Glaciar school + Cayambe + 2 peaks in 7 days

Pichincha Province – Ecuador


(18,996ft/5.790 m)




7 days


Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito (-/-/-)

We will start early in the morning from Quito and drive north for about 2,5 hours until we reach the town of Otavalo. We then drive on a cobbled street for 20 more minutes until we arrive at Mojanda lake (12,139ft/3.700m) which is our starting point. We will follow a trail on the northeastern side of the mountain, which connects to the summit. Our hike takes us through low growing Andean vegetation for most of the way. The last part of the trail includes a few minutes of easy scrambling, 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 our lunch and head back down to the car. Drive back to Otavalo by late afternoon (B/-/-)

We’ll leave from Otavalo (8,530ft/2.600m) early in the morning, and drive north to Ibarra, from where we turn east towards La Esperanto. From here we drive for about 2 more hours through the Andean highlands before we reach the trailhead (10,499ft/3.200m). The hike starts off 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 nearing the summit, will be hiking along a ridge of 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 round trip. Return to Otavalo by late afternoon (B/-/-)

After a late breakfast, we will drive to Ruales Oleas Cayambe Refuge for about 3 hours; we will get lunch here, and go up to the near glacier, where you will learn a few basics techniques and we will give you an introduction about the use of the climbing gear, roping up, cramponing, ice axe-handling, etc. We will return to the Refuge by late afternoon for dinner and rest (B/-/D)

Today we will start early in the morning, and climb up in the direction of Picos Jarrin at 17,060ft/5.200m, where we will practice some moderate and some more advanced climbing techniques, including self-arrest, use of the ice axe on steep slopes, use of crampons with American and French technique step, front pointing techniques, use of the rope while crossing crevasses and how to set anchors like ice pickets, ice screws, etc. We will go back to the Refuge for an early dinner and rest until midnight (B/-/D)

We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (18,996ft/5.790 m) 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, before we head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the Refuge we will rest, pack our belongings and drive to Quito (B/-/-)
Flight back home 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 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