Climbing Cayambe in 3 days

Pichincha Province – Ecuador






3 days


We’ll leave from Quito early in the morning and will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the Cayambe National Park entrance. From this point, it will take us 1 hour mere to get to the refuge of Cayambe. We’ll head up to the glacier for ice climbing practices and training. We’ll learn some basic techniques which include last but not least proper handling of the climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc.) Then we go down to the refuge. Dinner will be served by late afternoon. Overnight in Cayambe refuge (-/-/D)
Today we will have an “easy day” a 2-3 hours acclimatization hike to visit a lake right below Cayambe glacier, we will come back to the refuge for relaxing afternoon and gear preparing for the night climb. Overnight and dinner at the Refuge (B/-/D)
We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (18,996ft/5.790m) around 1 am after a light breakfast. The ascent takes about 6 to 8 hours. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the surroundings, and then we will head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the refuge we will rest, pack our belongings and return back to Quito (B/-/-)

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Superior service
Private transportation and transfers
Professional Mountain Guide IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide) or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) / ratio 2 climbers – 1 guide
Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
Accommodation in Ruales Oleas Refuge
All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: breakfast and D: dinner)
A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
National Park fees and permits registration
Permanent communication through walkie-talkie between guides and office in case of an emergency Common gear: Ropes, ice screws, snow pickets, rescue gear
Fully First aid kit (Recommended by NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE INSTITUTE)
Rescue or evacuation service in case of any incident in the mountains. (Only Company in Ecuador)
Personal Mountain Gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
Single supplement International flights
Meals and beverages at the hotels (lunch, dinner)
Personal insurance
Other non-specified expenses

Cayambe - Ecuador