Mount Cayambe is a prominent stratovolcano located in the Ecuadorian Andes, approximately 70 kilometers northeast of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. It is the third-highest mountain in Ecuador, with an elevation of 5,790 meters (18,996 feet) above sea level.
One of the distinctive features of Mount Cayambe is its permanent glaciers. The mountain is known for having one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world. The glaciers on Cayambe are vital water sources for the surrounding region and are popular among mountaineers and climbers. The highest of these glaciers, located on the summit, is called the “Cumbre Roca,” and it presents a challenging but rewarding ascent for experienced climbers. Due to the equatorial location of Cayambe, the glaciers are relatively low in latitude compared to glaciers in other parts of the world.
The surrounding area of Mount Cayambe is also known for its rich biodiversity and is part of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, a protected area that encompasses diverse ecosystems, including paramo, cloud forest, and Andean grasslands. The mountain and its surrounding environment offer stunning natural landscapes, making it a popular destination for both nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers
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Transfer from Quito to Cayambe refuge, the drive takes about 2 hours, – Lunch is provided on the way at Cayambe town, and from here we drive to Cayambe national park
after registration we need to use 4×4 local trucks for reaching the refuge, the road to the refuge is in constant road works, and there may be some delays on the way.
Dinner is served at 5 pm – rest for the afternoon early night
12 am Midnight the group starts the climb to the summit
Midnight start climb to the summit the terrain is firstly rock, then it changes to glacier, from here is a steep ramp to the summit
Summit window between 6-8 am – then return to Refuge for breakfast, and right after drive back to Quito
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Even though this mountain is open for climbing all year round, the best months are June – September, and November – February [/tg_program]
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