2-Day The Vicuña Trek

On this 2 day trek, you will hike in high altitudes between 3800 and 4850m, vicuñas roaming the landscape nearby.

This is NOT an easy one.

You should be acclimatized for several days before since this trek can be also used as proper preparation for climbing Ecuador‘s highest volcanoes.

Your way will lead you from the east of Chimborazo through the Abraspungo valley, passing by Carihuairazo and to the north.

From there, you will head west, in order to make a half-circle around Chimborazo.

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Day 1: East of Chimborazo - Mechahuasca

You leave Riobamba in the morning by car and drive to the trailhead at 3800 m.
    There, your adventure begins. Your bags will be strapped to horses that serve as packing animals for the route.
    You will hike up the first few hours on a gravel road before leaving the trail into the wilderness.
    Scenic and spectacular views accompany you when you hike down into Abraspungo valley.
    You hike between both Chimborazo and Carihuairazo, far off civilization, and it’s rather unlikely that you will meet people up here.
    After a 6 to 8 hour hike, depending on your fitness and your ability to deal with the altitude, you will arrive at a basic refuge in Mechahuasca, where you will spend the night.
 
    Meals included: Box lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Mechahuasca Refuge - subject to availability
    Type of service: Private
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Day 2: Carrel Refuge

After breakfast, another 6 to 8 hours of trekking are ahead of you, this time along the north-western flank of Chimborazo.
    Opposite of the mainly humid ecosystem of the first day, this area is more desert-like with paramo flowers around you.
    Herds of vicuñas are grassing up here, the undomesticated camelid living in Ecuador.
    With good weather conditions, you can see Chimborazo’s glaciers.
    The trail will later take you up to 4850m to Carrel Refuge, where this amazing hike ends.
    From here, you will be driven back to Riobamba, where you arrive late in the afternoon.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast
    Type of service: Private

From USD 300