Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and one of the highest in South America. Its summit is also the nearest point to the sun and the highest point on earth measuring from the center of the globe. Chimborazo is located 150km (93.2 miles) southwest of Quito. The ancient and extinct volcanos rounded bulk testifies its great age. It is an extremely massive mountain which volcanologists claim is composed of the remains of two volcanoes. The timetable for climbing Chimborazo is similar to that of the climbing Cotopaxi tour, but involves a long climb of approximately 12 hours. It also includes a glacier training session, dinner and a night at the refuge (4800m/15748 ft). The climb is a real challenge and offers climbers the opportunity to break the magical 6000 m barrier (19685 ft).
To raise the chance to reach the summit we reccomend or if you need to acclimatize to high altitudes we recommend you our Acclimatization Packages to ensure that you enjoy your Climbing Experience!
Climbing at this altitude can be very difficult so please be sure that you are well prepared for this climbing tour. We recommend acclimatizing to high altitudes. You can do this by spending at least six nights above 3000m (9842 ft) and climbing twice around 5000m (16404 ft) in the same week. This can be achieved through one of our acclimatization programs such as the 7-day or 5-day program. Following an acclimatization program offers a much higher chance of making a successful climb of Chimborazo.
We also offer you our Climbing and Glacier Course in Ecuador for the people that do not have experience in glacier climbing.
Climbing high altitudes needs previous training. If you are not correctly acclimatized you can suffer from different altitude illnesses.
We strongly recommend to make an acclimatization program before you can reach the highest peak in Ecuador.
Special climbing equipment included
Necessary Equipment not included
*Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Chimborazo summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)
**Large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the Cotopaxi base up to the refuge)
Gulliver Expeditions is a local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.