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Abraspungo and Chimborazo Trek - 4 days

Trekking: Abraspungo and Chimborazo - 4 days

The Carihuairazo is located in the western mountain chain, to the north of the Chimborazo mountain, separated through the Apraspungo valley. In Quichua its name means: Man of strong winds. 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 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 from the porters 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 travel south from Quito on the Panamerican highway also called “The Avenue of the Volcanoes”. If the day is clear you might observe stunning views of 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 3680m, just below Chimborazo. In the afternoon we will complete an acclimatization hike in the nearby areas. We will spend 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 ascend through cliffy Paramos for 5-6 hours until we arrive to our next campside in Plazapamba. Our natural guide will explain to you the biodiversity of flora and fauna that habituates this region. If the conditions allow it, there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos of the surrounding volcanoes and wildlife. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Plazapamba – Laguna Negra
We continue through the Apraspungo valley heading to the east and gaining altitude,until we reach the ridge that separates Chimborazo and Carihuairazo. At the black lake we will setup our third campsite. From here the paramos of Chimborazo can be observed, with its countless herds of vikuñas, llamas and alpacas. Finally we’ll have dinner and go to sleep. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Climb up Carihuairazo – Rio Blanco – Quito
We will have an early breakfast and walk for two hours to the base camp of Carhuairazo. Here we prepare the technical equipment and two hours later we will reach the peak of Carihuairazo at 5100m. We will have lunch at the summit and descend towards the west. After 4 hours we arrive at a place called “Rio Blanco” where the drivers will be waiting for us to begin the trip 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 clothes, hiking boots, a backback for day trips, 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 bag.

What's Included

Services included in the prices:
  • Private transport (4x4), cook, all the food during the tour, horses and donkeys 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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