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Ecuadorian volcanoes 11-day mountaineering trip

Cotopaxi Volcano
Ecuador volcanoes mountaineering tour
Ecuador's volcanoes mountaineering trip
Ecuador's volcanoes mountaineering trip

Climb five imposing South American peaks, including Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, with Edgar, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.

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11 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec




One of the main tourist attractions of Ecuador is the “Avenue of the volcanoes”, which crosses the entire Ecuadorian Sierra. It has around 200 mountains, including more than 70 volcanoes, and covers over 300 kilometers.

On this tour we will climb of the five peaks on this scenic route, among them Chimborazo and Cotopaxi. It will be a challenging mountaineering experience during which you will enjoy the most incredible landscapes.

After a first day of tourism in Quito, the capital of the country, the volcano adventure will begin. The first summit we will reach will be the Pasochoa volcano (4,200 m), a real wildlife sanctuary.

During the rest of the itinerary, we will climb volcanoes Corazón (4,788 m) and Iliniza (5,248 m). The first one is famous for its needle shaped double summit. On Corazón, we can will see first-hand pre-Columbian military constructions, named “pucarás”.

The last few days will be the most exciting. We will have the honor of climbing Cotopaxi (5,897 m) and Chimborazo (6,268 m), the most important peaks in Ecuador.

Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. We will smell some sulfur gas emanations while hiking up. It is located in a protected National Park with an exotic fauna and flora.

The Chimborazo volcano is the highest mountain in Ecuador. Although it’s not the highest peak in the world, it is considered the furthest point from the center of the planet (because it’s located close to the Equator). From its summit, you will discover panoramic views of the entire Andes.

So, if you are up for this unique mountaineering adventure in the volcanoes of Ecuador, please contact me! I’m sure it will be a once in a lifetime experience for you!

And if you are looking for a shorter outing in the same area, you can check out my 2-day Cotopaxi Volcano ascent.

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


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 afternoonOvernight 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: Rest day in Banios town

Rest day in the small town of Banios. Optional visit to Pastaza River Canyon. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Banios - Chimborazo Refuge

Drive to Chimborazo`s reserve.  Dinner and rest until 11 pm in the Hermanos Carrel Refuge.

Day 10: Refuge - Chimborazo Summit- Quito

Climbing to the top of Chimborazo (6,310 m) will take us from 8 to 10 hours. We will start at midnight to get to the top early in the morning. After some rest and pictures, we’ll go back to the refuge, where our transportation will be ready to take us back to Quito.

Day 11: Flight back home

Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to the Airport.




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.


Russian | Italian | German | English





What people are saying about -Edgar Parra

Manuel Perez


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


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


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


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


January, 2022

Highly recommend!

Matthew Fleischman


December, 2021

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Tatsiana Shakhmuts


November, 2021

Great trip

Johannes Nothdurft


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


December, 2020

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

Benoit Feyen


February, 2020

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Michelle Lostracco


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


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.



December, 2019

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Rachel La Fein


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!



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


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


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.



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


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.



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


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


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


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


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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