The ascent of Chimborazo (6.310 m)
The Chimborazo volcano has a height of 6.310 m and the distance from the summit to the center of the earth is 6.384,557 km (and thus the „highest“ mountain in the world, see distance Mount Everest – the center of Earth only 6.382,414 km). The Chimborazo is the largest mountain in Ecuador. Climbing the Chimborazo is a difficult test that you will only pass if you have excellent physical condition and good acclimatization. The duration of the ascent varies between 9 and 12 hours.
Day 1: Departure from Quito at 9:00 am (meeting point after arrangement) and arrival at the first refuge (4.800 m) at 2:00 pm. After a hike of about 45 minutes, we arrive at the Whymper refuge (5.000 m). We take the afternoon to watch the sunset, to acclimatize and to rest for this great adventure.
Day 2: At around 11:00 pm we get up to prepare our equipment for the ascent. Depending on your physical condition, it takes about 2 hours to reach the glacier and another hour to get to El Castillo. From there it is still another 5 hours to reach the summit at 6.310 m altitude. The descent to the refuge takes about 3 to 4 hours and at noon we return to our starting point.
Difficulty: High, requires acclimatization and experience in glaciers.
Departure: Possible on all days (reservation required).
Includes: Bilingual guide (1 guide for 2 persons each), private transport Quito-Cotopaxi-Quito, accommodation in the refuge (includes dinner and breakfast), lunch on the first day and equipment for the high mountain.
The equipment includes: mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, harness, helmet with lamp, gaiters, inner and outer gloves.
Does not include: backpack, batteries (type AAA), food, drinks and activities that have not been mentioned in this program.