The top of the Chimborazo volcano is the highest point in Ecuador (6310 m a.s.l) and if you measure it from the center of the earth, it is the highest point on earth (because the earth is an ellipse and Chimborazo lays straight on the equator, its peak is the furthest point away from the earth’s center).
Located in the central Andes, it is one of the most impressive volcanoes from the ´avenue of the volcanoes´, as described by the German geographer Alexander von Humboldt in the 19th century, existing of over 20 volcanoes crossing Ecuador.
We drive up to the first refuge (4800m), going up the Chimborazo Volcano you will probably see a lot of vicuñas, a protected species that was reintroduced in the Chimborazo area in 1988. Tthe number of vicuñas in this region has been growing ever since. At the first refuge we will start to walk to the Whymper refuge at 5000 meter altitude. It is even possible to continue up to the lake located at 5100m. At the Whymper refugee we will have a break with some hot chocolate, tea or coffee.
“We took the tour to Chimborazo which was fantastic – a great hike (altitude felt but we had already acclimated), beautiful, rich with history and stunning views.” – traveler C.K. from the United States
Naturalist guide, tea, coffee or hot chocolate, water and a snack
What to bring:
Warm clothing, rain jacket, steady shoes