Edgar, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you up to the summit of North Iliniza (5126 m), one of the two summits of the Iliniza Volcano.
I invite you to join me in this great 2-day hiking ascent to Iliniza North (5126 m), one of the two summits of the Iliniza Volcano.
The Iliniza was an active volcano. But after a big eruption, 5000 years ago, two summits were formed. Today they are known as the Ilinizas: North and South Iliniza.
This hike is also considered as one of the best for previous acclimatization for higher ascents. It offers a low climbing difficulty despite of being at 5.200 meters.
So, we will hike up to the summit of North Iliniza! On the first day, we will meet in Quito (2800 m), the capital of Ecuador. Then, we will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, until we get to El Chaupi, a small village. We will continue until we reach La Virgen parking lot (3900 m).
We will then begin our hike, for about 3 hours, to the Nuevos Horizontes hut (4750 m). In the afternoon, we will just relax and wait for a delicious dinner.
On the second day, we will hike up to a saddle, formed between both peaks. Then, we will continue hiking to the North summit (5126 m). Reaching the top of the volcano involves an easy 3-hour scrambling.
From the top, we will enjoy a beautiful view! We will start our descent, and in about 2 hours we will be back in the refuge. Once there, we will eat somethinf, pack, hike down and drive back to Quito! You can check the detailed itinerary below this text.
I will be happy to guide you up to Iliniza North summit! So contact me if you want to join me in this great 2-day trek! You can also check my Rucu Pichincha 1-day hike, near Quito.
Nuevos Horizontes Hut
Contact me for information about the price and equipment. Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner
From Quito, we will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of El Chaupi. Then, we will keep on driving up until we get to La Virgen parking lot (3900 m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike to the Nuevos Horizontes Hut (4750 m). We will relax for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner will be served by late afternoon.
Our day will start very early, at 5 am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge at 6. We will hike up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to North Illiniza summit (5.126 m). The approach to the top involves an easy 3-hour scrambling. From the summit, we will enjoy the beautiful view of the surroundings. We will then hike back for about 2 hours to the hut. We will have something to eat there, pack our stuff and go down to La Virgen parking lot. Then, we will drive back to Quito.
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 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).