Climbing Chimborazo Ecuador

Chimborazo Trip 5 Days Trek

This Trek we will walk at the Chimborazo Reserve. This reserve is most famous for its herds of wild native Andes camelids- the vicuña and guanaco. The Reserve is also home to deer, rabbits, wolves and a great diversity of birds- from the Ecuadorian Hillstar, a high altitude grassland hummingbird, to the grand Andean Condor. In addition to the wildlife, the Reserve has a great biodiversity of plants, such as the multicolored flora of cushion plants, bromeliads, mosses and the small forest trees - Puma Maqui, Polylepis and Ginoxis. The reserve is home to patches of. Patches of the ancient Polylepis, or paper tree, are only found in protected and relatively inaccessible areas due pressures on these forests because of their value for construction and firewood.

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Travel program


Day 1.-Cuatro Esquinas – Llama Pungo
Day 2.-Llama pungo – Alto Urbina
Day 3.- Alto Urbina – Mechahuasca
Day 4.- Mechahuasca – Carrel Refuge
Day 5.- Carrel – Whymper - La Chorrera - Riobamba

Detailed Program

Day 1: Cuatro Esquinas – Llama Pungo
Drive to the trailhead in Cuatro Esquinas (3.300m/10,826 ft). Here, we will begin our 3-4 hour hike to Llama Pungo (4.000 m/13,123 ft), on the old "Pan-American" route. The route takes us along an ancient stone highway through tiny villages on the lower slopes of the southeastern side of Chimborazo. As we gain in elevation, we enter landscapes of farmsteads where sheep and cattle graze in the gently sloped pastures. Finally, the road turns into a small footpath which winds up alpine meadows dotted with glacial creeks and flocks of domesticated alpacas and wild vicuñas.

Optional: guests who do not wish to camp can opt to arrange accommodations in La Estacion Urbina.

Day 2: Llama pungo – Alto Urbina
After breakfast we have a 5-6 hour hike east towards our second camp at Alto Urbina (4.219 m /13,840 ft).
Optional: guests who do not wish to camp may spend the night in the mountain hut, Portal Andino

Day 3: Alto Urbina – Mechahuasca
After an early breakfast, we begin our hike to the Rio Mocha valley, circling around Chimborazo Peak directly across from Carihuairazo. As we ascend into the hillside, we encounter spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The highest point on today's hike is at Abraspungo Pass at 4.400 m (14,435 ft), here we stop to rest and enjoy the views of the adjacent snow-capped peaks. Then we descend to Mechahuasca (4.265 m/13,993 ft) on the north face of Chimborazo.

Day 4: Mechahuasca – Carrel Refuge
Today is the longest hike of the trek. It will take us 5-6 hours to hike up to Carrel's Refuge (4.800 m/15,748 ft) on the west face of Chimborazo.

Day 5: Carrel – Whymper - La Chorrera - Riobamba
Our final day of hiking entails a short 45 minute journey to the Whymper Refuge at 5.000 m (16,638 ft). From here we go for a short 2 hour hike along the original Whymper's Route to the Chamonix Needles (5.240 m / 17,191 ft), a spectacular panoramic point in the midst of the glaciated peak of the Chimborazo massif. Then we begin our descent back to the Carrel Refuge. On the way down, we will enjoy some of the best views of Chimborazo on our trek. The regal summit and cascading glaciers of the giant massif graces us with one last spectacular view before we end our journey. Once we arrive back at the Carrel Refuge we descend 3-4 hours on trails to La Chorrera (3.900 m/12,795 ft) where we meet our ride into Riobamba. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore the city.

Optional: guests who do not wish to hike down may be transported to Riobamba in the vehicle

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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