Cayambe volcano climbing

Cayambe volcano climbing in 2 days

Volcano Cayambe is the 3rd highest volcano in Ecuador (5,790m high). It is located in the Cayambe – Coca Ecological Reserve in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes, 70km north-east of Quito. Cayambe is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator line.

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Travel program


Day 1. Cayambe Refuge 4600 m (Ruales Oleas)

Day 2. Cayambe Summit 5790m

Detailed Program

Day 1: Quito 2800 m – Cayambe refuge 4600 m
Leaving Quito at about 9:00am in our private transportation, we will reach the altitude of 4,400m. We will then start our hike with all our equipment up to the refuge located at 4,600m. After a quick rest and lunch, we’ll go to the glaciers where our guide will give us all the details and tips about the climb (how to use the equipment, how to walk on the glacier and what we would do in any type of emergency). We will then go back down to the refuge to eat dinner and rest for the night. -D/

Day 2: Cayambe Summit 5790m – Quito
We will wake up at midnight, eat breakfast and get ready for our climb. We will start the climb at 1:00am, and it will take us approximately 5 to 6 hours (depending on weather conditions) to get to the summit; where we can enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the world. We will then go back down to the refuge; once we arrive we will pack up our equipment, go back to our car and go back to Quito. B/

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner BL= Box Lunch

What's Included

Services included in the prices:
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Land transportation and transfers
  • Cayambe Oleas Ruales Refuge 1 night
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)

Not included:
  • Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flight tickets
  • Hotel in Quito
  • Tips
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses

Necessary Equipment you need :

Sleeping bag comfort zone -5°C (41°F) (rent for $10), big and small back pack (rent for $10), camelback type vessel for water, water, inside polar gloves, energy drinks and snacks, camera,sun cream, head lamp (rent for $10), warm walking trousers, sunglasses, puffer jacket or similar Wool hat, walking sticks, face mask, Large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the Cotopaxi base up to the refuge)Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Cayambe summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)

Prices & Dates

Prices per person :

  • 1 person.... $ 445 USD
    2 people.... $ 280 USD
    3 or more...$ 299 USD
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Additional Information

In Ecuador you can Climb all year, but these are the seasons

High Season: June to August / December to January
Low season: February to May / September to November

Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. Galápagos and amazon Jungle are part of this amazing land.

Difficulty: Demanding

On this trip, places are still available Climbing high altitudes needs previous training, if you are not correctly acclimatized you can suffer from different altitude illnesses.

On this trip, places are still available We strongly reccomend to make acclimatization programs before you can reach the highest peaks in Ecuador.

On this trip, places are still available Mountain climbing can be a high risk activity which can expose your physical ability to extreme conditions. For this reason we highly recommend to realize a previous appointment with your doctor for a general physical check up. We also recommend to not be taking any medication during your climbs, but in case you have to, you must previously ask your guide for authorization to take those medications during the tour.

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Places: On this trip, places are still available. *Available
Trip-code: Number ►Ec-1981
Duration: 2 days
Participants: Minimal: 2 Maximal: 12
Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
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