The Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes and due to its proximity to the equator, it is also the farthest point from the center of the Earth. Climbing the Chimborazo is a challenge, even for the most experienced mountaineer. Technically it is a moderate to tough climb. In addition to good acclimatization, climbing experience and excellent physical condition are required to bridge the 1,300 meter difference in height between the Whymper Refuge and the summit. The mountain itself has five peaks, in this climb the Veintimilla peak is reached (at 6 227m) and if the conditions are good and the climbers are experienced, we also reach the Whymper peak which is at 6 263m.
Includes: Professional bilingual mountain guide (maximum 2 persons per guide), transfers between the hotel and the mountain,
Overnight in the refuge
* All hotel nights with breakfast, transfers, domestic flights and excursions as mentioned in the program.
* Lunch and dinner in accordance with the program if stated.
Drankjes, fooien en uitgaven van persoonlijke aard.
* De internationale vluchten van en naar Ecuador.
* Reis – of annuleringsverzekering.
This is an example trip. You can adapt the order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions to your wishes. For example, you can combine this trip with another example trip or a subsequent cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.
To the refuge of the Chimborazo
We leave in the morning towards Chimborazo National Park where we drive to the Carrel refuge which is at an altitude of 4 850m. We will spend the rest of the afternoon in the refuge to acclimatize and to receive information from the guide about the route we will follow and some more safety instructions. After dinner we go to bed early to make us ready at 22:30 to leave for the summit.
From the shelter to the top and back
The first part of the climb is a mix of boulders, stones, snow and ice surfaces. Around 5 350m height we reach a part called El Castillo, which is a large rock formation. From here follow a few hours of climbing in a glacier area. After about 7 to 8 hours of walking we reach the Veintimilla peak. If the weather conditions allow it and there is still time and energy left, we can still go to the Whymper peak, which is about one hour further. Then the descent begins, which takes about four hours.
All transfers are done with private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Mentioned trips and excursions are examples from a wider range. Check out our website for more options.
* This travel proposal is based on 2-person standard rooms, unless stated otherwise. Surcharges for single rooms or luxury
rooms are on request.
* This travel proposal is without obligation, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* In the final travel program, certain fixed days of activities must be taken into account, such as ineemse
markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc. We do everything possible to optimize the activities mentioned in the program
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I’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
Explore Ecuador and Galapagos!
In South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.
Ik ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!