Polylepis Trek Ecuador
This so called Polylepis day hike at the foot of Chimborazo Mt. is a good choice if you want to get acclimatized for a multi day trek or a climbing trip. With clear weather you will have excellent views of Chimborazo, the highest mountain of Ecuador.
Start at 9:00 am, back around 15:00 h.
Itinerary of the Polylepis day-trek:
Departure from Riobamba at 9:00 am and drive up by car to an indigenous community, located at the foot of Chimborazo Mt. at 3800 m. / 12.467 ft. altitude. From the village we hike up to a small Andean mountain forest, at 4200 m. / 13.780 ft. altitude. Here you can see the enchanting Polylepis trees – also known as “paper tree” which is a tree species that can survive at high altitudes. There are also many typical paramo plants like the chuquiragua and cacho de venado (deer’s antler). In the afternoon we drive back to Riobamba, arrive at about 15:00
Departure: any day with minimum 2 persons
Inclusive in the Polylepis Trek:
– naturalist guide
– transportation from / to Riobamba
– box lunch
– equipment (including rain poncho and walking sticks)
– Personal spendings