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Chimborazo Climb

Climb the Ecuador highest peak & conquer one of the most impressive volcanoes on the planet at 20,549 ft

2 days
4.7 (2 reviews)

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Office in Riobamba at 10:00 AM


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The Chimborazo Ecuador is one of the most impressive volcanoes on our planet. Its summit is also the closest point to the sun from the center of earth. This spectacular snow-capped mountain has five summits, two of which will be the destinations on this two-day tour.

With a professional mountain guide, and always with a maximum ratio of 2 climbers per guide, we will climb the Veintimillia Summit (6.227 m.a.s.l. / 20.429 ft.) and the Whymper Summit (6.263 m.a.s.l. / 20.548 ft.) in 2 days. Wow! This ascension is not suitable for beginners. The Whymper Summit will surprise us with sections of rock and ice, which require previous experience on glaciers.

The Chimborazo Climb Tour includes everything you need to enjoy this experience with all the necessary safety measures. Read on, and we give you all the details you need to know before climb the highest peak in Ecuador:

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Reserva Chimborazo - Refugio Carrel

Initial elevation: 4800 msnm Highest elevation: 4800 msnm Basecamp Elevation : 4800 msnm Difficulty: challenging
access_time10 : 00 AM
At 10:00 AM we will leave Riobamba. After an hour's drive we will arrive to the Reserva Chimborazo entrance. Without getting out of the vehicle, we will begin to marvel at the first views of the Reserva Chimborazo. We will then continue to the Refugio Carrel at 4,850 m.a.s.l. We will spend the afternoon in the refugio to acclimate and prepare for the climb. Meanwhile, the guide will brief us on our route and the rules to follow. We will then have time to have dinner and rest.
views of chimborazo volcano from riobamba

todayDAY 2 Climb to Chimborazo

Approximate ascent time: 7 – 8 horas Approximate descent time: 3 – 4 horas Initial elevation: 4800 msnm Highest elevation: 6263 msnm Difficulty: challenging
access_time10 : 30 PM
The Climb to Chimborazo Ecuador is done during the night, since it is safer and recommended to be done at this time. We will start the first part of the ascent at 10:30 PM where a path of stones, rocks, snow and ice awaits us. When we reach 5,350 meters above sea level, we will be amazed by the rock formation of El Castillo. We will continue climbing the glacial edge with inclinations of 30 to 40 degrees for seven or eight hours, and then finally arrive to the summit of Veintimilla, which is 6,227 meters tall. If the weather conditions allows us and we still have energy, we can continue one more hour for a fairly steep journey to reach Whymper Summit, the highest peak at 6,263 meters. This part of the walk will be optional and you can decide whether or not to do it on the same day of the climb to Chimborazo.
summit chimborazo volcano ecuador ascent to the glacier
access_time6 : 00 AM
We will then begin the descent that will take about four hours. Once back at the Refugio Carrel, the transfer will take us back to Riobamba, ending one of the most incredible experiences one can live in Ecuador. Congratulations, you have reached the summit! You can now cross the highest peak in Ecuador off your pending treks.
descent chimborazo volcano ecuador

Tour details


  • Mountain guide (two people per guide)
  • Private transfer to and from Riobamba
  • Basecamp hosting
  • Food and coffee / tea / water
  • Mountain equipment (high mountain boots (EU sizes 37 - 47 available) - crampons - ice ax - helmet - harness - leggings - ski mask - thermal clothing - headlamp - sleeping bag with sheet - thermo bottle- glacier goggles)
  • Entrance to the Chimborazo Reserve
  • Climbing permit to the summit

Not included

  • Walking sticks (rent for $5 USD per day)
  • Waterproof jacket (rent for $5 USD per day)
  • Backpack (rent for $5 USD medium size / $3 USD daypack)

error_outlineImportant information

The Chimborazo Climb Tour aims at the summits: Veintimilla (6227 m.) and Whymper (6263 m.). This ascent is not suitable for beginners and previous experience in glaciers will be necessary to overcome the rock and ice sections.

This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation 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 15 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.

What to bring to Chimborazo Climb

The Chimborazo Climb is not suitable for beginners. It is important that you come with the proper equipment to do the ascent as well as to withstand the low temperatures that we will face on our way to the highest peak in Ecuador. From Howlanders we recommend you to take:
  • Large backpack to carry the mountain equipment from the park to the refugio
  • Medium backpack for climbing
  • Clothing: thermal shirt and pants - trekking leggings - long-sleeved shirt and trousers
  • Sun tan lotion with a high degree of protection (50 SPF or more)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Water botle
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm

Chimborazo Climb tour reviews with Howlanders

Overall rating
This tour is pretty hard due to we need to walk on tilted land almost all the time. Howlanders told me about it so I was prepared, enjoying the amazing views of Chimborazo with my friends.

Honestly, is a really hard climb but our guide (don´t remember the name) did his best to keep us motivated. We really enjoyed the experience and reaching the top is a breathtaking moment. If you have expertise in climbing go for it, you won´t regret!

Questions & Answers

How can I prepare myself for the height reached on the Chimborazo Climb?
Being in a higher altitude requires more effort for everyday tasks and can generate altitude sickness, so it is very important to arrive in Riobamba (or a place of similar altitude) at least one day before the tour departure.

Other recommendations are to eat lightly, drink a lot of water, avoid alcoholic beverages altogether and do not strain yourself physically.

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