Experience climbing two of the most spectacular volcanoes in Ecuador, the Imbabura and Cayambe. This 5-day tour includes a visit to the indigenous city of Otavalo In only five day you will summit the the 3rd highest peak in the country, the powerful Cayambe Volcano! Accompanied by a qualified and bilingual guide you will acquire the necessary skills to climb the mountains.
Once you reached the top of these mountains, you can appreciate some incredible landscapes that reflect Ecuador and its wonders.
Make your way or get a private transfer to Hostería Loma Larga.
Night in Hosteria Loma Larga
Imbabura volcano is 8 km (5 miles) south of Otavalo overlooking the San Pablo Lagoon, which flows into the Peguche waterfalls. The volcano has not erupted for the past 14,000 years but is not believed to be inactive. Local farmers use the lower slopes for agricultural production as they are extremely fertile. The climb to the peak is a rocky one but is well worth the effort as the views from the peak are the surrounding Otavalo area are spectacular.
After breakfast you will enjoy a day of rest at Hostería Loma Larga. Optional, not included activities: Hiking, Visit of Roses farms (Monday to Friday), Biking or Horse Riding. Please check in reception for the organization of any of those activities.
Volcano Cayambe is the 3rd highest volcano in Ecuador at 5,790 m (19,000 ft). It is located in the Cayambe – Coca Ecological Reserve in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes, 70 km (43 miles) north-east of Quito. At the altitude of 4,690 m (15,387 ft) on its southern slope, it is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator and the only point on the Equator with snow cover.
Reaching the top may be very technical, and requires knowledge and mountaineering experience, however, the effort of climbing through the immense glacier and its massive ice, will arrive by sunrise, as the landscape of the northern hills of Quito and surrounding cities and lagoons such as Lago San Pablo and Laguna Cuicocha are discovered from the summit.
The climb takes between 5 – 7 hours while the decent will be around 2 hours. Professional ice equipment is necessary, as well as the presence of a professional guide.
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 3,000 m (9,843 ft) and climbing twice around 5,000 m (16,000 ft) in the same week. This can be achieved through a Gulliver acclimatization program such as the 7 or 5 day program. Following an acclimatization program offers a much higher chance of making a successful climb.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions or health risks), you will might be unable to reach the summit of Cayambe & Imbabura. That being said however, we do promise not only a fantastic but unforgettable experience, complete with fully qualified and highly experienced guides, fresh and hearty meals, lots of laughter, and of course good cold beers!
** NOTE: In case you do not want to use the previous night to the first climb, you can change it for a Quito-Hosteria Or Hosteria-Quito transfer**
Special climbing equipment included
Necessary Equipment not included
*Reasonably backpack (35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Cayambe summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)
**Large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the Cayambe base up to the refuge)
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.