Plan your visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain

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Plan your visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain

Nestled in the heart of the Andes cordillera and with apeak elevation of 6,263 metres, Chimborazo is an impressive sight you can admire along the avenue of the volcanos.

Getting there

From Quito to Reserva Faunística del Chimborazo,  you need approximately 4 hours. You can start the trip from Quito, from the bus terminal Quitumbe in the Southern part of the city. Here you take the bus towards Riobamba. Once you arrive to Riobamba bus terminal, get the bust towards Guaranda. You need to get off at the entrance to Chimborazo.


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If you want to reach the summit it is best to hire an experienced mountain guide who knows the area and who will provide you with the required equipment.  You can climb Chimborazo year round, but best months to do so are June and July.




Accommodation and where to eat with a view

Want to take this experience to the next level? Wake up to the impossing site of this impressive mountain? Or just looking for a cozy place to enjoy warm food and enjoy the vistas of Chimborazo?

I have stopped several times for lunch and even spent the night at Hosteria la Andaluza and can highly recommend you stop at this place.

Enjoy a short video

The refuges

During your  Chimborazo you will find two refuges. Carrel located at 4,800 m and Whymper refuge at 5,000 m (16,400 ft.) where most of the parties do their summit bid from.


What to bring:

In addition to warm clothes, bring something to eat, to drink and sunscreen. Remember the sun is stronger around the equator and it is extremely important to avoid too much of it from 10 am to 2pm.

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If you want more in-depth information and also a guide that you can bring along during your trip, I recommend the travel guide Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

This is a great source of information and tips, maps and all you need if you plan on visiting Ecuador. I personally like the option of having a hard copy version where I can take notes and have at hand.

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