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Sangay National Park 8-day trekking tour

Sangay National Park 8-day trekking tour
Sangay National Park 8-day trekking tour
Sangay National Park 8-day trekking tour
Sangay National Park 8-day trekking tour

Discover the best-kept secrets of the Sangay National Park in Ecuador, during this 8-day hike with a local certified guide.


8 Days

Jan - Mar, Sep - Dec


This unique program proposes an 8-day trek in Sangay National Park, Ecuador, a beautiful preserved area with amazing options for hiking and climbing in the wilderness.

The Sangay National Park opened in 1979, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. In this park we find extremely varied flora and fauna. Progressing from the rainforest of the lowland to the alpine tundra. Because of this large diversity, we can find very diverse flower species. We can also encounter jaguars, monkeys and other animals. In addition, more than 500 different bird species live there. Moreover, bears, tapirs and stags can be found in the park highest areas.

If you want to live an incredible experience exploring the stunning highlands of the Andes, then this is the perfect trip!

The area where this mountain stands is quite remote. There are continuous outbreaks of hot red rock and ashes, rendering the ascent dangerous. Each hour and year the situation of the volcano changes. Although the ascent itself doesn’t have technical difficulties, the ongoing outbreaks are risky and dangerous.

During these past years we’ve successfully climbed it until its summit. Of course we wish to continue. But we have to accept that nature has its own will. And the area is already wonderful with its long valleys, forest and great paramos. During the hike we will meet local people and share experiences with them.

I propose to you the following itinerary.

Day 1: Quito from Casa Gardenia to Riobamba – Guargualla
Leaving Quito at 8AM, drive south through the Panamerican highway. We go through the city of Riobamba and have lunch. We arrive at the Guargualla Chico village around 4PM, where the Sangay hike will start. Then we camp, have dinner & sleep.

Day 2: from Guargualla Chico to Escaleras
Breakfast around 8AM. Then we start hiking towards the remote corners of this beautiful environment. We will camp next at Rincon Escaleras.

Day 3: from Rincón Escaleras to Plazapamba
Breakfast around 8AM, then our hike continues to reach at the Plazapamba valley, where we set camp.

Day 4: from Plazapamba to Playas
Breakfast around 8AM, then we hike to Playas and set camp there.

Day 5: from Playas to Sangay Summit at 5230m (The fiery Mountain) and back to Playas
Early morning at 4AM and breakfast. Afterwards we begin our hike, and after 1 hour we get to a rock lava. We make it to the “window” (4180m). Then we continue the steep trek in the volcanic rock, ascending to the summit, which takes 6-7 hours. We take some pictures and rest, then return comfortably to camp site at Playas.

Day 6: from Playas to Plazapamba
Breakfast, then we leave the Sangay Volcano base. We hike by the same route we took on the way in.

Day 7: from Plazapamba to Rincón Escaleras
Breakfast and then continue through the same path. Rincón Escaleras Camp.

Day 8: from Rincón Escaleras to Guargualla Chico
The car will there waiting for us. We drive back to the civilisation after these long hiking days. We either arrive to Riobamba Hotel or continue driving until Quito, around 6-7PM.

Are you interested in this unique program in the heart of Ecuador? Then please contact me!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

About the guide

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E-S Latam Adventure Guides



Mountain Guide

Tomás and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides, leaders and rock climbing instructors (Alvaro, Juliana, Merlin, Rodrigo, Armin, Alfredo, and Camila) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Latin America.

Whether you wish to climb some of the most stunning mountains in the Andes or discover the vibrant peaks of Central America, among other amazing options, you will find yourself in good hands with this lively team of professional local guides that will not only show you the top spots in Latin America for outdoor adventures but also, bring you closer to the colorful local cultures of the places that you visit with them.

Tomás will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

Pick one of the E-S Latam Adventure Guides' programs and start planning an unforgettable experience in the beautiful mountains of Latin America!


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What people are saying about E-S Latam Adventure Guides



We wish we could have Simon as our guide on every trek we do. His mountaineering experience and extensive knowledge of the area was impressive and definitely enhanced the trek for us. On top of this, we got along great with Simon and appreciate his easy going personality and sense of humor. We will definitely request Simon as our guide for the next hike we do from El Chalten!



Thoroughly recommended. Daniel is an excellent guide and we had a great day out.



This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!



Fredy Tipan is like a superhero of the outdoor world. He knows absolutely everyone, has climbed and guided in the most epic of locations all around the world, knows the mountains like old friends, and really loves what he does and who he does it for. Our trip was completely messed up after an issue with our airline tickets. We weren't going to be able to leave until a week after our planned departure which jeopardized our entire trek with Fredy. We didn't expect him to take any sort of responsibility in replanning as it was our mistake that caused the airline issue but he absolutely did. Within days he rearranged the entire trek so that we would be able to summit all our desired peaks without cutting the days down and without changing the cost. He is a class act and an incredible guide and I'd say my husband and I both consider him a friend as well. We will definitely be booking another trip with Fredy Tipan and recommend him to anyone looking for the real deal in outdoor Guides. Thank you, Fredy!


Amazing short but exciting climb to a summit with outstanding views. Perfect acclimatization peak for the bigger Ecuadorian volcanoes, with a cozy hut and a nice approach walk. Fredy was fantastic, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

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