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Cotopaxi trek to Rumiñahui Central Summit

Cotopaxi trek to Rumiñahui Central Summit
Cotopaxi trek to Rumiñahui Central Summit
Cotopaxi trek to Rumiñahui Central Summit
Cotopaxi trek to Rumiñahui Central Summit

Join IFMGA certified guide Edgar on this 3-day guided expedition in Cotopaxi National Park. You will have the honor of getting to the Rumiñahui Central Summit at 4640 meters!

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3 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Discover the secrets of Rumiñahui Central Summit by Cotopaxi Trail and the lifestyle of Andean villagers.

I am inviting you to a 3-day trek among the Cotopaxi National Park. Our big objective will be reaching to the top of Rumiñahui Central Summit at 4.640 meters. We will also visit the main indigenous people of Panzaleo and Santa Ana.

Besides, you will admire amazing viewpoints of the best volcanoes of Ecuador: Pasochoa, Corazón, Sincholagua and our main star: Rumiñahui Central.

Here you can read the itinerary of this 3-day hike up top Rumiñahui Central summit.


We will start the hike towards The Limpiopungo Lake (3.830 meters high). On the way we will pass along the place where the community Panzalo lives. We will set our camp in the lake where we will spend the night.


We leave the camp early in the morning and start the hike up to 4.640 meters to the top of the central peak of Rumiñahui. From there, you won’t believe such amazing viewpoint of all the Cotopaxi National Park.

After that, we’ll descend to the base camp of Rumiñahui at 4000 meters.


We start our return among the north face of Rumiñahui and continue the hike to the village of Santa Ana, where we will meet its nice local people. From there, we will be taken to Quito again. End of our services.

It will be a really exciting experience around the best landscapes of the Cotopaxi Trail. Join me in this expedition that you cannot miss.

I will be waiting your message in order to plan your next guided trip to the Rumiñahui Central Summit.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner



In tents

More info

Price without porters and mules is 465 USD per person, in a group of 4 people. Take into account that the common equipment (camping and cooking equipment and food) will be divided to carry between all the members of the group.

Meeting point


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

Sarah ONeill


March, 2023

The only reason I give 4 to trip rating is that the first hike at Quilotoa was disappointing. The lake was definitely worth seeing but only going down and back up was not great. We would’ve much preferred hiking at least part way along the crater edge. Even if we only had enough time for there and back.

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!


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