Climbing Cayambe

The High Cold Place (5790m)

Enjoy a safe climbing tour on the Cayambe in Ecuador

Ecuador is a Must-See for every traveler, especially because the volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Antizana can’t be unseen in the Vulcano-Street-Panorama. Still, the summit of the Cayambe stands out. The fascinating peak is an enriching climb, not only due to its hight of 5790m. The artistic glaciers and remarkable ascents make Cayambe great climbing experience.

 

The Cayambe summit with Sierra Nevada Expeditions

The Cayambe in Ecuador includes a discovery tour through the Vulcanoes of the holocene and lays in the central mountain range in northern Ecuador. It is not only the third highest summit in Ecuador but also the third highest mountain above the equator. In fact, the equator line goes right through the southern glacier. The name Cayambe can be traced back either to the native Caranqui word “kayan“, which means “ice” or the Quechua word “cahan“, meaning “high, cold place”. Laying just 65km outside of Quito, Cayambe is a great destiination for mountaineers and climbers seeking for a challenge in the Andes.

Climbing the Cayambe volcano is not a very technical climb and the crevasses easy to cross, still it’s a fun and spectacular experience. We recommend the Cayambe tour to inexperienced climbers for training the movement on glaciers and ice.

Climbing Cayambe – Summary

Cayambe was one of Ecuador’s less explored major peaks, but, due to Cotopaxi’s reputation, this mountain became the second top option among the snow-capped Ecuadorian volcanoes. The hut at 4600m provides several facilities and relatively good comfort. Cayambe can be climbed all year round, although from June to December it is said to be the driest months.

Day 1 – Equator Line and Cayambe Hut

Departure from Quito north east direction towards Cayambe village. On our way we have the possibility to stop at the small monument of the Equator line. Thereafter, we will drive uphill along a muddy road until we reach the refuge (4600 m). There, we can enjoy gorgeous views of the nearby glaciers and scout the normal route.

Day 2 –  Cayambe Summit

Midnight wake up. After a light breakfast we will climb up to the edge of the glacier. Following the standard route and after fording some easy glacier crevasses we will reach the summit in about 6 hours. Returning  to the mountain hut will take us about 3 hours.  After having breakfast, relaxing and packing we will drive back to Quito.