Climbing Cayambe

The High Cold Place (5790m)

Enjoy a safe climbing tour on Cayambe

Ecuador is a Must-See country  for every  Hiker and Mountaineer, because of its accessible volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Antizana and Iliniza,  Carihuairazo, they can’t be unseen in the Volcano Avenue. Still, the summit of the Cayambe stands out. The fascinating peak is an enriching climb, not only due to its height of 5790 mt but for the artistic glaciers and remarkable ascents make Cayambe a great climbing experience.

Cayambe summit with Sierra Nevada

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 destination for mountaineers and climbers seeking a challenge in the Ecuadorian Andes.

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

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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’s 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 wakes 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.