Treks between Chimborazo and Carihuairazo

Key information: Treks between Chimborazo and Carihuairazo

  • Ecuador’s highest mountain stands serenely clear of its neighbours, a huge white mass which is often at least partially obscured by clouds.
  • A memorable climb, although at extreme altitude and you are likely as not to be in cloud, so limited prospects of visual rewards.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating80
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating80
  • Note: Negs: altitude; heavy loads to carry.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 6,310 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Very Difficult

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There is a pair of superb hikes between Chimborazo and Carihuairazo.

The first is tougher and takes 3 days and climbs from the Panamericano high into the Carihuairazo massif (to around 4,600m), before dropping to the gap between the great mountains and circling round to the north of Chimborazo to reach the Guaranda-Ambato highway.

The second, relatively easier (2 days and reaching a mere 4,400m), climbs Chimborazo’s slopes to near its eastern glaciers, reaching the Laguna Cocha Negra, where you can camp. From here you can continue north-east on the exit route of the first trek, or return to the Panamericano.

Both walks can be linked together to create a wonderful circuit high into the massif to/from the Panamericano. 3 days. One of Ecuador’s finest walks?

Ecuador Climbing and Hiking Guide – Viva, has a worthwhile section on this walk. Find relevant books on Amazon:

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

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