The Cayambe volcano, an imposing stratovolcano that rises majestically to an altitude of around 5,790 m.a.s.l. Its summit is crowned by perpetual snow and several glaciers, being a symbol of the natural beauty of the Andes and the third highest peak in the country. It is a popular destination for mountaineers and mountain lovers, offering several ascent routes, the Normal Route from the Ruales-Oleas-Berge refuge being the most common. Although considered active, Cayambe has not had significant eruptions in recent times, but its activity continues to be closely monitored. Its presence in the Ecuadorian landscape is a testament to the grandeur of nature and its impact on the region.


Day 1
Pick-up & Hike to the Refuge
  • Departure from Quito - Cayambe (Lunch)
  • Arrival at Ruales Oleas Bergé Refuge 4.600 mts.
  • Talk about the use of technical mountain equipment.
  • Rest until midnight.
Day 2
Ascent to the Summit & Return
  • We will wake up at midnight.
  • 5-6 hour hike to the summit.
  • Arrival to the summit of Cayambe 5.790 mts.
  • Return to Quito 2 - 3 pm approx.

Hard Climbing

Average time 5 to 6 hours


  • Certified guide (English)
  • Private transportation
  • Food
  • Lodging in the refuges
  • Technical equipment


  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Expenses not specified in the itinerary


  • Important Documents: Don’t forget to bring your passport or identification card. Keep them in a safe place, such as a zippered travel bag.
  • Warm clothing: insulated jacket, sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirts. Comfortable and durable hiking pants. Trekking socks (preferably merino wool or moisture wicking material). Hat or cap to protect from the sun. Lightweight gloves and hat to keep warm at high altitudes.
  • Suitable footwear: Waterproof and waterproof trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Backpack: Small, sturdy backpack to carry your essential belongings during the hike.
  • Camera and Binoculars: If you are a photography lover, don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
  • Food and water: Don’t forget to bring water to keep you hydrated during the trek. Food for trekking: energy and nutritious food such as energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, dried fruits, instant soups, etc.
  • Sun Block and Sunglasses: Broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the strong high mountain sun. Sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from sun glare in the snow.


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