Chimborazo 2 days
The ultimate challenge – climb the highest mountain in Ecuador!
For many years the Chimborazo (6310m) was thought to be the highest mountain in the world. Due to the height, proper acclimatization is essential- so you must have been in the sierra for at least a week and climbed above 5000 meters (preferably Cotopaxi) in that time. Snow up to the knees is not uncommon and a high level of fitness is required as the summit climb will certainly push you to your physical limits.
Prepare for trekking and glacier climbing, not for the faint of heart.
Departure from Quito at 9 am in private transportation. You drive south for about 5 hours until you reach the first refuge of the Volcano Chimborazo at 4800 m. You hike up for 200m with all your equipment to the second refuge at 5000 m. You get lunch, will go through the details with the guides for the next days climb and have dinner at 6 pm. Then you can rest until 11 pm.
You get up, have breakfast and get ready for the climb. Around 12:00 am you leave the refuge. As soon as you reach the glacier, you put on crampons and rope up in teams. Each guide will take one or two persons. If all goes well, you reach the summit called Whymper at 6310 m between 8:00am and 9:00am after a 7 to 8 hours climb. On the top you have about 20 minutes to take a rest, take some pictures and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Andean mountains. The return to the refuge takes about 3 to 4 hours. You leave for Quito after picking up your things at the refuge Return around 4 to 5 pm.
|Accommodation at refuge.
Transportation from Riobamba to Chimborazo and back.
Meals from Lunch day 1 until breakfast at 12 pm.
waterproof hiking boots.
waterproof pants and jacket.
|Additional snacks and drinks.
batterys for headlight.
Program lenght: 5 days.
What to bring:
Long sleeved cotton shirt.
Small day pack.
Optional – but nice to have:
Sun glasses Thermos bottle (hot tea provided at the refuge).
Thick socks for hiking.
3 AAA batteries for the headlamp.
Change of clothes for after the climb.
Camera Snacks and energy drinks for the climb.
Terms & Conditions
Any tour must be requested with at least 48 hours in advance, in order to coordinate properly the services, after this time you should contact direct to Ecuador Travel Online contact numbers information provided on this website. If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.