AAET12  Trekking Sangay Volcano (5230m)     9D/8N

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This trekking takes you to one of the most unexplored and beautiful places in Ecuador, the Sangay National Park. This park, located on the eastern side of the Ecuadorian Andes, contains an incredible biodiversity. The highlight of this trek is the climbing of the impressive Sangay Volcano, considered as one of the most active volcanoes in the world..  

Day 1: We leave early from Quito and drive south to Riobamba, along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” on the south Pan-American Highway, passing by some colorful towns. From here on a dirt road we drive 2 hours to Alao, a little settlement located on the boundaries of the Amazon basin, and already within the Sangay National Park, the starting point of our trek. Camp. (LB, D). 

Day 2: We start very early in the morning, climbing up to 3900m. Starting at the cloud forests and ending up in the cooler highlands of Culebrillas. Magnificent views of the Amazon basin are the highlights. It will be a 7-8 hours trekking to our first campsite at the Culebrillas site. (B, LB, D).

Day 3: We leave Culebrillas and head eastwards passing through Yanayacu River several times. The trek goes up and down but remains at an average altitude of the last camp until the end of the day when we start descending to lower and bushier areas with warmer climate. Camp Yanayacu. (B, LB, D).

Day 4: Trek towards la Playa, the Volcano base camp. On the way we will see the dramatic changes in vegetation, from cold straw fields to the warmer lower paramo highland flora. From our base camp and if the volcano and weather permits we will admire the impressive activity of the Sangay. (B, LB, D).

Day 5: Today we will attempt to climb to Sangay´s summit. We leave the camp early in the morning, with the first sunrays; this is important since we negotiate our way up against the stone falls and sandy paths. Once on the top, the sulphur smell and the impressive and astonishing views of the smoke blowing up every few minutes will accompany us. Return to our base camp. (B, LB, D). Note: if the volcano activity is too dangerous we will not climb the mountain.

Day 6: After a relaxed morning, we trek back along the Eten route. Late in the afternoon we arrive to our next camp at Plazapampa, a place at approximately 2800m. (B, LB, D).

Day 7: Trekking to Pucara campsite. (B, L, D).

Day 8: Trek from Pucara to Eten, one of the remaining old haciendas in this area. From here we drive to the charming well-known town of Baños for a well-deserved rest. Hotel. (B, L).

Day 9: After a relaxing morning, we will drive from Baños to Quito. (B).

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Included: Private transport, trekking guide, cook, horses to carry equipment & luggage, horse keepers, all meals as mentioned, overnights in hotel in Baños, all camping equipment (2 persons per tent), rubber boots (up to size 44), entrance fee to National Park Sangay.

Not included: Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, extras and tips..

Grading: Moderate – hard – very hard





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