2-day guided ascent to Carihuairazo (5018m)

Join Jaime, a certified mountain guide on this summit of Carihuairazo! Over the course of 2 days, we will summit one of Ecuador's many incredible mountains.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group


  • Ascend over 5,000 meters to reach the summit!

  • Experience Ecuador's rugged mountains with the help of a guide

  • Sweeping views of the Ecuadorian Andes


You always wanted to summit a mountain in Ecuador? So come join me on my next adventure to Carihuairazo (5,018 meters) during 2 fantastic days!

Carihuairazo is located in the center of Ecuador, near Chimborazo. Indigenous legend says that Carihuairazo and the Altar mountains lost a romantic battle over Tungurahua to the mountain, Chimborazo. For this reason, Carihuairazo and Altar mountains were destroyed and such is the explanation from their shape and form. Moreover, Carihuairazo’s name is derived from the indigenous language of Quichua, the roots of the word relating to man, snow and wind. It seems appropriate for the expedition, as you will have to climb through wind and snow depending on the weather.

We will begin this trip with a transfer to our base where an indigenous community resides. We will enjoy a good dinner there and rest for a bit, as we will begin our summit at around 4 a.m, when the conditions are optimal. As we ascend to 5,000 meters, you will get to experience the magic of the mountaintop as the sun is rising overhead. Once at the top, you will be delighted by the breathtaking views of the surrounding Andean mountains.

This trip is great for those of you who are of an intermediate level of climbing, and have not yet summited a mountain over 5,000 meters. Moreover, this trip can be organized for individuals and groups, and the price varies depending on group size, so this could be a great opportunity to do something active with friends!

Request to book this trip if you have always wanted to summit a mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes!

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Price per person

Group of 1
590 USD

Group of 2
360 USD

Group of 3
360 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Price does not include: climbing equipment (but we can rent this to you) **Price of trip depends on group size. Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.


  • Day 1Refuge

    We will pick you up in the morning at one of our designated pick up points. Then we will drive to an Indian community (approx. 4.000 m / 13,123 ft), where we will spend the night. After an early dinner, we will rest.

  • Day 2Summit Carihuairazo

    We will start the summit to Carihuairazo around 4 a.m. and reach the summit within 4 – 5 hours. The descent takes another 2 – 3 hours. Afterwards, we will drive you back to your original destination.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi or Quito


About the Guide


Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.



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What People are Saying about Jaime Vargas


I found it pretty expensive to have a private guide. The climb was only 8 hours in total and costs me €570,-. Well, that’s the only complain i have. The service all over was great. Jaime was not my guide so i can rate him, it was Juan of course. He was an ok guide, sometimes a bit hurry up. And next time it would be good to get some more explanations about the dangers of the glacier. I’ve spoken to some real mountaineers and found out there were far more dangers then i realized when climbing the cotopaxi. Maybe something for you guys to consider next time. Best regards, philippe coopmans
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Nora Hertig
Amazing experience. Wonderful guide Diego. Can’t wait to get back and summit another volcano.
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we had a great time with the guide,  knows his buissnis , he took wonderfull shots from us at tungurahua during the climb. im sure he would have made great pics aswell during the cotopaxi climb,  very experienced guide indeed, and a friendly man with nice girlfriend elisabeth who went with us to tungurahua refugio,   and he can cook
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