Chimborazo 6268 m (add-on)

ECU-30b / 5-day trip / Grade: PD

Chimborazo (Add-on)

The extension (Add-on) climbs that we offer are thought to be added to our climbing programs. For this add-on its is require that the climber is already acclimatized before the start, fx the climber has ascended Cotopaxi (5897 m), Cayambe (5790 m) or North Iliniza (5126 m) before doing Chimborazo (6268 m). We provide excellent professional guides, equipment, good accommodation, transportation,food etc.

Day 1 Pick-up & transfer to Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m)
Day 2 Town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m) – Rest Day
Day 3 Chimborazo – Carrel hut (4800 m)
Day 4 Climb: Chimborazo Volcano (6268 m)
Day 5 Departure
Day 1

Town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m)
Pick-up and transfer to the town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m). Depending on the pick-up place, it can take between 2 to 4 hours to reach Baños.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Town of Baños de Santa Agua (1820 m) – Rest Day
The town of Baños, as it if locally know, lies in the Tunguragua province just at the foothills of the active Tunguragua Volcano (5023 m). Baños is called the “Gateway to the Amazon” as it’s the last andean town before reaching the Amazon basin. Due to its privileged location, this town offers a great deal of activities. The best known are the hot-springs (baños), which one can enjoy many places around town. Adventure sports are also widely spread like mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, etc.
Baños also have some great scenery with the famous waterfalls that lie few kilometers down the valley. The best known are “El Pailon del Diablo” (Devil’s pot) and “El manto de la Novia” (the Bride’s veil), which can be visited taking a local taxi. The “Tarabita” (Cable-car) to cross over the Pastaza River and on the other side of the valley, it is possible to hike through the orchards and gardens of the local peasants.
In few words, there are plenty of options to do or just take a easy going day to enjoy the nice temperature and beautiful surroundings.
Night at hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Chimborazo – Carrel hut (4800 m)
After a day of leisure and a relaxing morning in the town of Baños, the group will pack and drive (3 h) back to the highland towards Chimborazo National Park. On the way, there will a couple of short stops and time to buy the last snacks before leaving “civilization”. Chimborazo volcano is an impressive mountain that stands out from the “Volcanoes Avenue”. The indigenous farmed land that surrounds the mountains are all traditionally worked and very colorful during the harvest season. While driving up to the main entrance, it is possible to see very dramatic landscapes were the actions of the old eruptions have shaped the geography of the place. After crossing the park borders, the landscape turns very arid, like a desert, where it is possible to see one of the rare South American camelids: Vicuñas. These animal are difficult to see because they life in quiet inaccessible areas. They are master to survive in difficult conditions. The ones living in this park are not originally from the area, but introduced many years ago and over time became permanent residents.
The road goes all the way to the door of the lower hut “Refugio Hermanos Carrel” (4800 m), where an 1 hour acclimatization hike starts by a moraine valley up to the Whymper hut (5000 m) and then back down to the Carrel hut. The rest of the afternoon-evening will be to prepare the climb and have an early dinner. The mountain guides will provide all the information and help to assure the best logistic for such a demanding climb.
Night in dormitories with bunkbends.
Ascent: 200 m / Descent: 200 m / Highest Altitude: 5000 m / Activity duration: 1.5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 4

Climb: Chimborazo Volcano (6268 m)
Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and also the highest in the world measured from the center of the earth, due to is location on the tropical belt. The mountain has five mayor summits all linked by a ridge called the “Arista del Sol” (Sun’s ridge), which probably is the main reason of its Quichua name, which translates “Ice braid”. The main summit is the Whymper (6268 m), named after the British mountaineer Edward Whymper who has the first person to climb it on 1880 along with the Swiss Carrel brothers.
Climbing Chimborazo by its normal Southwest route is a challenging affair, is a long 1468 meters ascent and descent in one push at a considerable altitude. The terrain is also complex, as it changes from an easy moraine trail to ice, snow and rock sections, with some easy scrambling at some specific spots. Even though it is not a technical climb, it is physical demanding. The climb starts between 10 PM to 1 AM, according to the team fitness, acclimatization level and meteorological conditions. The mountain guide will decide the departure time and wake up the clients up, 1 hour before, to have some breakfast and get ready for the activity.
The first part of the route is no longer the normal route, but a variant known as the “Marco Cruz route”, named after the legendary Ecuadorian mountaineer who first ascended it. This variant joins the normal route after “El Castillo” rock pillar, making the ascent much safer and more scenic.
Once on the march, the first part (1 h) is basically a flat moraine until it begins to get steeper, with some few scrambling sections, before reaching the top of the ridge. After a short while walking on the ridge a bit exposed section hiking around the “El Castillo” rock before a flat area where the variant route joins the normal route. The glacier rises on a wide ridge that goes up to an approximate altitude of 5850 m. From this point a gentle traverse elevates westwards reaching 6000 m and then a relative strait up climb to the first summit: the Veintimilla (6230 m), then descend few meters to cross a col and then back up to the main summit: Whymper (6268 m). This is a memorable ascent to a summit above 6000 meters and a test of physical and mental endurance.
The descend is done by the same route back to the Carrel hut and, after packing, there will be a transfer ready to take the group back to Quito (4 h).
Night in hotel.
Ascent: 1468 m / Descent: 1468 m / Highest Altitude: 6268 m / Activity duration: 10-12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 5

Time to leave the volcanoes of Ecuador!
Pick up at hotel and transfer out to Quito’s Airport (1-2 h) – End of services
Included meals: Breakfast

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  • Local English speaking mountain guide during the entire program
  • Local English speaking assistant mountain guide on days: 3, 4 from 5 PAX
  • Private transportation on days: 1, 3, 4 and 5 from 1 to 3 PAX
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program from 4 PAX on
  • 2 nights in hotel in shared double room in the town of Baños
  • 1 night in hotel in shared double room in the city of Quito
  • 1 night in shared dormitory at Chimborazo’s mountain hut
  • Entry fee to the national parks and natural reserves
  • Group climbing common equipment
  • Climbing assistant guides on Chimborazo, ratio: 1:2
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic or international flights
  • Transportation on day: 2 from 1 to 3 PAX
  • Separate airport transfers in case of multiple arrival/departures
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

BAÑOSHotel Isla de Baños or similar

CHIMBORAZO’S NATIONAL PARK: Mountain Hut Carrel (no website)

Tags: Climbing, Ecuador, Chimborazo, PD grade, Baños