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Ecuadorian Avenue Of Volcanoes Guided Climb

During this amazing trip you will climb to Cayambe, Illiniza Sur, Chimborazo, Imbabura and Fuya Fuya summits, together with Edgar, ASEGUIM guide. Hot springs, railroads and the warm weather of Baños are also waiting for you!

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Andes

16 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Extremely Fit

Intermediate


Description

The famous Avenue of The Volcanoes is a route that go throughout all the Ecuadorian Range, from Imbabura Province to Quito. It is a fantastic ride for those who love trekking, climbing and any other mountain activity. If you are one of them you cannot miss this 16-day expedition across the mean volcanoes and the most important points of the trail.

I am inviting you to find the secrets inside the Ecuadorian Avenue of the volcanoes in the Andes, along 300 kilometers of adventures, forests, summit and lakes. During the trip, we will visit places you cannot imagine, such as the Ecuador Line in the latitude 0 of the world or Cuichocha Lake Circuit, a lagoon at 3.000 meters which is a product of volcanic eruptions and have formed two islands covered by forest.

Continuing to the route we will climb up to several summits and peaks among the Avenue of the Volcanoes like Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, Cayambe and Chimborazo, the highest mountain of the world measured from the center of the Earth. You won’t believe other interesting points this 16-day adventure has to offer. Papallacta hot springs will give us a magical resting day in thermal pools which reach to 40°C. They have natural properties to relax and clean the body.

This trip can’t finish without enjoying The Devil’s Nose Train Ride in Riobamba. It is one of the most famous trains of the world with a itinerary full of landscapes and slopes that make this ride an exciting one. At the end of the trip we will enjoy one or two rest days in Baños, a very nice town located in the base of Tungurahua Volcano.

DAY 1: STARTING POINT IN QUITO
We will get to Quito Airport and be taken to the accommodation

DAY 2: VISIT ECUADOR LINE
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has a lot of cultural points of interest such as museums, palaces and monuments. After visiting them we will know the middle of the world: latitude 0 at Ecuadorian Line.

DAY 3: HIKING DAY ACROSS CUICOCHA CIRCUIT
After a 3-hour drive to Cuicocha Lake, we will walk up to one of its magnificent craters formed as a result of volcanic eruptions from more than 3000 years ago. We will also be able to admire the two islands that are part of this circuit, which will take us about 5 hours of hiking up.

DAY 4: WALKING UP TO FUYA FUYA SUMMIT
We will be taken from Otavalo to Mojada Lake to start our trail towards the Fuya Fuya Summit at 4.263 meters. Although the climb gradually becomes steeper you will forget everything when we get to the top and see such fantastic landscape, full of vegetation and lakes. We will return to Otavalo to spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 5: NEXT SUMMIT, IMBABURA
After a lift to La Esperanza Village, we will begin another climbing day across the best Andean grass. The higher we climb the greater will be our snow-capped peaks view. The hiking to Imbabura Summit will take us about 8 hours and when we get to its highest top we will be able to admire the most wonderful volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Range like Antisana, Cayambe, and Cotopaxi if the sky is clean.

DAY 6: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN OLEAS RUALES REFUGE
When we get to Ruales Oleas Cayambe Refuge we will go to a glacier to take a mountain techniques class in order to learn how to handle the mean climbing gear. We will sleep in the refuge to get ready for the following exciting midnight.

DAY 7: ASCENT TO CAYAMBE SUMMIT AT 5.790 METERS
The ascent to Cayambe is fantastic because of its versatile surroundings. Leaving the hut at midnight it will take about 8 hours. After getting to this challenging summit we will be taken to Papallacta Village and spend the night in a comfortable lodge.

DAY 8: RELAX DAY IN THERMALS
Papallacta offers us the perfect relaxing experience, ideal for our hard days of expedition. Hot springs are the best option to repair our body. The curative features of the water will help your muscles to get relaxed and new for the following half of the trip.

DAY 9: CONTINUING TO THE AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES
After about 3 hours of south driving we will start our next hiking up to a hut called Nuevos Horizontes, at 4.750 meters. It will take us other 3 hours and once in there we will take the afternoon off.

DAY 10: CLIMBING DAY TO ILLINIZA SUR SUMMIT
Leaving the hut at 3 am we will hike up to Illiniza Sur for the following 5 hours. Illiniza Sur in one of the two peaks of this area. It is an amazing path that leads us to its 5.248-meter summit. After that, we will drive back to Riobamba and sleep in a hotel.

DAY 11: DEVIL’S NOSE RAILROAD
We will leave Riobamba by car and get to Devil’s Nose Train Station in Alausí. We will take the train and enjoy the ride across all its trail, admiring the incredible 45 degrees rocky wall that form the famous devil’s nose. We will go back to Riobamba in the afternoon and spend the night in there.

DAY 12: STARTING THE CHIMBORAZO CLIMB
When we get to the entrance of Chimborazo Reserve we will start our ascent to a Refuge called Hermanos Carrel at 4.800 in where we will rest until midnight.

