Mountain climbing in Ecuador
Do you dream of climbing a 6000 m peak, but lack the technical climbing skills? Well, the perfect place for you to begin high altitude mountain climbing is in Ecuador!
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Mountain climbing expeditions
Chimborazo Expedition (6268m)
Summit the highest mountain in Ecuador and the closest point on earth to the Sun!
Climb the highest mountain in the world on the Equator and Ecuador's 3rd highest mountain.
More about mountain climbing in Ecuador
Ecuador has 20 peaks above 4000 m in altitude. Most of these peaks are located within the Avenue of Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes. The most well known volcanoes and straightforward to climb are Chimborazo (6268 m), Cotopaxi (5897 m) and Cayambe (5790 m). There are more challenging, but smaller volcanoes such as Antisana (5710 m) and Illiniza Sur (5200 m). Despite being relatively ‘easy’ compared to Peruvian peaks, climbers still need some basic alpine skills and good fitness to be successful.
As a reliable tour operator, we ensure that all relative beginners get sufficient glacier training prior to any summit attempt. Check to see if a “glacier school” is provided in your trip schedule.
Mountain climbers should have sufficient levels of strength and stamina to climb volcanoes like Chimborazo. So come prepared! If you are in need of training advice, please email us for advice.
What to expect when Mountain Climbing in Ecuador
Mountain climbing in Ecuador is a unique experience in South America. In Ecuador, you can base yourself in comfortable haciendas not far from the mountains. Each day, you can hike up higher volcanoes to gain altitude fitness. Once acclimatized, you and your guide can drive straight up to one of the refuges and make a summit attempt on one of the volcanoes.
Accommodation on our expeditions
We use haciendas on shared basis of two climbers per room.
In the refuges, normally 8-10 climbers will share a dorm.
On Chimborazo, you can sleep in the refuge at 4800 m or in a tent at high camp at 5300 m. Mountaineers who sleep at high camp shorten their summit day considerably and increase their chances of success. Please speak to us about this option.
Ecuador climbing guides
In Ecuador, you must climb a glaciated peak with a registered mountain guide. The national authority on guide training, ASEGUIM, certifies all mountain guides. Their guide training program is excellent and aligned with the IFMGA. Please check that your guide is actually certified before contracting him.
On summit attempts on glaciated peaks like Chimborazo or Cotopaxi, the guiding ratio is either 1:1 or 2:1 (client-to-guide).
Guides and their clients are roped together at all times during summit attempts. The guide will break trail to the summit. Fixed ropes are not used on volcanoes in Ecuador.
We only use four wheel transport or private vehicle services on our mountain climbing tours in Ecuador.
Type of meals to be expected
We make sure that our clients are well catered for on expeditions. We believe a healthy diet is important for mountaineers. Breakfast consists of toast, scrambled eggs, granola cereal, fruit salad, juice, bizcochos (a type of rusk) and Andean cheese. For lunch, soup, sandwiches, fruit, cake, juice are typical. For evening meals clients usually dine on soup, salad, main course (chicken or beef), and desert.
Tips on how to be successful on Chimborazo
- Prepare and train before you arrive in Ecuador.
- Acclimatize correctly. You should take around 12 days to acclimatize before climbing Chimborazo
- Keep yourself hydrated during your expedition.
- Have rest days included in your expedition.
- Hire a registered guide that you can communicate with.
- Enroll in a “glacier school” to improve your alpine skills.
- Take it slow and climb at a consistent pace.
- Pack light on summit day!