Abraspungo – Chimborazo Area
This high-altitude trek through the Abraspungo – Chimborazo Area is suited for those who are in good shape and enjoy mellow hiking through the Andes.
This trek starts at 3,200m (10,498 ft) and leads up into the valley called Abraspungo, passing through agricultural land. This valley was created by glacier carving in the past and now separates the sister mountains of Chimborazo and Carihuairazo.
During this hike, you will reach a maximum height of 4,000m (13,123 ft) before dropping back down to 3,000m (9,842 ft). The entire trek follows dry trails and leads through a wonderful paramo region known for its own distinct high alpine wildlife. On nice clear days, this trek offers great views of the all-powerful and impressive Chimborazo as well as other snow-capped volcanoes in the lower-lying valleys.
We leave Quito in the morning and drive south on the Pan-American till we arrive after a 4-hour ride at Urbina, a small rural village close to the old railway track, halfway between Ambato and Riobamba. Close in the vicinity of a local farm, we set up camp. In the afternoon we will explore the farming area and its many animals.
After breakfast, we begin our adventure leaving the farming community of Urbina and hiking up the valley of Abraspungo. The valley leads to the pass between Chimborazo and Carihuairazo.
This stretch takes 5 hours on a well-constructed trail, crossing some small creeks until we finally reach a place called Siete Vueltas, at an altitude of 3,800m (12,467 ft). Here we will sleep at the Urku Huasi refuge. Later in the afternoon, we hike around the surrounding hills to explore the area and get to know the interesting plants, and observe birds, like eagles or the famed caracaras. We also get a better and closer look at Carihuairazo with its rugged top.
In the morning we continue on and after an hour’s walk we will reach the pass at more than 4,000m (13,123 ft) and head down in a south-westerly direction towards Quebrada Colorada, an old stone quarry, located at 3,200m (10,498 ft), this will take us roughly 3 hours. The closer we get to our third campsite, the more the landscape turns from the lush green of the first days to a much drier region. After lunch, we hike to the foothills of Chimborazo for a better and closer look at this colossal mountain and will sleep at the Mecha Huasca refuge.
On this last day, we will hike up to the refuge of Chimborazo. The road leads through a region with sparse vegetation but populated by the beautiful vicuñas, the most graceful of the Llamas animals. From there we will have the massive glacier of Chimborazo right in front of us. After lunch, we set out for the 4-hour drive by jeep back to Quito.
Please note: In case of problems or difficulties during the days of trekking, we can provide help through cars, bikes, or horses.
Necessary Equipment not included
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