Refugio Edward Whymper is a high mountain hut at an elevation of 4.855m (15,928ft) above the sea level located in the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes of central Ecuador.
The road to this large, well-built, maintained mountain hut (also known as Carrel Brothers Refuge) is gravel but in surprisingly good condition. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Mist and foggy conditions are typical in this area and it is easy to get lost if you don't have a clue of where the parking lot is located at.
This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road is 7.2km long. It’s very steep and pretty narrow. Near the hut there’s a parking lot for travelers on the way to Chimborazo, a stratovolcano at an elevation of 6.263m above the sea level. Not seldom already this part can be snow covered and challenge your 4 wheel drive vehicle. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters.
Pic: Juan Carlos Zamora C