Don’t let Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact your mountain trip!
We at Mountain Planet prioritize safety and not only in the mountains. Thing are changing every day and there is so much that is still unknown. We want you to keep on planning your next mountain trip and not worry about cancellations. We guarantee 100% refund if you have payed deposit for the climb in the period of 15th March'20 - 15th June'20, and your plans have changed due to Coronavirus precaution measures (borders closed, flights cancelled, visa problems, etc). If you booked before or after that period, we are still very flexible and will be able to offer you change of dates or deposit transfer to another mountain destination free of charge.Read More in the Blog: COVID and Mountains — What is the Future?
At Lonely Summits we specialize mainly in mountain climbing in the fascinating Ecuadorian and South American Andes, hiking and trekking through wonderful sceneries, visiting the most beautiful landscapes. The main mission of Lonely Summits is to make the trip an experience of a lifetime, with an excellent service, cheerfulness and an organization base on Europeans and American standards, we do everything within our ability to minimize the risk and maximize the joy. We are looking forward to sharing with you all of our adventures.
Our team is formed by professional, experienced and competent multilingual mountain guides, all of them belong to the “ASEGUIM” Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides, and many of them hold the International Certification from IFMGA/UIAGM. The founders of Lonely Summits, Silvia Morales and Edgar Parra have been working and climbing for more than 20 years, with much success in organizing and operating adventure climbing tours in Ecuador, as well as in the rest of South American Andes, Europe, Central Asia and United States.
Any dates are possible for the groups from one person
Most of the companies have narrow number of starting dates of the climbs. That limits the travelers flexibility and not always convenient.
We are different in that approach and offer a vast variety of starting dates - almost every day - to fit your schedules and desires.
If you are looking for a guide for hiking and climbing choose Lonely Summits. Edgar was our guide for a week in Ecuador and was an amazing resource. In the mountains he is very easy to work with and is extremely experienced. I will definitely use Lonely summits for future trips.
Everything was extremely well organized and managed. All events happened on time. All guides speak good English. Everyone from Lonely Summits I had a chance to interact with was professional, courteous and helpful. Probably the best mountaineering guiding company I've ever climbed with.
My family had a wonderful time. It was their first big mountain. This is not a casual excursion, you must be in very good condition. A great introduction to a demanding sport!
Edgar and his team are the best I ever found around the world: they are extremely expert on, and about, the mountain we climbed, they are also very friendly and their organization works well. The tour is very well designed. If someone ask me for a trip to the Ecuador's mountain I would certainly suggest Lonely Summits.
Edgar and his partner Paul were amazing guides! Since we were not equiped with climbing equipment Edgar showed us a store were we could rent the things we were missing. My sister and mother also adored their experience with Lonely Summits. I will surely need their experties again!
We made it to the summit of the Cotopaxi with the guides Seco and Julián. Both very professional, passionate and experienced guides. As they said “it’s your challenge to make it to the summit, as we’re your guides it’s our challenge to get you there”. We would highly recommend them, great experience!
There is always a group leader who will be from the transfer in until transfer out. A climber-to-guide ratio is one guide for every 2-8 team members. It depends on the group size: we will have one guide for 2 team members in Cotopaxi, 1 guide for 3 members in Illniza/Corazon and one guide for 8 persons in Pasochoa.
All EU, US, Russian citizens are not equired to have a visa before arriving in Ecuador.
Your guide will carry a first aid kit all the time during your climb. However, please, bring your own medicine in case you need any of prescribed items. There are a few drug stores in Quito, so you won't have any problem with all basic treatments.
Climbers should be prepared to take care of themselves in cold environments. This means knowing how to control body temperature by hydrating well, wearing multiple layers of clothing to maintain body heat, and eating sufficiently (regularly throughout the day) to maintain strength.
For most of the time climbing to Cotopaxi there is no need to employ porters. But if team members want we can provide porters support for extra cost ($50-60 per day).
Our guides are responsible for providing safety on all kinds of mountain relief. They have a radio, GPS, a mobile telephone, all necessary group equipment. All guests should have medical insurance in case of incidents which can cover all expenses in emergency.