Chimborazo (6310m) and Cayambe (5,790m) are 2 of the most popular and magnificent volcanoes in the legendary avenue of volcanoes in Ecuador. And on this 8 day adventure, I will guide you to the summit of both of them.
This trek will include so much more than just those incredible peaks. In the days before the 2 great volcanoes, you will also climb additional peaks for acclimatization, including Fuya Fuya (4,263m). You will also have the chance to explore the beautiful town of Otavalo. And before the climb of Cayambe, we will spend a day-and-a-half practising proper ice climbing techniques on a glacier. After that, we will summit Cayambe, where you will get to enjoy an incredible view. Following the climb of Cayambe we will make our way to the town of Machachi for some much deserved rest. Finally, on the last 2 days of this trip, we will take on the highest peak in Ecuador, Chimborazo. Just like Cayambe, the view from the top of Chimborazo is unforgettable.
This trip will be challenging. You must be in good physical condition, and you must have previous mountaineering experience. There will be long, hard days and dark, early mornings. But I can promise you that the rewards you will receive will far outweigh the physical price you will have to pay.
There are 27 volcanoes on the volcano avenue, but Cayambe and Chimborazo truly stand out as 2 of the best. They loom large, and the awe they inspire looms even larger. And when you get to stand on their summits, you will experience a feeling that cannot be put into words. Contact me if you are interested in joining me on this exciting excursion.
Fuya Fuya (4,263m)
Today we will drive from Quito to Mojanda lake, passing Otavalo, until we reach Fuya Fuya, where we will climb to the summit for acclimatization purposes, as well as an amazing view before returning to Otavalo.
Today we will drive from Otavalo to Ibarra, and then to the town of La Esperanza where we will ascend the trail of Imbabura before returning to Otavalo.
Today we will drive from Otavalo to the Ruales Oleas hut on Cayambe, where we will spend the night.
Glacier training on Cayambe
Today we will climb up to Picos Jarrin (5,200m), where we will spend the day practising ice climbing techniques such as roping up, how to use crampons, etc, before returning to the refuge for the night.
Cayambe summit (5,790m)
Today we will wake up at midnight and make our way to the summit of Cayambe. After descending, we will drive to the town of Machachi, where we will spend the night in the Charmy Hacienda.
Rest day in Machachi
Today will be a rest day in Machachi, but there are options such as water springs in Tesalia, exploring the local market, and horseback riding. We will spend the night in the Charmy Hacienda.
Whympers Hut (5,000m)
Today we will drive from Machachi to the Chimborazo reserve. We will then hike through the volcano avenue and make our way up to the Hermanos Carrel (4,800m) and then up to the Whymper hut (5,000) where we will spend the night.
Chimborazo summit (6,310m)
Today we will wake up at midnight and make our way up to the Chimborazo summit. After you have soaked in a truly unforgettable view, we will return to the Whymper hut, where we will rest and check our equipment before making our way back to the car that will return you to Quito.
Price per person
|Group of 2||1295USD|
|Group of 3||1295USD|
|Group of 4||1070USD|
|Group of 5||1070USD|
|Group of 6||1025USD|
|Group of 7||1025USD|
|Group of 8||980USD|
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
- Personal equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Accommodations in Machachi at a Charmy Hacienda (double room), Oleas Ruales and the Whymper Refuge.