20,564'....... 19,347'....... 15,718'....... 16,818'
January 2021 -
ITINERARY - Option #1 - 8 Days Acclimitization Package
Andes Climbing Guides (link at left is a printable pdf)
Chimborazo is the highest volcano and mountain in Ecuador and further from the center point on Earth, is the closest to outer space point, why it is called as "the closest point to the Sun" due to the Earth's diameter in the equatorial latitude is greater than in the latitude of Everest (about 28 ° north) His last known eruption is believed to have produced about 550 dC. is located in the central Andes, 150 km southwest of Quito and 49 km northwest of Riobamba.
Measured from the center of the earth, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the world beating a mile in height Everest.
Reaching the summit requires knowledge, mountaineering experience and acclimatization, however, we include in our programas glacier training in Cotopaxi-, the effort are definitely worth it because you will have a good view, the ascent takes between 6-8 hours while the descent requires around 2-3 hours.Climbing at this altitude can be very difficult, so please be sure that you are well prepared. The more mountains you climb prior to Chimborazo the better prepared you will be. Following an acclimatization program offers a much higher chance of making a successful climb of Chimborazo, Here I send some options, please choose the one that best suits your needs.
Day 1: Machachi - CorazonSummit(15,702ft/4786m) Well leave from Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) or Machachi (9,842ft/.3000m)early in the morning (7h00) and will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until getting to the village of El Chaupi. Well continue driving up until getting the trail head (13,120ft/4.000m), where we will start our hike, the first section we will be hiking up through the small Andean grass. Then we will get on the sandy and scramble section, whichit will lead us to Corazon summit (15,702ft/4786m), well have lunch during the hike. Itll take us about 8 hours round trip.Overnight at Machachitown.
Day 2: Machachi - Iliniza Norte Summit (16,818ft/ 5.126 m) We leave from Machachi early in the morning (07h00) and will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until getting to the village of El Chaupi. Well continue driving up until getting to La Virgen parking lot (12,795ft/3.900m) 1 hour, once there packour climbing equipment and well start a 5-7 hour hike up to the Summit. Well continue hiking up towards the Illiniza Norte summit (16,818ft/ 5.126 m). Once at the summit well enjoy and admire the beautiful surroundings. The return back to the La Virgen parking lot (12,795ft/3.900m), will be done in around 2 hours, we have a box lunch for the way, and drive back to Machachi.
Day 3: Relax day in Machachi (Full day rest to recover energy)
Day 4: Machachi -Cotopaxi Refuge (15,748ft/4.800m) Well leave from Machachi (9,842ft/3.000m) in the morning (11h00) where we will change directions towards the east until we reach the village of Pedregal, from here will drive to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,763ft/4.500m) where our driver will leave us getting to this point normally takes about 2 hours, then well hike up for another hour to carry our entire luggage until getting the "José Rivas" Refuge (15,748ft/4.800m) above sea level. Here we will rest for a while. If the weather allows us in the afternoon well head to the glaciers to practice for the following day and back to the refuge before 18h00. Dinner will be served and we will rest until midnight.
Day 5: Cotopaxi Refuge - Cotopaxi Summit (19,347ft/5.897m) - Machachi Midnight will be our wake up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5.897 m) will be around 01h00, not before having a light breakfast and get our stuff ready for the ascent which will take us about 6 to 8 hours. Each climber will get a box lunch for the climb. Once at the summit well take our time to take pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then well head down back the refuge (3 to 4 hours). Once at the refuge will pack our belongings and go back to the parking lot where our transportation will be ready to take us back to Machachi.
Day 6: Relax day in Machachi (Full day rest to recover energy)
Day 7: Machachi - Chimborazo Refuge (15,744 ft/4,800 m) - From Machachi (10h00), well drive southwest to the Ambato town (2hours drive) where we will have the lunch, after we will drive to the Chimborazos Reserve entrance for about 1 hour more, until getting to the Hermanos Carrel refuge (15,744 ft/4,800 m) In the afternoon well have dinner around 17:00pm and then get some rest until 22:00, our wake up time. There will be an early light breakfast served just before getting ready with our gear and start heading up.
8: Refuge - Chimborazo Summit - Quito - At midnight
well start our climb to the top of Ecuadors
highest mountain, Chimborazo, which will take us about
8 to 10 hours. Each climber will get a box lunch for
the ascending. Well get to the summit in the early
hours (20,702ft/6.310m) the perfect spot for resting
and picture taking of the beautiful Andean surroundings.
Then, well start our descending to the Refuge;
it will take us from 3 to 4 hours. Once in Whymper
Refuge well pack our things and go down
to Hermanos Carrel Refuge, and drive back
Price per person: Group of 2 people: $795 each one / includes: A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator Food in the mountains Private transport Professional High Mountain Guide (ratio of 2 mountain climbers with one guide in Glacier) National Parks entrance fees Accommodation at theJose Rivasand Hermanos CarrelRefuges Technical mountain equipment: plastic mountain boots, crampons, harness, rope, snow stake, carabinerno more / The price does not include: Any type of Insurance Personal Mountain Equipment: Waterproof clothing, warm clothing, backpack, warm hat, sleeping bag, headlamp, snow gloves, helmet, pair of gaiters, trekking boots, water bottle, sun cream. Hotels in Machachi town Food in Hotels Tips Other expenses not specified
Andes Climbing Ecuador S.A Direct Tour Operator PHONES: Mobile (593 9) 94886 895, Office (593 2) 2328094Diego Cumbajín Parra Owner/Lead Guidewww.andesclimbing.com / Address:10 de Agosto and Venezuela Machachi Ecuador
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Required Personal Equipment and Clothing
(100% UV filter and side protection)
pullover (like soft polaretec 100 or 200)
2 Pairs of
inner thermal gloves (Polypropylene or Capilene)
long underwear (tops and bottoms)
1 Pair of
comfortable hiking boots or trekking shoes
1 Pair of
plastic boots (double plastic boots), -40ªC / -40ºF.
We recommend Asolo AFS 8000, Koflach Artic Expedition or Scarpa
Backpacks - Duffel Bags
backpack: internal frame pack (80 liters / 5000 cubic inches)
with crampons attachment points and ice axe haul loops (we recommend
The North Face and Low Alpine)
bag, expedition quality (for at least -20ºC -4ºF,).
1 kg. of down preferred (only 650/700 cu. in. fill, very high
(spare batteries and bulb)
batteries and memory cards)