2 days

Climbing Carihuairazo Volcano

Climbing the Carihuairazo Volcano in Ecuador is often used as a practice before attempting any of the higher Ecuadorian summits. But during this climb you will also enjoy beautiful sceneries and the views over 4 giant volcanoes.

CARIHUAIRAZO (5018 m./16496 ft.)

Carihuairazo – the name means ‘mountain of the wind’ – is a collapsed volcano near Chimborazo. Climbing the Carihuairazo is good trip for those who want to practice the use of crampons and ice axe, as well as acclimatization before climbing the highest peaks of Ecuador. Tips about altitude sickness.

Climbing Carihuairazo Volcano (5018 m./16496 ft. high)


Day 1: Riobamba - Carihuairazo refuge

Climbing Carihuairazo Volcano Ecuador
We leave Riobamba at 9:30 am by car and drive for 1,5 hours to the foot of Carihuairazo volcano. In the Carihuairazo mountainafternoon we make a short hike on the paramo grasslands for acclimatization, and then we take a rest in the refuge at 4200 m. / 13.780 ft.

Day 2: Carihuairazo refuge - summit - Riobamba

Carihuairazo Volcano climbing Ecuador
At 4:00 am we leave the refuge. After about 2 hours of trekking, we reach the glacier and then continue for another 3 hours to the central peak. The descent to the base camp takes about 3 hours. From there we return by car to Riobamba. Arrival at Riobamba at about 14:00 h

Difficulty: Medium
Departure: Every day

Inclusive in this climbing tour:

  • mountain guide (1 guide climbs with a maximum of 2 people)
  • private transportation from / to Riobamba
  • accommodation in refuge
  • meals and coffee, tea, coca tea, purified drinking water
  • climbing equipment


  • Everything not mentioned in the list above
  • (soft) drinks
  • Personal spendings
  • Tips
Climbing Carihuarazo Ecuador

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