"Edward Whymper was told in 1880 "a portion of its apex fell during a great earthquake which occurred at the end of the 17th century""
Edward Whymper. Travel Among the Andes of Ecuador, 1892.

The name Carihuayrazo has its origins in the Quichua language, and can be translated as follows: Cari means "macho", and Huay-razo can be interpreted as “strong cold wind”. This makes perfect sense considering the climatic conditions that usually identify this mountain. It is located just a few kilometres Northeast of Chimborazo, and behind it you will find Tungurahua, nowadays one of Ecuador's most active volcanoes. It is the smallest glaciated mountain of Ecuador and is located in an area of high indigenous population.


Carihuayrazo is one of the least visited mountains, which makes it very attractive. As there is no refuge, a base camp has to be set up.

Day 1Carihuayrazo in the Background

  • Pick up at Quito at around 8:30
  • 4 hour drive to the Chimborazo Ecological Reserve
  • Hike to base camp on Carihuayrazo's slopes
  • Base camp installation
  • Early dinner at 18:00

Day 2

  • Climb Carihuayrazo leaving at 05:00
  • Descend from mountain
  • Rest, lunch and packing
  • Return to Quito

Important Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.


Also see our Interactive Map.



Carihuayrazo - Highlights

The Carihuayrazo Climbing Excursion offers you the following highlights:

      • The 9th highest mountain of Ecuador.
      • Great views of the North face of Chimborazo and Tungurahua to the Northwest.
      • Views of Tungurahua erupting.
      • Camping in a remote environment.

Carihuayrazo - Logistics

Duration: 2 days

Access: Drive in and drive out

Seasons: Best from November to February and from June to August

Guide-Client Ratio: 1:5

Pre-requisites: Trekking experience

Equipment: Climbing Excursions Gear List
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Accommodation: Camping (4.550 m)

Extension: Optional 1 day weather contingency


Difficulty Level:



Carihuayrazo - Suggested Combinations

Even the easiest of the 5.000 m / 16,400 ft peaks of Ecuador requires some acclimatisation training. Below is a list of some hikes that can be done as a preparation for Carihuayrazo.
1. Cuicocha
3.300 m / 10,824 ft
2. Pambamarca
3.900 m / 12,792 ft
3. Rumiñahui Central Summit
4.600 m / 15,088 ft
4. Carihuayrazo
5.897 m / 19,342 ft

Climbing Excursions

Andeanface offers you the following Climbing Excursions in Ecuador, which you can include in your trip. Please check the different pages and contact us through
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Glacier School
El Altar
South Iliniza
North Iliniza