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Ascent to Chimborazo in Ecuador

Chimborazo ascent
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Ascent to Chimborazo in Ecuador
Ascent to Chimborazo in Ecuador

Jaime, ASEGUIM certified mountain guide and expert of the Andes mountain range, encourages you to take part in this climbing adventure to the spectacular Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak.

Andes

2 Days

All year

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Climb Ecuador's highest mountain.

* Discover the amazing volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Andes.

* Enjoy a personalized tour led by a certified local guide.

Description

If you want to be part of a one-of-a-kind adventure, join me in this exciting trip to the summit of the stunning Chimborazo in Ecuador! During this 2-day expedition, we will explore the most amazing landscapes in the Andes as well as the unique Ecuadorian mountain culture.

 Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. At 6,263.47 m (20,549.4 ft), it towers high and mighty in the Avenue of Volcanos.

On this adventure, we will explore several trails, and traverse through a glacier. Therefore, it is very important that you have prior climbing experience and skills as well as a good fitness level. Acclimatizing prior to the climb is also recommended.

The route that we will take starts from the Carrel Refuge at 4800 meters. This means that you will face an ascent of about 1500 meters to reach the summit. So, come ready and full of energy to meet this challenge.

There are no fixed dates for this expedition. Contact me and we will arrange a day to carry out the tour. Each climbing group will have a small number of people. In this way, I can make sure your ascent to Chimborazo is totally safe. In addition, I can be certain to meet all your needs during the trip.

You should bring mountaineering shoes, crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, warm mountaineering clothes incl. gloves, hat or buff. Also, your sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, drinking bottle, headlamp, personal items & special snacks.

Contact me now and I will happily help you plan an unforgettable Chimborazo ascent. It will be a pleasure to guide you through the most splendid settings of the Ecuadorian Andes.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.


Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting and arrival at Refugio Carrel

Early pick up from one of our pick up points. We will go by car to the parking area of the Reserva de Producción de Fauna Chimborazo, relatively close to Refugio Carrel at circa 4800 meters. We will spend the afternoon visiting the settings which surround us and, most importantly, resting. Finally, we will have an early dinner and then go to bed.

Day 2: Reaching the summit and descent

Depending on how many people are taking part of the trip and on the climate conditions, our ascent to Chimborazo will commence around midnight. We will mountaineer upwards for 8-9 hours until reaching on of these summits: Veintimilla at 6230m or Whymper at 6263m. Then, we will start descending for 3-4 hours and have lunch in a restaurant. After that, we will arrive at the starting point in the afternoon.

 

Details

More info

Also included the Park entrance fee

Meeting point


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain?

Prior climbing experience and skills, as well as a good fitness level, are essential for climbing Chimborazo. Acclimatizing to the altitude before the climb is also absolutely key. The tour itself is 2 days, but acclimatization is the most important thing. We do usually 8-10-day plans with the final goal at Chimborazo and that works pretty well. It's a non-technical but challenging glacier climb. So if you book this 2-day ascent to Chimborazo, you need to do a proper acclimatization beforehand.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

Start training at least 6 months in advance to give your body enough time to adapt to the physical demands of climbing.

Focus on exercises that build strength and endurance. This includes hiking, running, swimming, and biking.

Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to avoid overtraining.

Listen to your body and take rest days when needed. This is especially important as you get closer to your climb.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own?

You must bring essential gear such as mountaineering boots, crampons, an ice axe, harness, helmet, and warm mountain attire, including gloves and a hat or buff. Don't forget your sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle, headlamp, personal necessities, and some special snacks.

What's included in the price?

The tour includes:

  • Transportation to and from Machu Picchu
  • Certified, English-speaking ASEGUIM guide (1 guide for 2 persons)
  • Park entrance fee
  • Accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • All meals during the tour (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Climbing equipment upon request

Where will we meet at the start of the trip?

The tour can start from one of the following cities:

Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi or Quito (and others possible upon request).

What is the estimated duration of the climb to Chimborazo?

After an 8-9 hour climb, you will reach one of the summits of Chimborazo (Veintimilla at 6,230 meters or Whymper at 6,263 meters). The descent to the hut takes another 3-4 hours.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

Chimborazo has optimal climbing conditions all year round.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hostería Uzhupud Cuenca Ecuador
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Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca Ecuador
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Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia Cuenca Ecuador
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About the guide

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Jaime

4.90

(40)

Mountain 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.

Languages

German | French | English

Certificates

ASEGUIM | IFMGA

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What people are saying about this trip

Evan

5.00

Thanks to Elisabeth, the experience before climb was already great - she provided guidance and all answers right away, even being in different timezone! Jaime was our guide and he is exceptionally skilled guide, with tons of experience, but also we did many great talks about different things! Can't recommend this guides highly enough!

Daniel

5.00

Elisabeth - very patient and effective in dealing with the organisation and my numerous questions. Jaime - very patient and effective in leading me up and down Chimborazo. Together - a perfect team. And very nice people too!

Alexey

5.00

Climbed in May 2023 with Jaime, I was provided exceptional service and support, Jaime is the super professional guide, his priority is safety for the client.

Mitchell

5.00

Jaime was a fantastic guide and I had for both the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo expeditions. Very knowledgable and you never feel too out of it when you're with him. He was consistent on checking if I was doing okay which I really appreciated. Eliz, who I worked with for coordination, was also great. Super on top of it on making sure things ran smoothly. They both were quick to ensure I had the proper gear to take on these summits too. Highly recommend.


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