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Climbing Cotopaxi with the best acclimatization in 8 days

Cotopaxi mountaineering tour
Pasochoa Volcano
Cotopaxi mountaineering tour
Cotopaxi Volcano
Ecuador volcanoes mountaineering tour

Explore the summits of Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Illiniza and Corazón under the guidance of Edgar, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.

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Andes

8 Days

Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

At the beginning of the 19th century, the German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt named the mountain range that crosses Ecuador from North to South as the "Avenue of Volcanoes". It is an inter-Andean valley that spans over 300-kms with more than 70 volcanoes that dot it.

On this trip, I offer you to hike up to the summit of four of the most popular Ecuadorian volcanoes, including the Cotopaxi (5,897 m). These mountains of granite and lava offer some of the most extraordinary landscapes in South America. From their summits, you will enjoy unforgettable panoramic views of this incredible mountain range.

In Quito, on the day you arrive, we can visit the Equator Line and the Intinan museum. Then, the next day the real mountaineering adventure begins!

Our first summit will be the Pasochoa Volcano (4,200 m). On the way to its summit, there is a very well preserved Andean forest. More than 60 species of native trees, birds (such as the gallinazo and the condor), and mammals (such as foxes, wolves, and pumas) inhabit the forest.

During the next few days, we will reach the summits of Corazón (4,786 m) and North Illiniza (5,126 m). In Corazón, we will find ancient ruins and a protected forest with native medicinal plants. Illiniza, a potentially active volcano, has two snow-covered peaks. Upon Iliniza Norte, which requires basic climbing skills, we will complete the acclimatization for the final experience.

Finally, I will take you to the summit of Cotopaxi, the symbol of Ecuador. Located in Cotopaxi National Park, it is surrounded by virgin forests, mountains, and lakes. The hike starts at midnight from José Ribas Refuge and takes about 6 to 8 hours. At the top, we will enjoy a panoramic view of vegetation-covered slopes and mineral traces of old eruptions.

So, are you ready for this amazing trip to the Ecuadorian volcanoes? Contact me and let's start planning today! I promise we will see some of Ecuador's most beautiful and unique natural areas.

And if you are looking for a shorter tour, I also propose this Two-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi Volcano. Check it out!

Prices per person

Price last updated by the guide on: Sep 26, 2022

Group of 1

USD 2500 Each

Group of 2

USD 1400 Each

Group of 3

USD 1200 Each

Group of 4

USD 1180 Each

Group of 5

USD 1110 Each

Group of 6

USD 1040 Each

Group of 7

USD 1100 Each

Group of 8

USD 1000 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Price includes: Land transfers / Accommodations in tourist class hotels (double room) and refuges / Breakfast in the hotels / All meals during the hikes and climbs

Does not include: International flight tickets / Meals and drinks in hotels / Personal climbing equipment


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Quito

We can visit the Equator Line and the Intinan museum. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Quito - Pasochoa – Machachi

We drive from Quito for about 2 hours through the base of Pasochoa Volcano (4,200 m). After a 6 hour hike  through an amazing forest, we will reach the summit. Transfer to Machachi by late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Machachi - Corazón

We will drive to village “El Chaupi”. Eight hour hike towards Corazón Volcano’s summit (4,786 m). Return to Machachi by late afternoon.

Day 4: Machachi - Nuevos Horizontes Hut

We will leave from Quito village “El Chaupi”. Three hour hike to the “Nuevos Horizontes Hut” (4,750 m). Dinner at late afternoon.

Day 5: Hut - Illiniza Norte Summit - Machachi

We will get to the summit of Illiniza Norte (5,126 m) after 3 hours of easy climbing. Overnight in an old hacienda.

Day 6: Machachi - Cotopaxi Refuge

We’ll drive to Cotopaxi National Park and hike for one hour to José Ribas Refuge (4,800 m). Training at the glacier. Dinner and rest in the refuge.

Day 7: Refuge - Cotopaxi Summit - Quito

We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (5,897 m) of Cotopaxi Volcano. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours, and the return between 2 and 3 hours. Drive back to Quito. Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 8: Flight back home

Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to the Airport.

 

Details

Accommodation

Tourist Class Hotels in the city. Refuges in the mountains.

Meeting point

Quito, Ecuador.

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

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

The traveller did not leave a comment.

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

The traveller did not leave a comment.

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

The traveller did not leave a comment.

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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