AAET04    Trekking Yanahurco de Piñan         4D/3N

Pinan 600

Yanahurco means Black Mountain and it is an interesting, steep, old volcano located in the Western Cordillera of the north of Ecuador. This soft adventure will take us through a beautiful landscape of lakes, streams and high paramos. With luck we will have a glimpse of the impressive flight of the Condor bird, the “King of the Andes”.


Day 1: Early transport from Quito driving north towards Iruginchu, a typical Andean village at 2800m. From here we start our first trekking day (approx. 3 hours) towards the base of Churoloma hill. Here we set up our first camp at 3600m. Along our trek we will observe small farming areas and beautiful polylepis forests. (LB, D).

Day 2: Today we follow an ancient path (probably belonging to the Inca times) which goes steeply towards the base of Cerro Huga and then descending south until we reach the shores of the Yanacocha Lake. From the highest pass at 4200m we can already enjoy a view of Yanahurco and Cotacachi volcanoes. We set the 2nd camp at 4100m. (B, LB, D).

Day 3: This day we will climb up to the summit (4292m) of the Yanahurco volcano (approx 5 hours). This climb crosses a steep moraine, some volcanic sand and ash fields. From here (of course if weather permits) we can get a magnificent view of the Ecuadorian Andes. Afterwards we descend back to our next camp site at Burrococha lakes at 4000m. (B, LB, D)

Day 4: Today’s trek takes us down towards the Hacienda Hospital (5-6 hours) where we can enjoy a swim in the nearby hot water springs. From here our vehicle will transport us back to Otavalo or to Quito. (B, LB).

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Included: All meals during the excursion, professional mountain guide, camping equipment, cook, horses for cargo transportation, entrance fees to parks & reserves, private transportation.

Not included: Personal trekking equipment, meals in cities, personal expenses, tips.

Grading: Easy – moderate





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