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Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent
Cotopaxi climbing ecuador Cayambe Volcano 5805 m/18,991 ft.
Cayambe two-day ascent

Cayambe 5790 m. / 18,991 ft.

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.

Seracs, snow fields, crevasses, ice falls and an excellent mountain hut provide the perfect setting for learning mountaineering skills including snow travel, route finding, ice climbing, crevasse rescue, etc.



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    Ecuador's third highest mountain.
    Highest point on the Earth crossed by the Equator line.
    The highest mountain of the Andes range in the northern hemisphere.
    Excellent “playground” for glacier training and mountaineering courses.
    Overwhelming views of the Andes range and the Amazon basin.

Private transportation.
All meals while in the mountain.
Professional mountain guide ASEGUIM/UIAGM for every two climbers.
Mountain hut accommodations
Entrance fees

Meals in cities.
Additional transportation.
Personal mountaineering gear.
Sleeping bag.
Accommodations in cities.
Additional activities.

Physical Conditions






Technical Conditions





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:  2 days.
Access: Drive in and drive out. In cases of deep snow on the road one hour hike might be required.
Pre-requisites: Previous hiking experience
Accommodation: Mountain hut (4600 m / 15,088 ft.)



Any day during the recommended seasons.

Seasons: November to February and May to September.

Suggested combinations

Cayambe is an ideal peak to improve your mountaineering skills and your physical condition before attempting Cotopaxi or Chimborazo. Despite its accessibility, its height must be taken very carefully. We suggest taking into account an acclimatisation plan, starting with mountains of lower elevation until reaching the appropriate point of physical and technical condition.


Below is a list of suggested mountains with progressive height.


Pasochoa 4200 m. / 13,776 ft.
Guagua Pichincha 4780 m. / 15,678 ft.

If you are looking for a different trip, we would love to help you creating a plan that meets your requirements. Please do not hesitate to ask. For more information contact us at:

Recommended packing list

Large size backpack

Day pack (hiking)

Ice axe

Comfortable hiking shoes

Mountaineering boots

12 point crampons

Climbing harness

Climbing helmet

1 locking carabiner

3 regular carabiners

Sleeping bag


Ski googles

Sunscreen (50 or more protection factor)

Plastic water bottle




Wool socks

Hiking trousers

Gore-Tex trousers

Wind and snow shell-type parka

Light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)

Wool sweater or fleece jacket

Wool or fleece cap

Gore-Tex gloves

Polypro gloves

Headlamp (and spare batteries)

PERSONAL first aid kit and personal medication


Lip balm

You will need a sleeping bag for the huts (there are mattresses), and additional camping supplies if you will climb Antisana, Sangay or Altar (equipment is often included in our prices, but please double check). Most technical and group equipment, such as: ropes, ascenders, 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, 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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