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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 technical difficult mountain to climb, 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! 

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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

Chimborazo difficulty

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 the 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

This tour 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

Walk up to Refuge Carrel at 4 800 m. Hike up to Whymper Needles at 5 300 m. 

Sleep at Carrel Refugio at 4 800 m on Chimborazo.

2nd Day – Prep day & easy walk to 5 100 m

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

Sleep at Carrel Refugio at 4 800 m on Chimborazo.

3rd Day – Summit Chimborazo

Summit Chimborazo via standard route at around 6 am. Transfer back to Quito.

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 schedule starts. This will help with your acclimatization. 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.

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. 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 schedule starts. This will help with your acclimatization. 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.

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

You wish to test yourself at high altitude (above 6 000 m) in an environment that is not overly technical.

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

You 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. You should take around 12 days to acclimatize before climbing 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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