by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Avenida de los Volcanes, Ecuador
The Chimborazo expedition gives travelers the chance to touch the sky.
Standing at a whopping 6310m, Chimborazo is the highest volcano in Ecuador's famous 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' region.
If you are measuring from the Earth's center, Chimborazo represents the point closest to space on Earth. Simply put, It’s the highest mountain in the world! A monumental 3597m higher than Everest.
Chimborazo's lofty summit looms over the highlands, and the other volcanoes surrounding it. This makes for an incredible view from the volcano's summit.
Keep in mind, this expedition is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. It requires previous climbing experience to reach the summit of Chimborazo.
The summit takes around 8 hours on average. It is very steep, but thankfully it is a direct uphill hike. The climb starts around midnight from Refugio Whymper, therefore you will reach the summit in the early morning.
The normal route through “El Castillo” is the most popular way to climb Chimborazo. Moreover, this route leads you to two of the highest summits: Veintimilla (6,267 m) and Whymper (6,310 m).
The Chimborazo expedition lasts for a 12-day-period. Your time will be spent acclimatizing with hikes to some high altitude lakes (Lake Cuicocha, Lake Mojanda) and summiting other smaller volcanoes (Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, Guagua Pichincha, Illiniza North, and Cotopaxi)
These stunning hikes showcase Ecuador's famous biodiverse landscape. They are also great exercise for you to warm up for climbing Chimborazo.
The Chimborazo expedition is a not an easy feat. However, it is an extremely rewarding challenge that gives the people the once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the world's highest mountain.
Quito - Cuicocha - Otavalo
Trek around the Cuicocha lagoon for 3-4 hr with with spectacular scenery. Return to Otavalo and spend the night in a comfy hotel.
Fuya Fuya - El Lechero - Otavalo
Head to the lagoon of Mojanda, the starting point to hike to the top of the Fuya Fuya (4,265 m). Return to Otavalo and visit the Peguche waterfall.
Imbabura - Otavalo
Very early in the morning you'll visit La Esperanza and climb the Imbabura volcano (4,630 m.) Head back to Otavalo for dinner at the hotel.
Otavalo Market - Quito
Visit the most popular market in Ecuador, and find crafts like ponchos and tapestries, etc. After lunch return to Quito.
Quito- Guagua Pichincha- El Chaupi
Leave Quito in the morning and continue to Lloa. Continue your journey to climb Guagua Pichincha. Stay in a comfy hotel in Machachi.
Iliniza North (5,120m) - Machachi
Start very early and your ascent of Iliniza North. Head back to our hotel in Machachi.
Machachi - Cotopaxi Refuge
After breakfast, walk to the José Rivas refuge (4,800 m). After lunch, practice basic techniques and review the climb for the next day.
Cotopaxi Summit - Baños
Get up at midnight and after a light breakfast and get ready for the summit of Cotopaxi! Return to the refuge and head to Baños.
Well deserved rest day in Baños visiting waterfalls and hot springs. Oh, yeah!
Baños - Chimborazo refuge
Leave Baños and make it to the Hermanos Carrel refuge (4,800 m). Then, the Whymper refuge (5,000 m), where you'll review the climb, have dinner and prepare for the ascent to Chimborazo!
Chimborazo Summit – Riobamba
Get up before midnight to climb Chimborazo and after 8hr you'll first reach the Veintimilla summit (6,270 m) and then the Whymper peak (6,310 m). Descend head to Riobamba.
Riobamba - Quito
Have breakfast return to Quito.