Ascent to Carihuairazo, 5020m

Join Fredy, IFMGA certified guide, in this 2-day ascent to Carihuairazo, in Ecuador. The little neighbour of Chimborazo, perfect for acclimatization.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide


Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Jun, Jul, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


Carihuairazo (5020m) is a beautiful peak in the center of Ecuador. It is often called the little neighbour of Chimborazo since they are 10 km apart.

In fact, it’s a good acclimatization peak. During the ascent to Carihuairazo you will practice some snow and glacier walking skills. Besides, the natural environment is simply stunning.

To get there we will depart from either Quito or Riobamba. The program takes in total two days. In the first one we get to the area and acclimatize. And then on the second day we reach the magnificent summit! For more details please check the itinerary below.

Although it can be climbed year found, the best months are January, June, July and December.

Did you find this summit ascent in the center of Ecuador tempting? Then don’t hesitate to contact me for more information! And I the idea of Chimborazo also tempted you, I guide its ascent as well.

Price per person

1 Person
520 USD

Group of 2
400 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • Day 1: Acclimatization

    Drive from Quito or Riobamba to the foot of Carihuairazo. Acclimatization walk and night at refuge at 4200 m.

  • Day 2: Summit day

    Early in the morning we leave the refuge and walk for two hours until we get to the glacier. From there, we have 3 more hours to the summit. The scenery is impressive!


Other details

Fitness level required

About the Guide


IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I grew up in Antisana volcano region, and as a kid I already did many hiking and ascents in the area.

I first ascended Cotopaxi in 1985, when I was 12 years old, and since then my life spins around mountaineering. At 17 I started my formation as mountain guide, and in 2008 I became the third IFMGA certified guide in Ecuador.

I participated as member and guide in many expeditions around Ecuador and South America, some of them in rare routes, and making first ascents.

From 2007 to 2009 I was director of ASEGUIM’s mountain guide school.

I speak Spanish, English and Quichua (native Inca language), and love to guide people to discover the mountains in my country.

FROM 400 USD per person


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