ACCLIMATIZATION & CAYAMBE ASCENT


Cayambe volcano is the highest point on the earth's surface at the equator. Climbing the artistic glaciers of this fabulous mountain can be considered a unique and magnificent experience in one of the most impressive natural monuments on the planet.

Ecuador mountains and volcanoes offer a wide range of classic rock, snow, and ice routes with unparalleled accessibility for beginners and expert climbers. On this acclimatization and skills training tour, our explorer guests have the opportunity to ascend Cayambe Volcano (18,996 ft – 5,790 m), the white snow cone, and artistic glaciers.


MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • Explore the natural, historical and cultural biodiversity of Ecuador
  • Develop climbing skills on snow and ice
  • Reach the summit of Cayambe Volcano (18,996 ft – 5,790 m)

PREREQUISITES:

  • A good level of physical condition
  • Previous experience in camping in natural environments
  • Previous climbing experience is not required

PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Hikes and treks from 4 to 10 hours
  • Progressive ascents and descents in altitude.
  • Each climber carries their own personal gear with staff assistance for the expedition group.

ACCLIMATIZATION | TREKKING | CLIMBING

On this great expedition our team will accompany you to visit breathtaking places of natural beauty, culture and history unique in the world, because when you travel with us you will embark on memorable tours with the guidance of experienced and expert professionals whose priority is to offer quality and efficiency in all our services.


Day 1: Arrival in Quito, Ecuador

This day is designated to travel to Ecuador and get settled in the country, our guides will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.


Day 2: Fuya Fuya Hill

Our expedition begins with the journey to the north of Ecuador, in the 2-hour trip we will cross different towns and villages of the Andes Mountains until we reach one of the most popular and recognized tourist destinations in the world, Otavalo (8,366 ft - 2,550 m). There we will take a rustic road that will take us to the Mojanda Lagoon (13,986 ft - 4,263 m), where we will begin our trekking of the Fuya Fuya hill. (14,074 ft - 4,290 m). After the hike, we will descend to Otavalo to rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 3: Imbabura Volcano

In the morning we will head 8 k (5 miles) south of Otavalo to reach the foothills of Imbabura volcano, in our ascent we will pass through extremely fertile slopes of agricultural production, at altitude (13,779 ft - 4,200 m) we will start a rocky traverse that will lead us to the summit (15,121 ft - 4,609 m), from here we will be able to appreciate the valley of Otavalo town, the San Pablo lagoon, the Peguche waterfalls and the imposing beauty of our main objective the Cayambe volcano. After descending we will return to our hotel in Otavalo. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 4: Cuicocha trekking & Otavalo Market

This day we will visit the main tourist attractions of Otavalo, we will start with a walk around the Cuicocha Crater Lake (10,065 ft - 3,068 m), then we will continue to the town of Cotacachi to appreciate the famous handicrafts made in Ecuadorian leather, in the afternoon we will continue to the traditional indigenous market of Otavalo (9,350 ft - 2,850 m), here we will take a tour of its culture, history, and tradition. In addition, we will have time to buy handicrafts and enjoy the colorful market. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch, Dinner.


Day 5: Cayambe Volcano - Ruales Berg Orleas Hub

With the breeze of the sun, we will head to the Cayambe-Coca National Park crossing small valleys and rural villages of the Andean foothills. On this route we will ascend steep and rough roads of full 4wd for our jeeps, once we overcome these traverses we will arrive at the refuge of the third highest mountain in Ecuador after the Chimborazo and the Cotopaxi. Already installed in the refuge Ruales Berg Orleas (15,092 ft - 4,600 m), we will continue with the basic induction of climbing skills on the Cayambe glaciers, then return for lunch, prepare our equipment and rest for the ascent to the summit. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 6: Summit Cayambe Volcano

Summit day! Our ascent will begin at midnight to take advantage of the firm snow conditions created by the low nighttime temperatures. The route will take us through moderate level rocky terrain until we reach the glacier access point, where we will set up our climbing gear and continue up 35-degree slopes until we reach Picos Jarrín (17,390 ft - 5,300 m), after resting and hydrating we will continue ascending steeper and more exposed terrain. As we approach the summit we will cross some crevasses and seracs of the classic traverse. Once we reach the summit (18,996 ft - 5,790 m) we will be able to appreciate spectacular views of the Andean valleys and other volcanoes such as Antisana and Cotopaxi. After congratulating ourselves for having reached our main objective, we will descend to the refuge to rest and then return to our hotel in Quito, where we will enjoy a celebratory meal together. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


Day 7: Flights Home

Hugs and farewells, transfer to the airport and flights home.


Inclusions: AM Expeditions Leadership (Registered company); Certified Mountain Guides (IFMGA, ASEGUIM | English – Spanish); All logistics and organisation for sightseeing tours; Lodging in hotels, haciendas, huts, and tents on a shared basis for the dates of your program (available on a private basis by special arrangement, subject to availability, and at added cost); meals while at huts and while climbing; group cooking equipment; admissions to museums and national parks; technical mountain gear (helmet, climbing harness, triple-action locking carabiner, ice ax, mountaineering boots, crampons); private transportation during trip.

Exclusions: Airfare; personal equipment; extra meals and beverages at hotels, haciendas and lodges; gratuities to guides; government and airport taxes; inoculations; personal insurance; excess baggage fees; personal expenses.

Getting There

Several airlines offer daily flights to Quito International Airport (UIO). Depending on how you book your flight, it may arrive in the early morning hours. Flights departing from Quito can be booked for any time.


Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required when traveling to Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.


Update on requirements for entry into ecuador by covid variant-19

When boarding the airline, all persons must present the digital Traveller’s Health Declaration, available at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/

  • Persons over 16 years of age must present a covid-19 vaccination card, which is at least 14 days old after completion of the vaccination schedule. In addition, a qualitative real-time RT-PCR test, with negative result, performed up to 72 hours prior to embarkation to Ecuador.
  • Minors between 2 and 16 years of age must present a negative real-time RTPCR qualitative test result performed up to 72 hours prior to shipment.

Airport Arrival

Upon arrival at the Quito airport, follow the signs to the Arrivals Building. Proceed to the Immigrations desk for foreign travelers. They will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Ecuador. After you have gathered your baggage and passed through Customs you will find a departure gate where our team will be waiting to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel set out in the itinerary.


Communication

Ecuador – country code +593. Most areas have mobile access and wifi connection.


Money

The current currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Consult a financial newspaper for the current exchange rate before departure. Cash machines are readily available in Quito and Credit cards are accepted in most areas.


TRIP DATES 2022: AVAILABLE


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