Climbing Cayambe (18,996ft/5.790m) + 2 peaks in 7 days


Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito (-/-/-)
We will leave Quito after an early breakfast, and drive for about 3 hours to Cuicocha Lake (10,171ft/3100m). Once here, we will start the hike up and around the crater’s rim. We will hike through the Andean Forest with great possibilities to get spectacular views of the Lake and the two islands in it’s middle. The highest point of this walk will be around (11,482ft/3.500m). It’ll take us 4 to 5 hours to walk the circuit. We will drive back to Otavalo in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel (B/BL/-)

We will start early in the morning from Otavalo and drive for about 30 minutes on a cobbled road to get to Mojanda lake (12,139ft/3.700m), which is our starting point for today. We will follow a trail on the northeastern side of the mountain, which connects to the summit. We will be hiking through low Andean vegetation for most of the trail. We will then climb for some minutes through an easy section of rock just below the summit. Once on the top of Fuya Fuya (13,986ft/4.263m), we will enjoy the wonderful views, take some pictures, have lunch and hike back down to the car. Drive back to Otavalo by late afternoon (B/BL/-)

We’ll leave from Otavalo (8,530ft/2.600m) early in the morning, and drive north to Ibarra city. From here we turn east and drive to La Esperanza village for about 2 hours through the Andean highlands until we get to the trailhead (10,499ft/3.200m). The hike leads through amazing Andean highland grass. As we gain elevation we’ll be able to see the surrounding snow-capped mountains, such as Antisana, Cayambe, and even Cotopaxi far away to the south on clear days. Once we get close to the summit, we will be hiking along the ridge of the volcanic caldera which will take us to the top of the mountain (15,125ft/4.610m) soon after. It’ll take us about 7-8 hours for the round trip. Return to Otavalo by late afternoon (B/BL/-)

After breakfast we will drive to Ruales Oleas Cayambe Refuge for about 3 hours; we will get lunch here and go up to a closeby glacier, where you will learn a few basics techniques and we give you an introduction into the correct use of the climbing gear, roping up, cramponing, ice axe-handling, etc. We will go back to the Refuge for an early dinner and rest until midnight (B/BL/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 7 hours. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the surroundings and then head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the Refuge we will rest, pack our belongings and drive to Quito. Overnight in the Hotel (B/BL/-)

Transfer to the airport (B/-/-)

Price: Please contact us

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 the hotels (double occupancy) and Oleas Ruales Refuge
All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
National Park fees and permits registration
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


Lonely Summits

Leading Tour Operator in mountaineering in Ecuador. We offer outdoor programs in the South American continent, from very easy trekking, moderate hikes to technical high altitude climbs, according to the client’s skills and desires.


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