
    Nora Hertig
    Amazing experience. Wonderful guide Diego. Can’t wait to get back and summit another volcano.
    Read review
    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
    Read review
    jw and sharlene

    Join our Newsletter

    Stay up-to-date on the best adventures!