Sangay trek is beautiful wilderness area with excellent opportunities for trekking and climbing, Sangay National Parks was created in 1979. This park is protected 270.000 hectares of such biological richness that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site four years later, in 1992 the Ecuadorian Government added a large chunk to the southern and more than doubling the size of the Park to 517,725 hectares.
We have in Ecuador central Sierra the most large Park which includes three provinces, Chimborazo, Tungurahua and Morona Santiago, this last province connecting to the Amazon area. Flora and Fauna: From the lowland rain forest to alpine tundra, not surprisingly is home to a staggering diversity of flora and fauna. The park range encloses 10 different life zones, cold form 4,400 meters, warm form from 3,000 to 2000 meters (or microclimates), Hot after 1,900 meters. For all this variation in the Sangay park is possible to look a different species of Flowers, Animals, like a anteaters, jaguars, monkeys Etc.
Large animals are concerning in the park’s lowers south side, Around the Sangay park we estimated a 500 species of bird. In the higher regions protected one of the last sizable refuges of the Andean Tapir, bear and deer, is possible to look in the way up of the Sangay Trek.
The fiery mountain is situated in a very remote area, for climbing Sangay in all many ways is difficult and dangerous, it is said to be most continuously active in South America and the constant shower of red hot rock and ash makes all attempts to climbing it an exceedingly hazardous venture. The volcanological situation changes from one hour to hour and year to year too, the way up is not a technically and difficult to climb, but of course attempting it run the risk of the explosions.
Year to year we have a good successful for reach the summit, some other time we are turn around from the base camp with out our gold summit. But the Nature is fantastic, long valleys, Andean forest, great Parámo around our over view. Also you have a contact in this trek with local Andean people that live in this area and that work with us to. The people who live here help to conserve a pristine wilderness area of Sangay. Between E.A.I. and you, we help and give the support to an indigenous community.
Day 1: Quito, Riobamba Guargualla. We leave from Quito at 8:00 a.m driving for the Panamerican highway, South from Quito, we pass Riobamba City, lunch in the way, arrival at the Guargualla Chico villages, where beginning the Sangay trek, arrival in this village around 4:00 p.m. Camping, rest, dinner and sleep.
Day 2: Guargualla Chico – Escaleras. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. After we beginning the trek inside the remote area of this beautiful Nature. Our next Camp in the Ricón Escaleras.
Day 3: Rincón Escaleras – Plazapamba. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. We continue our trek this day for arrival at the nicer Valle Plazapamba. Our next camp in the Plazapamba.
Day 4: Plazapamba – Playas. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. We move this day in our trek to Playas area where we have the next camp in our trek.
Day 5: Playas – Sangay Summit at 5230m. (The fiery Mountain) – Playas. We move this day early in the morning at 4 a.m. After breakfast we move for the reach that have a grass or (paja) a typical grass of the Andes, after one hour we meet a the rock lava on the way up of the mountains We reach a the window (ventana) at 4180m. We beginning the hike up for the steeper ground volcanic ash and new rock lava in our way up. After 6 or 7 hours we reach the summit if we have a good climbing day with out eruption. Some photos, rest and going down to our Camp in Playas.
Day 6: Playas way out Plazapamba. After breakfast hike out from Sangay area, we take the same way out. Plazapamba Camp.
Day 7: Plazapamba – Rincón Escaleras. Breakfast and continue way out on the same route. Rincon Escaleras Camp.
Day 8: Rincon Escaleras – Guargualla Chico – Our car waiting here, after longs days hike we take our car for driving to the civilization again, arrive at Riobamba Hotel in the afternoon or to Quito at night.
For all this way we need 6 or 7 hours from the Camp to Camp.
This program trek is possible to combine with others adventure trip like climbing in the higher peaks, because we have a good acclimatization on this way to Sangay. Or simple for combining a regular itinerary for over look all the country.
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