During this two day trek you will cross from east to west the pass between two snowcapped volcanoes: Chimborazo and Carihuairazo. Hiking on the paramo of the Chimborazo Reserve you will have excellent views of these and other peaks.
Day 1: We leave at 9.00 from Riobamba by car and drive for about 45 minutes to an indigenous community at 3600 m. altitude. We put our equipment on horses and then start hiking on the paramo grasslands. If the weather is clear, we will have great views of Chimborazo and Carihuairazo volcanoes.
The first 4-5 hours we hike up until we reach 4600 m. and then go down for about 2 hours, until we reach the refuge at 4200 m. / 13.780 ft. From the refuge you will have a panoramic view of the Andes mountain range.
Day 2: After breakfast we leave the refuge and continue hiking for about 4 hours. We will see native flora and fauna; plants like the chuquiragua, arquitecta, deer’s antler, cushion plants and lichens. This area is home to vicuñas (a kind of llama), and with some luck we’ll see the Chimborazo Hillstar, an endemic species of hummingbird that lives in the high Andes.
We hike up to 4400 m. and then go down until 4200 m. at the Carihuairazo base camp. From here we will return to Riobamba by car, to arrive at Riobamba at about 15.00.