Located in the Ecuadorian province of the same name, and surrounded by theReserva de Produccion Faunistica Chimborazo National Park,Chimborazo Volcano is extraordinary for many reasons. It is the highest point in Ecuador’s Andes mountains. Although it is not the tallest mountain in the world, it is considered to be the farthest point on the surface of the Earth from the center. Chimborazo is renouned for superior mountaineering opportunities, and it is visited by people from all over the world looking for extreme climbing opportunities. While many visitors spend time acclimating to the altitude in Quito, the most convenient starting point for trips to Chimborazo is Riobamba - the capital of Chimborazo province. It is highly advisable to check with a professional guide about Chimborazo climbing conditions, required gear, and tour options in advance.
- Chimborazo’s peak is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s core, at a distance of 6,384.4 km (3,968 mi)
- Elevation of peak (from sea level): 6,268 m
- Distance from Quito: 150 km (93 mi)
- Last eruption: Calculated to have been in the first millennium A.D.
- Nearest cities: Riobamba and Ambato
- Native fauna: Alpaca, vicuña, llama
The summit of Chimborazo is the highest point in Ecuador and at 6,268 meters above sea level, its climate is glacial. The mountain can be climbed all year, but optimal conditions are from December to January and July to August. It is absolutely essential to have adequate mountaineering gear when you embark. Be sure to check with a professional guide and see our packing list for packing advice.
The mountain can be climbed all year, but optimal conditions are from December to January and July to August. Chimborazo’s most frequently trafficked routes are the Normal and the Whymper routes. On the mountain, there are two refuges: the Carrel Hut at 4,850 m and the Whymper Hut at 5,000 meters. Due to the altitude and extreme climate, it is highly advisable to attempt Chimborazo with the services of a professional climbing and hiking guide.