In this 8 days trip we will climb Chimborazo and Cayambe, two of the main peaks in the volcanoes avenue in Ecuador. But the trip also includes a couple of acclimatization peaks to get us prepared and increase the chances of success when going for the big summits.
And during Cayambe climb we will also have an ice clinic, in which we will learn the basics of ice climbing, glacier traverse, and how to use the technical equipment. We will then use this learnt knowledge when crossing the glaciers to climb Chimborazo and Cayambe.
Chimborazo is the highest peak in Ecuador, and the highest mountain in the world when measuring in from the center of the earth.
During the trip we will not only discover breathtaking mountain landscapes, in some of the biggest volcanoes in the world, but we will also enjoy the local feel and sympathy of people from Ecuador’s countryside. Away from the crowds, we will discover picturesque small towns like Otavalo and Machachi, which have colorful indigenous markets.
Day 1: From Quito to Fuya Fuya Summit, and then to Otavalo
Starting in the morning, we drive from Quito to Mojanda lake, passing Otavalo, from where we will hike up to Fuya Fuya summit (4263m), which is the first acclimatization trek of the trip. From the top we will enjoy beautiful views, have lunch, and then go down to Otavalo. (BL)
Day 2: Climbing Imbabura and back to Otavalo
We’ll drive from Otavalo to Ibarra, and then to La Esperanza town, where the trail starts to climb Imbabura. During the ascent we will already see some peaks like Cayambe and Antisana, covered in snow. On clear days even Cotopaxi can be seen. Getting to the top (4610m) and down takes 7-8 hours, and in the afternoon we go back to Otavalo. (B/BL)
Day 3: From Otavalo to Cayambe Refuge
We drive from Otavalo to Ruales Oleas hut, in Cayambe. After lunch we’ll hike to a nearby glacier, to have an introduction to glacier techniques, such as roping up, how to use crampons, ice axe, and all the necessary climbing gear. After that we´ll have dinner and spend the night in the refuge. (B/BL/D)
Day 4: Glacier school in Cayambe
During this day we will climb up to Picos Jarrin (5200m), where we will learn more advanced techniques in ice. Some of them will be the use of ice axe and crampons on steep slopes, different step techniques, self-arret, and how to set anchors and use ropes to go over crevasses. (B/BL/D)
Day 5: Cayambe Summit!
At midnight we will get up and get prepared for the summit attempt, which demands around 6-7 hours to get to the 5790m peak. From the top we will enjoy breathtaking views and take pictures, before heading back towards the hut. There we will get our things together, rest a bit, and then get to the car to go to the town of Machachi, where we will spend the night in Charmy Hacienda. (B/BL)
Day 6: Resting in Machachi
Depending on the energy of the group, some options to do during this day are to go to the water springs in Tesalia, explore the town local market (if it is Sunday), or go horseback ridink. Spend the night in Charmy Hacienda (B)
Day 7: From Machachi to Chimborazo hut
We start the day with a beautiful 3 hour drive from Machachi to Chimborazo reserve, going all the way by the Volcano’s Avenue. We then leave the car and hike up to the hut named Hermanos Carrel, which is at 4800m, and then to Whimper’s refuge, at 5000m. There we will rest until midnight. (BL/D)
Day 8: Chimborazo Summit!
The last day of the trip, and our biggest objective: Climb Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, with 6310m. Starting at midnight, it will demand us in between 8 and 10 hours to get to the top. During the ascent we will enjoy a sunrise over the Andean range that you won’t easily forget. In the summit we will rest a while, and then go back to the refuge in about 3-4 hours. We will get our gear together, and walk down to the car that will take us to Quito. Here the trip ends, probably exhausted, but for sure with a big smile in our face. (B/BL)
Contact me if you want to climb Chimborazo and Cayambe, discovering the best of the Andes in Ecuador, and getting to know the local culture. Let me know your plans, and let’s start organizing it!
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 to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Accommodations in Machachi at a Charmy Hacienda (double room), Oleas Ruales and Whyper Refuges.
All meals during hikes and climbs (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)