Imbabura Norte Trip Report (#22407)
- Signed By: Agnese
- Date submitted: August 26, 2013
- Date(s) climbed: August 11, 2013
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
We started to walk just out of the village of La Esperanza, at about 3300 m. The paved road gave soon way to a trail cutting into grass and gently going uphill.
In about half an hour the slope became steeper and we started to walk in the páramo. At about 4000 m. we had great views of Cayambe and of the Imbabura caldera, with the south and north peaks. At 4240 m., a post marks the altitude and informs that all around it’s polylepis forest.
We continued to climb on a steeper trail that started to become rocky, while the vegetation changed: the paramo gradually left place to mountain bushes spotted with colorful flowers.
Just below the summit the trail disappears and we scrambled up and down through dark rocks. We passed two lower summits before arriving at Imbabura Norte. The summit of Imbabura Norte is crowned with rocks, among which it’s possible to find a comfortable seat. The clouds meanwhile had lowered and covered our view completely.
We descended along the same way.
Time to the summit: a bit less than 5 hours with several breaks; time down: less than 2 hours 30 min.