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 3200m and leads up into the vallay called Abraspungo, passing through agriculture 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 4000m before dropping back down to 3000m. 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-Americana. After a 4-hour drive we will arrive at Urbina, a small rural village close to the highway and the old railway track, halfway between Ambato and Riobamba. Close in the vicinity we will set up camp on a local farm. 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 hikeing up the valley of Abraspungo. The valley leeds to the pass between Chimborazo and Carihuairazo.
This stretch takes 5 hours on a well-constructed trail. We will cross some small creeks until we finally reach a place called Siete Vueltas at an altitude of 3800m. Here we will put up our second campsite. Later in the afternoon we hike around the surrounding hills to explore the area and get to know the interesting plants and observe birds, such as eagles or the famed caracaras. We also get a better and closer look of Carihuairazo with its rugged top.
In the morning we continue on. After an hour walk we will reach the pass at more than 4000m. Then we head down in a south-westernly direction towards Quebrada Colorada, an old stone quarry, located at 3200m. This will take us roughly 3 hours.
The closer we get to our third camp site the more the landscape turns from the lush green of the first days to a much drier one. After lunch we hike to the foothills of Chimborazo for a better and closer look at this colossal mountain.
After loading our camping gear into the jeep we head up to the refuge of Chimborazo. The road leads through a region that is populated by the beautiful vicuñas, despite having a sparse vegetation. The vicuñas are the most graceful of the Llama animals. We will arrive at the parking lot of the first refuge and hike up to the second refuge, which is located at 5000m. 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
Gulliver Expeditions is a local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.