Climbing Chimborazo Ecuador

Abraspungo and Chimborazo Trek 4 days

The Carihuairazo is located in the western mountain chain, in the north of the Chimborazo mountain, by which it is seperated through the Apraspungo valley. In Quichua its name means: Man of strong winds and it copes with its name as there use to be strong winds in the valley and in the mountain itself. To climb up Carihuairazo is relatively easy as it does not require any special climbing skills. If you are thinking about passing the 5000m frontier, this is your opportunity! Furthermore you will enjoy amazing andean views.

During the trek and the climb you will enjoy spectactular views of the Chimborazo, the Altar and the Tungurahua. You might even observe the latter in action as it is very active lately and continuously exclaims ashes and vapor. You will also be able to learn about the Andean culture due to the carriers and acclimatize for higher peaks such as the Cotopaxi or the Chimborazo. This trek is the perfect combination for adventurers and explorers.

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Travel program


DAY 1: Quito – Hacienda Posada la Estación

DAY 2: Hacienda Posada La Estación – Plazapamba

DAY 3: Plazapamba – Laguna Negra

DAY 4: Climp up Carihuairazo – Rio Blanco – Quito

Detailed Program

Day 1: Quito – Hacienda Posada la Estación
We will leave Quito southwards on the Panamerican highway also called “The avenue of the volcanoes”. If the day is clear you might observe stunning views on Pichincha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Illinizas, Rumiñahui y Cotopaxi. We pass by Latacunga and Ambato until Urbina, where we will head towards the mountains until we reach the ancient train station “La Posada” at 3680 m submontane to the Chimborazo. In the afternoon we will realize an acclimatization walk in the nearby areas. We will pass the night in tents or in the guesthouse. Accomodation and dinner included.
Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hacienda Posada La Estación – Plazapamba
After breakfast, we pack our stuff and walk towards Abraspungo valley. We will walk through cliffy Paramos always ascending during 5-6 hours until we arrive to our next campside in Plazapamba. Our natural guide will explain you the biodiversity of flora and fauna that hapitates this region. If the climatic conditions will allow it there will be plenty of opportunities to take fotos of the surrounding volcanoes and the wildlife.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Plazapamba – Laguna Negra
We continue inside the Apraspungo valley heading to the east, going further up, until we reach the ridge that seperates Chimborazo and Carihuairazo. At the black lake we will arrange our third campside. From here the paramos of the Chimborazo with its countless herds of vikuñas, lamas and alpacas can be observed. Finally we have dinner and go to sleep.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Climp up Carihuairazo – Rio Blanco – Quito
We will have an early breakfast to walk to the base camp of Carhuairazo in 2 hours. Here you get prepared with the technical equipment and two hours later we will be up the peak of Carihuairazo at 5100m. We will have lunch at the summit and descend towards the west. After 4 hours we a place called “Rio Blanco” where the carriers will be waiting for us to start our way back to Quito, which will take approximately 4 hours. Arriving in Quito we leave you at your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Recommended equipment to bring with you:
Warm and waterproof clothe, hiking boots, a backback for a day trip, a backback to carry your personal belongings (which will be carried by the horses), a lamp, a sunhat, suncream, clothes for changing if we get wet, Hiking sticks and a sleeping back.

What's Included

Services included in the prices:
  • Private transport (four by four), cook, all the food during the tour, horses and dunkeys to carry our equipment, all the campside equipment including the matresses, a natural guide, cellphones and radio for emergencys, technical equipment (mountain boots, crampons, iceaxe, ropes and the entrance to the national park.

Not included:
  • Extra services before or after the tour, meals or accommodation in Quito, personal hiking equipment, tipps, any kind of insurance or any thing else that has not been specified in this schedule.

Prices & Dates

Dates & Prices: To be determined / Contact us!
Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
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