Cayambe, Chimborazo Guided 11 Day Expedition

Over 11 days, IFMGA certified guide Edgar wants to guide you to 5 summits in Ecuador, including Pasochoa, Corazon, North Illiniza, Cayambe and Chimborazo.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Jun, Jul, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    There is such an amazing variety of peaks in Ecuador. So, on this 11 day adventure, you will be climbing no less than 5 of them! They include Cayambe (5,790m), Corazon (4,786m), Pasochoa (4,200m), North Illiniza (5,126m) and the highest peak in the entire country, Chimborazo (6,268m).

    On a trip like this, you will see and experience so much, that when you return home, you will spend a great deal of time reflecting on it. Thus providing you with glorious memories long after the trip is over.

    With such an array of peaks, and such a wide difference in altitudes, the trip will be challenging. There will be 1 am and midnight wake up times for the ascents of Cayambe and Chimborazo. There will be long treks reaching up to 10 hours. And there will be some technical ice climbing. However, I can assure you that you will be safely and properly guided every step of the way, and will be given sufficient time for acclimatization. There will also be a day of ice climbing technique practice at a glacier near the Ruales Oleas Cayambe hut. And when the trip is over, I have no doubt the difficulties faced will pale in comparison to the glory felt.

    The peaks lining Ecuador’s famous volcano avenue are absolutely spectacular. From Cayambe to Chimborazo, it is difficult to not gaze at them in awe. And on this trip, you will have the chance to scale 5 of those incredible peaks. You will also have the chance to explore Quito, see the town of Macachi, and admire some of the most beautiful natural landscape you will ever see.

    Please contact me if you would like to join me on this magical 11 day journey.

    If you only have a limited time in Ecuador, I can also offer this 2 day ascent of the Cayambe volcano.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    3214 USD

    Group of 2
    1955 USD

    Group of 3
    1955 USD

    Group of 4
    1771 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Quito

      You will arrive in Quito and get transferred to your hotel. if there is time, you will get to visit the historic line of the Equator.

    • Day 2Quito - Pasochoa summit - Macachi

      We will leave Quito early in the morning. From there we will hike to the summit of Pasochoa. After that, we will be transferred to the town of Macachi, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 3Corazon summit (4,786m)

      Today we will hike to the Corazon summit. The trek should take approximately 8 hours. Afterwards, we will return to Macachi for the night.

    • Day 4Macachi - Nuevos Horizontes hut (4,750m)

      Today, we will leave Macachi and go to the village of El Chaupi. From there, we will hike for approximately 3 hours until we reach the Nuevos Horizontes Hut, where we will eat and sleep for the night.

    • Day 5North Illizina summit (5,126m)

      Today we will wake up early in the morning, eat breakfast, and hike to the North Illizina summit. The round trip trek should take approximately 7 hours. Afterwards, we will return to Macachi for the night.

    • Day 6Macachi - Oleas Ruales hut (4,600m)

      Today we will drive from approximately 3 and a half hours until we reach the Oleas Ruales hut. once there, we will practice ice climbing techniques, before having dinner and sleeping for the night at the hut.

    • Day 7Cayambe summit (5,790m) - Macachi

      Today we will wake up very early, and depart the hut at 1 am to the summit of Cayambe. The ascent should take approximately 6 to 7 hours. After we descend, we will go back to Macachi, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 8Rest day in Macachi
    • Day 9Macachi - Hermanos Carrel (4,800m)

      Today we will drive for approximately 3 and a half hours to the Chimborazo natural reserve. Once we arrive, we will trek to the Hermanos Carrel Refuge, where we will eat and rest until 11 pm.

    • Day 10Chimborazo summit (6,268) - Quito

      At midnight, we will start our ascent to the summit of Chimborazo. The climb should take approximately 8 to 10 hours. Afterwards, we will descend to the Hermanos Carrel hut, where we will take a transfer back to Quito, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

    • Day 11Fly home from Quito

      Today you will take a transfer from the hotel to the airport, where you will fly home.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Quito

    Accommodation

    Accommodations in hotels (double room), Nuevos Horizontes Hut, Oleas Ruales and Hermanos Carrel.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    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.

     
     
     

     

    What People are Saying about Edgar Parra

     

    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.
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    Steven MISHOE
    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.
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    John Stansfield
    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.
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    John Stansfield
    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.
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    Daniel Davidson
     

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