Experience an overnight climbing adventure at Volcano Cayambe is the 3rd highest volcano in Ecuador (19,000 feet high) located in the Cayambe, Coca Ecological Reserve in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes. At an altitude of 15,000 feet on it's south slope, is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator and the only point on the Equator with snow cover.
In these two nights you will have the chance to climb the Cayambe volcano. The climb takes between 5 - 7 hours while the decent will be around 2 hours.
Climbing at this altitude can be very difficult, so please be sure that you are well prepared. We recommend acclimatizing by spending at least six nights above 3000m’ and climbing twice around 5000m in the same week. If you so this you will have a higher chance of making a successful climb.
All times are approximate, except starting time.
Included in package: professional bilingual guide (1 guide per 2 persons), transportation from Papagayo Norte to Cayambe and return, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 midnight meal, night at the refuge, special climbing equipment.
Not included: transportation from Quito and return, tips, celebration lunch (optional 10$)
Special climbing equipment which is included: polar pants, plastic climbing boots, gaiters, polar jacket, crampons, outside gloves, waterproof pants/ jacket, ice axe and climbing harness.
Necessary Equipment which is not included: sleeping bag comfort zone -5°C (41°F), big and small back pack (rent for $10), camelback type vessel for water (rent for $10), water, inside polar gloves, energy drinks and snacks, camera, sun cream, head lamp (rent for $10), warm walking trousers, sunglasses, puffer jacket or similar, wool hat, walking sticks, face mask, large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the base up to the refuge). Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc).
The renting of equipment should be confirmed in advance with your agent.
Important Notice: Mountain climbing can be a high risk activity which can expose your physical ability to extreme conditions. For this reason we highly recommend to realize a previous appointment with your doctor for a general physical check-up. We also recommend to not being taking any medication during your climbs, but in case you have to, you must previously ask your guide for authorization to take those medications during the tour.
It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.