Altitude: 6268m / 20564ft
Distance: 9km / 5.5mi
Duration: 2 days
Date: All Year
Chimborazo’s summit climb is undoubtedly one of the most popular expeditions in Ecuador and worldwide. It is the highest mountain in Ecuador and the closest point to the sun with 6268m (20564ft). It is located in the ‘Reserva de Producción y Fauna Chimborazo’ at 43km/27mi of the city of Riobamba and 180km/112mi south of Quito. This mountain is an icon in Ecuadorian mountaineering; is admired by adventurers around the world who come year after year to climb it. To ascend to this mountain, previous technical experience is NOT needed, but it is important to be in good physical condition and have acclimatization in altitude (above 5000m).
Chimborazo’s summit offers incredible views, its giant cracks and glaciers will make you amaze, just like the incredible sunrises with the city of Riobamba illuminated in the background. You can also see neighboring volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Carihuairazo, Ilinizas, Altar, Sangay and many more. This climb is very popular among the backpackers, experienced mountaineers and adventurous people who want to live this experience like no other.
For security, this ascent is done at night and every two passengers will have an ASEGUIM/UIAGM certified guide. If you travel alone, the ascent will only be held by the certified guide with the passenger. Come to live this beautiful experience with us and reach one of the most famous summits of all Ecuador.
DAY 1: Ascent to Chimborazo’s High Camp
We will pick you up from your hotel or place of preference at 09h00 where we will have an approximate trip of three hours until we reach Riobamba where we will have our lunch. After an hour more of travel in our transport we will enter the ‘Reserva de Producción y Fauna Chimborazo’ where we will make the registration and enlist everything to climb to the high camp. The approximate time of ascent to the high camp is 1 hour and a half. Once up, we will proceed to get our places, give a few short security instructions and enjoy the views. We will have a delicious dinner around 17h00 and then prepare our equipment for the ascent. We will sleep around 18h30 until 23h30 and get up before midnight to finish dressing, drink tea and start our climb to the summit.
DAY 2: Chimborazo’s Summit Climb
Our ascent begins at 00h30 where a hike of approximately 6 hours to the summit awaits us. Around 06h30 just with dawn, we will reach the summit of this majestic volcano, the closest point to the sun where we can appreciate its incredible landscapes and neighboring volcanoes such as Tungurahua, Cotopaxi, Altar, Sangay and many more. After approximately 30 minutes at the summit, depending on weather conditions, we will begin the descent that will take us around 2 hours and a half. We will arrive again at the high camp where we will have a delicious breakfast and then we will prepare our things for the descent of one hour to the parking lot where our private transport will be waiting us to start our return to the city of Quito where we will finally leave you at your hotel or place of preference.
Mountain Equipment & Clothing Required
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT (INCLUDED):
- Mountaineering Boots.
- Ice Axe.
- Shared Equipment (rope, carabiners, cord).
CLOTHING REQUIRED (NOT INCLUDED):
Three layers of clothing for the legs and torso:
• Base layer: Thermal clothing for body and pants (usually made of synthetic material).
• Second layer: Warm jacket and pants, preferably water repellent (goose down, fleece or polar type).
• Third layer: Waterproof jacket and pants.
• An extra thermal or jacket (in case of extreme cold).
• Backpack between 25L and 35L.
• Thin and thick gloves.
• Factor 4 sunglasses (with UV protection).
• Buff or thermal hat.
• Thin and thick socks.
In case you do not have something from the list of personal clothing, Mauna Expeditions can provide you with the rental or sale of said accessories.
The services included in the cost of the program are:
✓ Registration and preparation for the best experience of your life.
✓ Guidance for the ascent with certified guides (ASEGUIM/UIAGM), one guide for every 2 people.
✓ Private door-to-door transportation for the 2 days of tour.
✓ Entry Permits.
✓ Adventure video about the experience in the program.
✓ Mountain equipment (specified above).
✓ Night at the Chimborazo’s high camp with all meals included.
✓ Thermo of Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Buff of Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Lunch Box and hydration for the ascent.
The following services are NOT included in the cost of the program:
X Clothing and personal equipment.
X Airplane tickets.
X Hotel or hostel in Quito or place of preference.
X Life insurance or against some type of accident.
X Other expenses NOT specified in our program.
11 person: CONTACT US.
2 people: CONTACT US.
3-5 people: CONTACT US.
6-10 people: CONTACT US.
11-24 people: CONTACT US.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM
To book the tour, Mauna Expeditions requires a payment of 25% of the cost of the program. Full payment must be made up to a maximum of two weeks before the start date of the tour. We do not send vouchers or confirmation messages until full payment for the program is made. Our team reserves the right to cancel the tour if the full payment is not made until the start date of the program.
The Mauna Expeditions team has put a lot of effort into organizing your program. Therefore, any cancellation must be made at least 21 days in advance. After 21 days, Mauna Expeditions may make a 50% refund depending on the cause of cancellation. Any cancellation notified less than 21 days from the start date of the program will be charged a penalty of 100% of the value of the program.
Costs vary depending on the size of the group. A minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 24 people are required to make the ascent. For costs information please CONTACT US.
Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, where we are exposed to conditions on extreme occasions. We do not recommend doing this activity for people with asthma or some kind of heart condition. The level of difficulty of the program is demanding and there is nothing that interests us more than your safety and that you enjoy our program without any external problem.