Climb Chimborazo

Chimborazo expedition

CLIMB CHIMBORAZO

Chimborazo is the highest volcano in Ecuador at 6 268 m. In fact, due to the Equator bulge, it is the highest mountain in the world as measured from the Earth’s core and the closest point on Earth to the Sun.

Despite not being a difficult mountain from a technical standpoint, to climb Chimborazo does require great effort to reach its summit! Once you arrive on top, you will be greeted with spectacular and unforgettable views over the top of the Andes!

Our Chimborazo climbing expeditions are flexible and can be customized to suit your group’s schedule, needs and goals. We can take care of your logistics which include contracting certified guides, booking your accommodation, organizing transport, gear and planning your acclimatization. 

So, come and climb Chimborazo and walk above the clouds in Ecuador! Please get in touch and let us know your requirement and specific needs and we will gladly customize a tour for you! 

Request information

Email us with your tentative dates, objectives and tell us a bit about your experience and we will design a schedule to your needs.

Why climb Chimborazo with Latin American Alpine?

  • Flexible acclimatization schedules
  • Climb with certified guides
  • Great customer service
  • Direct communication with the general manager
  • We will show a genuine attitude that we care about you and your goals

Quick details

  • Start any day of the year
  • Duration: From 3 - 11 days
  • Effort level: Extremely hard
  • Technical level: Moderate
  • Guide-client ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
  • Certified English speaking guides

How difficult is Chimborazo?

So, just how difficult is it to climb Chimborazo?

Despite, being only moderately difficult (alpine grade PD), we recommend that climbers should have glacier and high altitude experience (above 5 000 m) before climbing Chimborazo. Previous experience does provide a margin of safety on summit day as there are a few technical sections that a climber needs to negotiate. One of them is a long, steep glacier which if very icy, can make the route more technical.

Added to that, you have to climb almost 1 500 m from the Carrel refuge to Chimborazo’s summit (or Whymper Summit). This usually takes climbers up 12 hours for the return journey! Therefore, climbers will need to know how to pace and conserve their energy in the mountains.

Our suggested Chimborazo climbing schedules

Below are some of our suggested schedules for climbing Chimborazo. Please contact us so we can discuss a more tailored schedule that is suited to your group’s needs. 

For all our tours, we can organize certified mountain guides, accommodation, gear rental (crampons, ice axes, helmets), and private transport. 

The 2 day schedule will suit experienced climbers who want to acclimatize on their own.  

Please note: 

To book the tour, you will be required to have climbed a 5 000 m peak within a week before the schedule starts. 

1st Day – Transfer to Chimborazo (Carrel Refuge)

You will transfer from Quito to Refuge Carrel at 4 800 m in the afternoon. We recommend that you walk from the park gates to the refuge. It is a 2 hour walk and will help with acclimatization. After a dinner, you can rest for about 4 hours before departing for the summit at 10 pm. Beakfats is also included.

Sleep at Carrel Refugio at 4 800 m on Chimborazo. Includes dinner and breakfast before the summit attempt.

2nd Day – Summit Chimborazo (6 263 m)

Summit Chimborazo via standard route at around 6 am. Transfer back to Quito in the early afternoon.

Please note: 

In order to give yourself the best chance of success our recommendation is to arrive in Quito at least 2-3 days before the tour starts. This will help with your acclimatization and prevent acute mountain sickness. Quito lies at an altitude of 2 800 m. It is a beautiful city and there are many things to see and do before tour begins. We can organize day tours of the city and Mitad del Mundo (middle Earth) at your request. Other places to visit are the Old Town which is a UNESCO world heritage site, indigenous markets and some of the beautiful parks in the North of the Quito. 

After a spending a few days in Quito, we recommend the following schedule: 

 

1st Day – Cuicocha Lagoon

Hike around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon. It is an incredible 5 hour (12km) walk between the altitudes of 3200 – 3450m. 

2nd Day – Cerro Fuya Fuya or Pasochoa

Hike to the summit of either Fuya Fuya or Pasochoa (4200m)

3rd Day – Cerro Rucu Pichincha (4700m)

Climb Rucu Pichincha above Quito. 

4th Day –  Illiniza Norte (5100m)

Climb Illiniza Norte with your climbing guide.

5th Day – Rest day 

Rest day. Transfer to Chimborazo

Sleep in Carrel Refugio at 4 800 m on Chimborazo.

6th Day – Prep day & easy walk to 5 100 m

Climb to 5 100 m in morning. Depart for summit at 10 pm.

Sleep in Carrel Refugio at 4 800 m on Chimborazo.

7th Day – Summit Chimborazo

Summit Chimborazo via standard route at around 6 am.

Please note:

In order to give yourself the best chance of success our recommendation is to arrive in Quito at least 2-3 days before the tour starts. This will help with your acclimatization and prevent acute mountain sickness. Quito lies at an altitude of 2 800 m. It is a beautiful city and there are many things to see and do before tour begins. We can organize day tours of the city and Mitad del Mundo (middle Earth) at your request. Other places to visit are the Old Town which is a UNESCO world heritage site, indigenous markets and some of the beautiful parks in the North of the Quito. 

After spending a few days in Quito, we recommend the following schedule: 

1st Day – Cuicocha Lagoon

Hike around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon. It is an incredible 5 hour (12km) walk between the altitudes of 3200 – 3450m. 

2nd Day – Cerro Fuya Fuya or Pasochoa

Hike to the summit of either Fuya Fuya or Pasochoa (4200m).

3rd Day – Cerro Rucu Pichincha (4700m)

Climb Rucu Pichincha above Quito. 

4th Day –  Illiniza Norte

Climb Illiniza with your climbing guide.

5th Day – Rest day 

Rest day. Sleep at 3 500 m.

6th Day – Transfer to Cotopaxi 

Hike up to refuge. Sleep in Refugio at 4 800 m. 

7th Day – Summit Cotopaxi (5 897 m) 

Depart for summit at around 12 am. Summit Cotopaxi at 6 am.

8th Day – Rest day

Rest day at 3 500 m.

You can make this an 11 day tour by adding in an optional rest day. 

9th Day – Transfer to Chimborazo

Transfer to Carrel Refuge (4 800 m) on Chimborazo. Leave at 10 PM.

10th Day – Summit Chimborazo

Summit Chimborazo via standard route at around 6 am.

Who are our Chimborazo climbing guides?

An IFMGA/ASEGUIM certified guide with good English speaking skills lead our Chimborazo climbing expeditions. 

Is climbing Chimborazo suitable for you?

Does the following sound like you?

You have been climbing or hiking for a few years.

And have already climbed a 5 000 m peak in the last 3-5 years.

Have previously acquired basic crampon techniques on 50-60 degree glacier ice.

Enjoy adventures in exotic destinations. 

Any doubts? Please give us a call or email the general manager.

Tips on how to climb Chimborazo!

Prepare and train before you arrive in Ecuador.

Acclimatize correctly. Take about 14 days to acclimatize for Chimborazo. 

Stay hydrated during your expedition.

Include rest days between big climbs

Hire a registered guide that you can communicate with.

Enroll in a “glacier school” to improve your alpine skills.

On summit day, climb at a steady and consistent pace.

Pack light for the summit climb!

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 equipment

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

Backpack (30 L), 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. 

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