Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition



Climb the highest mountains on the Equator and walk above the clouds at over 6000m in altitude. On the Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition, you will gain valuable high altitude experience and skills that will take your mountaineering to the next level. The Andean mountain range in Ecuador is the perfect training environment. Here you will be able to climb peaks that are technically straightforward with easy access. Each day you will be able to acclimatize slowly by hiking around beautiful crater lagoons and up easy 4000m peaks. You will also learn all the necessary alpine climbing skills in a relatively safe environment on the glaciers of Cayambe. Afterwards, your newly acquired skills will be tested when you climb Chimborazo (6268m) and Cayambe (5790m).


  • Climb Chimborazo (6280m) - the highest mountain in Ecuador and closest point on earth to the Sun
  • Climb Cayambe (5790m) - the highest point in the world on the Equator
  • Ice climb and learn glacier skills on the Equator
  • Hike up two 4000m volcanoes {Fuya Fuya (4200m) & Imbabura (4630m)}
  • Acclimatization hike around Ecuador's most beautiful lagoon - Cuicocha Lagoon (3450m)
  • Free Private tour of Quito's Historic Center and the Intiñan Museum on the true Equator

Quick details

  • Date: 16 December - 29 December 2019
  • Expedition duration: 14 days/13 nights
  • Effort level: Extremely hard
  • Technical level: Moderate (max Alpine rating of PD)
  • Tour limit: 8 clients
  • IFMGA or ASEGUIM English speaking guides

Tour Cost

  • 2695 per person (USD)
  • 25% deposit required to make booking
  • Balance to be paid in cash by EFT by 15 November 2019

***Book by 30 September 2019 and receive a 15% discount and pay only $2295.*** Please email us for a discount code.

Book with a friend or partner and receive a further 5% discount. 

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Is the Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition suitable for you?

Does the following sound like you?

You have been climbing or hiking for a few years.

Or you wish to test yourself at high altitude (above 6000m) in an environment that is not overly technical.

You have a desire to learn basic mountaineering skills such as: crampon techniques, ice climbing 60-70 degree ice, glacier rescue techniques and correct acclimatization.

You enjoy adventures in exotic destinations. 

Mountaineering in Ecuador

Mountaineering in Ecuador is slightly different to other countries in the Andes. Here you are based at an altitude of 2800-3200m in cities like Quito and Otavalo. Rather than sleep in tents for days or weeks on end, we make use of haciendas in the valleys below the volcanoes. Each day we plan acclimatization hikes up progressively higher volcanoes culminating with an attempt on the highest in Ecuador, Chimborazo. 

Accommodation – We make use of hosterias or haciendas (on shared basis of 2 climbers per room), in the refuges (normally 8-10 climbers share a dorm) and on high mountains (two climbers per tent).

Client-to-Guide ratios – For summit attempts on Cayambe and Chimborazo, we will use a 2:1 (client-to-guide) ratio. For the Cayambe glacier school we use a 3:1 (client-to-guide) ratio. On the easy acclimatization hikes, we use a 8:1 basis (client-to-guide) ratio. 

Climbing style – During the summit attempts on Cayambe and Chimborazo, you and your climbing partner will be roped in to your guide. The guide will break trail. This means one guide tied into two clients. Fixed ropes are not used on either Cayambe or Chimborazo. Should you wish to have your own personal guide for summit attempts, please contact us for a quote.

Transport – Only 4 x 4 transport or private shuttle services are used. We do not make use of public transport.

Food – Expect to be well catered for. A healthy diet is essential for mountaineers at high altitude. Breakfast is usually toast, scrambled eggs, granola cereal, fruit salad, juice, bizcochos (type of a rusk) and Andean cheese. For lunch, expect soup, sandwiches/baquettes, fruit, cake, juice and chocolate. For evening meals you will dine on quinoa soup, salad, main course (usually chicken or beef), organic vegetables and desert. 

Who will lead this expedition?

The expedition will be lead by a IFMGA certified guide with perfect English speaking skills. He will be assisted by either IFMGA or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian equivalent) certified guides who will also speak excellent English.

IFMGA/ASEGUIM Guides (English speaking)

Private transport 

Accommodation (on a shared room basis)

All meals (as listed in the expedition schedule below)

Applicable national park entrance fees

Airport transfers 

Quito Old Town and Equator tour




Equipment rentals (let us know what you need so we can organize for you)

Alcoholic beverages

Snacks for hikes/climbing

It is compulsory for guests to have personal medical aid & travel insurance. 

Please inform us of any current medical issues.

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.

Climbers should have excellent physical fitness. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a training program if you are in doubt on how to train for the high mountains.

Included meals are listed as:

Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D

Day 1 (Mon-16th) – Arrival in Quito (2800m). Airport pick up and transfer to your accommodation. Rest and equipment check in afternoon. Short acclimatization walk in Parque Metropolitano (2900m) if you wish to stretch your legs. Accommodation in the La Casa Sol (or similar). 

Day 2 (Tue-17th) – Enjoy a guided tour of Quito’s fascinating Historic Center and the Intiñan museum on the true Equator. We end the afternoon with a walk up el Panecillo (2900m). From the top you can see the whole of Quito North. Night in La Casa Sol (or similar). Welcome dinner. 

Includes: B L D

Day 3 (Wed-18th) – Transfer to the indigenous town of Otavalo in the morning. Otavalo is famous for its high altitude volcanic lagoons. We will spend the next 4 days here slowly acclimatizing while exploring these crater lagoons and volcanoes. You will be staying at the same hosteria/hacienda in the countryside. Here you can relax and enjoy the Ecuadorian landscapes.

