Join Edgar, an IFMGA certified guide, on this 6-day program in the Ecuadorian Andes to the summit of the beautiful Cayambe Volcano!
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
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