Mount Chimborazo is the tallest mountain in Ecuador and is one of South America's most popular non-technical climbs. What makes climbing this mountain special is that its 6,268.2 m (20,565 ft) summit is also the closest point to the sun on earth due to the equatorial bulge of the planet. And how's this for bragging rights: technically Mount Chimborazo is the highest mountain on the planet, superseding Mount Everest, when measured from the center of the earth instead of sea level.
The Chimborazo climb is done between midnight and dawn – with many climbers who mount successful summit attempts reaching either the secondary summit of Veintimilla 6,230 m (20,440 ft) or the major peak Cumbre Maxima at approximately sunrise. The descent back to the Chimborazo’s Whymper Refuge at 5,000 m (16,400 ft.) normally takes between 2 and 3 hours. The non-technical nature of this climb means you can get a very high altitude without encountering sheer vertical walls that require more advanced technical skills like ice climbing.
At the summit, climbers blessed with good weather will be rewarded with an incredible view of other stunning peaks in the Ecuadorian Andes such as the Volcano Cotopaxi, the extinct stratovolcano El Altar, and the active volcanoes of Tungarahua and Sangay.
Safety, Guides, Climbing Equipment, and Mountain Weather:
– Our guides have all of the necessary safety accreditations as well as hundreds of hours of experience climbing Ecuador’s two most popular peaks Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.
– Our mountain climbing equipment is modern and almost brand new – we have multiple sizes for mountain climbing boots and warm jackets designed for high-altitude.
– The weather on Mount Chimborazo is unpredictable but we will try to give you as accurate information as possible on weather forecasts as well as information on how many successful ascents there have been in the previous weeks
As of November 2021 all climbs will start from high camp at 5200 m since refuges are no longer providing service or shelter.
*If you are climbing alone it will be only yourself and the ASEGUIM certified mountain guide.
For safety reasons there is a maximum of two people per ASEGUIM certified mountain guide.
Accommodation for the night at High Camp, which is approx. 4,700 meters
Dinner in the Basecamp and snacks and drinks during the climb *Please tell us if you are a vegetarian
Insurance is included on the tour which covers you for rescue and first aid on the mountain as well as the ambulance to a hospital in Riobamba which is where your travel insurance will take over
All mountain climbing equipment and warm clothing specially designed for high-altitude climbs.
Transport to and from Mount Chimborazo is provided from the city of Riobamba, the mountain climbing capital of Ecuador
Entrance into the Chimborazo National Park is included. This helps the park rangers take care of the park
If something goes wrong on the mountain the insurance pays for a rescue team, first aid, and an ambulance to the hospital.
Extra snacks and drinks can be purchased at High Camp for a reasonable price
✓ Mountaineering Boots and Crampons
✓ Inner thermal pants
✓ Waterproof or Soft Shell Pants
✓ Inner thermal fleece x 2
✓ Down jacket
✓ Waterproof jacket
✓ Warm hat
✓ Inner warm gloves
✓ Outer waterproof gloves
✓ Sports Sun glasses
✓ Head lamp
✓ Ice Axe
✓ Sleeping bag
✓ 45 - 50 Lt Back Pack
✓ Duffle bag to carry all gear
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Chimborazo Acclimatization and Climbing Preparation
Mountain Climbers are encouraged to spend time at high-altitude before attempting a Chimborazo summit attempt to get to know how your body will react while on the side of the mountain—surprisingly, drinking beer at sea level in Montanita is not the best preparation for strenuous climbs like Chimborazo, we offer a basic 4 day Acclimatisation program that can help to achieve the summit.
Ecuador Eco Adventure also runs guided tours for Trekking in the Ecuadorian Andes if you wish to maximise the probability of a successful summit attempt of Mount Chimborazo. Difficult treks in Ecuador’s central Andes such as the lagoons of El Altar or the Ecuadorian Inca Trail in Sangay National Park are fantastic ways to train your body to adapt to high-altitude.
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Trekking at altitude will increase your chance of reaching the summit
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Frequently Asked Questions
We follow the campers code — “LEAVE THE PLACE CLEANER THAN YOU FOUND IT” — which may mean carrying other people's trash off the mountain but feeling good about it because we are keeping the beautiful peaks and paramos clean for the pachamama.
Keeping a small footprint often means not disturbing the local wildlife by admiring native animals from a distance. Our guides are all budding naturalists at heart and passionate about Ecuador's unique biodiversity.
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Training for Chimborazo is all about endurance if you live at sea level, and this is your personal challenge, running long distances will give you the resistance your body needs for the actual climb.
At least one or two days at high elevation will allow your body to get used to the altitude, you can also trek a smaller mountain, such as Carihuairazo or Cotopaxi, this will take you about 5 days in total.
More and more climbers are starting at 5300 m. The climb still takes two days but starting at this elevation cuts the attack time by half. Here is a short video of a rare Summit done by our clients at Sunset 6 pm.
$30 to $130 USD