AAEC04    Chimborazo Volcano  (6310m)   2D/1N

Mount Chimborazo

Chimborazo is Ecuador’s highest and largest mountain. For a long time it was considered as the world’s highest mountain (in fact it is due to the earth’s equatorial bulge, which makes the peak of Chimborazo the farthest point from the center of earth). Climbing this spectacular mountain is physically demanding but the breathtaking view is worth the effort.

Day 1: Early departure from Quito (or Riobamba). Drive along the southern part of the Pan-American Highway until we reach the slopes of Mount Chimborazo. After approximately 5 hours (if starting from Quito), the drive ends at the lower mountain Carrel hut (4800m). Then we start a 45-minute trek to the next and highest Whimper hut in Ecuador at 5000m. Later on we do acclimatization walks in the surroundings. In the afternoon we will be at leisure followed by an early dinner and sleep. Wake up at 11:00 p.m. for a hearty breakfast. (LB, D).

Day 2: The climb begins at midnight towards the moraines that lead to the “Castle”, where the ice path begins to head up along the ridges of the western slopes. The view is spectacular and unique from here. From the summit, if weather permits, the Pacific Ocean can be seen.  The climb lasts an average of 8 - 9 hours (depending on weather and participants’ condition). (B, LB).

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Included: private transport, communal climbing equipment (ropes & belays), professional mountain guide, noted meals, entrance fees, and refuge or tent accommodations.

Not Included: personal climbing equipment, personal expenses, extras and tips.

Grading: Moderate - hard – very hard.





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