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Crack climbing on the Columns of Tangan, from Quito (2 days)

Columns of Tangan

Join Felipe, ASEGUIM aspirant guide, for a crack climbing tour in a hidden gem of the Ecuadorian Andes. Meet him in Quito and discover the stunning Columns of Tangan!



2 Days

All year


First Time


  • Discover a unique climbing spot of the Andes.
  • Climb some impressive cracks with an expert.
  • Learn the basics of crack climbing or improve your skills.


Would you like to feel the thrill of crack climbing in a newly discovered spot of the Andes? Then come to Quito and let me take you to the fascinating Columns of Tangan!

Rock climbing in Ecuador is on the rise. In addition to the new routes that are constantly opening, it is thought that there are still many places to explore. The Columns of Tangan, discovered in 2016, open the map to a region with many hidden gems.

These basalt walls are in the Sigchos Canton, within the Cotopaxi Province, at an altitude of 2,000 m a.s.l. Surrounded by a lush forest and roaring waterfalls, they feature natural cracks, probably formed long time ago by the lava of the nearby Illiniza Volcano.

For our 2-day outing, we will meet in Quito and drive 2 ½ hours to the Columns of Tangan. Once there, we will enjoy 2 days of crack climbing on these amazing over 80-meter rocks. Furthermore, we will spend the night in a scenic mountain hut of the area and enjoy some delicious local food.

Please note that this trip is specially intended for first-timers. My goal is to teach you the basic skills of crack climbing. However, you should have a good fitness level: we’ll need to walk 2-km (downhill and uphill) to reach the base of the Columns.

So, if you want to experience a crack climbing adventure in a recently discovered area of the Ecuadorian Andes, please contact me. Let’s meet in Quito and go to the awesome Columns of Tangan!

I also offer rock climbing trips at El Rodadero E35 and Towers of Simiatug. Check out those programs!


Day 1: Quito - Columns of Tangan

07:00 am: Meeting in Quito. Car transfer to the Columns of Tangan.

10:00 am: Arrival. Local brunch

11:00 am: Climbing time

05:30 pm: Dinner

Day 2: Columns of Tangan - Quito

08:00 am: Breakfast

09:30 am: Start climbing

03:00 pm: Departure from Columns of Tangan.

07:00 pm: Arrive to Quito




Tangan mountain huts (equipped with mattresses and blankets - sleeping bag recommended).

Meeting point

Paseo San Franciso, Cumbaya (Quito)

Equipment you will need to bring



Belay device

Other gear: Climbing shoes / Sleeping bag and sleeping pad / Warm and rain clothes / Trad climbing rack optional

About the guide

Felipe is one of Ecuador´s most motivated climbers. He has climbed 20 Big walls in the last years, including ascents in Alaska, Colorado, Chile, Peru and Colombia. He is one of Ecuador´s route developers and author of the guidebooks Rutas de Escalada en Ecuador. He knows all the climbing areas and he is constantly opening new routes and discovering locations. Felipe is a North Face Athlete.




Quito, Ecuador

What people are saying about Felipe Proaño

Free Flying


October, 2019

Great day of climbing in a beautiful location with an excellent guide. Thanks Felipe for a perfect day of climbing.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 243 Each

Group of 2

USD 181 Each

Group of 3

USD 140 Each

Group of 4

USD 124 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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