Volcan Chimborazo, Guaranda

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  • This sleeping giant cleared himself from clouds by sunset showing magnificent glaciers. Clear skies remained and made a night accent painful as for extreme slope gradient of normal route. Refugio seem...  more »
  • A good idea to hike this trekking to 12 km altitude on the slopes of the Colossus Chimborazo, the highest point of Ecuador with its 6263 meters and highest mountain of the world by measuring from the center of the Earth (6384,4 km to the Chimborazo against 6382,6 km for Everest)! Our journey starts in Quito departure by car to the entrance of the Reserve of Production of fauna of Chimborazo, 3 h 30 drive through Latacunga, Ambato and Riobamba via the Pan-American Highway enjoying the majestic Andes and mountains landscapes along the Road such as the essential active volcano Cotopaxi, the Antisana, the Corazon, the Illinizas, the Carihuairazo and finally the Chimborazo. From Riobamba we leave the Pan American to enter the Andean lands. Higher up more vegetation is scarce, you will probably have the opportunity to observe the vicuñas these family pets of camelids that live between 4000 and 5000 meters and have been reintroduced in the area a few years ago (only place in Ecuador where) You can watch free). Attention, do not drive too fast because the vicuñas often cross the road! We finally at the entrance of the reserve where we we record. It's time to prepare for our hike! The climate can change quickly, equip you well (polar, Cap, Cap, gloves, clothing against rain, Sun protection,...) and armed with walking sticks. It went for about 5 km hike via the path of descent of the mountain bikes. More than 400 metres uphill to reach the first (Hermanos Carrel) hut at 4800 m. The trail is very well marked and quite easy to navigate despite the altitude. It offers magnificent views of the volcano and on the valleys Lunar surroundings. Attention to cyclists who may descend at high speed! The last few hundred meters are the 8 km road that leads the less adventurous at the shelter, walk on the side! Count between 1:30 and 2 hours to reach the first shelter for the entrance of the Reserve. The Hermanos Carrel hut is also the main parking lot of the Reserve, expect so to find the number of tourists and curious who will also try to climb to the second hut. The refuge offers drinks hot, snacks, toilets and dormitories. After a short break it's time to continue our ascent to the second refuge of the Reserve! 1 km climb and nearly 200 additional vertical metres! Here it goes... and breathtaking lack fast! Step slowly through small at your own pace and you'll get there without too much problem. The zigzag trail lets us see the Whymper hut at the top and the Chimborazo Summit if the weather permits. Count between 30 and 45 minutes to climb to get to the Refuge Whymper to 5041 meters height. The refuge offers the same services as the Hermanos Carrel hut but is closed on Monday. Still us have one thing to do and a few more metres to climb to reach the small lake of altitude called Condor Cocha (Lake of the condor in Quechua) located at 5100 m and often frozen by permanent cold that reigns at this altitude. Here you go, 6 km of hiking and a show often breathtaking when the weather permits. From here you can see the "Castillo" and 'Agujeta', the 'Castle' and 'Needles', landmarks of the experienced andinistes who will try to reach the top of the Colossus. The descent will be fairly easy, more than 600 meters vertical drop, count 15 to 20 minutes for the first refuge and 1:15 to 1:45 more to join the car at the entrance to the Park. Attention to the cars on the road and the bikes on the trail! Back at the entrance to the reserve, toilets are available as well as a small restaurant and a small souvenir shop... It's time to go... On the way back or on the go, stop at the 21 km to observe the "Chorrera" at the bottom of the canyon waterfall! On the Rocky platform made attention to the fall... Insured Vertigo! Having noted many times in this article the presence of bicycles on the trail, a good option would be to book bicycles with the Agency Pro Bici in Riobamba for example for a descent even more fun! The Fausto Brito guide who works for them is about the french. Do not hesitate to no contact! Zerodegree Expeditions.
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  • A site that should be aware of all Ecuadorian. Although the climate is very variant, there may be fog or rain. Access in vehicles is easy to the first refuge at 4800 meters, including in cars is reached without problem.
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  • Highest volcano in the world, measured from the center of the Earth. Imposing
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  • An unforgettable experience, this volcano rarely can be seen or not this clarity, a privilege
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  • One of the many wonders of Ecuador. The imposing Chimborazo a worth visiting place. It is necessary warm clothes and buens fitness up. There is parking. Preferred.
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  • Chimborazo is the volcano and the highest mountain in the Ecuador and the most distant point from the center of the Earth, i.e., the point closest to the outer space, reason by which is called as the closest point to the Sun, it has approximately 6263,47 meters (meters above the level from the sea).
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