The Ecuador Volcanoes offer fantastic climbing on high altitude glaciated peaks with wonderful accommodations along the way. The volcanoes are located just outside Quito, the capital city, making for short travel days in between climbs. Our program offers climbs on two major peaks in Ecuador: Cayambe (5790m/18,996ft) and Chimborazo (6263m/20,549ft), both with heavily glaciated summits. During the program, we have ample time for a technical skills review. With Quito as our base, we ascend these Ecuadorian giants and rest between climbs in Hacienda style lodges that provide an outstanding relaxation and dining experience. Our camps on these volcanoes are either European style mountain huts or tent camps. The combination of these beautiful climbs with first-rate lodging throughout makes this program very enjoyable!
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Climbs of Cayambe & Chimborazo

  • October 31 – November 11, 2020
  • November 18 – 29, 2020
  • December 12 – 23, 2020
  • January 2 – 13, 2021
  • January 24 – February 4, 2021
  • February 13 – 24, 2021
  • February 20 – March 3, 2021
  • June 1 – 12, 2021
  • June 13 – 24, 2021
  • July 4 – 15, 2021
  • July 25 – August 6, 2021
Cost USD 3,800 (min. group size of 4)
Deposit USD 1,800

Day 1: Arrive Quito (2850m/9,350ft). Airport pick-up and transfer to Hotel Mercure. Overnight at Hotel Mercure. We will conduct a brief orientation and equipment check.

Day 2: Today we “acclimatize” around Quito by touring the many beautiful colonial structures and historic districts, stopping to enjoy lunch in one of the many outdoor cafes.

Day 3: Acclimatization hike on Pasochoa (4225m/13,860ft). This is a beautiful day hike and we have lunch along the way. We return to our hotel for the evening.

Day 4: Today we depart the hotel with our gear and hike up Pichincha (4785m/15,700ft). After the day hike, we drive to Hacienda Pinsaquí, located close to the town of Otavalo. Overnight at Hacienda Pinsaquí.

Day 5: We climb the small peak of Imbabura (4630m/15,190ft) and return to Hacienda Pinsaquí for the night.

Day 6: Visit the town of Otavalo then continue to the Yanacocha Lodge (3652m/11,980ft). Overnight at the hut.

Day 7: Glacier skills on Cayambe. Overnight at the Cayambe hut (4648m/15,250ft).

Day 8: Cayambe climb (5790m/18,996ft). Summit climb, then return to Yanacocha Lodge.

Day 9: Today we travel from Yanacocha Lodge to the Estrella del Chimborazo lodge (4000m/13,125ft). We organize our gear and prepare for the next day’s climb to our high camp.

Day 10: We depart the lodge after breakfast and hike to the Castle Ridge high camp (5300m/17,388ft) on Chimborazo.

Day 11: Chimborazo climb (6263m/20,549ft). Summit day! We begin our climb before dawn and reach the summit of Chimborazo shortly after sunrise. The summit of Chimborazo is the closest point to the sun, and we savor this spectacular mountain top view. We descend and drive back to our hotel in Quito for a celebration dinner.

Day 12: Transfer to the airport and flight back home.

Cayambe & Chimborazo Expeditions

  • October 31 – November 11, 2020
  • November 18 – 29, 2020
  • December 12 – 23, 2020
  • January 2 – 13, 2021
  • January 24 – February 4, 2021
  • February 13 – 24, 2021
  • February 20 – March 3, 2021
  • June 1 – 12, 2021
  • June 13 – 24, 2021
  • July 4 – 15, 2021
  • July 25 – August 6, 2021
Cost: USD 3,800 (min. group size of 4)
Deposit: USD 1,800

Costs Include:

  • Airport Pick up
  • 3 star hotels in Quito
  • Park entrance fees
  • Climbing permit fees
  • Hut fees
  • Hacienda lodges
  • All meals while climbing
  • Guide service (Ecuadorian or American)

Costs Do Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Personal Items
  • Meals in Quito
  • Option to upgrade to single room
  • Fees for early departure
  • Trip cancellation insurance or the required medical evacuation insurance
  • Bank wire transfer fees, if applicable
  • Airport taxes

