Chimborazo

Chimborazo

The farthest point from the center of Earth.

El Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and due to the flattening of the earth in the polar ice caps, the summit is the farthest point to space from the center of Earth. Taking the center of the earth as a point of reference, the Chimborazo surpasses Mount Everest by two kilometers.

Blue Walkers ChimborazoThe inactive volcano is the dream of many mountai­neers. El Chimborazo is located 150 km southwest of Quito and 20 km northwest of the city of Riobamba. The volcano is inside the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve. It is the habitat of the native camel species of the Andes such as the vicuña, llama, and alpaca. The summit of Chimborazo can usually be reached in 2 days. The trip lasts appro­xi­mately 12 hours (9 hours of ascent and 3 hours of descent). However, we recommend that you carry out an accli­ma­tization process before climbing Chimborazo volcano.

* inter­na­tional flights not included

HIGH: 6.267 m

TYPE: Strato­vulkan

CHARAC­TE­RISTIC: Inactive volcano

DIFFI­CULTY LEVEL: BW-4

ITINERARY
Day 1: Mountain refuge Hermanos Carrel (4,850 m)

Flora and FaunaWe will meet at 11 o’clock in Riobamba (the meeting point will be announced in the mandatory regis­tration). We strongly recommend that you have a very good breakfast. First, we go to the Hermanos Carell refuge/​shelter, which is located at 4,850 m. Once at the shelter, you will have free time, and you can walk a little for the surroun­dings of the shelter or reserve your energy for the climb to the Chimborazo´s summit. Them, after a forti­fying dinner, you will go to sleep at 18:30 in the afternoon. Finally, you will start climbing to the summit of the Chimborazo volcano at 10:00 at night.

Day 2: Summit (6,276 m)

After breakfast, the challenge begins to climb the highest peak in Ecuador. After about an hour we reach the ridge, which leads to the rock “El Castillo” (5,200 m). The ascent is approached through the longest but safest route. And after about 8 hours you will reach the highest point of Ecuador, the top of the Chimborazo volcano called Veinti­milla (6,267 m). If the weather condi­tions are good, the parti­ci­pants still have strength, and time is still enough, you can reach the main summit called Whymper (6.276 m), which is slightly higher in about another hour. The descent takes place on the same route in about 5 hours and, once again, requires a total concen­tration.

SERVICES
Included
  • Profes­sional bilingual guide (English Spanish, extra charge Spanish German)

  • Two people per guide

  • Transport (Meeting point – Volcano – Meeting point)

  • Overnight in the mountain refuge

  • Helmet, harnesses, crampons, gaiters, ice ax

  • A lunch, dinner and breakfast at the mountain refuge

Not Included
  • Tips for the guide

  • Not mentioned transport

Recom­mended equipment (not included)
  • A small backpack (35 liters) is needed for the ascent from the refuge to the summit. In addition, a large backpack (50-70 liters) to transport all personal equipment from the parking lot to the shelter. It can be rented locally.

  • Sleeping bag (-5 ° C), bottle of water to drink, headlamp (Can be rented locally)

  • Equipment for your upper body:
    You’ll need a windproof, breakable jacket and a medium/​heavy jacket full of down or synthetic fill. You’ll need a fleece as a warm layer, a down/​synthetic sweater/​vest. White color is best because dark color absorbs the heat of the sun and make you too warm.
    Women – you may prefer a synthetic sports bra, cotton is not appro­priate for climbing a mountain.
  • For your lower body:
    You’ll need a pair of gore-tex windproof, water­proof and breat­hable trousers. Medium weight polar fleece trousers, medium weight thermal leggings, a pair of walking trousers (not cotton).
  • For your hands:
    Water­proof gloves with a polar fleece liner.
  • For your head:
    You will need a warm balaclava. Take 100% UV protection glacier glasses and a headlamp with batteries and bulbs.
  • For your feet:
    Plastic boots (can be rented locally), and warm socks.
  • Camera, sunscreen
  • Water, energy drinks, snacks
INDICA­TIONS
  • Positive attitude and teamwork is required.
  • Safety first: our goal is to reach the top. However, reaching summits can be consi­derably more difficult due to unfavorable climatic condi­tions (strong wind, fog, conti­nuous rains, snowfall) and other adverse circum­s­tances, such as the physical condition and health of the parti­ci­pants. The leader guide, who is respon­sible for the well-being of the parti­ci­pants, has the right to interrupt the ascent to the summit if he/​she considers it necessary for the protection of the health and life of all the parti­ci­pants. No claim from the parti­ci­pants is valid in this circum­s­tance.

  • You will climb over 5.000 meters above the sea level. Therefore, we recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor for a general medical exami­nation beforehand.

  • It is recom­mended to have a travel and health insurance in force.
DIFFI­CULTY
BW-1 (gentle walk)

The simplest form of hiking uses only wide and well-developed roads. Mainly on flat terrain and little inclined, without descents and exposed stairs. Usually well marked trails. No special equipment is required, it is recom­mended to wear comfor­table walking shoes. More comfort and less physical activity. Cultural walks with contact with people. No prior knowledge required.

BW-2 (challenging walks / activities)

Activities partially challenging or longer than BW-1 (hiking and cycling). Partially difficult terrain (very steep terrain). Good health and good physical condition are required. Availa­bility to light physical efforts, such as cycling and hiking.

BW-3 (mountains tours / outdoors activities)

Activities or hikes that are often demanding and / or extensive. Trails with consi­derable slopes, narrow, and not always well marked. For mountai­neering an accli­ma­tization process is required (heights more than 4.000 m). Safety when walking. Predis­po­sition for heights. It requires very good health and good physical condition. Adven­turous spirit.

BW-4 (Heavy Mountain Tour / outdoors activities)

In this category, mountai­neering begins on a high alpine landscape (heights more than 5,000 m). For mountai­neering, an accli­ma­tization process is required. Use of crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are required. It requires excellent general health and physical condition. A sporting spirit and predis­po­sition for demanding weather condi­tions.

BW-5 (extremely heavy mountain tour / outdoors activities)

Very serious mountain tours that demand a high level of risk-taking even for experi­enced mountai­neers. Routes over very steep, and very exposed rock. As a rule, these alpine excur­sions are unmarked. The knowledge of the use of the equipment is extremely important. Technical mountains are climbed on this type of tour.

Our active trips are generally not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to advise you.

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