Today you will hike around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon. It is an incredible 5 hour (12km) walk between the altitudes of 3200 – 3450m. Accommodation at hacienda La Luna (or similar). Talk on acclimatization and AMS by the head guide. Sleeping altitude is around 3200m.

Includes: B L D

Day 4 (Thur-19th) – In the morning, you will take a short hike from Mojanda Lagoon (3800m) to the summit of Volcan Fuya Fuya at 4200m. On the summit, you can enjoy a picnic lunch with views over the crater lagoon and Cotacachi. In the evening, we will prepare a barbeque (or braai) at the hosteria. Night at Hosteria La Luna (or similar).

Includes: B L D 

Day 5 (Fri-20th) – Today is a big day out. We rise early, to tackle Volcan Imbabura (4630m). It is an interesting hike with a nice scramble on the broad crater rim to the summit. Here we will rest and have lunch before making our way back down. You will be hiking for around 8 hours between the altitudes of 3300-4630m. Night at Hosteria La Luna (or similar). 

Includes: B L D

Day 6 (Sat-21st) – Rest day! In the morning, you can explore the famous “Saturday market” in the town of Otavalo. The afternoon can be spent relaxing or rock climbing on a local crag. We will also revise rope work and knots for those who are a little “rusty”. Night at Hosteria La Luna (or similar). 

Includes: B L D

Day 7 (Sun-22nd) – The excitement starts to rise with our 4×4 drive to Volcan Cayambe in the high Andes. It is a beautiful drive up through a green countryside with grazing alpacas. After arriving at the refuge (4650m), we will sort out our accommodation and have a quick snack. We then take a short walk to the Glacier Hermoso (4650m) on the Equator to learn necessary alpine skills. Night at Refugio Oleas Berge. 

Includes: B L D 

Day 8 (Mon-23rd) – The morning will be spent ice climbing on the glacier. In the afternoon, we will make final preparations for the summit attempt and take a short rest. Night at Refugio Oleas Berge. 

Includes: B L D

Day 9 (Tue-24th) – Cayambe summit (5790m) attempt starts at 1 am! It is a 8-9 hour return journey. The summit is amazing with views over nearby Antisana. Night at Hacienda Loma Larga (or similar) in Cayambe at 2800m. Christmas Dinner festivities! 

Includes: B L D

Day 10 (Wed-25th) – Sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast. In the early afternoon, we will drive through the famous “Avenue of Volcanoes” to Riobamba (4 hours). Its an awesome drive with volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Illinizas and El Corazon flanking the Pan American highway. Night at La Esperanza (or similar) (3800m). 

Includes: B L D

Day 11 (Thur-26th) – Mid-afternoon transfer to Chimborazo NP. Hike to high camp (3 hours). We will use porters to carry tents, food and water. Night in tent at 5300m. You will need to carry your own personal items such as clothing, gear and sleeping bag. 

Includes: B L D

Day 12 (Fri-27th) – Chimborazo summit (6280m) attempt starts at 12 AM. This will be the hardest climb of the life. You climb for 8-10 hour up a glacier to Ventimilla summit and then traverse to the Whymper summit, the highest point in Ecuador at 6280m. After a safe descent, we pack up and return to the hacienda in Riobamba. Night in hacienda La Esperanza (or similar).

Includes: B L D

Day 13 (Sat-28th) – Extra summit attempt (in case of bad weather) or rest & relax/rock climb in a valley near Riobamba. Night in Riobamba at Hacienda La Esperanza (or similar). Celebratory dinner with traditional delicacies.

Includes: B L D

Day 14 (Sun-29th) – Transfer to Quito or extension to Baños de Agua Santa for “rest and relax” or adventure activities.

Includes: B

Summit attempt clothing: Down jacket, hard shell jacket, fleece jacket, base layer, hard shell trousers, base layer trousers, long fleece socks, inner wicking socks, stiff-soled or semi rigid double mountaineering boots, inner fleece gloves, outer hard shell mitts, beanie and buff.

Acclimatization hikes: Loose comfortable clothing, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, rain jacket and fleece are all that are needed.

Personal clothing: Denim trousers, t-shirts etc are fine for days when you are relaxing. The weather in the cities is fairly warm during the day, and cool to cold at night. For nights pack a hoodie or soft shell jacket to wear when relaxing. A thin down jacket will also work well.

Mountaineering: Crampons, walking axe, helmet, glacier goggles, harness, 2 x locking biners, 2 x prussiks (6-7mm, 1m each), ski poles, headlamp and spare batteries.

Additional items: Sun protection cream (UVA 50+), cap/hat, sunglasses (factor 300-400), camera and 2 x 1.5 L water bottles, personal toiletries

Please let us know what equipment and clothing you may need. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the general manager should you have any questions about this expedition

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Climbing in Ecuador

Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition
Good times on the summit of Chimborazo (6280m).
Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito
Refugio Oleas Berge on Cayambe.
Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito
The location of our glacier school.
Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition
Fancy some ice climbing?
Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition
Walking above the clouds - to the summit of Chimborazo (6280m)
Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition
Living the dream - high camp on Chimborazo (5300m).
Ice climbing on the Equator - Cayambe
Acclimatization hike up Fuya Fuya. The views are always special even if it does rain!
Enjoy typical hacienda style accommodation.
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