Mocha Peak Climbing
Route: From dilapidated hut climb up the ridge
joining Cerro Piedra Negra with Carihuariazo and follow the ridge towards
Carihuairazo for about 1 km. This is a 4-6 hour climb on fairly steep
snow/rock. The route is constantly changing so route finding is necessary and
no obvious route exists.
From the Terminal Terrestre in Quito take a Riobamba bus.
About an hour out of Ambato you will see a sign on the left which says Rio
Blanco. Just down the road are some buildings and a school on the right. Get
off here and follow the road going left from the community heading towards
Laguna Negra (3-5 hours hike). Camping is possible here or you may choose
to head up another hour to a camp just below the glacier by heading left of
peak 4698 and up to the ridge behind this peak. Then follow the cairns to a
rocky field. Note: You can drive through this vicuna reserve but sometimes will
be stopped and asked for your permission from the MAG office in Cuenca. In
addition, it is very risky to leave anything in camp as robberies have been