Climb the famous Cayambe Volcano with high altitude acclimatization with our certified Aseguim lead guides. Cayambe is the third highest mountain in Ecuador With easy access from a comfortable hut, the glaciers of Cayambe offer an outstanding venue for our Mountaineering School.

This program is for climbers who want to get well acclimatized before the big Cayambe ascent. In 7 days we will climb to the top of 3 mountains . We recommend good fitness health to ensure you enjoy the Cayambe Climbing experience.

Quito 2800m

Fuya Fuya 4263m

Imbabura Summit 4610m

Cayambe Oleas Ruales Refuge 4600m

Cayambe Summit 5790m


  • Private transportation in guide´s car
  • Local certified English/Spanish Mountain Guide IFMGA (International Federation of
    Mountain Guide) or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) / ratio 2 climbers – 1 guide
  • Accommodation in hotels (double occupancy) and Oleas Ruales Refuge
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
  • National Park fees
  • Transportation, accommodation, meals for guide


  • International flights
  • Single supplement
  • Not mentioned meals and beverages
  • Glacier, climbing and extra trekking gear (we can assist with the rental)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extras and services not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Itinerary in 6 Days

Early arrival in Quito and visit the Equator line and the Intiñan museum.

Overnight in the hotel

Drive north for about 2 hours through the mountains of the Andes we reach one of the most popular tourist destinations, Otavalo.

There we will take a small road, which will take us to the Mojanda lagoon, we will head out for our first acclimatization peak.

Fuya Fuya rises over 14,000ft and provides a beautiful walk through high alpine meadows to the rocky summits.

Drive back to Otavalo and overnight (B/BL/-)

We will wake up very early and drive for about 1.5hrs to Imbabura.

Our second acclimatization peak is over 15,000ft and will take most of the day.

This imposing mountain has the perfect positive slope to train in altitude, from 3400m to 4600m. The climb requires 3rd-4th class terrain near the summit.

Return to Otavalo and dinner. (B/BL/-)

Today, we will have a late breakfast and make last minute purchases at the Otavalo market before heading to the Cayambe Refuge. The drive to the Refuge takes about 3 hours from Otavalo.

We will have lunch and head up to the glacier for ice practice and training.

We will learn some basic techniques on how to handle the climbing equipment (rope, crampons, ice axe). Dinner and early rest in preparation for the climb of Cayambe the following night/day

Food will be served at the refuge and we will spend the night here. (B/BL/D)

We will wake up at midnight to get ready .

After a light breakfast, we will start our adventure up to the top, it will takes us 5-7 hours before hitting the summit around sunrise.

From the summit of Ecuador’s third highest peak (18,996ft) we have stunning views of Antisana, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Imbabura, and many more high peaks throughout the country.

We will take our time for pictures of the beautiful surroundings and then we will head back to the refuge in 3 to 4 hours.

At the refuge we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and from here, we head up to Quito. (B/-/-/)

Transfer to the airport to take your flight back home (B/-/-/)

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