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Cayambe Volcano Guided 6 Day Ascent

Join Edgar, an IFMGA certified guide, on this 6-day program in the Ecuadorian Andes to the summit of the beautiful Cayambe Volcano!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


There’s no doubt that Cayambe Volcano is one of the most challenging mountains of Ecuador, but what’s more incredible about it, is the variety of trails and hiking expeditions that can be done to get up to there. What we are offering you is a fantastic hiking and climbing experience to Cayambe summit, crossing unforgettable places on the way like Machachi, Corazon summit and the Illiniza Norte stratovolcano.

Our hiking adventure will start in Pasochoa, 2 hours far from Quito. It is a fantastic forest in the middle of The Andes which hides a 4.230-meter summit from where we will see the snowed peaks of the mean volcanoes of Ecuador, such as Antisana, Illinizas and the marvelous Chimborazo.

But the real hiking starts in our second day, after a driving south through the Avenue of The Volcanoes. We will get to the trailhead located in a small town called El Chaupi. We will enjoy a green way during the first kilometers but then, a mixture of sand and a irregular lands will turn this expedition into a exciting hiking. After 8 hours, we will climb up to Corazon Summit, a perfect peak of the Western Andes Range.

After an acclimatization day in Nuevos Horizontes Hut at 4.750 meters, we will start a new climb to The Illiniza Norte summit. Although the trail will take us about 8 hours, the most difficult part consists in 3 hours of hard scrambling until getting to the summit. Once in there, you will be at 5.126 meters with a unforgettable viewpoint in front of your eyes.

The last two days will be dedicated to get up to Cayambe Summit, the third highest peak of the country with 5.790 meters. On the way, we will spend a ice practicing afternoon around the magnificent glaciers. And leaving the hut at midnight, we will reach to Cayambe summit after a 8-hour climbing up.

If you are interested in this proposal, you have to contact me as soon as you can. We can discuss your own wishes and expectations for the trip and adapt it according to your plan. I will be waiting for you message!

Extra details


From October to early January


– Personal technical equipment such as clothes or sleeping bags.
– Beverages in the hut
– Medical policy
– Other personal expenses


– Proffesional mountain guiding
– Mountain gear
– Transfers during all the trip
– All meals
– Accomodations and huts nights
-Tickets and fees registration

Spots of interest


We will drive south across The Avenue of the Volcanoes, an amazing way to start our climb.


We will get to Corazon Summit after 8 hours of climbing up.


We will rest in this comfortable hut at 4750 meters.


An incredible viewpoint from Illiniza Norte Summit at 5126 meters


About the guide

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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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