Chimborazo Volcano
Chimborazo Volcano

A 2 days climbing excursion to Chimborazo Volcano in the province of Chimborazo.

From 2 up to 20 participants (there will be a guide for every other participant).

Chimborazo is the tallest volcano in Ecuador with an altitude of 6.310 m/20.702 ft and one of the greatest challenges to national and foreign mountaineers worldwide. It is situated in the central Andes only 150 km to the southeast of Quito. Interestingly, its summit is the farthest point of earth’s surface from the center of the planet, given that the diameter of the land is greater at the equatorial latitude than at the latitude where Everest is located.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Chimborazo was considered to be the tallest mountain in the World, which drew many fearless explorers, who came to conquer the mighty goal of summiting. Among them was Edward Whimper, along with his brother Carrel, who finally made the first successful summit attempt in 1880.

Today, this immense mountain demands that those who dare to climb are in good physical shape. Also, the acclimatization requires good technical capability and knowledge because of the constantly changing conditions, due to the receding glaciers caused by global warming and the falling ashes of Tungurahua, a nearby active volcano.

Day 1:

07:00 Departure from Quito to Chimborazo.
11:00 Arrival to the first refuge at 4.800 m/15.748 ft. Time to prepare equipment and begin the hike to the second refuge.
12:00 Arrival to the Whimper Refuge at 5.000 m/16.404 ft. Frequent stops to hydrate and eat a box lunch. Afternoon to rest.
17:00 Dinner in the refuge.
18:00 Sleep time.
Day 2:

23:15 Wake-up, eat breakfast and prepare equipment.
00:00 Begin ascend hike. Frequent stops to eat a box lunch and hydrate.
09:00 Estimated time of arrival to the summit and begin descend hike.
12:00 Estimated time of arrival to the refuge and end of the hike. Rest time and pack-up equipment.
13:30 Begin trip to Ambato.
14:30 Lunch in Ambato.
15:30 Begin return trip to Quito.
18:00 Estimated time of arrival to Quito.

Included:

  • Private round-trip transportation.
  • Specialized bilingual guides with ASEGUIM certification.
  • Healthy and nutritious food (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 box lunch, 1 dinner).
  • Snacks and fruits for the tour.
  • Lodging in the Whimper Refuge.
  • The Chimborazo Fauna Reintroduction Reserve entrance fee.
  • Personal and technical equipment (rope, carabineers, climbing helmet, harness, ice axe, crampons, mountaineering boots)

Not included:

  • Extra sports drinks.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Tips.

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