Climb Cayambe and Chimborazo

Climb Cayambe and Chimborazo with acclimatization

Ecuador and its famous Avenue of The Volcanoes are one of the best places of the world for those who love mountaineering activities, variety of landscapes and challenging surfaces. This time we invite you to a very exciting hiking and ice climbing adventure across the green lands, the secret paths and the snow-covered peaks located along the Ecuador Line.

These 12 days will be very intensive because we will climb up to five different volcanoes. Our base will be El Chaupi, a small town at 3.300 meters, where we will go back after each summit hike in order to rest for the following ascent.

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Travel program

Itinerary:

day 1: flight to quito (2800 m)
day 2: city tour
day 3: first summit, rucu pichincha
day 4: corazon summit
day 5: nuevos horizontes refuge
day 6: iliniza norte summit
day 7: oleas ruales refuge
day 8: climbing to cayambe summit at 5.790m
day 9: rest day in quilotoa shalala lagoon
day 10: acclimatization day in whymper refuge
day 11: chimborazo, the fifth summit
day 12: final point

Detailed Program


Day 1: FLIGHT TO QUITO (2800 m) – TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL
You will be taken from Quito airport to the accommodation where we will meet each other and get ready for the following day.

Day 2: CITY TOUR
We will meet in the morning at the hotel. While breakfast, we will have a talk about the itinerary for the following days. After that, we will drive to the Old Town for a city tour. You will visit some well-preserved colonial architecture churches, buildings and houses. Besides that, today we will have our first acclimatization hike after checking the equipment by the evening.

Day 3: FIRST SUMMIT, RUCU PICHINCHA
We will leave Quito early in the morning. Driving east, we will arrive to a parking place where a new hike begins. We will trek on the same dirt road for about two hours and get on the trailhead to the top. Hike on a screen and rocky ridge for an hour and get to summit of this ancient volcano. The descent will be by a steep scree slope and get on the main road. Keep on the road for half hour and get to the parking lot where the transport will pick up and drive back to Quito.

Day 4: CORAZON SUMMIT
During the way up to Corazon summit, we will enjoy green lands and fantastic landscapes. But after an hour of the start we will find that the surface turns into a harder one. The ascent to Corazon 4.786-summit will take us about 8 hours. Once in there we hike down to El Chaupi again.

Day 5: NUEVOS HORIZONTES REFUGE
Nuevos Horizontes is a hut located at 4.750 meters of altitude, between two peaks called Illinizas. The climb up to there will help our body to acclimatise before our third high top: Illiniza Norte.

Day 6: ILINIZA NORTE SUMMIT
The ascent to Illiniza North top will be unbelievable. On the way we can admire green landscapes and scrambled paths. The climb will take us about 8 hours but once in the summit, you won’t want to go down. Our fifth day finishes when we get to El Chaupi after 3 hours of hiking.

Day 7: OLEAS RUALES REFUGE
We will hike from El Chaupi to Oleas Ruales Refuge at 4.600 meters in order to rest there and have some preparation for the following summit day towards Cayambe Volcano.

Day 8: CLIMBING TO CAYAMBE SUMMIT AT 5.790M
The climb up to Cayambe is amazing. During its 8-hour hike you will enjoy such versatile surroundings. Getting to the summit means we will be at 5.790 meters of high! After taking some pictures and admiring the viewpoint, we go down our base in El Chaupi.

Day 9: REST DAY IN QUILOTOA SHALALA LAGOON
We will spend our deserved resting day in the marvellous lagoon of Quilota Shalala before returning to El Chaupi to sleep and get ready for the last part of this intensive trip.

Day 10: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN WHYMPER REFUGE
Leaving El Chaupi early in the morning we will head to a hut called Whymper at 5.000 meters, the previous stop before our last summit.

Day 11: CHIMBORAZO, THE FIFTH SUMMIT
Chimborazo is considered the closest place to the sun because it is located just in the line of Ecuador, where the earth is wider, at 6.310 meters. After a hard climb we will get to the summit and celebrate we could visit the best five volcanoes of all Ecuador together!

Day 12: FINAL POINT
Once in Quito again, you are free to go home or keep visiting the amazing country of Ecuador.
You can’t tell me this adventure is not a temptation for those who like mountain challenges. I am sure you are one of them! I will be waiting for your contact to organize your trip across these five volcanoes.

What's Included


Services included in the prices:
  • Acclimatization Climbing Program
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Land transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations: 2 nights in hump day hostel; 4 nights in Hostal y Café Andes Alpes; 1 night Oleas Ruales Refuge; 1 night in Chimenea Hotel; 1 night Hermanos Carrel Refuge:
  • 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
  • Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses

Prices & Dates


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
Dates & Prices: To be determined / Contact us!
Places: On this trip, places are still available. *Available
Trip-code: Number ►Ec-1981
Duration: 5 days
Participants: Minimal: 2 Maximal: 12
Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

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