Chimborazo is the largest mountain in Ecuador and its 6,310 meters (20,565 ft) equatorial summit is the closest point to the sun on Earth. Our experienced high-altitude mountain guides are certified by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to work inside Chimborazo National Park as well as ASEGUIM, the national mountain climbing association of Ecuador.
Climbing Chimborazo Difficulty: Unlike other 6000 m summits, or high elevation peaks, Chimborazo is a fast mountain, meaning it takes 7-8 hours to reach the summit, and not multiple days, and basecamps, this effort requires very good stamina, and endurance as well as, adaptation to the altitude, which we recommend to take very seriously prior the climb, this is a high difficulty activity, the success rate of Chimborazo depends entirely on the climber.
Training for Chimborazo: We recommend for climbers to get well acclimatized for Chimborazo prior to starting the expedition. Chimborazo is a difficult climb but it’s not a complete technical climb and most of the ascent is a steep trek up the side of the mountain.
Organized Climbs Costs:
- $480 – 1 climber / 1 guide
- $300 – 2 climbers / 1 Guide
Oxigen to Climb Chimborazo:
Even though this is not a common practice, recently we have given this option to our clients, for $40 additional this needs to be requested ahead of time, as the oxygen bottles are scarce for now, the Oxigen bottle is carried by the climber and it adds 2 kgs to the backpack, this is not a major change as usually we only use it to carry snacks and water.
Prior to taking the challenge of climbing Ecuador´s highest peak, we suggest climbers train for Chimborazo, doing smaller mountains or multiple day treks enhances the chances for better acclimatization.
How Long does it take to Climb Chimborazo?
This trip takes 2-3 days, the actual climb takes 7 hours but is done during the night, thus the minimum time you need is 2 days and 1 night
Currently, most climbers are starting from Carrell refuge at 4800 m as conditions in the mountain, have been worsened due to the glacier melting, due to global warming, thus guides take the longer route to the glacier for the summit attack, we suggest at least a day prior for acclimatization to high altitude.
For safety reasons, there is a maximum of two people per mountain guide by law. If you are climbing solo it will be only yourself and the ASEGUIM certified mountain guide.
How to Train for Chimborazo?
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 choosing this new option, which starts at 5300 m, again the climb takes 2 days, but starting at this elevation cuts the attack time in almost half, making it even possible to climb the mountain in the afternoon, here is a short video of a rare Summit done by our clients at Sunset 6 pm.
Climb Chimborazo on a Budget? Trying Chimborazo on your own is out of the question unless you are a highly trained climber with previous climbs to this mountain, and can understand and find the path to the summit due to your previous experience.
Also, the need for special mountaineering gear is compulsory, you can’t do it with your trekking boots, or winter walking crampons. Climbers may be also demanded on arrival to the national park to present permits, and with a mountain climbing guide, you run de risk of not entering the premises of the mountain and be sent back.
Finding a companion can help you lower the cost of the climb, to almost $100 and joining an existing group also helps share the costs, we may be able to suggest a better price if you “car pull” into our existing groups.
Ecuador Eco Adventure is a Tour operator based in Riobamba the basecamp for Chimborazo, this is also in your advantage by booking with us, as you will be saving some hard valued dollars in comparison of booking from an agency in Quito or overseas.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level High-Altitude Climbing
- Group Size Small Group
Expedition starts on request, with 1 or 2 Climbers per guide
- Mountain Climbing insurance
- ALL Equipment: snow boots, crampons, ice axe, etc
- Warm clothing suitable for climbing the mountain
- Transportation to and from Mount Chimborazo
- Entrance permits to the Chimborazo National Park
- Accommodation in the Refugio (Base Camp)
- Dinner in the Refugio before the climb
- Snacks and Drinks during the climbAll breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- Travel insurance and other emergencies.
- Extra snacks and water
- Small back pack to carry snacks to the summit
Riobmaba - Chimborazo
At 1 pm we start the drive for Chimborazo mountian, after checking gear and suplies, inthe entrance to the national park we register the group and continue to carrel refuge. once there we wait for 5 pm dinner, and then rest unitl 10 pm.
Group gets ready and starts climbing by 11 pm
Summit Chimborazo - Riobamba
Summit is expected by 6-8 am, 8 being the latest, then we return to the refuge for breakfast, and return to Riobamba at the end.