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Carihuairazo Climbing

Ascent with private guide ASEGUIM to the summit of the volcano Carihuairazo in two days

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2 days
Spanish and English
Starts: At 09:30 A.M. at the Riobamba office
Ends: At 01:00 P.M. at the Riobamba office
Free cancellation!

The Carihuairazo Climbing is the perfect trek to get started in high mountain and start practicing acclimatization in extreme conditions. 

A 2-day guided ascent with a clear objective: the summit of the Carihuairazo volcano at 5,028 meters above sea level. The perfect contact you can make on a lower mountain before reaching the summit of the Cotopaxi or Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador. In addition, the Carihuairazo has a small glacier where you will practice the use of crampons and ice axe. 

Are you ready for this adventure? Here we tell you all the details: 

Tour details


  • Mountain guide
  • Private transportation
  • Lodging in the refuge
  • All meals
  • Coffee, tea and filtered water
  • Mountain equipment

Not included

  • Other beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Trekking poles (available for rent 5 USD/day)
  • Waterproof jacket (available for rent for 5 USD/day)
  • Backpack (available for rent Large: 5 USD/day - Small: 3 USD/day)

Important information

The Carihuairazo Climbing tour aims to summit the volcano at 5,028 meters above sea level. This ascent is the perfect option to acclimatize to a lower mountain before reaching the summit of the Cotopaxi or Chimborazo volcano. The Carihuairazo volcano has a small glacier where you can practice the use of crampons and ice axe. 

Previous experience in high mountain is not necessary, but it will be essential to be in good physical shape.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 30 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. If you cancel between 29 and 15 days before the tour starts, you will receive 80% of the amount paid. If you cancel between 14 and 8 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 50% of the paid amount. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be made. 

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Riobamba - Carihuairazo Refuge

Starting elevation: 2.764 masl
Highest elevation: 4,200 meters above sea level
Difficulty: low

09:30 A.M.

📍 Meeting point in Riobamba 

At 9:30 a.m. the guide will be waiting for us at the Riobamba office. He will explain to us the basic safety notions to take into account, we will board the private transportation with him and head to the foot of the Carihuairazo volcano. After a two-hour road trip, we will arrive at our destination.

riobamba ecuador

Acclimatization to the Carihuairazo Volcano 

The first day of the Carihuairazo Climbing tour will serve as acclimatization to the high mountain. Accompanied by our guide, we will take a short one-hour hike in the paramo, where herds of vicuñas live. The guide will take advantage of this first contact to explain the glacier hiking techniques that we will practice during the second day.

Carihuairazo hike in the moor

Dinner and rest at the Carihuairazo Refuge.

After the hike, we will return to the refuge located at 4,200 meters above sea level to have dinner and rest for a few hours before starting the ascent to the summit of the volcano. High mountain ascents are done at night or very early in the morning, as it is safer and more advisable and also allows us to start the day in one of the most magical places on the planet 😊.

Carihuairazo refuge

DAY 2 Carihuairazo Refuge - Carihuairazo Summit - Carihuairazo Refuge - Riobamba

Starting elevation: 4.200 meters above sea level
Highest elevation: 5,028 meters above sea level
Difficulty: medium - high

03:00 A.M.

Carihuairazo climbing

After having rested in the refuge, what is promised is debt: the guided ascent to the Carihuairazo volcano begins. But not before having a good breakfast to regain strength. At 3:00 in the morning we will leave the refuge accompanied by our guide. After a 2 to 3 hour walk through the moor we will arrive at the Carihuairazo glacier.

Carihuairazo climbing with a mountain guide

Carihuairazo Glacier 

From the Carihuairazo glacier we will continue the hike with our mountain guide. The ascent to the volcano is done with a maximum of two travelers per guide, so the roping will always be 2 to 3 people. In this part of the tour we will practice the techniques of glacier progression. At the end of the day, we will all be experts using crampons and ice axe!

💬 If roping or cordage progression has sounded like Chinese to you, it is a safety technique used in high mountain climbing that allows all the climbers to be linked together by a rope. The guide will always go in front and make sure that you do not make any false steps. When you go first, he will check the terrain and give you signs so that you know where to go.

Carihuairazo climbing roping
08:00 A.M.

Summit of the Carihuairazo Volcano

Depending on the snow conditions that day, the last 20 meters of the route before reaching the summit may be more or less technical. Around 8:00 in the morning, we will have arrived! The summit of the Carihuairazo volcano at 5,028 meters above sea level will be conquered. From there, we will enjoy unique views of Chimborazo, known as the big brother of Carihuairazo, and surely your next challenge 🙌🏼.

Carihuairazo volcano summit
01:00 P.M.

Descent to the refuge and return to Riobamba

After enjoying a small and more than deserved rest after reaching the summit of Carihuairazo, we will begin the descent to the refuge. Again in cordade with our guide, we will descend to the Carihuairazo Refuge where we will take the private transport that will take us back to Riobamba. We will arrive at the office where we started the tour around 13:00. Here we will finish the Carihuairazo Climbing. Shall we start preparing for the next summit?

Carihuairazo volcano descent

What to bring to Carihuairazo Climbing

  • Medium size backpack for the ascent
  • Water bottle
  • Clothing: thermal underwear, hiking socks, T-shirt and long pants, waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sunscreen with a high degree of protection (factor 50 or more)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip protector
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Face mask
  • Alcohol-based disinfectant

Questions & Answers

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