The Casahuala is an ancient and extinct volcano, highly eroded, formed by a long rock blade at the head of two ancient glacial valleys. In these valleys the water accumulates and they have facilitated the construction of the Mula Corral and Chiquiurcu dams which contribute the vital liquid to the city of Ambato. The Casahuala has two rocky peaks, whose steep, rocky walls offer enormous potential for sport climbing.
Approaching the Casahuala
Summit 1 Base
Climbing to the Highest Summit
Western Cordillera; 20 kilometers in a straight line northwest of Ambato. There are two main routes to access Casahuala:
1) Normal Approach "Pasa": Just arriving at Ambato from Quito, you take the "Rodrigo Pachano Lalama" avenue to the right that goes around the western side of Ambato and leads to the Ficoa neighborhood, this road ends up calling "Los Guaytambos Avenue" and continues towards Guaranda or Riobamba. Finishing the neighborhood of Ficoa, just beyond the Tungurahua Club, you must take the left on Miraflores Avenue to immediately cross the bridge over Guaytambo Avenue and get on the paved road to Pasa. This route runs along the Ambato River for approximately 14 km and then you have to turn right to the village, in total 15.4km or 20 minutes from Ambato to San Antonio de Pasa. In Pasa, go to Tibilí through a ballast road that ends at the Mula Corral dam, approximately 15.5km or an additional 30 minutes until the recommended point to start the hike to Casahuala. The road is good and allows access to almost any type of vehicle.
2) "Quisapincha" Approach: Go to the neighborhood of Ficoa in Ambato and take the street "Las Pomarrosas" to the west to connect with the paved road to Quisapincha. In Quisapincha you have to follow the road to Punguloma – Tibilí that will end up drawing with the Normal Approach "Pasa".
|Ambato – Pasa||20min||15.4km|
|Pasa – Hiking start||45min||15.5km|
|Ambato – Quisapincha||15min||7.6km|
|Quisapincha – Hiking start||1h||33km|
- Normally, a single day will be used for climbing this mountain from Ambato or Riobamba; from Quito it can be done in a day when leaving at dawn; more suitable in two days.
- You can rent pickup trucks or taxis in Ambato that will approach you to the mountain. Another less safe alternative is to take a public transport to Quisapincha or Pasa and rent a pickup truck or taxi, as long as you find someone interested in doing this job.
- The entrance road is paved and in good condition until Tibilí; from there ballasted without major difficulties until the beginning of the hike.
- Wikipedia: Quisapincha, Tungurahua
- Quisapincha: La Ruta Oficial del Cuero (The Leader Route)
- La Feria de Quisapincha (The Quisapincha Fair)
- Restauración de las Iglesias de Pasa y Quisapincha (The Pasa and Quisapincha Churches)
- Las camisas y áreas turísticas seducen a los foráneos en la parroquia Pasa (The Pasa Parish)
- Más Atractivos para Pasa
- Trekking, escalada y bici en el Casahuala
- Embalses de Mula Corral y Chiquiurcu
- ¿Debería intentar la cumbre del Casahuala sin tener ninguna experiencia? (The Casahuala without hiking experience)
Climbing and Hiking
There are some attractive hiking trails:
- Ascent to the Casahuala Highest Summit
- Climb to the Summit 1
- Cycling route: Ambato - Mula Corral Dam