Join IFMGA certified guide Edgar on this 21-day trip in Colombia and Ecuador Andean mountains. Come make your mountaineering dream come true.
It is a really amazing an unique climbing trip: 21 days of climbing in the best spots of Colombia and Ecuador. Yes, you have ready it correctly! A trip full of trails, landscapes and peaks… The dream of any mountaineer can be true!
During these 21 days, you will live amazing experiences in the highest point of the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. You will also learn a lot about different cultures and Andean people. Besides, the viewpoints you will admire during this trip are really unforgettable.
I know you cannot wait to read the full itinerary of this climbing trip in Colombia and Ecuador. That’s why here you have it:
DAY 1: BOGOTA
We will meet in the Colombian capital of Bogota and we’ll go to a hotel in the heart of the city.
DAY 2: BOGOTA – COCUY
A transfer will take us to Cocuy during the following 10 or 12 hours. We will spend the night in a hotel in Cocuy
DAY 3: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN COCUY
We’ll use this day to acclimatize our bodies. That’s why we will walk around Cocuy overcoming 3.000 meters of altitude. It will be also a cultural hike, because you can learn a lot about the lifestyles of local people and their animals. Return to the city, where we will dinner and sleep.
DAY 4: COCUY – SISUMA HUT (3.900 m)
Once we have breakfast we leave Cocuy behind towards the Lagunillas Valley at 3.750 meters. Then, we continue the journey by feet for 1:30 hours until we’ll get to Sisuma Hut, very close to Pan de Azucar. During this day, we will also get acclimatized, walking over 4.000 meters of height. Overnight in the hut.
DAY 5: PAN DE AZUCAR SUMMIT – SISUMA HUT AGAIN
Our fifth day will be dedicated to a summit attempt up to Pan de Azucar peak, at 5.150 meters. The way will take us more than 4 hours up to the glacier and then, 2 more hours to the top. After celebrating our goal, taking pictures and resting for a while, we’ll descend for 3 hours to the hut. Night in there.
DAY 6: LA ESPERANZA HIKE – KANWARA HUT
After a walk across the Langunilla Valley and the Failejones Valley, we’ll get to Hacienda La Esperanza. Here, a car will be waiting us in order to take us to the Kanwara Hut, at the foot of Ritacuba Blanco. Overnight and dinner in the hut.
DAY 7: RITACUBA BLANCO SUMMIT – KANWARA HUT
In total, it will be a 5-hour hike up to the Ritacuba Blanco Summit. It is the highest mountain of the Western Andes in Colombia and you can live what amazing views it offers. Then, we’ll back down to the hut.
DAY 8: KANWARA HUT – BOGOTA CITY
Last day in this beautiful country. Today, we’ll go back Bogota driving for 12 hours. After a deserved thermal bath, we’ll spend our last night in a hotel of the capital.
DAY 9: FLIGHT TO ECUADOR – OTAVALO
A last tour in the morning and, by the afternoon, we will fly to Ecuador. We arrive to Tababela Airport and we will be transferred to a hotel in the city of Otavalo.
DAY 10: OTAVALO – OLEAS RUALES HUT
After a nice tour in the village, we will go towards the Cayambe Hut by car. We will hike around the area and we will go sleeping early so that we can leave by midnight.
DAY 11: CAYAMBE SUMMIT – PAPALLACTA
We leave the hut about 1 am after eating something. An intensive ascent is waiting ahead. We will reach the summit 6 or 7 hours later. We will rest, take some pictures and return to the hut again (3 hours). Once in the hut, we’ll pack our equipment and drive to Papallacta Village, where we will spend the night.
DAY 12: RESTING DAY IN PAPALLACTA
We will spend a resting day in the hot springs of Papallacta. They are awesome with perfect temperatures to relax. Overnight in a hotel.
DAY 13: PAPALLACTA – BASE CAMP ANTISANA
After a early breakfast, we will drive for 3 hours in direction to Santa Lucia Lagoon at 4.300 meters. We will try to get as high as possible and then, start a new hike up to the Antisana base camp at 4.750 meters of altitude. Rest and overnight there.
DAY 14: ANTISANA SUMMIT – MACHACHI
We leave the hut at midnight again towards the Antisana Summit. The way up to there will take us about 8 hours. The first section is sustained and it will be necessary to use technical equipment to walk on the glacier. Once in the top of the volcano, we’ll go back to the base camp. Rest for a while and move to Machachi.
DAY 15: RESTING DAY IN MACHACHI – RIOBAMBA
It will be a day dedicated to recover energies. We will visit the village of Machachi and its amazing markets. We can also ride horses and taste some local food. By the afternoon, we will be transferred to Riobamba, where we’ll dinner and sleep.
DAY 16: DEVIL’S NOSE – RIOBAMBA
After breakfast we will move to Alausi where we will find la famous train station to Devil’s Nose. The train ride is incredible, with drops of 45 degrees and many zigzags. Return to Riobamba by the afternoon and overnight.
DAY 17: RIOBAMBA – WHIMPER’S HUT
We will arrive at Chimborazo Reserve and then, at the hut Hermanos Carrel at 4.800 m. We will walk for an hour up to the Whimper’s Hut where we’ll stay till 23 hs.
DAY 18: CHIMBORAZO SUMMIT – BAÑOS
We start the ascent by midnight towards the Chimborazo summit, for 9 hours approximately. The top of the mountain is 6.310 meters high and from there, we will admire one of the best viewpoints of your life. We will move to Hermanos Carrell hut and there will be a transfer waiting to take us to Baños. We’ll spend the night in an accommodation of Baños.
DAY 19: EXTRA DAY IN CHIMBORAZO OR REST IN BAÑOS
It will be an extra day in case of bad weather or another complication of the group. We will enjoy the day visiting the city and resting.
DAY 20: BAÑOS – QUITO
After another fabulous day in Baños we will move to Quito, where we will sleep.
DAY 21: BACK HOME FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport and end of our services.
I have nothing more to say. It’s all up to you. If you are interested in this amazing trip around Colombia and Ecuador get in touch with me. I will be waiting your contact.
Accommodations in hotels (double room), Sisuma, Oleas Ruales, and Whyper Refuges, Kanwara Lodge.
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.
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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!
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!