Join IFMGA-certified guide Edgar on an unforgettable 5-day Ecuadorian journey to two of the most unbelievable volcanoes in the world.
Come take on Ecuador’s two highest summits on this unforgettable 5-day trip! At 5,896 meters, the Cotopaxi climb will give you breathtaking views of one of the country’s most active volcanoes. It is home to one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world. You will then ascend the highest Ecuadorian mountain, Chimborazo, at 6,267 meters. It is the furthest point from the center of the Earth, and was long believe to be the highest mountain in the world.
Our adventure begins in Quito as we travel south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Once at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will hike and practice climbing techniques to prepare you for the summit.
Resting in Machachi in between the two summits offers many optional activities for you to enjoy, such as a tour to the Tesalia Water Spring, visiting the local market, and even cow milking.
Ascending Chimborazo starts from Hermanos Carrel Refuge. After an eight to ten hour climb, the summit will provide us with remarkable views of the surrounding Andean scenery. After the descent, you head back to the refuge, and transportation will take you back to Quito.
We will spend a couple nights in hotels, and a couple nights at the refuges. Meals and personal expenses will not be included at the hotels. You should be in good physical condition to take on this adventure. Be prepared for extensive hiking, climbing, and mountaineering.
Be prepared with appropriate clothing for mountaineering. This includes personal mountain gear, warm clothes, and sun protection.
Book this trip now so you can tell your friends you climbed to the furthest point away from Earth´s center! I guarantee this will be one of the best experiences of your life!
You will spend two nights in a hotel, and a night at each of the refuges. Meals and beverages at the hotels will not be provided for.
We will leave Quito and travel south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Upon arrival, we will hike to Jose Ribas Refuge to practice technique. We will eat dinner and rest.
We will wake up at midnight, eat a light breakfast, and head for the summit at 1:00am. After an hour hike to the glacier, we will begin the ascent. Once at the top, we will have ample time to take photographs of the beautiful scenery. After a two to three hour descent, we will head back to the refuge and drive to Machachi for a night in a hotel.
We will spend this day over a variety of optional activities. You have the chance to take a tour to the Tesalia Water Springs, try your hand at cow milking, go horseback riding, or sample a local deli, to name a few. We will spend another night in a hotel.
We will continue traveling south from Machachi for three and a half hours to the Hermanos Carrel Refuge. Late in the evening (11:00pm), we will start preparing for the ascent.
Leaving at midnight, we begin an eight to ten hour trek to the top, which starts with an hour hike to the glacier. When we reach the summit, we will have an incredible view of the surrounding Andes, with plenty of opportunities to take pictures. The descent down to the refuge will take three to four hours, and we will then pack up and return to Quito.
UIAGM/IFMGA-ASEGUIM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.
I am a mountain guide, but also a passionate traveler, climber in rock and ice, and photographer. I spend my free time and holidays exploring new destinations, discovering new mountains and cultures.
I have more than 17 years of experience climbing mountains and volcanoes not only in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and in the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, and Mt. McKinley in Alaska. This experiences prepared me to lead expeditions in challenging routes all around the world.
I studied 6 years of Tourism in the University, and followed ASEGUIM courses to become a mountain guide. I’ve also been evaluated by ENSA, and completed first aid courses in the Ecuadorian Red Cross.
I like guiding people from all around the world, and help them discover and enjoy the mountains, while reaching their objectives. I speak Spanish, English, German, Italian, and a bit of Russian.
Outstanding job done by Edgar and Ivan who were professional and patient Recommend to all without a doubt
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End-to-end this was very well organized with good communication. The guide was very knowledgeable and took the climb seriously. He was also easy to talk to, spoke good English and went out of his way to tell me about climbing in the region, the volcanoes and anything else I was I interested in.
Edgar Parra\'s guiding service was excellent. His guide understood the mountain, made sure I understood the approach, and did a good job of communicating. While Edgar can\'t control the weather, his guide did a great job of controlling the situations he could control. Highly recommended and would climb with him again.
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Edgar was an excellent guide. I have little climbing experience and Edgar was very knowledgeable and instructive. He is a life long climber and he has tons of experience and passion climbing through out the world. He was pleasant and a very nice guy. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad while I was in Ecuador so Edgar came up with a great alternative climb to Cayambe, which was not in good condition due to storms. He knows the mountains like the back of his hand and can relay tons of information, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. His 4x4 transport and climbing equipment were all top notch. He understood safety and made sure to avoid unnecessary risks. I will climb with Edgar again.
Edgar is an amazing guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging. The combination makes you feel confident in the things that he teaches you and in your ability to reach the summit.
Edgar Parra is a great guide: thoroughly professional, safety conscious, always on time and with an engaging personality. He came highly recommended and I can only heap additional praise. He guided my son and I up Cotopaxi to a successful summit and made it a trip of a lifetime. In so far as putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to hire him in the future (2020) with my entire family for a trip to Machu Picchu. No better praise than a repeat customer.
I did not guide with Fredy, I was passed off to another guide (who was IFMGA certified and great), just fyi, if this is something that is important to you. Accommodations are basic but good. I would add only that Chimborazo is a VERY difficult mountain with a ~10% success rate, so you really need to know what you are getting into. Do NOT rush acclimatization. You may consider doing Cotopaxi and then after choosing either Cayambe (same level as Cotopaxi) or Chimborazo, depending on how you feel.
Even though we turned around at 5900m due to avalanche danger I really enjoyed the climb and Segundo was a great guide - professional and friendly.
I am writing in regards to the tour my husband and I took to Chimborazo November 3-4,2018. We had a very great time and were lucky enough to make the hike to the summit. The guide who picked us up from Hotel San Francisco was very nice and on time as expected, his name was Jaun Carlos. Once we arrived for dinner Jaun Carlos introduced us to our guide who we’d be hiking with the next day, his name is Fausto. Both guides were professional and very helpful. Once we all made it to the summit our camera died and we were unable to take any photos. Thankfully Fausto had his phone available and was able to capture several pictures and a couple videos.
All went perfect. Thanks!