Chimborazo, Cayambe 8 Day Guided Ascent

The summits of 2 of the most popular volcanoes in Ecuador, Cayambe and Chimborazo, await you on this 8 day trek led by IFMGA certified guide Edgar.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

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

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    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.

    And if you don’t have 8 days, I also offer a 2 day ascent of Chimborazo and a 2 day ascent of Antisana.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2415 USD

    Group of 2
    1490 USD

    Group of 3
    1490 USD

    Group of 4
    1230 USD

    Group of 5
    1230 USD

    Group of 6
    1179 USD

    Group of 7
    1179 USD

    Group of 8
    1127 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Equipment included: crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Fuya 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.

    • Day 2Imbabura

      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.

    • Day 3Cayambe Refuge

      Today we will drive from Otavalo to the Ruales Oleas hut on Cayambe, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 4Glacier 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.

    • Day 5Cayambe 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.

    • Day 6Rest 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.

    • Day 7Hermanos Carrel Refuge

      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 Refuge, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 8Chimborazo 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.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Quito

    Accommodation

    Accommodations in Machachi at a Charmy Hacienda (double room), Oleas Ruales and the Hermanos Carrel 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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