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Climbing the volcanoes of Ecuador Pichincha, Cayambe, Cotopaxi & Chimborazo (9 days) 1

Climbing the “volcanoes of Ecuador”: Pichincha, Cayambe, Cotopaxi & Chimborazo (9 days)

Come with UIAGM certified aspirant guide Nicolás on this 9-day program and enjoy climbing the stunning volcanoes of Ecuador: Pichincha, Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.






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  • Spend 9 days climbing to the top of the volcanoes of Ecuador.
  • Reach the summit of the most iconic mountains in the country.
  • Enjoy an amazing adventure in the Ecuadorian Andes.


Are you looking for a fantastic mountaineering experience in the volcanoes of Ecuador? Then you’ve come to the right place! Follow me on this 9-day program and discover what the world looks like from the top of Pichincha, Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.

The three highest mountains in Ecuador are Chimborazo (6,263 meters), Cotopaxi (5,897 meters) and Cayambe (5,790 meters). This 9-day adventure invites you to reach these three summits as well as the Ruco Pichincha, a volcano near the city of Quito that boasts an altitude of 4,698 meters. All of them are stratovolcanoes that belong to the Ecuadorian Andes and are amazing destinations for lovers of mountaineering.

Please, take a look below for a detailed description of the program’s itinerary. Keep in mind that it’s mandatory to have prior mountaineering experience and a very good level of fitness.

Would you like to discover the incredible volcanoes of Ecuador? Then don’t hesitate to send the request to book your place on this experience across the tallest mountains in the country. I’ll be glad to be your guide!

I also lead fantastic mountaineering adventures to Huascaran and the Cordillera Blanca, both in Peru. Check them out!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

Price details

Not included: accommodation in Quito.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Ruco Pichincha

On our first day, we’ll go to the Ruco Pichincha volcano for acclimatization, situated at 4,698 meters of altitude near the city of Quito.

Day 2: Quito - Cayambe

We’ll travel for 3 hours from Quito to Cayambe and, if weather allows it, we’ll practice in the glacier near the refuge.

Day 3: Cayambe Summit

On the third day, we’ll take a 6-hour ascent from the refuge to the top of Cayambe and then return to Quito or Latacunga.

Day 4: Quito - Cotopaxi

It will take us around 3 hours to reach the shelter of the mountain, where we’ll have dinner and prepare for the next day.

Day 5: Cotopaxi Summit

We’ll wake up early in the morning to take a 6-hour ascent to the summit of this incredible peak and then head back to the city.

Day 6: Rest day

Day 7: Chimborazo approach

On this day, we’ll depart early in the morning from Quito in the direction of Chimborazo and arrive at the refuge after 5 hours.

Day 8: Chimborazo high camp

We’ll move with our equipment to a high camp on a 4-hour ascent and prepare for the next day.

Day 9: Chimborazo summit

On our last day, we’ll start early in the morning an 8-hour ascent to the highest summit in Ecuador. Then, we’ll return to the refuge where our driver will be waiting for us to return to Quito. Finally, we’ll share dinner in Quito to celebrate our achievement.


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Participants should bring coat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothes, waterproof jacket, gloves, waterproof pants, socks, mountain boots, helmet, harness, 2 carabiners with insurance, ATC with HMS carabiner, crampons, sticks and 2 ice axes.

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About the guide: Nicolás

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Aspirant Guide

I am an aspirant IFMGA mountain guide, with extensive experience in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Perú and Ecuador.

I live in Cajón del Maipo, Chile, where climbing opportunities are almost endless!

I do a lot of guiding in South America´s High Mountain, especially on technical routes. I also do rock climbing courses in different parts of Chile and in my city.

During my tours, I try to generate the best experience for my clients, and like to teach them about the cultural and environmental importance of the places we visit.





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What people are saying about Nicolás


My guide Angela was great. Her experience and expertise helped me make the climb of a lifetime. My safety and well-being were her first and foremost concern.

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