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The summit of Chimborazo is not only the highest of Ecuador but also, due to the earth's equatorial bulge, the farthest point on the earth's surface from the center of the earth. This massive mountain was formed by the remains of two ancient volcanoes and has five summits. This climb is not apt for beginners; the route to the Whymper summit has some rocky and icy sections, which do require previous mountaineering experience. You also need a very good acclimatization plus an excellent physical condition.

Day 1. We leave Quito at 09:00 a.m. and drive for 3 hours to Chimborazo's first refuge, at 4800 m. / 15.749 ft. From here we walk for 45 minutes with our equipment to the Whymper refuge at 5000 m / 16.405 ft. In the afternoon we rest for acclimatization.

Day 2. At about midnight we start the ascent. After 1 - 2 hours we reach the glacier and after 1 more hour we reach El Castillo (5350 m. / 17.553 ft.) From there it takes another 4 hours to reach the summit. The descent to the refuge takes about 3- 4 hours. At noon we return by car to Quito. Arrive at about 16:00 

DIFFICULTY: difficult; a very good acclimatization and previous glacier experience are necessary

DEPARTURE: any day


- mountain guide (1 guide climbs with maximum 2 persons)
- transportation from / to Riobamba
- accommodation in refuge
- meals and coffee, tea, purified drinking water
- climbing equipment


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