Carihuairazo

  • Carihuairazo from Panamericano - © William Mackesy
  • Carihuairazo from railway - © William Mackesy
  • Carihuairazo from Urbina - © William Mackesy
  • Chimorazo from Carihuairazo - © Flickr User - mik_p
  • Looking up the valley between Chimbarazo and Carihuairazo - © Flickr User - mik_p
  • Carihuairazo from Panamericano - © William Mackesy
  • Chimborazo - © Flickr User - Monar

Key information: Carihuairazo

     
  • The wildly eroded and spires and crags of Carihuairazo sit 10km to the north-east of Chimborazo, in smile-inducing visual counterpoint to Chimborazo's snowy, harmonious serenity.
  • A demanding but superb ascent.
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Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating88
  • Note: Neg: altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,020 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Chimorazo from Carihuairazo - © Flickr User - mik_p

WALK SUMMARY

The wildly eroded and spires and crags of Carihuairazo sit 10km to the north-east of Chimborazo, in extreme visual counterpoint to Chimborazo's snowy, harmonious serenity.

Climbing Carihuairazo is just a walk - you need full ice equipment to tackle the glaciated route to the summit. But it is a superb climb with close-up views of Chimborazo and its glaciers as well as more distant peaks - some of the best in Ecuador and more likely to be enjoyed at some point during the climb. 

Attractive approach and exit walks, a day slogging on ice and rock to the rotten and exposed summit ridge. 3 days in and out, camping the only option. Could be combined with the longer circuits described in our Chimborazo Area page.

It can be persistently cloudy here, so you can be denied the best of the views if you are unlucky.

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather, where altitude can cause real problems. Come fully prepared, including proper acclimatization.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Chimborazo Area walk page.

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Carihuairazo from Urbina - © William Mackesy

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Carihuairazo from railway - © William Mackesy...
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