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds for the deposit or balance payments for this expedition. This includes but is not limited to, expeditions that conclude without reaching or making progress towards expedition objective(s) (for example, the summit) due to route conditions, weather, insufficient manpower, or any other factor outside the control of Madison Mountaineering.
  • Expedition leader has the final say on the expedition conclusion and will make all best efforts towards reaching expedition objective(s) within our margin of safety.
  • Participants that choose to leave an active expedition for any reason are not entitled to any refunds
  • Madison Mountaineering, LLC highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions
  • Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Madison Mountaineering must adhere to a stringent refund policy
  • Deposit due with registration materials
  • All balances are due 120 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified
  • Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their funds and their place on the expedition

Note: Madison Mountaineering, LLC reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible. Deposits paid by participants acknowledge the above cancellation terms.

Print Gear List

Base Layers

  • Synthetic Short Underwear (1-2 pair): non-cotton style underwear
  • Lightweight Long Underwear (1-2 pair): long sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Heavyweight Long Underwear (1 pair)
  • Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1-2)

Mid Layers

  • Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
  • Soft Shell Pants: very breathable and water repellant
  • Mid-Layer Top: lightweight layer for use over base layers
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants

Windproof/Rain Layers

  • Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
  • Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants

Insulation Layers

  • Heavyweight Insulated Down Jacket with hood
  • Insulated Pants


  • Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds
  • Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • Bandana or Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun


  • Glacier Glasses: full protection with side covers or wrap around
  • Ski Goggles: to be worn in the event of high winds – (2nd pair optional)


  • Lightweight Synthetic Base Layer Gloves (2 pair): for wearing on warm days
  • Soft Shell Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind
  • Shell Glove with Insulated Liner: to wear for severe cold/strong wind
  • Expedition Mitts: large enough to fit a liner glove inside


  • Liner Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots: comfortable hiking boots
  • Gaiters

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F
  • Self-inflating Sleeping Pad: full length is preferred
  • Closed-cell Foam Pad: to be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping
  • Earplugs

Mountaineering Gear

  • Expedition Backpack: approximately 65L
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc. in your pack
  • Trash Compactor Bags: to line backpack and stuff sacks as well as for separating gear
  • Backpack Rain Cover (optional)
  • Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets: adjustable
  • Ice Axe: general mountaineering tool (65cm)
  • Crampons: general mountaineering crampons
  • Climbing Helmet: must be able to fit over your warm hat
  • Alpine Climbing Harness: mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops. Not a rock-climbing “sport” harness
  • Carabineers: 2 regular, 4 locking
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries

Travel Items

  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting gear
  • Small Duffel Bag with Lock: to store items in the hotel(s) while on the climb
  • Travel Clothes and Shoes: for days in cities and towns
  • Lightweight journal, sketchbook, pencils, pen
  • U.S. cash: for currency exchange to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and towns

Additional Food Items

  • Snack Food: bring a few days supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. variety of salty and sweet is good

Other Equipment

  • Cup: plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
  • Bowl: large plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast
  • Spoon: plastic spoon (Lexan)
  • Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity
  • Water Bottle Parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening
  • Water Treatment
  • Thermos (optional): 1 liter
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
  • Lip Screen (2 sticks): SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer (2 small bottles)
  • Pee Bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Knife or Multi-tool (optional)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring personal medications, antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), altitude medicine such as Diamox, etc.
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas (optional)

Optional Electronics

Madison Mountaineering is recognized for well thought out strategy in leading high altitude climbing expeditions, as well as high-quality service throughout. We have two decades of experience in the planning and coordination of mountaineering expeditions, our reputation is excellent. We strive to make each expedition the best possible experience for our climbers and focus on our 3 primary goals of success in reaching the summit, returning safely, and having fun! Safety is always our number one priority.

Our guides are some of the best and most experienced in the industry, having a strong grasp of technical climbing, expedition, and high altitude experience, along with strong interpersonal skills. Our teams are small and equipped with the best support available to ensure the highest chance of success. We are renowned for our comfortable base camps, high-quality food, first-rate communications, and medical support services, all of which are overseen by a professional member of our team.

Most of our climbers have either climbed with us before, been referred by a friend who has climbed with us, or met one of our teams while attempting another peak and decided to join us for their next expedition. We work hard to facilitate safe, successful, and enjoyable expeditions for all of our climbers. Our track record and past climber testimonials prove we are highly competent experts in our field and love what we do!

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