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Alpine Climb Mt. Chimborazo

Chimborazo | Ecuador
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to alpine climb Chimborazo

  • Trip Highlight

    Incredible views over Cotopaxi, El Altar, and Sangay

  • Trip Highlight

    At 20,565 ft, Mount Chimborazo is the closest point to the Sun on Earth

  • Trip Highlight

    Reach a very high altitude without technical skills like ice climbing

Nestled in the heart of the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes, at 6,268.2 m (20,565 ft), Chimborazo is the highest peak in the famous volcanic belt of Ecuador. The snow-capped peak is the closest peak to the Sun and, when measured from the center of the Earth instead of sea level, it is the highest mountain on the planet, making it a worthy challenge for any alpine climber looking to up their game. The challenging but magnificent terrain is the ideal environment for upgrading your climbing skills. Once you reach the summit, enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding peaks capped with eternal snow. This inactive volcano with many craters is heavily glaciated but doesn’t require any technical skills, making it a mountaineer’s paradise. Join a guide on this marvelous 4-day adventure and enjoy the feel of a small expedition while conquering an impressive peak!

Season

November through February and May through July

Nearest city

Quito, Ecuador, is 3 hours away

Duration

4 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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4-Day Basic Alpine Climb of Chimborazo

4 days

Take part in this one-of-a-kind adventure and explore the most amazing landscapes in the Andes with a professional guide. During this 4-day expedition you will have time to acclimatize over a day of hiking before ascending the highest mountain in Ecuador. Conquer the peak closest to the Sun with a guide that will make sure that you have the safest and most comfortable ascent possible! 

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Riobamba

After reaching Riobamba, you will head with your guides towards the base camp where you will check your gear and fill out your paperwork. This day doesn’t include dinner so make sure you have something you can eat-on-the-go. Get to know your guide and go over the itinerary before catching some rest—you will need all the energy you can get during the next few days!

Day 2: Acclimatization hikes

In the morning, have a hearty breakfast before your guide transfers you to the Chorreras lodge at 4000m (13,123ft) where you’ll acclimatize by hiking through beautiful páramo (subalpine grasslands and open meadows) and fun scrambles of Chimborazo National Park. Upon return to the lodge, have a warm meal and catch some sleep before your climb. 

Day 3: Preparing for the climb

Sometime after 2 pm, your guide will transfer you by car to the Carrell Refuge at 4800m (15750ft), where you’ll have some time to settle in and have dinner. Prepare for your climb as you’ll begin your ascent around 10pm.

Day 4: Summit Chimborazo

Today you’ll face an ascent of about 1500 meters to reach the summit. Unlike other high elevation peaks, Chimborazo is a fast mountain—it takes only 7-8 hours to reach the summit. You should reach the top of Chimborazo around 6-8 am. Enjoy the marvelous views and head back down to refuge where breakfast will be served. Your guide will transfer you back to Riobamba where you will have the rest of the day free before going to the airport.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Ecuador

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Ecuador, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or Ecuador’s Ministry of Health.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, ASEGUIM certified mountain guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • 4 days of preparations and climbing 
  • All transportation and logistics from Riobamba
  • Accommodation in Riobamba, acclimatization lodge, and Chimborazo Refuge
  • Meals as described in Itinerary — breakfast and dinner at the lodge
  • Water and snacks for the climb
  • All gear and equipment
  • National Park permits for climbing
  • Adventure tour insurance
  • Climbing certificate if the summit is successful

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to Riobamba
  • Lunches
  • Use of  Oxygen — additional $30

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is for intermediate to experienced climbers. You will need a good level of fitness and backpacking experience to accomplish this climb. This is a tough climb, which requires a specific skill set. Building effective storm camps, rescue techniques, climbing with full packs, fixed rope ascension, and formulating a climbing strategy are all necessary topics to cover. Participants should arrive with a healthy desire for enduring mountain conditions.

What if I’ve never alpine climbed before?

This 4-day expedition is geared for intermediate to advanced climbers who are comfortable climbing and moving for 7-8 hours per day, have backpacking experience, and are in very good physical condition. This climb doesn’t require any technical skills, but it’s not an adventure for first-time alpine climbers.

What do I need to bring?

For technical alpine rock climbing gear, you will need to bring:

  • Helmet
  • Trekking/ski poles
  • Headlamp

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Balaclava and a buff
  • Neck gaiter
  • Hardshell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
  • Expedition-weight bottoms
  • Lightweight wind shell
  • Down or synthetic jacket with hood
  • Long-sleeved base layer
  • Gloves — lightweight synthetic, windstopper gloves, big mountain gloves and mittens
  • Long base layer pants
  • Lightweight trekking pants
  • Expedition-weight bottoms
  • Hardshell pants
  • Softshell pants (wind-proof or wind-resistant)
  • Quick-dry shorts
  • Leg gaiters
  • Liner socks, hiker socks and warm socks
  • Mountaineering boots that work with crampons
  • Hiking shoes
  • Climbing shoes
  • Two internal frame backpacks (one 35-45L and one 65-75L backpack)
  • Two duffle bags
  • One small duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Compression stuff sacks
  • Chemical hand and toe warmers
  • Glacier glasses and goggles
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Plastic bowl, spoon and coffee mug
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Pocket knife
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, blister kit, toilet paper, pee bottle, etc.)
  • Camera — optional

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • For this private adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1. 
  • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with a friend or family!

Min. age requirements:

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Chimborazo, most people fly into Quito International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi to your accommodation. Flights generally arrive late in the evening so make sure you have enough time to decompress and get to the meeting point. Once you arrive at your accommodation, you will arrange other details of your itinerary and make further plans in more detail. Transportation from Quito to Riobamba can be organized for a small fee by the guide.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.

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