Cayambe Summit (2 Days)

General Information

Cayambe Summit - 2 Day Tour

A popular destination for climbers, the 5,790 meter peak of the Cayambe volcano is Ecuador's third highest peak. The climb is challenging, and is recommended only for those with good physical fitness and acclimatization to altitude, however climbing experience is not essential.

Considered to be extinct, with its last eruption in 1786, this volcano has one of the most beautiful glaciated peaks in Ecuador. The slopes of the Caymbe volcano are mostly contained within the Cayambe Coca reserve, a protected area of over 4000 square kilometers extending from the glacial peak of the volcano down to the Amazon region, and include the highest point along the equator line in the world.

For the Cayambe climb, there is a minimum of one guide for every two climbers. Climbing equipment is provided for these tours, and there is a minimum of 2 passengers for these tours (tours are possible for one climber with a private guide, but significantly more expensive). All climbing tours are high risk activities; travel insurance is strongly recommended. While we select the most experienced, quality operators and guides available, neither Eos Ecuador or the tour operators can accept responsibility for accidents or health issues. For all climbing tours, weather conditions or other safety related factors may result in the cancellation of the climb, and if your climbing partner must return to the refuge due to altitude sickness or physical limitations, you may be required to return as well. No refunds are given in these cases.


Itineraries listed below are subject to minor changes.


We depart from Quito at 9:00 AM for the town of Cayambe, and after a stop in town to purchase supplies and snacks we continue to the refuge of Cayambe (road conditions may require some hiking to reach the refuge). Lunch, then some time to practice on the glacier. Dinner and rest.


Wake at about midnight, breakfast then we begin our ascent. After about an hour of climbing we reach the glacier; we continue our climb with crampons and ropes to the summit, about another 5 hours. Once we reach the summit, a chance to rest then we return to the refuge below, organize our equipment, and return to Quito.


2018 Rates (minimum 2 climbers)

  • 2 days: $290 USD per person with even number of climbers. Private guide additional.
  • Please contact us for individual pricing or for larger groups

Tour Includes:

  • Professional, certified ountain guide (1 guide climbs with maximum 2 persons)
  • Transportation from / to Quito
  • Accommodations in mountain refuge
  • Meals (Box lunch, dinner, breakfast) and coffee, tea, purified drinking water
  • Complete climbing equipment (including double-lined plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, harness with carabiner, rope, 
gaiters, gloves and mittens, fleece sweater and fleece pants, balaclava, headlamp, warm sleeping bag) as needed

Tour Excludes:

  • All not mentioned above
  • Equipment: Sunglasses, water bottle, socks, batteries, backpack, sunscreen
  • National Park entry fees, if applicable
  • Tips, personal expenses

Things to Bring

Things to Bring

Below are suggested items to bring for your climb. If you do not have any of these items, ask and we may be able to loan certain items.

  • Backpack appropriate for climbing
  • Warm, layerable, fast drying clothing including thermal layer if possible
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water and windproof jacket and pants
  • Headlamp and/or batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle



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