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Sangay is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Climbing this mountain is a real adventure. The access to the base camp is difficult but very rewarding. On the 3-day hike to the camp you will pass through beautiful flora, and with some luck you may catch a glimpse of the endangered spectacled bear or woolly tapir. This expedition requires not only an excellent physical health, but above all an adventurous spirit.


  • Mountain guide (1 guide climbs with maximum 2 clients)
  • Transportation from / to Riobamba
  • Accomodation in tents
  • Meals and Water
  • Camping equipment
  • Climbing equipment
  • Pack horses / porters for the equipment

Sangay Climbing


Day 1

Sangay Climbing

At 8:00 a.m. we leave Riobamba or Quito 5:00 a.m and drive for 2 hours for Riobamaba and 5 hours for Quito southeast to Guargualla, a small indigenous village at 3200 m. / 10.499 f. Here we pack our equipment on horses, and then we start our expedition. After 5 - 6 hours hiking we arrive at the first camp, at Rincon Escaleras.

Day 2

Sangay Climbing

We head southeast until we arrive at Plazapampa, a plain. We continue hiking and arrive at a part with a more dense vegetation, and we have to cross several rivers and swamps. After 6 - 7 hours we arrive at the Yanayacu river (which means Black Waters in Quichua). We camp at 3400 m. / 11.155 f. altitude.

Day 3

Sangay Climbing

From Yanayacu we hike for about 5 - 6 hours until we reach La Playa (3600 m. / 11.811 ft.), the Sangay base camp at 3600 m. / 11.811 f. Because of the clouds it is not always possible to see the volcano, but always you can hear its small explosions.

Day 4

Sangay Climbing

Shortly after midnight we hike from the base camp to the foot of the volcano, where we start the ascent. The climb to the summit, first on lava and then on snow, normally takes 6 to 8 hours. It is not technical but it is steep, and we have to watch out for falling rocks and be alert if the volcano starts one of its numerous eruptions (which may force us to descend). With clear weather, we will have breathtaking views of the Amazon jungle and of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. We descend to the base camp to rest.

Days 5, 6 and 7

Sangay Climbing

We return following the same route to Guargualla. On day 7 we arrive at Guargualla and return by car to Riobamba or until Quito. Arrival at about 6:00 p.m. finish our services.