Climing Chimborazo Volcano

Landscape of the Chimborazo Volcano and its reserve
Chimborazo Wildlife Production Reserve

Chimborazo Volcano is located in the western part of the Andes Mountain range. Its height is 6268m (2.0564 ft), considered the highest mountain and volcano in Ecuador. Therefore, being the highest mountain in our country is a very popular climb. It covers a large amount of flora and fauna, which from the entrance you can appreciate. So, in Adventure Journeys, we will take you to the first refuge. This is one of many that you ‘ll have the chance to climb in our Avenue of Volcanoes tour. Let’s begin with our blog of the day. Firstly, we will tell you how to get to the Chimborazo volcano. Secondly, we are going to talk about some tips that you will have to take into account for this trek.

How to get to Chimborazo Volcano

The Volcano is located within the Chimborazo Wildlife Production Reserve within the central Andes. It’s located northwest of the town of Riobamba. From Quito the trip is approximately three and a half hours to reach the door of the reserve.

Chimborazo Fauna Reserve has two principal refugees: Carrel Refuge and Edward Whymper Refuge.

The first refuge which is considered as the first stop, is located in the Condor Cocha Lagoon (5,100m) and to get there is a walk of 1hr 12 min, where our guide will take you to rest, enjoy the view and take photos before starting the descent.

Tourists pose for picture while jumping next to the Condor Cocha Lagoon after climing the first part of Chimborazo Volcano
Happy hikers arriving to the Condor Cocha Lagoon

On the other hand, the second Refuge is highest located. But it is important that you know that currently these two shelters are not in operation apart from the bathrooms.

Therefore, the only place where you can stay is a base camp 10min from the second refuge. So, if your plan is to stay the night do not forget your tent and your sleeping bag.

When to go to Chimborazo

It receives visits all year in a row. However, the most recommended times to go are from November to February and from June to July. These months offer a clearer climate than in the rest of the year.

Climing Chimborazo between March and May is not recommended because there is much more rain and snow during this time. Thus, the weather improves in September and October, the skies clear but can be very unpredictable.

Things you should know before embarking on this adventure

Hiking the Chimborazo Volcano
  • The entry of the Reserve is free but you have to register.
  • The climb is not technically difficult but it does require some good level of fitness.
  • Pack the right essentials: hiking boots, gloves, extra pair of socks, suncream, water bottle, sunglasses, trekking shirts and pants, balaclava, sun hat, rain and wind jacket.

Now that you know a little bit more of what it means climing the Chimborazo Volcano according to how far you decide to go, you can get in contact with us to book this incredible adventure.

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