Cayambe Volcano

Cayambe with 18.996 ft / 5.790 m of height, is a beautiful active volcano, and the highest point on the equator line that splits the Earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

It is located inside of the Cayambe-Coca National Park in the western Andes of Ecuador, 60 km / 37 mi north of Quito.  It is the third highest elevation in Ecuador and due to the required skills and technical levels, it is ideal for start the reach the tallest peaks of the country.
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Climbing average time 10 hours
Fitness Level Difficult
Skill Level Moderate
Maximum Elevation 5,790 m/18,996 ft
Minimum Elevation 4,600 m/15091 ft
Requisites Previous acclimatization, good shape, mountaineering basics

ITINERARY

DAY ONE

We will drive two hours from Quito to Cayambe-Coca National Park and settle-in at Oleas Berge hut at 4.600 m / 15.100 ft. Then we will get ready for practice basic techniques for glaciers travel.

In the afternoon, we will return to the hut to prepare equipment and rest for a while. Early dinner at 18:00 and sleep time, since we will wake up at midnight to attempt the summit! (BL/D)

DAY TWO

We will wake-up at midnight, dress up and have breakfast. The ascent hike start around 1:00 and takes approximately 6-7 hours to get the summit depending on the pace. After enjoy the summit for a while start the descent that takes about 3 hours.

Once in the hut, we will have time to have a nap and then pack up everything and return. On the way to Quito, we will have a well deserve lunch in Cayambe to celebrate!.  (B/BL/L)

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Volcano Cayambe
  • Third highest volcano of Ecuador
  • Panoramic view of the “Volcano Avenue”
  • Andean moor
  • Flora and fauna of the moor
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified ASEGUIM guides (2:1 climber/guide ratio)
  • Meals: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Safe drinking water
  • Accommodation in Oleas Bergé hut
  • Permits and park fees
  • Climbing gear: helmet, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, rope and carabineers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • Comfortable backpack for the climb (30-40 L)
  • Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
  • Winter hat and/or face mask
  • Thermal and waterproof gloves
  • Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Sunglasses and sun screen
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Bottles or thermos to refill water

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Extra liner or thermal gloves

2D CAYAMBE CLIMBING

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