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.



6 Days

All year




  • 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.


Meeting point

Your hotel


About the 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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2217 Each

Group of 2

USD 1330 Each

Group of 3

USD 1330 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

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


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