Climbing Chimborazo Ecuador

Chimborazo Trip 2 Days Trek

In this Trip We will explore the flora and fauna of the Chimborazo Reserve during this five day trek on the flanks of Chimborazo and through the broad valley of the Rio Mocha. We will explore the rich biodiversity of the Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Chimborazo. This Reserve was established to protect the páramo grasslands intermingled with glacial formed lakes, peat swamps and shrub and forest patches that support the natural flora and the fauna of the region.

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Travel program


Day 1. – Latacunga 2800 msnm/ft - Chimborazo Reserve
Day 2. – Chimborazo Reserve - Latacunga

Detailed Program

Day 1: Latacunga 2800 msnm/ft - Chimborazo Reserve
We leave Latacunga at 7.30 by car and drive to the trailhead at 3800 m./12.467 ft. altitude. We put our equipment on horses and then start a 6 – 7 hour hike. The first 2 hours we hike on a small road, until we reach a small refuge at 4200 m. / 13.780 ft. If the weather is clear, you will have great panoramic views of the Andes mountain range, including the volcanoes Tungurahua, Altar, Sangay, Chimborazo and Carihuairazo. We continue on a trail up to 4400 m. / 14.436 ft. and then start going down to the beautiful Abraspungo Valley, with plants like the deer’s antler, cushion plants and lichens. This area is home to vicuñas (a protected species of camelid), and with some luck we’ll see the Chimborazo Hillstar, an endemic species of hummingbird that lives in the high Andes. Spend the night in a basic refuge in the indigenous community of Mechahuasca.

Day 2: Chimborazo Reserve - Latacunga
After breakfast we leave the refuge and start the second day of this trek, again with an average hiking time of 6 – 7 hours. From Mechahuasca we trek along the northwest flank of Chimborazo. The opposite of the mainly humid ecosystem of the first day, this is a desert-like area with paramo flowers like the chuquiragua and arquitecta. Here we can see herds of vicuñas, and with clear weather we can enjoy views of the huge glaciers of Chimborazo. In the afternoon we will arrive at the Carrel refuge at 4850 m./15.748 ft. Private transport back to Latacunga.

What's Included

Services included in the prices:
  • Superior service
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • Land transportation and transfers
  • Naturalist guide
  • private transportation from / to Riobamba
  • accommodation in basic refuge
  • meals and coffee, tea, purified drinking water
  • pack animals for the equipment
  • necessary equipment and waterproof bags for on the mules
  • entrance permit Chimborazo Reserve

Not included:
  • Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips

Prices & Dates

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Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
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