Join Edgar, an IFMGA certified guide, on this 6-day program in the Ecuadorian Andes to the summit of the beautiful Cayambe Volcano!
Jan, Oct, Nov, Dec
There’s no doubt that Cayambe Volcano is one of the most challenging mountains of Ecuador, but what’s more incredible about it, is the variety of trails and hiking expeditions that can be done to get up to there. What we are offering you is a fantastic hiking and climbing experience to Cayambe summit, crossing unforgettable places on the way like Machachi, Corazon summit and the Illiniza Norte stratovolcano.
Our hiking adventure will start in Pasochoa, 2 hours far from Quito. It is a fantastic forest in the middle of The Andes which hides a 4.230-meter summit from where we will see the snowed peaks of the mean volcanoes of Ecuador, such as Antisana, Illinizas and the marvelous Chimborazo.
But the real hiking starts in our second day, after a driving south through the Avenue of The Volcanoes. We will get to the trailhead located in a small town called El Chaupi. We will enjoy a green way during the first kilometers but then, a mixture of sand and a irregular lands will turn this expedition into a exciting hiking. After 8 hours, we will climb up to Corazon Summit, a perfect peak of the Western Andes Range.
After an acclimatization day in Nuevos Horizontes Hut at 4.750 meters, we will start a new climb to The Illiniza Norte summit. Although the trail will take us about 8 hours, the most difficult part consists in 3 hours of hard scrambling until getting to the summit. Once in there, you will be at 5.126 meters with a unforgettable viewpoint in front of your eyes.
The last two days will be dedicated to get up to Cayambe Summit, the third highest peak of the country with 5.790 meters. On the way, we will spend a ice practicing afternoon around the magnificent glaciers. And leaving the hut at midnight, we will reach to Cayambe summit after a 8-hour climbing up.
If you are interested in this proposal, you have to contact me as soon as you can. We can discuss your own wishes and expectations for the trip and adapt it according to your plan. I will be waiting for you message!
From October to early January
– Personal technical equipment such as clothes or sleeping bags.
– Beverages in the hut
– Medical policy
– Other personal expenses
– Proffesional mountain guiding
– Mountain gear
– Transfers during all the trip
– All meals
– Accomodations and huts nights
-Tickets and fees registration
We will drive south across The Avenue of the Volcanoes, an amazing way to start our climb.
We will get to Corazon Summit after 8 hours of climbing up.
We will rest in this comfortable hut at 4750 meters.
An incredible viewpoint from Illiniza Norte Summit at 5126 meters
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
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.
Russian | Italian | German | English
ASEGUIM | UIAGM
I highly recommend Edgar and Segundo Parra as your guides in Ecuador. Experienced and goal oriented service coupled with a safety first approach that will adapt to all levels of mountaineering.
The organization of the tour was flawless and every detail was taken care of. We engaged with Edgar through out previous months and he was very responsive and professional. Edgar had a minor injury prior to our trip so his brother, Segundo, was our guide. Segundo did a terrific job, he is very experienced and led us through the climbs with a lot of professionalism and knowledge. We really benefited from his abundant experience and we had a lot of fun.
Edgar did not host this trip but Ivan (at least this is what i understood) did. The reason I am not adding more starts is mostly because the guide did not speak English very well what made it a long and rather silent day. The weather did not cooperate which pf course is something out.of the guides control. But rain made it harder to descend and the guide did not pay enough attention to me. Therefore I ended up in the mud above my ankles and the last part of the hike he was more then a 100 meters ahead of me and did not look back once. He tried to make it work, especially with the driving but overall it definitely could be better
This review is a bit misleading, because we didn't climb Antisana and we didn't climb with Edgar. We had originally intended to climb this peak, but we changed to Cotopaxi after a few discussions. Also, Edgar got sick a few days before our climb, so we climbed with a different guide (Franklin). But we were extremely happy with both the mountain and the guide.
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Edgar was great. I could talk with him over all questions (equipment, acclimatization, ...) before the tour easy via WhatsApp. I always feel good and save with him in the mountains. His motto „lonely summits“ was completely fulfilled.
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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Rachel La Fein
Edgar was a fantastic guide! We could not hope for better. Kind, courteous, interesting, interested in us and CLEARLY AN EXPERT with safety always at the forefront. We would choose to do any expedition with Edgar. The acclimatizing process was a bit unclear. I think we would have chosen to spend more days in preparation had that been suggested. We recommend asking very directly how many days are suggested for acclimatizing. That being said, there was NO DOUBT Edgar had our best interest at heart and as already stated, we would love to do more mountaineering with him again. He is the consummate guide and a wonderful human being. Lonely Summits provided any gear we needed and it was all comfortable and in good condition. If you’re looking for a well-structured trip with a highly skilled and knowledgeable guide, look no further!
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.
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.
The hole day was a great experience. The drive up was beautiful and fun. The walk and views were amazing it was one of the best things I've ever done. My guide Segundo was brilliant very knowledgeable and very caring making sure I was ok every step of the way. I would highly recommend this to anyone coming to Quito
A fantastic trip! Segundo was a wonderful guide and made the trip a lot of fun. Even during difficult weather and when things didn't go as expected, he kept a positive attitude and continued to motivate me when I was beginning to lose momentum. I would absolutely recommend this trip and Lonely Summits to anyone looking to visit the beautiful country of Ecuador - whether you're an experienced climber or not, the services provided by Lonely Summits are fantastic for any skill level or price point.
I have travelled for several years to climb and hike mountains all over the world. I've had numerous guides, many of which were wonderful. However, I have to say, Edgar Parra has been the best climbing guide I've ever had. He was extremely professional, on time, motivated, encouraging, explained everything and translated for me (due to my lack of Spanish), adjusted our schedule when we had bad weather to ensure we were safe and yet still has a good experience climbing, and has a passion for mountains and climbing like nobody I've ever met before. I will most certainly come back to Ecudor specifically because of Edgar and his positive outlook on life and passion for mountain climbing. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to climb the mountains in Ecuador many of the other other countries he climbs in (Peru, Bolivia, and Russion to name a few more).
Edgar Parra is an excellent mountain guide. He cares about clients very well. Everything went super smoothly. I enjoyed the trip a lot!
Arielle Gaspar Frederic et Elie from France
We did a 4-day program ending with Illiniza Norte ascent. We were amazed by the beautiful and different landscapes and impressed by the majestic volcanos with their snow hat. But first and foremost we are grateful towards Edgar's team and Segundo, our guide: we felt ourselves always in total security, and he was very humble and kind, and cheered us up in order to lead us to success. Now we really understand what ‘a sus ordenes’ means!
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