Glacier Climbing to the Highest Points of the Equator



Chimborazo (20,564′)



June 18-26, 2016

January 21-29, 2017

(9 days)

Climbs of Rucu Pichincha,

Cayambe and Chimborazo



img_0001_15Sunset views from camp on Cayambe at 15,500′.
Trip Ascents include:

  • Rucu Pichincha (15,250′)
  • Cayambe (18,995′)
  • Chimborazo (20,565′)
Ecuador is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in South America and a trip here is one of the ultimate adventures for any climber (and skier) who wants to discover the thrills of high-altitude glacier climbing in an exotic location.  

IFMGA Guides Eli Helmuth and Alejo Lazzati have successfully climbed these volcanoes hundreds of times over the last 22 years with a diverse variety of climbing clients.  This is one of our favorite areas due to the beauty of the country and its people, and the quality of the climbing on these high-altitude volcanoes.

Alejo is a local Quiteno of Argentinian descent which explains his love for quality beef.  As a paramedic and WMI trainer, Alejo provides top-notch guiding services while sharing his love of the Ecuadorian culture and countryside.


All of our trips are inclusive with in-country transportation, hotels, 2-1 IFMGA guiding ratio on Chimborazo, group equipment, and tasty mountain food included.

June 18-26 Itinerary

June 18:  Arrive in Ecuador, stay in Quito Hotel.

June 19:  Hike and 3rd class climb to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (15,230′).

June 20:  Rest day and visit old town Quito.

June 21:  Travel to the base of Cayambe and stay in a comfortable lodge on the flanks of the mountain.

June 22:  Climb Cayambe via 3,600′ of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito for celebratory dinner.

June 23:  Rest day in Quito, visit Capilla del Hombre.

June 24:  Travel to the lower Chimborazo hut. Prepare to climb.

June 25:  Climb Chimborazo via 4,000 feet of snow and ice climbing up to 45 degrees.  Return to Quito.

June 26: Return flights to the United States or continue to visit Ecuadorian Amazon or Galapagos Islands

Happy team on the summit of Cotopaxi on a picture perfect day.

Price Includes:

1.   Services of an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide.

2.   Shared lodging in Quito at 3 star hotel with free wireless and breakfast.

3.  Transport to/from mountains via 4×4 vehicle.

4.  All hut and park entrance fees.

5.  All dinners and breakfasts in huts.

6.  Group-climbing equipment.

Price Does Not Include:

1. Personal travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.

2. Transfers to/from airport in Quito.

3. Personal clothing and gear.

4. City meals and drinks.

5. Recommended travel and trip insurance.


Weaving through seracs on the Cayambe Glacier.

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