DAY 13: CHIMBORAZO SUMMIT DAY
We will leave the hut and keep climbing up to our next objective: Chimborazo Summit at 6.310 meters of height, the highest peak in the Avenue of the Volcanoes. This hard work will take us about 9 hours but we will reach to the summit in the first hours of the day, when the view in the best! The hiking down to the refuges may take us the entire day but once in The Hermanos Carrel hut again, a transfer will be waiting for us in order to go to the town of Baños.

DAY 14: OPTIONAL DAY IN CHIMBORAZO OR BAÑOS
Depending on the weather we can spend the day in Chimborazo Reserve, do a tour around Baños or go to Pastaza River Canyon, a beautiful place with waterfalls.

DAY 15: LAST REST DAY IN BAÑOS
After a resting day in Baños, we will be taken to the capital again by the afternoon. We will sleep in a accommodation in Quito in order to get ready to our flight back.

DAY 16: END OF THE TRIP
You will be transferred to the airport in case you go home and here is the end of this incredible experience around the Ecuadorian Range.

Now you have all this information you have no excuses to plan your next trip to Ecuador and live this 16-day experience with me. I will be waiting for you contact so that we can talk about your expectations and wishes to go to the Ecuadorian Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Extra details
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

-Personal accessories
– Flights
– Snacks and beverage
– Medical Policy
– Extra expenses

THE PRICE INCLUDES

– Mountain guiding during the tripportation and transfers
– Hotels and huts hostingProfessional ASEGUIM mountain guide (ratio 2 climbers ­1 guide)
– All meals
– Ticket to enter to National Parks
– Mountain equipmentwith

Spots of interest
DAY 1-2: VISITING QUITO

We will visit Quito, its cultural points and The Ecuador Line Monument.

DAY 3: HIKING DAY ACROSS CUICOCHA CIRCUI

We will walk up to one of its magnificent craters formed as a result of volcanic eruptions from more than 3000 years ago

DAY 4: WALKING UP TO FUYA FUYA SUMMIT

We will be taken from Otavalo to Mojada Lake to start our trail towards the Fuya Fuya Summit at 4.263 meters

DAY 5: NEXT SUMMIT, IMBABURA

From Imbabura Summit we can see the most important mountains of The Avenue of the Volcanoes. It is an amazing viewpoint.

DAY 6: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN OLEAS RUAL

We will visit Ruales Oleas Cayambe Refuge and rest for a while in order to acclimatise ourselves. The pictures show Cayambe Volcano, our next objective…

DAY 7: ASCENT TO CAYAMBE SUMMIT AT 5.790

More pictures of this magnificent volcano where we will reach to after a 8-hour hiking

DAY 8: RELAX DAY IN THERMALS

We spend a rest day in the hot springs of Papallacta.

DAY 9: CONTINUING TO THE AVENUE OF THE V

After getting to Nuevos Horizontes Hut we will spend a rest afternoon there.

DAY 10: CLIMBING DAY TO ILLINIZA SUR SUM

We will climb up to the fantastic Illiniza Sur Volcano.

DAY 11: DEVIL’S NOSE RAILROAD

You cannot miss the experience of travelling in this legendary train called The Devil’s Nose. Look at these pictures!

DAY 12: STARTING THE CHIMBORAZO CLIMB

When we get to the entrance of Chimborazo Reserve we will start our ascent up to a hut.

DAY 13: CHIMBORAZO SUMMIT DAY

Chimborazo Summit at 6.310 meters of height.

DAY 14: OPTIONAL DAY IN CHIMBORAZO OR BA

We can spend the day in Chimborazo Reserve, do a tour around Baños or go to Pastaza River Canyon

DAY 15: LAST REST DAY IN BAÑOS

Another rest day in Baños before leaving

DAY 16: END OF THE TRIP

Once in Quito, the trip finishes

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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.

Languages

Russian | Italian | German | English

Certificates

ASEGUIM | UIAGM

Residence

Machachi


What people are saying about -Edgar Parra

Manuel Perez

5.00

January, 2023

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.

Oded Guttman

5.00

January, 2023

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.

Carolien Vreeken

3.00

September, 2022

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

Mark Oveson

5.00

January, 2022

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.

Justin Johns

5.00

January, 2022

Highly recommend!

Matthew Fleischman

5.00

December, 2021

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Tatsiana Shakhmuts

5.00

November, 2021

Great trip

Johannes Nothdurft

5.00

September, 2021

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.

Umesh Katdare

5.00

December, 2020

Outstanding job done by Edgar and Ivan who were professional and patient Recommend to all without a doubt

Benoit Feyen

5.00

February, 2020

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Michelle Lostracco

5.00

February, 2020

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.

Adam Behmer

5.00

January, 2020

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.

R.Romendes

4.00

December, 2019

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Rachel La Fein

4.00

July, 2019

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!

Steven MISHOE

5.00

June, 2019

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.

John Stansfield

5.00

January, 2019

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.

John Stansfield

5.00

January, 2019

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.

Aletherby

5.00

November, 2018

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.

Heather Unger

5.00

November, 2018

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.

Dsheard

5.00

September, 2018

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

Michael Langone

5.00

June, 2018

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.

Angela deJong

5.00

January, 2018

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).

Andrew Eremenko

5.00

June, 2017

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

5.00

August, 2016

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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