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|Cdn66||Both huts closed as of Nov 25, 2013|
|Both the Carrel and Whymper Refuges are closed for renovations. We were able to stay in the park warden residence building, but my understanding is that we were lucky. Check ahead if you're going to Chimbo. We reached the Whymper Summit on November 26 around 7 a.m. via a route that follows the west ridge and joins the normal route above El Corridor. On the descent we ran El Corridor, but there were rocks pelting my pack.|
|Posted Nov 28, 2013 7:35 pm|
|Vivyenne||Re: Both huts closed as of Nov 25, 2013|
|Confirm that both huts are closed, word on the street is that they will be closed through march 2014 at the earliest. Seems to be the normal thing to stay in the park warden building; we were a private team of six but there was also a commercial team there when we were there. And the park warden building has a microwave and round-the-clock electricity! Might depend on how well your guide gets along with the people there...|
|Posted Dec 11, 2013 10:44 pm|
|GavinS||Re: Both huts closed as of Nov 25, 2013|
|Carrel refuge is now OPEN!|
I climbed on 3rd March from the Carrel refuge at 4800m, and it had opened about a week earlier. They were still working on Whymper at the time and I don't know when they did/will finish.
The guide says weather is bad Feb-May, but I got lucky and could summit with hard snow underfoot, clear skies and low winds, unlike my incredibly windy attempt in September a few years ago. The local info I had on weather was to avoid April, but otherwise it doesn't make a massive difference - you'll either get lucky or you won't.
|Posted Jun 19, 2015 1:37 pm|
|jhartough||Carrel Hut OPEN as of November 26, 2015. Whymper still closed for renovation.|
|I summited Chimborozo via the Normal Route around 7am, Thursday November 26, 2015 (a very happy Thanksgiving!) We stayed at the Carrel Refugio(4800m) which is OPEN and renovated and has around 30 bunkbeds, decent restroom facilities, and snacks/drinks and basic meals for sale. The Whymper Refugio is not open (as of November 27, 2015), but is undergoing renovation and may be open sometime next year. Andean Adventures has the concession to run the refugio for the next five years, and seems to be doing a good job. The refugio was clean and warm, and the staff was cheerful and helpful. Some of the staff also work as guides, and have good information (in Spanish).If you want to book at the refugio, or need help finding guides, call John Paredes at 0999093698, and he can help. There are no fees to enter the park, but you do need to register.|
|Posted Nov 27, 2015 6:23 pm|
|As 2 january 2014 the refuges are still closed for remodalation and the mountain is “dry” very little snow, you can camp on Plaza Roja (by the road before the first refuge) or up in the Castillo area, if you have transport you could probably arrange to sleep in the park entrance office and leave at night to the parking lot. Consider this; If you are on your own (no tour operator hired) you will have to get a permit from the person in charge which is kind of difficult if you are not member of a climbing club or a certified guide (they will ask for credentials) Any way is better to contact them by email: Paulina Valeria Moreno Montoya |
|Posted Jan 3, 2014 10:47 am|
|Any word on when the huts are scheduled to reopen?|
|Posted May 12, 2014 5:47 pm|
|simplydt||Re: Hut Status|
|I talked to the guards there yesterday and they reckon June. Since they are both Ecuadorian, they probably mean end of June!!|
|Posted May 14, 2014 2:52 pm|
|Hi, looking for some information re Chimborazo refuge, does any one know if either are open yet. Very hard to get a true answer. Also I've heard Cotopaxi refuge is having work done and may be closed. Any information would be great.|
|Posted Jul 26, 2014 10:34 am|
|Didn't talk to anyone, but there was no work in progress at all (Aug 2, 2014). No sign of anything being completed any time soon. Camping at the first refuge is acceptable with free cooking inside (but no beds inside). Keep in mind foreigners are supposed to climb with a guide.|
|Posted Aug 3, 2014 6:42 pm|
|gerard83||Both huts closed as of 01/2015|
|As if my 01/2015 climb both huts were still closed for renovation with no ETA. Climbers camped at the base, most of them with a 10pm start.|
|Posted Jan 12, 2015 10:58 am|
I am attempting Chimborazo and Cotopaxi in a few weeks, how did you get on, did you summit, what were the mountain conditions. Hope you had a great experience :)
|Posted Jan 15, 2015 4:17 pm|
|Chimborazo is 6268 metres high, not 6310 metres, and that the claim by the main page author that the 1993 UK surveyors climbed the wrong summit is baseless.|
The lower elevation is upheld by a more recent survey.
|Posted Feb 6, 2015 5:53 am|
|I am pleased to see the 6268m elevation in the title and thank the page author for this correction, but it still needs de-contradicting in the overview.|
|Posted Sep 2, 2015 1:01 pm|
|jhartough||Carrel Refugio Open|
|I summited Chimborozo via the Normal Route around 7am, Thursday November 26, 2015 (a very happy Thanksgiving!) We stayed at the Carrel Refugio(4800m) which is OPEN and renovated and has around 30 bunkbeds, decent restroom facilities, and snacks/drinks and basic meals for sale. The Whymper Refugio is not open (as of November 27, 2015), but is undergoing renovation and may be open sometime next year. |
Andean Adventures has the concession to run the refugio for the next five years, and seems to be doing a good job. The refugio was clean and warm, and the staff was cheerful and helpful. Some of the staff also work as guides, and have good information (in Spanish).
If you want to book at the refugio, or need help finding guides, call John Paredes at 0999093698, and he can help. There are no fees to enter the park, but you do need to register.
Safety note: The night before our climb, an American climber died from a heart attack on the mountain during a summit attempt. Do not take this climb lightly, and respect the mountain. Emergency response is limited and challenging.
|Posted Nov 27, 2015 6:20 pm|
|alexo.petit||1 febuary 2016|
|Carrel Refugio opend and confortable : 15$ per night or 30$ night and meals ( breakfast and dinner). Food was good. We did the summit with 2 guide working for john at the refugio. If you can , go to the refugio by yourself and take 2-3 days at the refugio and around for aclimatation before attempting the summit. We saw a lots of peoples ( as we were there for almost a week) on a 2 days in/out trip from an agencie and I will say most of them didn't reach the summit.|
|Posted Feb 9, 2016 4:35 pm|