The Vicuña Trek – Hiking Chimborazo. Passes through the paramos of Chimborazo. We hike through the Carihuarazo and Chimborazo regions and sleep in mountain refuges inside the Chimborazo National Park
We start the Vicuña Trek Chimborazo in the Carihuarazo refuge, to visit the small volcano glacier inside the Chimborazo National Park. The trek is called the Vicuña Trek because of its wildlife, the Vicuñas which is a cousin of the Llama and Alpaca, that live around the park. On the second day, we trek to the refuge of Chimborazo, including the highest refuge whimper at 5,000 m. above sea level.
On the third day we trek down on the Machay temple and the ‘Lonesome Tree’ in the paramo and the group sleeps in a mountain refuge hotel. Finally to end this trek, on the 4th day the group treks into a Polylepis forest, unique for its location above 4,000 meters above sea level.
This hike allows trekkers to see the different ecosystems locate in Chimborazo Region, such as the wet and humid highlands of Mocha and Carihuairazo, the glaciers of both Carihuairazo and Chimborazo, the arid desertic volcanic rock landscape of Chimborazo, and the safari type trek with vicuñas and llamas that grass in this isolated wild national park.
Hiking Chimborazo – Vicuña Trek Lodging:
In this trek, we’ll be staying in community lodges and refuges, as our aim is to be inclusive with local indigenous communities and spread the wealth that comes from socially responsible tourism with the people that inhabit the ecosystems of the Chimborazo paramos.
This can be also combined with the Mountain Climbing expedition to Chimborazo summit
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate Hike
Group Size Medium Group
We start the Trek on request wit at least 2 climbers
- Transportation From and to Riobamba
- All lodging in the refuges
- Camping gear (if needed)
- All meals
- Carrying mules
- National park permits
- Local certified Guides
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Single room accommodations
- Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
We star the trek from portal andino, through the carihuairazo valley and lake to the nearest refuge
We visit Carihuairazo volcano and it´s glacier
We trek to carrell refuge at 4800 mts, and from here to Casa condor
This day is a short trek to polilepis forest and then to Riobamba