ACCLIMATIZATION & CHIMBORAZO ASCENT


Mount Chimborazo is the closest point on earth to the stars, its imposing magnitude rises in the middle of the Ecuadorian mountain range. Climbing Chimborazo is a real challenge that provides the thrilling experience of improving technical skills and overcoming the 6000 meter altitude barrier.

Ecuador's mountains and volcanoes offer a wide range of classic rock, snow, and ice routes with unparalleled accessibility for beginners and expert climbers. On this acclimatization and skills training tour, our explorer guests have the opportunity to ascend Mount Chimborazo (20,702 ft – 6,310 m), the top of the earth closest to the stars.


MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • Explore the natural, historical and cultural biodiversity of Ecuador
  • Develop climbing skills on snow and ice
  • Reach the summit of Mount Chimborazo (20,702 ft – 6,310 m)

PREREQUISITES:

  • A good level of physical condition
  • Previous experience in camping in natural environments
  • Basic level of snow and glacier climbing skills

PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Hikes and treks from 4 to 10 hours
  • Progressive ascents and descents in altitude
  • Each climber carries their own personal gear with staff assistance for the expedition group. Personal porters can be arranged
  • Overnight stays in high-altitude camps

ACCLIMATIZATION | TREKKING | CLIMBING

On this great expedition our team will accompany you to visit breathtaking places of natural beauty, culture and history unique in the world, because when you travel with us you will embark on memorable tours with the guidance of experienced and expert professionals whose priority is to offer quality and efficiency in all our services.


Day 1: Arrival in Quito, Ecuador

This day is designated to travel to Ecuador and get settled in the country, our guides will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.


Day 2: Acclimatization Hike - Cerro Pasochoa

Our expedition begins in Quito (9,500 ft - 2,896 m) the capital of Ecuador, starting with the acclimatization to the south of the Avenue of the Volcanoes at the Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge, where you will enjoy beautiful views over the landscape and the typical villages of the Sierra. The ascent to this extinct volcano will take about 4 hours. At the summit (13,776 ft - 4,199 m) we will have lunch and reach a great view of Cotopaxi and other nearby volcanoes. After descending we will return to our hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 3: Acclimatization Hike - Ruco Pichincha

Continuing with the acclimatization, we headed to the Quito Telepherique to ascend up to (14.000 ft - 4.267m). At this altitude we will start the hike through different ridges and rocky peaks until we reach the summit of Ruco Pichincha (15.700 ft - 4.785 m), here we will have lunch and observe different panoramic views of the city of Quito. This day we will start the field training learning about the rock technique and the use of fixed lines. After descending we will return to our hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 4: Carihuarazo Base Camp

In the morning we will head to the western Andes mountain range until we reach the Carihuarazo Volcano Protected Area, we will walk about an hour to the camping area (the porters will carry the tents, food, and water), (13,943 feet - 4,250 m), we will set up our camp and after lunch, we will begin the theoretical induction workshop for high mountain ascents, then we will have the rest of the day to take pictures or rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch, Dinner.


Day 5: Summit Carihuairazo Volcano

At dawn we will begin an ascent of approximately 4 hours by a mixed route to reach the central summit of Carihuarazo (16,817 ft - 5,126 m), from there we will be able to appreciate the impressive beauty of our main objective, Mount Chimborazo. After returning to base camp we will rest for a while, pick up our tents and continue to the city of Riobamba. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Luch


Day 6: Chimborazo Whymper Needles

Continuing with the ascent to the central Andes, in the morning we will head to the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve to hike to the Whymper Needles (17,388 ft - 5,300 m) on the way we can admire the biodiversity of the moorlands with the possibility of meeting the Andean camelids, alpacas and vicuñas. After taking pictures we will return to the lodge to rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch, Dinner


Day 7: Chimborazo Base Camp

In the morning we will head to the base camp of Chimborazo, on this route we will pass through small surrounding villages that inhabit the foothills of the imposing volcano. Around noon we will arrive at the Carrel refuge (4,850 m), where we will have lunch, prepare our equipment and continue to the high camp (5,300 m), (the porters will carry the tents, food, and water). After setting up our camp, we will have a briefing on the ascent route and high mountain safety recommendations, then we will have an early dinner, prepare all our equipment, and rest for the ascent to the summit. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch


Day 8: Chimborazo Summit

Summit day! From the base camp, we will begin our ascent of approximately 6 to 7 hours until we reach the summit; first, we will walk through a flat valley to reach the rocky wall of the Castle (18,044 ft - 5,500 m), here we will hydrate and begin the most technical part of the ascent to Chimborazo, we will climb the glacier tongue crossing ice ramps, crossing snow bridges, dodging some crevasses and short sections of seracs. At altitude (18,500 ft - 5,640 m) we will continue through compact and moderate-angle snow until we reach the maximum summit of Chimborazo (20,703 ft - 6,310 m). At the Whymper Summit, the first rays of the sun will greet us with spectacular panoramic views of Cayambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi, and other volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Cordillera. After congratulating ourselves for having reached our main objective, we will descend to base camp to rest and then continue to our hotel, where we will enjoy a celebratory dinner together. Meals included: Breakfast, Luch


Day 9: Flights Home

Hugs and farewells, transfer to the airport and flights home.


Inclusions: AM Expeditions Leadership (Registered company); Certified Mountain Guides (IFMGA, ASEGUIM | English – Spanish); All logistics and organisation for sightseeing tours; Lodging in hotels, haciendas, huts, and tents on a shared basis for the dates of your program (available on a private basis by special arrangement, subject to availability, and at added cost); meals while at huts and while climbing; group cooking equipment; admissions to museums and national parks; technical mountain gear (helmet, climbing harness, triple-action locking carabiner, ice ax, mountaineering boots, crampons); private transportation during trip.

Exclusions: Airfare; personal equipment; extra meals and beverages at hotels, haciendas and lodges; gratuities to guides; government and airport taxes; inoculations; personal insurance; excess baggage fees; personal expenses.

Getting There

Several airlines offer daily flights to Quito International Airport (UIO). Depending on how you book your flight, it may arrive in the early morning hours. Flights departing from Quito can be booked for any time.


Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required when traveling to Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.


Update on requirements for entry into ecuador by covid variant-19

When boarding the airline, all persons must present the digital Traveller’s Health Declaration, available at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/

  • Persons over 16 years of age must present a covid-19 vaccination card, which is at least 14 days old after completion of the vaccination schedule. In addition, a qualitative real-time RT-PCR test, with negative result, performed up to 72 hours prior to embarkation to Ecuador.
  • Minors between 2 and 16 years of age must present a negative real-time RTPCR qualitative test result performed up to 72 hours prior to shipment.

Airport Arrival

Upon arrival at the Quito airport, follow the signs to the Arrivals Building. Proceed to the Immigrations desk for foreign travelers. They will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Ecuador. After you have gathered your baggage and passed through Customs you will find a departure gate where our team will be waiting to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel set out in the itinerary.


Communication

Ecuador – country code +593. Most areas have mobile access and wifi connection.


Money

The current currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Consult a financial newspaper for the current exchange rate before departure. Cash machines are readily available in Quito and Credit cards are accepted in most areas.


TRIP DATES 2022: AVAILABLE


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