Carihuairazo, a majestic volcano of approximately 5,018 meters of altitude, rises in the province of Chimborazo, Ecuador, in the imposing Andes mountain range. Although not as famous as other Ecuadorian peaks, its conical profile and its environment of moorland, glacial lakes and wildlife adapted to high altitudes make it a popular destination for mountaineers and nature lovers. Although it has had volcanic activity in the past, it is currently considered dormant, offering visitors breathtaking views and a unique experience in this scenic corner of the country.


Day 1
Pick-up and Hike on the Paramo
  • Departure from Riobamba a at 10.00 and drive for about 1.5 hours to Mechahuasca (Indigenous community).
  • We will take a short hike on the paramo moorlands (You can observe Vicuñas and other species)
  • Introductory briefing and Dinner
  • Rest for the next day.
Day 2
Ascent to the Summit & Return
  • We start to 2.30 pm and after a light breakfast, we will leave at 3.00 a.m.
  • Arrival at the glacier 4750 m .
  • Ascent to the summit where you will have an impressive view of Chimborazo.
  • Descent to the camp and rest.
  • Return to Riobamba at about 13.00 p.m.
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climbing carihuairazo

Average Hiking

Average time 5 to 7 hours


  • English speaking naturalist guide
  • Private transfers from Riobamba and return to Riobamba
  • Accommodation in community run refuge
  • Meals full board plus coffee, tea, filtered drinking water
  • First quality climbing equipment
  • Entrance fee community


  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Expenses not specified in the itinerary


  • Important Documents: Don’t forget to bring your passport or identification card. Keep them in a safe place, such as a zippered travel bag.
  • Warm clothing: insulated jacket, sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirts. Comfortable and durable hiking pants. Trekking socks (preferably merino wool or moisture wicking material). Hat or cap to protect from the sun. Lightweight gloves and hat to keep warm at high altitudes.
  • Suitable footwear: Waterproof and waterproof trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Backpack: Small, sturdy backpack to carry your essential belongings during the hike.
  • Camera and Binoculars: If you are a photography lover, don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
  • Food and water: Don’t forget to bring water to keep you hydrated during the trek. Food for trekking: energy and nutritious food such as energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, dried fruits, instant soups, etc.
  • Sun Block and Sunglasses: Broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the strong high mountain sun. Sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from sun glare in the snow.


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