AAET09  Trekking Mount Chimborazo (6310m)     5D/4N

Mount-Chimborazo 600

Mount Chimborazo is the highest and largest mountain of Ecuador. For a long time it was considered the highest mountain in the world (however measured from the center of the terrestrial globe, its summit is in fact the highest point on earth!). It has three major summits that can be seen during this trek. Vast areas with paramo, breathtaking views over the country, and herds of vicuñas are the main highlights of this adventure.

Day 1: Early drive from Quito to Urbina train station. Our first 3 hours trek will take us to our first campsite at the foothills of Nicolas Martinez Peak and near to the end of the impressive Abraspungo gorge. Camp at 3700m. (LB, D). 

Day 2: The trek continues along the north-eastern slopes of Chimborazo with wonderful views over the mountain largest northern glaciers and also with views over Carihuairazo volcano. After 5-6 hours trek we arrive at Isapapungo campsite (Vicuñas camp) at 4100m. (B, LB, D).

Day 3: Trek to Pogyos camp. This day we will hike up to 4800m at the base of the glaciers, later on crossing the remains of the Zurita hut and then finally after 5 hours trek we arrive to our camp at 4000m. (B, LB, D).

Day 4: Long day hike (6-7 hours) up along the dry western slopes of Mount Chimborazo to finally reach the Whimper refuge at 5000m. We will overnight in the Carrel hut at 4800m of altitude. (B, LB, D).

Day 5: Morning for leisure and relaxation and then following the original Whimper route  hike up to the Chamonix Needles at 5400m. Descend to the Carrel refuge to meet our vehicle and drive back to Quito. (B).

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Included: All noted meals during the excursion, professional mountain guide, camping equipment, cook, mules for cargo, private transportation, entrance fees to parks & reserves, overnight in tents and hut.

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

Grading: Easy – moderate





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