Chimborazo, an extinct volcano, is the highest peak in Ecuador. Its towering ice-capped peak is awesome when seen from the Pacific, and in 1745, it was believed to be the highest mountain in the world, a belief which was sustained until the discovery of Dhaulagiri (8167m/26,794 ft.) in 1808.
In fact, Chimborazo still lays claim to being the highest mountain in the world, if measured from the center of the Earth. It is positioned one degree south of the equator, where the diameter of the earth is greatest, and Chimborazo is over 6,384 kilometers (3,967 miles) from the earth's center, compared to only 6,382 kilometers (3,965 miles) for Mount Everest.
Chimborazo receives high precipitation and has a large summit ice cap. Beneath the summit ice cap is a crater that today is old, eroded, and contorted, suggesting that Chimborazo may have been even higher in its younger years.
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul|
|Year first climbed:||1880|
|First successful climber(s):||Edward Whymper, with guides J. and L. Carrel|
|Nearest major airport:||Quito, Ecuador|
|Convenient Center:||Ambato, Ecuador|
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 21 trip reports for Chimborazo.
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- Log #22396 - by cissa on July 24, 2013Chimbo was "pelado" as the locals say, meaning, bare of snow, when I visited. We heard rockfall was a problem at Corridor, the passage that begins the ascent of the mountain up to El...
- Log #21889 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 13, 2010Amazing climb, Awesome volcano. Me and some friends (Douglas Leonardo and Edgar Rivera) we climb 5 volcanoes in Ecuador. We begin in Iliniza Norte, next Iliniza Sur, next Cotopaxi and then...
- Log #21285 - by Stephan Reimer on May 21, 2008Could´nt sleep the night we started, was to excidet and also it was snowing very badly until 11 pm. We got started at 12pm and the weather became better they higher we climbed. Reached the top of...
- Log #21119 - by Mike Gaskin on Dec 16, 2007I climbed this peak with Expediciones Andinas of Riobamba. After several days of acclimatization at their Estrella del Chimborazo lodge at 4000m, my guide (Rodolfo) and I set out at 9PM on the...
- Log #19290 - by Willem Berkvens on Sep 27, 2006Arrived in Quito 7th of May. On the 9th we climbed Illiniza Norte and on the 11th Cotopaxi. On 12th afternoon we arrived at Refugio Whymper. On 13th we left the hut at 00.
- Log #19193 - by Roland Pitteroff on Sep 27, 2006We, Hannes Lehmann and myself, Roland Pitteroff, summited on 12 Feb. 2006. We had 3 weeks of acclimatisation beforehand. This paid off. The climb was not very hard.
- Log #18769 - by Frederic Lavoie on Feb 14, 2006Belle expérience! Très peu fréquenté comparé au Cotopaxi! Route un peu difficile à trouver (surtout à la noirceur!). Décu d'avoir du s'arrêter au premier sommet (6245m), car la voie n'était...
- Log #819 - by Andrew Battista on Nov 04, 2004Tried going light by substituting (ill-fitting) strap-on crampons on my hiking boots. They worked well for the ascent, but not for the downclimb. Were it not for copious duct tape, I'd probably still...
- Log #821 - by Gabriel Paris on Oct 30, 2004Good ascent after have been acclimatazing in Cotopaxi, Carihuairazo, Rucu Pichincha... We were 6 but finally reached the summit only 2, 6:35 am. We passed many weary cord-teams sitting on the snow....
- Log #822 - by Gerhard Junker on Aug 31, 2004Besteigung des Whymper Gipfel auf der Normalroute gemeinsam mit Hubertus aus Dresten und Paco aus Riobamba. Abmarsch von der Carrel-Hütte (4800m) um ca. 10h30, Whymper Hütte ca. 11h; ...
- Log #823 - by jpg59 on May 12, 2004Attempt terminated after 3h at 5650 m because the Ecuadorian Guides (employed by a French company)were not confident to continue despite the fact the snow was in good condition (no ice), a wonderful...
- Log #824 - by David on Apr 05, 2004Lot of rockfall from El Castillo night and day and no snow, got to about 5500m, but turned around, I was alone both at the refuge and on the mountain, so wisdom took hold. Clear nights and mornings,...
- Log #825 - by TOPtoTOP Expedition on Mar 20, 2004TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition would like to climb Chimborazo in June/July 2004. Check the website if you would like to join us.
- Log #826 - by C Melby on Jan 14, 2004Left the Whymper Hut with my daughter Hannah and our guide, Jorge, at midnight on Saturday after virtually no sleep. The hut was fine and the bunk comfortable, but I have difficulty sleeping when at...
- Log #827 - by Ben Boykin on Jan 12, 2004Summit before the clouds boil up onto the heights.
- Log #828 - by
Jeff Jakes on Nov 09, 2003Great climb! Climbed it all solo without any problems in about 7.5 hours. Sleeping in Refugio Whymper was good, but no food. Part of the route around The Castlke is very dangerous from early in the...
- Log #829 - by andre de jonge on Oct 30, 2003my highest peak so far (till 2004) great to do not easy not difficult. adj
- Log #830 - by
Brian on Sep 08, 2003Left the upper hut at 12:30 am. via the normal route, steady climbing until about 6000 meters. We post holed and slipped for the next 2 1/2 hours. That was miserable.
- Log #831 - by Cristobal Valdebenito on Aug 25, 2003Beautiful mountain! Really hard to climb but it is worth of it. There is a lot of ice, be carefull. If you go and climb it, good luck! Take a lot of pictures!
- Log #832 - by James Vivenzio on Aug 18, 2003I am planning on climbing Chimbo early Oct. Anyone planning on going at that time who would like to hook up?
- Log #833 - by
Charlotte Putz on July 30, 2003The mountain is covered with ice at this moment and it is not a nice climb. The glacier sounds really weard, there is water running under the ice in the middle of the night etc. I was too tired to...