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Abraspungo Trekking - 4 Days

The Abraspungo region is located in the south of the country, and embraces some of the most beautiful, and in case of the Tungurahua, most active volcanoes in Ecuador.

Throughout the trip you can enjoy impressive views on the mountains and after crossing the Abraspungo valley, you will attempt to summit Carihuayrazo from where you will have a marvelous view of Chimborazo, the king of the Andes.

Carihuayrazo
Day 01: Quito - Hacienda Posada la Estacion
Day 02: Hacienda Posada la Estacion – Abraspungo Valley
Day 03: Plazapamba – Carihuayrazo
Day 04: Climb of Carihuayrazo – Rio Blanco - Quito


Detailed Itinerary:

Depart from Quito by private bus on the Pan-American Highway, passing Latacunga and Ambato until you will reach the Acclimatisation centre "Posada la Estacion" at 3.680 m in the hills of Urbina. This is a 4 hours journey with many stops and superb views through the Avenida de los Volcanes. In the afternoon you can do some easy walks in the surroundings of the Acclimatisation centre before you have a good dinner and can relax a bit. -/L/D

After breakfast you start your trekking in direction to the Abraspungo Valley. You will walk for approximately 5-6 hours uphill, until you reach your camp in Plazapamba. Your naturalist guide will inform you about the diverse high altitude fauna und flora. If the weather is good, you will have excellent views on the volcanoes Altar and Tungurahua. The Tungurahua is still very active at the moment and with a little luck you will see one of its eruptions. B/L/D

Today you hike for approximately 6 hours through the Abraspungo Valley. Picnic lunch on route. You set up your camp at 4.800 m at the base of the Carihuayrazo near to the Laguna Negra. Good views of Chimborazo und Carihuayrazo. Excellent photographic opportunities! B/L/D

Early breakfast and climb of Carihuayrazo mountain. Lunch at the summit. Afterwards you descend again and hike from the mountain to the village of Rio Blanco. At the nearby Guaranda – Ambato road your car awaits you. From here you drive to Ambato and then on the Pan-American highway north back to Quito in 4 hours. End of the trip. B/L/-

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

USD 718. - per person with minimum 4 people
USD 995. - per person with minimum 2 people
USD 1,765.- with one person

The price includes:
Private transportation, all meals during the tour, collective camping (1 or 2 pers. tents, dining tent, toilet tent, camping chairs, tables, dishes, mattresses etc.), certified local guide (English/Spanish other languages upon request and if available). For climbing: mountain boots, ice axe, crampons, harness, rope; horses or donkeys during the trek and all features according to the program are included.

Not included in the price:
International flight, accommodation and food supply in Quito, personal equipment, tips, and travel insurance.

What to bring with you:
Sleeping bag, trekking shoes, raincoat, rucksack, torch, sunhat, sun block, and camera.

Note: Although this is a moderate trek, it could be very hard if you are not properly acclimatized. You need to be ready and prepared to walk on trails as well as on cross-country terrain, marsh and forests. Do not expect to find well-marked trails like in the Alps or the National Parks of the USA.

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