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Cuicocha crater lake
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Cayambe as seen from Fuya Fuya (4.200 m / 13,776 ft)
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Summit of Imbabura 4.560 m / 14,956 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe 6 days
Cayambe volcano 5.790 m / 18,991 ft
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe 6 days
Cayambe glacier school
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe 6 days
Summit of Cayambe

Cayambe and Glacier School Express
6 days – 4 mountains

Ecuador´s third highest mountain (5790 m/18,991 ft.) and the highest summit of the Andes range at the north of the equator.

Is located 70 km / 43 mi north east of Quito, is an active volcano with unique characteristics such as: the only place on earth where the equator line directly “touches” snow and a permanent glacier and the highest point on the surface of earth where the equator line directly passes.

Its enormous glacier and easy access makes the perfect “playground” for our mountaineering and glacier school.


If you are considering an introductory-brief mountaineering course plus a less frecuented mountain this program might be a good option.


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  • All year round season
  • Home of impressive highlands wildlife
  • Gradual acclimatisation peaks
  • 4 mountains


  • All ground transportation in private vehicles
  • English-speaking professional ASEGUIM/UIAGM Mountain guides.
  • Meals conform itinerary (B=breakfast, BL=box lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves
  • Accommodations in hotels while in cities based in double occupancy


  • Domestic and/or international flights
  • Airport taxes in Ecuador when leaving the country
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra transportation or other activities
  • Excess baggage fees
  • All items of personal nature
  • Personal mountaineering gear such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc.
  • Other personal expenses
  • Additional accommodations not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours or other activities not indicated on the itinerary
  • Insurance (we strongly recommend you to get one)
  • All drinks
  • Tips/gratuities

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This case generally applies to our mountaineering trips where the effective walking hours exceed six and can be extended up to nine hours round trip. Technically speaking, these activities generally occur in areas covered with snow and glacier where technical mountaineering equipment is mandatory.                       
Duration: 6 days

Access: Drive in and drive out

Pre-requisites: Hiking experience

2018 Departures


















3-8 Sept./2018













26 Nov.-1 Dec./2018


3-8 Dec./2018



24-29 Dec./2018

Reccommended packing list
  • Large size backpack
  • day pack (hiking)
  • ice axe (70 cm length is ok)
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • heavy duty climbing boots
  • 12 point crampons (reasonably sharp)
  • climbing harness
  • climbing helmet
  • 1 locking carabiner (big one)
  • 3 regular carabiners
  • sleeping bag
  • sunglasses
  • ski googles
  • sunscreen (50 or more protection factor)
  • lip balm
  • plastic water bottle
  • thermos
  • gaiters
  • wool socks
  • light cotton shirts / t-shirts
  • hiking trousers
  • Gore-tex trousers
  • wind and snow shell-type parka
  • light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
  • polypropylene underwear (2 tops, 1 bottom)
  • wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • wool or fleece cap
  • Gore-tex gloves
  • polypro gloves
  • headlamp (and spare batteries)
  • First aid kit and personal medication
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, hands sanitizer, soap, shampoo, towel, etc.


You will need a sleeping bag for the huts (there are mattresses).  


In the case of traveling light there are in Quito several mountain climbing outfitters where you can rent equipment like mountaineering boots, crampons , ice-axes, harnesses, helmets, etc. but we strongly recommend to bring, at least, your own boots.


Most technical and group equipment, such as: ropes, snow pickets, ice screws, etc., will be provided if you travel with our guides.
NOTES ON THE ITINERARY: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, the day-by-day activities and camping locations listed on this itinerary are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including group pace, interests and acclimatization, weather, trail, on road conditions and/or water availability at the campsites according to the time of the year. Hiking distances and altitudes are approximate, and times indicated are net hiking or driving times that do not include lunch breaks, rest stops, time to explore the area, etc. This program is suitable for physically fit participants accustomed to outdoor activities. Contact Us.


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