Climb Cayambe (5.790 m / 18,996 ft) in 2 days

      Quito, Ecuador

      28 reviews
      Duration: 2 days
      Group size: 1 - 10
      Climb Cayambe (5.790 m / 18,996 ft) in 2 days
      Quito, Ecuador

      28 reviews

      Duration: 2 days
      Group size: 1 - 10

      About this trip

      Climbing Cayambe volcano (5.790 m / 18,996 ft) is another highlight in Ecuador. It's the country's third highest mountain and the highest and only snow covered point on the Equator. The tour can include minor technical challenges and offers absolutely stunning and impressive surroundings with very active glaciers as well as breathtaking crevasses. Definitely a trip of a lifetime - join us!

      Technically the climb is not very difficult, nevertheless good fitness is required and some previous glacier travel experience highly recommended.

      Another very important point is proper acclimatization. To really enjoy the climb we recommend at least 4 days of preparation, including hikes in altitude and steadily increasing your sleeping altitude if possible.

      Any questions? Reach out to our climbing experts on or +593968959533 (WhatsApp or call).

      Included Services:

      - see program / itinerary

      - certified bi-lingual guide (ASEGUIM / IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA), max. 1 guide per 2 climbers

      - transportation in private vehicle from / to Quito

      - accommodation at refuge with dinner and breakfast

      - park entrance fees & climbing permits

      - meals as specified (lunch on day 1, snacks for the ascent)

      - group equipment: ropes and other guiding gear

      Not included Services:

      - catering (see program)

      - personal technical equipment (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe, carabiners, screws, slings etc.)

      - sleeping bag for huts, boots and other private equipment - check our equipment list

      - insurances (please make sure that you have an insurance covering risks of mountain climbing)

      - cost for program changes

      - tips & any other expenses not explicitly mentioned

      Cancellation Conditions:

      - 60 or more days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be refunded, minus handling & administrative charges (if any)

      - 59 - 30 days prior to departure: 50% of the total amount paid will be forfeited 

      - 29 and less days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be forfeited 

      General Terms and Conditions:

      With full payment or partial payment of the tour the climber accepts the latest version of andean summit adventure's terms and conditions, which can be downloaded HERE.

      Available Packages

      Private tour - 1 climber

      You are an individual climber and want to book a private tour / guide.

      Group of 2 or more people (private)

      You are booking as a group of 2 or more people.

      Please note that in case you select this option as an individual climber, your booking might be subject to cancellation, as we do not offer open groups.


      Available options


      Cayambe Volcano
      Ecuador's 3rd highest mountain

      DAY 1 + 2

      Pick up in Quito at approx. 10.00 am, drive towards Cayambe. We stop for lunch in Cayambe city (approx. 12:00), and continue then to the check in of Cayambe National Park. Afterwards we drive to the parking lot at the Refugio Ruales Oleas Berge (4640 m / 15230 ft). If required there will be a small glacier training in the afternoon (walking techniques), early dinner and rest at the refuge (dorm). Wake up around midnight, small snack and start of the hike to the summit of CAYAMBE (5.790 m / 18,996 ft), time to summit approx. 6 to 7 hours . After ideally enjoying a breathtaking sunrise at the summit we descend (approx. 3 hours to the refuge) and return to Quito. 


      tech. data day 1: ↑↓ 0 m / 0 ft | ↔ 0,0 km / 0 mi

      tech. data day 2: ↑↓ 1150 m / 3770 ft | ↔ 8,15 km / 5.1 mi

      catering day 1: - / L / D

      catering day 2: B / - / - (snacks for ascent will be provided)

      Your Organizer

      andean summit adventure
      28 reviews
      welcome to andean summit adventure, specialists when it comes to mountaineering in Ecuador and beyond. our certified guides and international team are your best choice for making your trip a lifetime experience! let's go for some climbs - cheers! our mountaineering experts are happy to assist with personalized attention to work out awesome climbing plans for you and your family and friends or answer any questions you might have regarding our programs - reach out, we speak English, German and Spanish:


      Jaime was a great guide, thank you. We had a good time. We ate in the best restaurants, slept in the best lodges and down to Jaime, always seemed to get the best of the best! Essentially we were very well looked after. Jaime was also a great mountain guide, quickly appraising the abilities of our group (and individuals), being flexible in his approach to try to maximise our enjoyment, and challenge. We had a fantastic time on Pasochoa and Quilotoa. The weather defeated us on Cayambe. Unfortunately we didn’t summit Chimborazo, despite perfect conditions. Entirely down to us, a step too far at our age. It was a real shame as we had been working towards it for the whole year.
      By Ashley H for Climb Cotopaxi & Chimborazo Volcanos with acclimatization on Aug 20, 2023
      We had a great time. The advice, experience and helpfulness of Juan, our guide, was excellent. He was punctual, polite, friendly and flexible, taking into account all our want to do requests. Great time: humming birds, cloud forests, waterfalls, markets, equators, thermal baths, swing and zip wires. A good relaxing time to see a few sights and prepare for the volcanoes.
      By Ashley H for Mindo, Otavalo & Baños on Aug 04, 2023
      We had the perfect trip and experience with Andean Summit Adventures. We climbed on Iliniza Norte, Cayambe and Chimborazo with Jaime - the best guide in Ecuador. Jaime made the car rides fun, the meals interesting and the climbs safe and extremely enjoyable. It really stood out that he was extremely respected amongst the other guides and a real authority in the mountains. The organization team around Eilsabeth were at our help at all times (including advice for equipment and acclimatization planning which was particularly important for us as beginners). This made our Ecuadorian climbing experience as smooth as possible. The strongest recommendation for Andean Summit Adventures for your climbing experiences in Ecuador from Germany!
      By Felix H for Climb Chimborazo Volcano (6.263 m / 20,549 ft) in 2 days on Jul 25, 2023
      We hired Andean Summit Adventure for what would become a successful bid to summit Chimborazo. I highly recommend them and hope to return for an attempt at Cotopaxi. They took great care of us throughout our ascent making sure safety was a top priority. Elizabeth was very responsive and easy to talk to when we were arranging our itinerary. Our guides, Jaime and Paul, were the epitome of mountain knowledge and experience, not to mention easy-going and lighthearted. Thank you for an amazing experience!
      By Andres P for Climb Chimborazo Volcano (6.263 m / 20,549 ft) in 2 days on Jul 18, 2023
      Elisabeth and the company were very helpful. They went above and beyond to answer my endless questions not just about climbing but Ecuador in general. They accommodated special requests, we’re always courteous and fast to respond. Our guide Juan was a fun magnetic guide with a relaxed attitude and many years of climbing experience in Ecuador. After talking to other climbers about their experience I appreciated mine much more. In the end weather on Chimborazo didn’t cooperate, we got very near the top. Just means I’ll come back and use this company again. Thank you!
      By Blake H for Climb Chimborazo Volcano (6.263 m / 20,549 ft) in 2 days on Jul 10, 2023
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