2 or 3 days
Skill Level: Advanced
Max Guide Ratio:
November to February; June to August
Climb this route and two other technical peaks- find out more at: Illiniza, Obispo, and Chimborazo Direct!
Prior Trip Suggestions:
Carihuairazo or Cotopaxi
Follow Up Programs:
An ascent of Chimborazo's icy headwall, where you get to utilize your full range of ice climbing and technical glacier travel skills
Sweeping views from the summit of Ecuador’s tallest volcano, on a clear day you can see down into the Amazon jungle basin and the neighboring peaks
Recuperating in the famous thermal springs
Strolling the streets, lined with local shops and outdoor cafes, of this popular resort town
Chimborazo is an extinct volcano located in the Western Cordillera, 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Quito. This challenging and technical route (Grade III/AD+ and up to 70 degree inclines) leads to the summit of Chimborazo via its icy headwall. For this climb you need ice-climbing equipment, excellent physical condition and lots of stamina. Climbers must also acclimatize their bodies to the high altitude conditions before attempting to summit Chimborazo.
The sight of Chimborazo (6,310 m / 20,702 ft), the tallest peak in Ecuador, is among the most impressive in all of the Andes. Since the Earth bulges near the equator, this snowcapped giant is not only the highest mountain in Ecuador, but also the highest in the world if measured from the core of the Earth outward to the peak. There were a number of summit attempts by Europeans of this local giant beginning in 1736 with the French explorers, but it wasn’t until 1880 when Edward Whymper successfully made it all the way to the peak.
Today there are 2 common routes leading up to the summit of Chimborazo, and we offer guided trips up both of these. This itinerary is for the most challenging and physically demanding route, Chimborazo Direct. If you are interested in the more popular and moderate route up Chimborazo, please visit El Castillo-Chimborazo.
Baños is a popular resort town at the base of Chimborazo. The streets of this quaint town are lined with shops and outdoor cafes, and the mild subtropical weather is perfect for leisure outdoor strolls and dining. The main attraction in Baños, though are the luxurious thermal hotsprings- and rejuvenating in the healing springs is the perfect reward after a strenuous ascent up Ecuador’s tallest peak!