Ecuador Volcanoes Climb Overview

Chimborazo and Cayambe are challenging and beautiful mountains, but technically not too difficult. The Ecuador volcanoes expedition is done "alpine-style" with all the climbs done out of comfortable mountain huts instead of tents. A great mountaineering trip for those with high altitude climbing goals and who want to put their abilities to the test in a beautiful location.

A great introduction into high-altitude international climbing, the Ecuador volcanoes climbs offers some of the best volcano climbing in the world inlcuding Chimborazo, the highest volcano in the world. On the Chimborazo and Cayambe climbs you also have the opportunity to experience the rich Ecuadorian culture while gaining high altitude mountaineering climbing experience.

Join us on one of our favorite South American climbing expeditions. Climbing the Ecuador volcanoes with a highly experienced American mountain guide is a perfect high altitude climbing trip for those who just want an introduction of high altitude climbing or for those with even larger mountains in mind. Large glaciers and big views await.

We begin in the capitol city of Quito and then travel North to the town of Otavalo and overnight at a beautiful Ecuadorian country resort. After an acclimating hike on Fuya Fuya, it's on to the hut at Cayambe where we conitnue our acclimating and review some glacier travel skills. Then we attempt our summit of Cayambe and head back to another country resort for some rest.

Then it's on to the big one - Chimborazo. The climb of Chimborazo is a long one, strenuous but not too technically challenging. While standing on the summit of Chimborazo you are rewarding with knowing you are standing on the furthest point from the center of the world!

Success on the Chimborazo & Cayambe climbs requires basic ice axe and crampon skills and a very good fitness level. Early in the trip, your American mountain guides will review with you the glacier skills necessary to the magnificent Ecuador volcanoes.

We build flexibility into our itinerary in case of inclement weather or other unforeseen delays. We go with small group sizes, no more than six total, for more personal attention and flexibility.

We are not climbing Cotopaxi until further notice due to the 2015 eruption.



On the Climb of Chimborazo and Cayambe it is not required to have previous high altitude mountaineering experience. However, we do ask that you do have at least some basic experience using ice ax and crampons and are in very good physical shape.

2017 DATES

Nov 29 - Dec 10

2018 DATES

Jan 25 - Feb 5


COST: $3300


  • Private ground transportation throughout Ecuador
  • Local logistics support
  • Small group sizes, no more than 6 climbers
  • Lodging in 3-4 star hotels in Quito and country hacienda's outisde of the city at double occupancy and dorm-style mountain huts while on the peaks
  • All food while at the mountain huts and on the mountains


Day One
Arrive in Quito (9500 ft) and overnight at our cozy hotel in the Mariscal Sucre district.

Day Two
After a breakfast meeting, we take a gondola ride up towards Pichincha high above the city at 13,000 ft for a short acclimating hike. Overnight again in Quito.

Day Three
We leave Quito in the morning and drive into the beautiful Northern Highlands near the town of Otavalo and go on an acclimating climb on Fuya Fuya (13,986 feet), a perfect acclimating peak with spectacular views of the crater lake Mojanda. The night is spent at a country Hacienda.

Day Four
Summit day on Imbabura. We rise early for the long day of mostly steep hiking with a little scrambling at the top of this 15,200 ft volcano. The evening is spent back at our Hacienda.

Day Five
We drive to near the hut on Cayambe. We hike the remaining 1 1/2 miles to the hut while our packs and gear are shuttled via 4wd vehicle. The hut is comfortable dorm accommodations with restaurant service.

Day Six
Acclimating day near the hut on Cayambe and hike up to the glacier with Glacier skills practice at the toe of the glacier.

Day Seven
Summit attempt on Cayambe (18,996 feet). After an early alpine start, it's a moderate glacier climb with some potential short steep sections. Descend to the hut and then travel back to our comfortable hotel in Quito.

Day Eight
Rest day in Quito. Optional old city tour.

Day Nine
Drive and then hike to the hut on Chimborazo. Overnight at the hut.

Day Ten
Acclimating day at the hut on Chimborazo with a short acclimating hike. Overnight at the hut.

Day Eleven
Summit attempt day on Chimborazo (20,564 feet). A long day of steep snow and glacier climbing rewarded by standing on the top of the furthest point from the center of the earth. After our descent, we travel back to a luxurious hacienda resort in nearby Riobamba.

Day Twelve
Travel back to Quito and overnight at our hotel in Quito, or catch evening flights home.

Itinerary subject to change