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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.

Elevation (feet): 20,565
Elevation (meters): 6,268
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Latitude: -1.469175
Longitude: -78.817034
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

Trip Reports

There are 21 trip reports for Chimborazo.

  • Log #819 - by Andrew Battista on Nov 04, 20043.00 stars
    Tried 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, 20043.00 stars
    Good 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, 20043.00 stars
    Besteigung 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, 20043.00 stars
    Attempt 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, 20043.00 stars
    Lot 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, 20043.00 stars
    TOPtoTOP 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, 20043.00 stars
    Left 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, 20043.00 stars
    Summit before the clouds boil up onto the heights.
  • Log #828 - by Jeff Jakes on Nov 09, 20033.00 stars
    Great 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, 20033.00 stars
    my highest peak so far (till 2004) great to do not easy not difficult. adj
  • Log #830 - by Brian on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    Left 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, 20033.00 stars
    Beautiful 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, 20033.00 stars
    I 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, 20033.00 stars
    The 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...
  • Log #18769 - by Frederic Lavoie on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Belle 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 #19290 - by Willem Berkvens on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Arrived 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, 20063.00 stars
    We, 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 #21119 - by Mike Gaskin on Dec 16, 20073.00 stars
    I 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 #21285 - by Stephan Reimer on May 21, 20083.00 stars
    Could´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 #21889 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 13, 20103.00 stars
    Amazing 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 #22396 - by cissa on July 24, 20133.00 stars
    Chimbo 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...