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Summiting Ecuador’s Three Highest Peaks

Three incredible mountains, each with their own speciality!

Description

Ecuador provides a really special opportunity to summit a number of iconic mountains all within a single holiday, weather permitting. The three highest peaks are Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Cayambe and all three have something remarkable that sets them aside from other mountains.

Cayambe (5790m) is the highest point on the equator and due to its glacier means it is the only point on the equator that is covered with snow all year round. Cotopaxi (5897m) is a active volcano that last erupted as recently as 2016 and when you reach the summit you can look directly down into the smouldering crater. Chimborazo (6268m) is the highest mountain in Ecuador and due to the equatorial bulge, is the furthest point from the centre of the earth and therefore the closest you can get to space.

What makes these mountains especially appealing is that they are all non technical climbs. Please note that by law you will need a local guide.

Chimborazo - Highest Mountain in Ecuador

Chimborazo - Highest Mountain in Ecuador

16.6 km
1,478 m
A Successful Summit to the Further Point from Centre of the Earth
Difficult
Private
Summiting Cotopaxi (5897m)

Summiting Cotopaxi (5897m)

5.1 km
1,028 m
Ecuador's 2nd Highest Mountain
Difficult
Private
Cayambe - The highest point on the equator

Cayambe - The highest point on the equator

7.3 km
1,193 m
Cayambe is the third highest peak in Ecuador and is situated about 2-3 hours north of Quito.
Difficult
Private