Chimborazo Day

Chimborazo Day is a holiday observed annually on June 3rd and celebrates the currently inactive composite volcano that resides in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes Mountain Range. Its summit is the farthest point in the world from the Earth’s center and stands at a height of 20,549.4 feet.

Its name comes from a word from the Quechua language that roughly translates to “the other side of the river bank.” However, that translation is somewhat disputed, and some language specialists will say that the word actually means “the snow on the other side.”

Either way, this inactive volcano is capable of inspiring awe, and it has been a major destination for mountaineers from around the world. And on this day, we can all be mountaineers at heart and enjoy this natural wonder.

The History of Chimborazo Day

Chimborazo has been a challenge for experienced mountaineers for hundreds of years. Near the end of the 19th century, Edward Whymper would take up the challenge, and he actually managed to scale its entire height. That made him the first man to officially climb this stratovolcano.

This bested the previous attempt by Alexander von Humboldt in 1802. This mountaineer had only made it to the height of 19,280 feet before turning back. As far as we know, the person who invented Chimborazo Day is currently unknown.

What we do know is that this holiday has been observed for several years now, but we are unable to pinpoint with any accuracy the inventor of this holiday or the exact year when they created it. However, we’ll continue to research the subject and hopefully, we’ll eventually find the solution to this mystery.

Observing Chimborazo Day

It’s simple enough for people to observe this holiday. They can do so by learning more about Chimborazo, by taking a trip to visit Chimborazo, or if a person is an experienced mountaineer, by taking the time to climb it.

Mountaineers and wannabe mountaineers can also take the time to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #ChimborazoDay. Let’s all let everyone know about this beautiful stratovolcano and the awe-inspiring beauty it possesses.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 3 Monday
Next year (2025)
June 3 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
June 3 Saturday
Nature & Environment