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Mountaineering, Cayambe, Ecuador, 6-day Introductory course

Join Jaime, an IFMGA certified guide, on this mountaineering introductory course in Cayambe, Ecuador. And follow him to the summit of this majestic volcano.






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  • Learn all the basics for mountaineering with an expert guide
  • Practice constantly as you explore Ecuador’s famous volcano, Cayambe
  • Reach the summit of Cayambe and put to test all your new acquired skills


There is no similar feeling than the one experienced when conquering a summit. However, reaching the top of a mountain is not an easy endeavor. So allow me to be your guide on this mountaineering introductory course in Cayambe. And welcome you into the magical world of mountaineering.

Over a period of 6 days, we will be learning and practicing everything you need to know for a successful expedition. We’ll cover different techniques and skills, from rock to ice climbing, and from the use of the equipment to having a safe ascent. For instance, some of the things we will learn are:

  • Basic, theoretical and practical mountaineering notions

  • How to read a map

  • Reading the weather

  • Mountain hygiene

  • Movements on rock, snow and ice

  • Crevasse safety and rescue procedures

  • Glacier travel techniques

  • How to tie a knot and use a snow anchor

  • Techniques for sport climbing

  • Rope team

  • The use of ice axes, crampons and screws

  • Resistance to fatigue, hunger and cold

Moreover, our classroom will be one of the most beautiful and exciting places in Ecuador, the Cayambe Volcano. So, during our course, not only will we be constantly practicing each one of our lessons, we’ll also get the chance to explore this magnificent place.

What’s more, our final test will be climbing Cayambe itself. Hence, you’ll get the opportunity to stand at the top of this colossal volcano, while using all the techniques we learnt through out our course. 

So let me guide on this mountaineering adventure. And share with you my passion for this marvellous sport in one of the most dazzling places on Earth. Request to book this trip and stand with me at the top of Cayambe.

Looking for a more challenging ascent? Test your skills and join this 13-day mountaineering trip from Quito to Chimborazo.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Lift tickets

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation within Quito.

day 1: rock climbing techniques in Quito, artificial wall / boulder, rope techniques etc. other theory, night in hotel Vieja Cuba, catering: - / LB / -

day 2: Rucu Pichincha via Paso de la Muerte, technique for ridges, night in hotel Vieja Cuba, catering: B / LB / -

day 3: Iliniza Norte - rope techniques, weather, maps, training out in the field, night in Ilinizas Lodge, catering: B / LB / D

day 4: glacier training Cayambe, night refuge, catering: B / LB / D

day 5 & 6: glacier training and Cayambe summit, night refuge, catering day 5: B / LB / D, day 6: B / - / -

return to Quito end of service

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking

About the guide: Jaime

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Mountain Guide

Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.


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What people are saying about Jaime



It was a beautiful trip. Perfectly organised with a very good and experienced guide. Highly recommended!



Andean Summit Adventures provided an excellent experience from start to finish. From before I even booked, Elisabeth in the operations centre was able to answer all my questions and guide me on the best itinerary for my taste. Elisabeth was a great communicator and helped make the planning and booking phase very smooth and easy. I climbed with Jaime, an international mountain guide of the highest calibre. I have climbed with guides all over the world, including the famous Sherpa of Nepal, and Jaime is the best. He has a calming nature, speaks flawless English (for those of us who do not speak Spanish) and knows the mountains like they are his own backyard. On the mountain, Jaime’s patience is unrivalled. He is focused purely on getting his client to the summit safely. Jaime showed excellent technical abilities, while also remaining a kind and calm person. We were able to successfully summit four mountains (including Cayambe and Illiniza Sur) and at all times I felt completely safe with Jaime. Even better than feeling safe, I had a great time and enjoyed every moment in the mountains with Andean summit adventures. When I come back to South America for climbing, I will be returning as a client to this company. 10/10.



Jaime may be one of the most kind and capable human beings we’ve ever met. He let us know exactly what we needed to do to be safe on our summit, while also making it a fun and exciting experience. We were not as fit and experienced as we should have been, and Jaime made sure to not push us past any limits. We had an amazing time (even got engaged at the summit!). Coordination from Elisabeth beforehand was also clear and top-notch. An amazing trip that will forever be in our memories!



It was amazing trip, Jaime is professional climber and the person who safety guide us to the top of Cotopaxi and back.


I found it pretty expensive to have a private guide. The climb was only 8 hours in total and costs me €570,-. Well, that’s the only complain i have. The service all over was great. Jaime was not my guide so i can rate him, it was Juan of course. He was an ok guide, sometimes a bit hurry up. And next time it would be good to get some more explanations about the dangers of the glacier. I’ve spoken to some real mountaineers and found out there were far more dangers then i realized when climbing the cotopaxi. Maybe something for you guys to consider next time. Best regards, philippe coopmans

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